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[EurekaO] BUNS at Ballarat North – lived up to expectations!

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Nov 132017
 
Last Thursday evenings BUNS event on the new map at Ballarat North (thanks to Rod and James) certainly lived up to expectations!  Not only was there a bun for everyone but an orange quarter and chewy sweets. Thanks for all the extra effort to the Gray family!

The event got started with just over 10 having a go. It soon developed into either a clockwise or counterclockwise pattern – either #4 or #5 set up the pattern up and down the hills of the Ballarat North suburbs, bush and several parks. The warm conditions seemed to be welcomed after the last event at Mt Helen. Warwick got a early start and posted a perfect 200 in 39 minutes. He lives on the map but given it was the first time we’ve used this area in many years familiarity was no particular help. Then the mass start at 5.31 saw Peter, Judy, Blake,Tsegii, Anar, and BJ take off from the Inkerman Gully reserve at a trot which soon turned to a shuffle and walk as the hills immediately came into play. Rod warned us that the “frog” at #1 might have moved but he would not be drawn on what an ‘FP’ was at #4. The rest of the control descriptions were pretty stand – power pole, seat, for sale sign, drain grate – but several had problems with the knoll, small gum, and dead tree (sometimes you had to be under the tag before you could read the letter!)

But it was the late starters Ian, Mike and finally David who made the best use of time with Ian and David getting all the controls. David eclipsed Warwick’s 39 min with another 30 min 30 seconds finish (same as at Mount Helen). Ian got all controls – but took 8 minutes more than the 45 min limit. Mike (who also lives on the map) was only 1 minute late for a final score of 160. Course setters are getting more cunning using sites where the tag blends in with the sign or pole. And because the re-and-white tags are on objects that might be considered hazardous, there is really no need to remove them! Rod and James had one more trick for us – BJ picked it up quickly – the letters on the tags in reverse order form 20 to 1 spelled out ‘Eureka Orienteers BUNS’. After Belinda’s EUEUEU pattern from Mt Helen, the Lawford’s “all the same letter’ event at Canadian Lakes, Blake’s ‘Eureka Orienteers Run the Country’ at Victoria Park, John’s cryptic ‘back of the map’ scramble at Lake Wendouree Gardens – what will Ian think up next at M.A.D.E. (just off Eureka Street) on the 26th November? 

We’ve been really treated to new maps – Brown Hill, Redan, Mount Helen, Ballarat North – over the past two months with one more coming up at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.).  With the return of the Lawfords from Japan and Mark from Europe, the tapering off of the school year and the weather warming up, we are expecting a big turn out on Thursday 26th Nov with the start between 5.30 and 5.45. Bring a friend and discover this historic part of town (the site of the Eureka Stockade) and get a run thru several parks and reserves we’ve never been in – linked up to the northern edge of the popular Sparrow Ground / Lake Esmond map. 

Event 15 – Thurs 9 Nov Ballarat North   Organisers – James and Rod 
Warwick Williams 39.00 200 0 200
Peter Jones 43.30 140 0 140
Judy  Prendergast 45.00 130 0 130
Blake Gordon 44.14 170 0 170
Tsegii Choijinsuren 47.00 200 10 190
Anar Erdenetsetscg 40.00 80 0 80
BJ Johnson 44.44 110 0 110
Ian Chennell 53.00 200 40 160
Mike Gustus 46.00 170 5 165
Dave Brownridge 30.30 200 0 200

 

[EurekaO] BUNS at Ballarat North at 5.15 for 5.30 start TONICHT

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Nov 092017
 
Next event is on Thursday 9 November at Inkerman Gully in North Ballarat. Start is on Simpson St, just north of the junction with Walker St, at a small parking area with access to Inkerman Gully. Look for the Eureka flag. Again we will be treated to exploring new areas with an extension of the map to the north up to the Western Freeway- perhaps a chance to see parts of Ballarat you’ve not been in before. The big question is….Will there be bun at BUNS?

Hope to see you there – our first warm evening for a while!

Cheers
Blake

[EurekaO] BUNS

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Oct 302017
 
We enjoyed another good event at Mt Helen last week. Thanks go to Bun for planning the course and to James for his additions to the map. The area provided some nice variety having suburbia, forest and parkland plus a bit of wild country in the easements behind the houses. Clever course setting by Bun had everybody going to at least half of the checkpoints and some of the racehorses getting to all sites. One racehorse managed to get them all in 30 mins! We will have to hobble him next time. We also had no late finishers, so we are all improving- getting more controls in a shorter time. The only disappointing part of the event was the non appearance of Bun- so it was only a double BUN, not the Triple BUN we’d been promised.
A popular and speedy route to get to all of them was the sequence 1-3-17-5-6-7-19-10-8-16-20-15-14-13-12-18-11-2-9-4. or vica versa. This was about 6km of running.
 
Next event is on Thursday 9 November at Inkerman Gully in North Ballarat. Start is on Simpson St, just north of the junction with Walker St, at a small parking area with access to Inkerman Gully. Look for the Eureka flag. Again we will be treated to exploring new areas with an extension of the map to the north up to the Western Freeway- perhaps a chance to see parts of Ballarat you’ve not been in before. The big question is….Will there be bun at BUNS?
 
Results from last week are below.
Hope you can all be there next week.
 
 
Geoff    200 points,  in 39.35
Peter    140 points, in 43.50
James   200 points, in 39.48 (he lost the sprint finish with Geoff, but tried hard. His legs were still suffering 2 days later)
Anar     200 points, 43.41
Rod      200 points, 43.35
Dave    ? points, 44.29
Anita    140 points, 44.40
BJ         110 points, 44.18
Aaron, Hannah and Luke   110 points, 41.04
Blake   170 points, 44.03
Mike    140 points, 44.40
Ian       180 points, 45.00
Dave    200 points, 30.30
 

[EurekaO] Open House for Woowookarung / FoCC this Sunday

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Oct 202017
 
Latest news on Woowookarung (formerly Canadian Regional Park) “Place of Plenty”

At the FoCC AGM (Friends of Canadian Corridor which Eureka OC is a member) on Wednesday, 18 October, the 2018 Committee was elected. The 2018 office holders elected are: Bob Hartmann (President), Linda Zibell (VP), Jeff Rootes (Sec’t), Peter Darveniza (Treasurer). 

Siobhan Rogan (Parks Vic, Regional Head Ranger) gave an outline of what has been achieved in the past year listing 8 key areas for discussion before the draft plan is submitted in February 2018. Eureka made a one-page submission in August (Blake) outlining the needs of orienteering in the new park (attached). Now all members have a chance to comment to Parks Victoria at two upcoming Open House meetings at Earth Science Centre, Olympic Ave, Mt Clear (across from Mt Clear Sec College)
on Sunday, 22nd October, 12.30 to 4.00pm AND Sunday 29 October 1.00 to 4.00pm 

The 8 areas developed by the planners so far:
1 Nature of the Ecology
2 Consolidation of the Park boundaries and roads
3 Regeneration of the forest
4 Management and preservation of open spaces (grasslands and dams)
5 Developing of circuits, trails and walking/riding loops
6 Connection to the City of Ballarat (signage and pathways to the west of the park)
7 Stories or History of the Park
8 Events and Activities – “Healthy People Healthy Parks”

I urge you to go along and make comments on the plans – and/or join the conversation at www.parks.vic.gov.au or email [email protected] listing your ideas for the new park. The park is “the lungs of Ballarat”  and site of our first EU maps back in 1975. Please make your ideas and hopes for the inclusive park known.

…Blake

[EurekaO] BUNS

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Oct 162017
 
A big THANK YOU to Angela for organising a challenging (and chilly) BUNS event last Thursday. A good spread of controls meant that nobody got to all the check points, but we had fun seeing how many we could get to ( and some even had fun finding the start!)
The prize for “effort” should go to Blake as he tried valiantly to get all the checkpoints, but took 52 mins to do so, thereby losing 70 of his hard won points. Points should be deducted from Jenny and James for “lack of effort”. They finished early and need to try harder! And Judy gets the “most blood and dirt” award- perhaps she went directly over the only hill on the map?
Next event in the series is a special. It will be a BUNS event, organised by Bun (aka Belinda Lawford) AND we will bring a bun ( for refreshments at the finish- or before the start if you’re hungry). It will be on Thursday 26 Oct at Mount Helen/ Fed Uni. at 5.30 for a start at 5.45pm. Look for the Eureka Banner on University Drive, west of the oval. This is a new map prepared by James Gray and covers the uni grounds and some of the suburbs to the north.
As a reminder, the rest of this series is:

Thursday 26 Oct 5.30pm –Mount Helen/Fed Uni. (Organiser: Bun)

Thursday 9 Nov 5.30pm – Black Hill (Organisers: Rod & James)

Thursday 23 Nov 5.30pm – Location TBC

Thursday 7 Dec 5.30pm (2017 WRAP-UP – BUNS BBQ/Picnic) – Lake Wendouree West. (Organiser: Jenny)

As you can see, an organiser and venue is still required for the event on 23rd Nov. Is there anybody out there???????
Results from last week:
Blake    190 points, 7 mins late, = 120 points
Peter    130 points, not late = 130 points
Aaron   140 points, 1 min late= 130 points
BJ           80 points, not late = 80 points
Judy      100 points, not late= 100 points
James   150 points, not late = 150 points
Ian         160 points, 2 mins late = 140 points
Jenny    160 points, not late = 160 points * unofficial (she didn’t have any checkpoints recorded as she forgot to take a pencil).
Laura+4   50 points, not late, but had 4 small helpers so gets bonus points = 200 points!!!
Hope to see you at the Triple BUN next week.
Jenny

[EurekaO] Middle Champs Update to roster

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Sep 132017
 

Thank you again to all who have willingly put up their hands for this coming Saturday.  Forecast is not particularly promising so bring warm clothing and waterproof gear.  With most of the Club members running from 1 to 1.30pm, I have had to change a couple of things to do with starts and finishes – see below

 

The Main Start has included James as he is starting very close to the last time and he can walk into the box at the appropriate time after assisting in getting the bulk of the field away.  The Secondary Start only has 18 competitors so will be done quickly and I have listed Lian there as she is not starting until 30 mins beyond the last start time at this station.

 

I have left a number of names attached to the finish and it will be necessary for perhaps Roch and Chris to always be in this space while Ian is out competing and for others listed to assist before running and then after.  It would be good for all of this group to meet with Ian around 12.30pm to know what has to happen.  Anyone else in the Club who wants to learn more about the finish procedure for future events should also get involved here.

 

11am             Parking

                      Adrian

 

12pm

Start Teams to get organised

First starts 1pm

Main Start  1 to 2pm – Mark, James. Ken

Secondary Start 1-1.20pm – Anitra, Lian

1pm

Finish

Ian,  Anitra, Belinda, John, Chris, Roch

 

 

Regards,

Mark Valentine

Administration & Events Manager

 

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[EurekaO] Entries for Vic Middle and Long Distance close this Sunday night

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Sep 082017
 
Hi all

Just a reminder to get your entries in for the 16th and 17th September events at Petticoat Gully and Creswick Diggings. Please respond to Mark [email protected]  as to what you can do at the Vic Middle on Saturday – set up on Friday afternoon, take down on Sunday after the presentations for the Long. We’ll take a load back to the store on Saturday after our presentations, but much of the infrastructure will be used again on Sunday by Bayside. So we’ll need a small crew on Sunday pm to put away the tents, tv’s, and water containers. This is our last big state event for 2017 so please support Roch and Chris’s work in the bush by giving a few hours of time. It is a EU team effort – all offers of assistance will be welcomed whether you are competing on not.

Cheers
Blake and Mark

[EurekaO] Vic Middle Champs

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Sep 042017
 

Eurekans

Your assistance is required on Saturday Sept 16 at Petticoat Gully, Creswick Forest to run the Vic Middle Championships.  Please register your availability with me asap so I can organise a roster.  Event will be held a little later in the day than usual to allow travellers to get up on  Saturday.  First starters at 1pm.  Some people still required relatively early to set up, so please indicate what your general availability will be.

 

Also if you have any time available on Sunday Sept 24 for aMAZEing Ballarat to be run within the Teachers Games (1pm to 6pm at Eastwood Leisure Complex), and/or Tuesday Sept 26 Foot O event at Yuille Station in Vickers St Sebastopol 9am to 12pm, please also let me know.

 

Regards,

Mark Valentine

Administration & Events Manager

 

PO Box 3, Wendouree 3355 | [email protected]

P: (03) 5338 1220 | F: (03) 5338 1992

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[EurekaO] Results this year in BUNS events

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Jul 292017
 
Here is the whole list of results for 2017 – hope to see many of you today at Redan on Ripon Street South at 11.00am. How are you going – try Ian’s challenge today and pick up ‘extra time’ at bonus checkpoints. I’ve always wondered how I could make the day longer! BUNS 2017 Results – Feb-Aug Cheers Blake _______________________________________________ allmembers mailing list [email protected] eurekaorienteers.asn.au/mailman/listinfo/allmembers_eurekaorienteers.asn.au

BUNS 29/07/2017 Time Bonuses

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Jul 282017
 
Since this BUNS event is in a rather more urbanised area than we are used to, with quite a few busier streets to cross, I wanted to offer a method to extend the time available to everyone, so you can slow down and take the time to cross roads safely without costing points, but also make this a part of the fun and challenge of the event itself. Introducing Time Bonus Checkpoints! On the map, there will be the usual 20 numbered checkpoints , but there will also be five additional Time Bonus checkpoints out there, marked on the map with A, B, C, D, and E. These five lettered checkpoints don’t earn any points towards your result. However… At each of these extra checkpoints, on the usual striped tape, there is a number between 1 and 20. Write this number down in the correct box on your map as usual, to show you visited. When you collect each number, if you also visit the matching numbered checkpoint, to make a pair, this will earn you an extra 3 minutes of event time, that’s added to your 45 minutes allowed without late penalty. This is to compensate for being patient when crossing roads safely. You won’t know the numbers beforehand, that’s part of the fun! If you collect a bonus number, you might find:
  1. You’ve already visited the numbered checkpoint beforehand, so you’ll instantly earn 3 extra minutes, with nothing more to do. Carry on navigating and use your extra minutes wisely! Be safe, and perhaps plan to visit another numbered checkpoint or two, to improve your score.
  2. You haven’t visited the numbered checkpoint, and decide it’s worth getting. You might have already planned to get it anyway, or you might modify and replan your route to visit that number and earn the 3 extra minutes. Again, use the extra time wisely. There’s no requirement to immediately go to the numbered checkpoint next – you might get a bonus number early in your run, and choose to visit it right at the end…
  3. You haven’t visited the numbered control, but decide that it is too far away, not part of your route plan, or the effort to get to it outweighs the benefit of the 3 extra minutes. You can simply choose to let it go, carry on navigating as you were planning to, and not gain the 3 extra minutes.
Earning bonus time doesn’t need significant additional effort or distance. Each pair is in the same general area or on logical route choices, not far distant across the other side of the map. Earn all five bonus time pairs, and you’ve got a whole HOUR to collect the 20 numbered checkpoints and get 200 points. If this is all too complicated, or you just want to run a “purist BUNS” race with only the 20 numbered checkpoints, maps will be available that don’t include the bonus checkpoints, so you can run the 20 numbered ones without the extras getting in the way. Ian Chennell (Executive Pâtissier)