Monday, 24 October 2011
Monday, 6 June 2011
And finally, after a well needed nights rest, we had the long distance trial, held on everyone’s favourite; Lively’s Bog. Personally I’d only run here once before, Aus champs 2005. And all I remember was getting pretty horribly lost. More than once. So on reading the planners notes in the programme (along the lines of ‘I have made these courses as hard as the possibly could be, I got lost putting controls out’), I decided it would be optimal to take things carefully and stay in touch with the map at all times. Not a bad plan and will definitely be needed at WOC.I won’t bore you with details, but I just had the most average run. No big mistakes apart from 8, where I lost a few minutes after becoming disoriented in the ultra green strip in the bog (there’s an unmapped rock in there, just incase anyone wants to know). A couple of dodgy route choices, and a lot of hesitating. But I was simply running too slow and had little motivation to ramp it up. Unfortunately I was first starter and had no one close behind who was going to push me. However that’s no excuse, someone always has to start first, so a bit disappointed with myself on this one, but atleast I didn’t get horribly lost like last time I guess! Finished up a good 9 mins behind the leaders, and what’s more the place getters in the long won compasses. I’d have rested up in the sprint and middle and gone hard on the long if I’d known that! ;)
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Everything is looking up. The Regal Orienteering Carnival is upon us. Next weekend the Pinestars and Bushrangers have their annual faceoff in Woodhill forest and the Super series teams battle it out for the title. Soon after elites start departing for Europe where this year we have a strong team of 8 taking on the world in the French Savoy. Those staying behind have some great races to look forward to. The winter classic, the regional champs, the recently confirmed Sprint the Bay 2012, and a Nationals on Waionoke. For these later races we should see the reappearance of New Zealand's best orienteer. Chris Forne is back in 2012 from a long stint in Norway.
Chris is finally ready to come home
In the O-Squads blogs opinion though the two best things stoking the engine are 1)the sudden rise of a technically excellent and committed Auckland orienteering scene, athletes seeking to make the most of their potential and doing so ruthlessly, 2) the announcement of the World Cup heading down under to our capital city in early 2013, just 18 months away.
I am hugely excited by how these developments will come together. Is it too early to dream of a new epoch in NZ elite orienteering?
What this space, and all the other great blogs of our athletes, which you can link to from our site. There should be some interesting viewing!
Monday, 11 April 2011
Jaime Goodwin (Hawkes Bay) Anna Gray (North West) Selena Metherell (Peninsula and Plains) Kate Morrison (Hawkes Bay) Laura Robertson (Hutt Valley) Angela Simpson (Bay Of Plenty) Non-travelling reserve: Cosette Saville (Counties Manukau) MEN Gene Beveridge (North West) Nick Hann (Wellington) Scott McDonald (Hawkes Bay) Mathew Ogden (North West) Tim Robertson (Hutt Valley) Toby Scott (Auckland) Non-travelling reserve: Alistair Richardson (Peninsula and Plains) MANAGER: Owen Cambridge (Dunedin) COACH: James Bradshaw (Counties Manukau)