The last of the Summer Series orienteering has finished for this century but the last one was a good one. David Stewart, as those know from last year, sets the courses tough. His reputation is not tarnished, there were many tired and scratched bodies coming back from the mountain. There were comments like 'half way round I could have killed you (David)' and 'Please may I have permission to hit your son?' but most post-event comments were positive.
As the controls went out on Mt Eden we could see the rain sweeping over the western suburbs but it didn't reach us and we had a great evening. It was really good to have the National Squad have their Christmas barbeque at the event, adding a few more names and tough competition in the results. Does anyone in the National Squad (NOS) just happen to know who Jack Hoffe (silent H?) and PD O'File who ran rather good times on course 2 are?
One of our Summer Series runners today told us he introduced Tony Nicholls to orienteering - in the days of Gordon Pirie - now that takes you back a long time. For those new to orienteering, Gordon Pirie (silver medal for Britain in the 5000m at the 1956 Olympic games) was one of the first (or maybe the first) to introduce orienteering to NZ back in the late 1960's. Tony Nicholls was a Central Club (now the Auckland Club) stalwart, a tireless worker, an inspirational leader and really great fellow. Much of the success of the Auckland Club today is a result of the work of Tony. A photo of Tony, who died about 4 years ago, is being used in the advertising for the World Veteran Championship being held near Bulls in early January. That indicates the respect in which Tony is held in the orienteering fraternity.
Welcome back Antionette. Very exciting to see you back orienteering with us and very pleased to hear that your year in England went really well. You'll be keen to do lots of o'ing now after so much time off.
Those you would have liked to have gone orienteering in the forest last Sunday and couldn't, get another chance this Sunday. The same controls are still out - and this week they have been formed into courses. This is on the Beautiful Hills map in Woodhill which is accessed from the Forest Headquarters Road. This is off state highway 16 between Waimauku and Helensville. The starts will be between 10am and 11:30 (or may be a bit later).
The next summer series event is on TUESDAY the 25th of January and we'll be starting from Puriri Drive, near the Manukau Rd end. Puriri Drive goes through part of Cornwall Park on the opposite side of Greenlane East to One Tree Hill.
Help is needed on December the 30th. About 35 Finns are in Auckland on their way to WMOC and would like a run in the forest. There will be controls out from the event on December 28 and a couple of people are needed to help Tom Clendon dispense maps, collect money and put up a tent (or two). If you can help please phone Andy Brewis (575 6989) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org . We'd be most grateful for some assistance.
Everyone, have a wonderful Christmas and we wish you all the very best for the New Year. Look forward to seeing you at orienteering once we start up again.
Joanna & Alistair Stewart
Course 1 6.8 kms
1 Darren Ashmore 0:47:52 2 Mark Lawson 0:52:08 3 Alistair Cory-Wright 0:53:09 4 Douglas Kwan 0:58:23 5 Andrew Hill 1:01:35 6 Neil Kerrison 1:03:37 7 Geoff Mead 1:04:35 8 Adrian Skinner 1:05:13 9 Stuart Lynch 1:07:08 10 Rebecca Smith 1:08:05 11 Stig Berge 1:08:50 12 Rudy Hlawatsch 1:11:06 13 Tom Davies 1:19:17 14 Jeff Greenwood 1:19:20 15 Jim Davidson 1:25:53 16 Tony Cooper Didn't h 17 Mike Beveridge DNF
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1 Jack Hoffe 0:38:33 2 PD O'File 0:40:20 3 Andrew Bell 0:43:50 4 Melissa Edwards 0:46:45 5 Marquita Gelderman 0:46:59 6 Anja Mo Berge 0:48:26 7 Matthew Crozier 0:50:08 8 Allan Janes 0:50:56 9 Norm Jager 0:51:40 10 Phillippa Poole 0:52:22 11 Natalie Whyte 0:54:00 12 Peter Godfrey 0:54:07 13 Brian Johnston 1:01:41 14 Antoinette Fotherby 1:02:33 15 Penny Brothers 1:02:55 16 Fiona Monks 1:06:04 17 Felicity Anderson 1:06:04 18 Asta Wistrand 1:07:20 19 Philip Muller 1:08:00 20 Clive Bolt 1:09:13 21 Tim Renton 1:09:54 22 Martin Barber 1:10:00 23 Steve Fotherby 1:10:23 24 Bert Chapman 1:15:44 25 Andrew Reid 1:17:00 26 Dave & Janie Sanders 1:18:20 27 Cheryl Lyou 1:29:52 28 Jonathan Fraser 1:33:00 29 Kirsten Henry 1:33:00 30 M Rawnsley 1:34:31 31 Nicola Kinzett 1:34:39 32 Ben Smeele 1:44:01 33 John Tavener 1:52:30 34 Grant Bowmar 1:53:00 35 Eddie Reddish DNF 36 Bruce Cassey DNF 37 Kyle Greig DNF 38 Joep Smeele ??
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1 Martins 0:31:00 2 Simon Jager 0:33:18 3 Rob Scott 0:33:24 4 Steve Venables 0:33:51 5 Leah Teeboon 0:33:52 6 Michael Jager 0:38:27 7 Chris Jager 0:40:12 8 Malvina Wise 0:40:59 9 Jasley McSaveney 0:41:43 10 Keryn & Lisa 0:42:57 11 Andrew Brewis 0:45:00 12 Keith Adams 0:45:28 13 Russell Howard 0:45:45 14 Robyn Howard 0:48:46 15 Philip Barber 0:50:08 16 J Whyte 0:51:34 17 Jill Brewis 0:51:55 18 Alison Comer 0:55:05 19 Vivienne Leigh 0:55:33 20 Connie Bell 1:03:57 21 Cherie Goldie & Pauline Ho 1:06:40 22 Ken Green 1:17:05
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1 The Peeters 0:22:00 2 Jonathan Henry 0:22:55 3 Debi Pyle 0:24:23 4 Katie Hirst 0:25:30 5 Heather Davidson 0:30:10 6 Oliver Woods 0:31:13 7 Tomak Glowacki 0:33:16 8 Annamaria Garden 0:35:00 9 Sarah Gilkison 0:39:00 10 Karen Boyer 0:43:00 11 Victoria Bell 0:44:10 12 Gene Beveridge 0:45:00