Coolibah Saturday 29 April.
The day was reasonably fine and stayed that way in spite of some very short misty periods early in the afternoon – a perfect day for wandering around this part of our bush. Colin Walker set the courses on the Coolibah section of the Mandurang map – the south east side, making full use of the subtle contour and well mapped rock feature. The area is deceptive in that it looks easy but, as several competitors found out to their sorrow, it is full of lovely little shallow gullies that look easy on the map but almost disappear when you are looking for them. About seventy competitors went out including a contingent of Outdoor Education students from the university.
Ben Goonan (Bgo) was first in on Course 1 with Lanita Steer (Dandenong Ranges) and Warwick Williams (Bgo) in hot pursuit.
Glenn James, one of Bendigo’s top juniors took out the honours on Course 2 forming a trifecta with Nic Cherry and Andrew Cameron. Lachlan Cherry beat his dad Don home by about six minutes but Don managed to maintain some superiority by finishing in front of daughter Karina and another of our talented juniors, Caitlyn Steer.
Warwick Davis, Tuckonie OC was first home on Course 3, closely followed by Archie Neylon (Archie’s mum, Rebecca also finished well on Course 5!) and the Camerons, Reuben and Bob; it was good to see Archie and his mum coming up from Kyneton and performing well on a rather tricky course.
Course 4 attracted four competitors with Richard Sallmann coming in ahead of first timer Rob Rigarto, Nicole Baxter and Bendigo club’s veteran Ian Johnson.
Jan Baxter took out Course 5 – well done Jan, followed in by Lauren Brunner, and, once more, a wonderful effort by Akira Hill guiding Nana Judy around the course.
It was a good day, thanks to a good map and really great course setting.