Tenth aMAZEing Ballarat Report and Results

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Dec 052016
 

aMAZEing Ballarat Number 10

This year we linked the event with the 162nd celebration of Eureka Day, and were fortunate to be able to start the event at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.). This location looked a picture early in the morning on Saturday, but was soon forgotten as competitors started counting bonnets in one display or words from famous speeches in another, before trekking up the hill to the Eureka Stockade Monument and running along the famous Troopers Trail in Specimen Vale. Once these elements were completed it was down into the city for the rest of the challenges which included a blindfolded walk through a “minefield”,  a test of nimble fingers making bead spiders, and a return to the classroom situated in the Town Hall to make words from the letters of aMAZEing Ballarat. Balladonors who raise money for Cancer Research via the Relay for Life Program were the main beneficiary again and Eureka Orienteers are proud to be able to make a donation of $1000 from this year’s event and a small corporate one held last week. The other group who received an early Christmas present were the Ballarat Community Garden, who had a box of gardening gloves and hats delivered courtesy of the competitors. As this was the 10th anniversary of this event, Eureka Orienteers manipulated the classes to be sure that all went home with one of the coveted mugs.  Special mention for the Girls team who scored the maximum number of points including pick-ups on the bonus sections. Results
The Orienteering Serious Contenders  POINTS The Non-Orienteering Serious Contenders  POINTS
1. The Magpies 957 1. The Girls 983
2=. Geoff and Jenny 945 2. The Boys 949
2=. Rod Tseggi  n James 945 3. The 3 Amigos 935
3. I thought you said left 869
The Newcomers The Non-Orienteering Strolling Regulars
1. Team Stevens 847 1. The Hawkers 856
2. Action Jacksons 801 2. Two Saints +1 830
3. Limophie 761 3. Walkie Talkies 692
 And the Juniors & Others
 1. The Fluffheads  899
 2. Delicious Daryl  785
 3. Josh and Thomas  642

BUNS Series 4 Events 1, 2 and 3

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Nov 142016
 

BUNS Series IV – Events 1,2,3 – Victoria  Park / Inclusive Playspace, Lake Wendouree & Kensington Estate

Victoria Park  22 October – 11.15am start Ballarat’s weather played havoc with this event – shining when we started at 11.15, but turned foul with all involved getting a bit wet. How did you go? The complete re-map of the Victoria Park thanks to Rod Gray proved very appropriate for the event – and gives us a good base for future expansion to the surrounding streets, south into the pines and over to St Pat’s Sec College. The Grand Day Out at the new Inclusive Play Space across from Loreto College gave promise of big numbers, but the weather was the decider and only 13 people braved the conditions. Using the 15 permanent controls (newly painted) helped competitors find them in the gloom. Inside the play space Rod and James set a 20-control striped tape course that attracted over 25 newcomers. The kids really seemed to have great fun in finding the tapes – more like “hide and seek“ – with families running here and there, while some pairs used the map to find each marker scattered around the various structures in the playground.  Blake has offered the map to future users of the inclusive play space and park thru the Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall. Thanks to Rod, James, Mark, Heather and Blake for helping out on the day – next time we’ll get the weather right!   Name(s)                   Total time             Points             Time penalty (5 pts/min late)      Final score
Judy P 44.00 120 0 120
Angela and Mike 39.00 120 -20 150
Par Lange Group 43.00 150 -30 170
Liz & Tim (+Sophia) 25.00 30 0 30
Monica &Geordie 43.00 120 0 120
Jeanette 45.00 20 0 20
Roch P 32.00 150 0 150
  Lake Wendouree – 3 November – 4.30pm start What a perfect afternoon for a run around the lake precinct and Prince of Wales Park / Lake Gardens!  We tried the Thursday afternoon format again as daylight saving is on again giving an extra hour of light. John Erwin used all parts of the map for his 20 locations – some pretty well hidden in the surroundings.  John set the sites with safe crossings of Gillies Street – but he didn’t anticipate the volume of traffic (all had to wait for breaks in the stream of cars).  No one managed to get all 20 in the 45 minutes, but the challenge made us all reassess our route choices and try to run the ‘perfect race’ while sitting at the finish pergola. Then John tossed in another first by asking us questions about things we had seen around the course (or historical aspects of the district) and had us fill in the three words on the back of the map. Lots of laughs John and a good addition to the afternoon. Who will invent another mental challenge to our fortnightly BUNS events?  We still are struggling to increase numbers but hope the better weather will attract more to join in.   Name(s)                   Total time             Points             Time penalty (5 pts/min late)      Final score
Judy 46.00 70 -10 60
James and Reyx 47.00 130 -10 120
Blake 45.20 180 -5 175
Ian & Madeleine 47.00 90 -10 80
Jenny and Tsegii 49.00 200 -20 180
Jeanette Nevill 47.00 70 -10 60
Geoff and Rod 46.30 200 -10 190
  Kensington Estate – 12 November – 11.15am start New map, a new area, but the same old weather – but thankfully it cleared just before the start. Roch set the controls on an area most of us have never visited – Winter Valley – named Kensington Estate. The map was accurate and will certainly change as it is on the western most development in the Lucas area west of Delacombe and Alfredton. The large park area splitting the map in two sections and some cunning placements made for some challenging choices that penalized those that didn’t look closely at the best routes. Possible route choices around the fences proved slow with the wet, tall grass making running difficult. With the wind a factor and the threat of showers the course proved a good challenge for all  – with particular success to Team Gray and Mike / Angela getting maximum points.  As the series has progressed there has been a marked increase in the navigational skill of the teams involved – one of the positive gains for all. Now if teams can get a bit more running / walking fitness another landmark will have been achieved. Everyone seems to be really enjoying the mental and physical exercise – and we certainly are discovering more unique places around Ballarat.   Name(s)                   Total time             Points             Time penalty (5 pts/min late)      Final score
Judy P 44.20 160 0 160
James and Reyx 33.45 200 0 200
Blake G 40.20 190 0 190
Angela and Mike 39.27 200 0 200
Peter J 43.53 170 0 170
Jeanette Nevill 44.20 160 0 160
John and Dot 45.00 180 0 180
Mark V 36.06 190 0 190
  Hope to see a record attendance at the next event Thursday 24th November at Chisholm Street Reserve (just north of Black Hill) where Rod and James will expand the Black Hill map to the east into Nerrina and Brown Hill wetlands. Bring a friend and we’ll double our numbers! See you there … Blake

[EurekaO] This Weekend

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Nov 082016
 

Hi everyone,

We’ve got a busy weekend of local orienteering opportunities coming up!

Firstly, our next BUNS event is on Saturday at 11am at Kensington Estate, Delacombe.  Meeting point is the park on the corner of Yorkdale Blvd and Elegante Road, Delacombe:  https://goo.gl/maps/koy9TzJQvL82

Then on Sunday, Roch is running some BushO training near Daylesford – see below:  https://goo.gl/maps/qzNtAYxNauC2

Cheers, Ian



——– Forwarded Message ——–
Subject: Sunday Training
Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2016 07:57:40 +0800
From: [email protected]
To: Ian Chennell <[email protected]&gt;


Hi Ian

Would you be able to put this on the club email for me.

Roch

There will be Bush O training again this Sunday the 6th of November. Details follows:


Sunday 6th November from 11:00am to 2pm

Map will be Hepburn West. Some times called The Blow Hole

No Cost.

Meet at the corner of Basalt Rd and Yam Gully Rd. Here https://goo.gl/maps/qzNtAYxNauC2

This can be reached from 2 directions.  Off the Hepburn Newstead Rd ( Head along Main Rd out of Daylesford) or from the other end of Basalt Rd of the Midland Highway (Head towards Creswick out of Daylesford)


Training is open to all abilities and ages so come and take advantage of the excellent coaching provided by the two Finnish Girls Noora and Lotta.


Please contact me if attending so we can print maps at [email protected] or TXT on 0417423846.


Roch Prendergast

[EurekaO] aMAZEing Ballarat

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Oct 242016
 

Please consider entering or assisting on the day.

 

aMAZEing BALLARAT

The 10th Annual aMAZEing Ballarat is on Saturday December 3rd and it coincides with Eureka Day.  To help celebrate this fact, this fun, charity, 4 hr event, based loosely on the TV Program The Amazing Race, will start this year at MADE – the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Stawell St, Ballarat.  Teams of 2, 3 or 4 will again be challenged by the Clues, the quirky Activities and the mystery Locations amidst the beauty of Ballarat’s streets, parks and attractions.  All funds raised will go to a Relay for Life Fundraising Team linked with Cancer Research, who will also provide support around the course.  If you have entered before you know the fun that can be found in frustration, and if you have not entered yet, the 10th edition is a must !
All details regarding entry can be found at www.eurekaorienteers.asn.au or call Mark Valentine on 0418 310125 or [email protected]

 

Regards,

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[EurekaO] Grand Day Out at Vic Park

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Oct 212016
 

Eurekans

We have agreed to participate in this new initiative run by the City this Saturday Oct 22.  The day will run from 10am to 4pm at the Inclusive Play Space in Victoria Park, Sturt St.  We will be running two events – one for the kids inside the playground as well as our usual BUNS event at 11.15am in Vic Park.  We are looking for any support you can muster to man the playground event – really simple, just hand out a map and pencil and collect back from them at the end – it is a free event.  Any encouraging of others to have a go at the BUNS can be done as well.  There will be food and drinks available on site as well.  If you can help for any part of the day , please let me know asap.

 

Regards,

Mark Valentine

Administration & Events Manager

 

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Dr Blake Carnival Website Archived

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Oct 132016
 
The website hosting arrangement for the Dr Blake (2015 Australian Spring Orienteering) Carnival runs out soon, so before we lose that history forever, I’ve migrated a complete copy of that website into a subfolder of this website, so we always have it to refer to. Navigate to http://www.eurekaorienteers.asn.au/ozchamps2015/ to get to the home page of the Carnival website archive, then everything from there should work exactly as it did for the Carnival. Regards, Ian C

[EurekaO] URGENT!!! Victorian Relay Champs.

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Sep 282016
 

Hi everyone,

Not sure whether Jenny got any responses about the Club Relays coming up on Sunday week, but we have to nominate our numbers and classes of teams by tomorrow evening (Thursday 29th).  Individual names can be allocated to the teams and changed up till Thursday next week, but the number of Eureka teams in each class need to be entered now, so that map printing and course gaffling can be planned.

Please let me know by reply email ASAP, if you’re intending to run, and what Course you’d like to do – 1, 2, 3 or 4.

I’m intending on going, and will run a 2 or 3, if anyone wants to join me in a Course 2, Course 3 or Mixed Course 5 team.

Regards, Ian



On 18/09/2016 18:42, Jenny Lawford wrote:
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The Vic Relay Champs will be held on Sunday 9 October at Brimbank Park in Melbourne. First leg runners will start at 11am.     Eureka would like to enter as many teams as possible. The area offers relatively easy orienteering in an open parkland setting. Relays are fun events with nobody taking them seriously, so don't be afraid that "you're not fast enough". If you'd like to orienteer that day, come along.     We need to enter by 28 Sept, but as I am going away to Qld before then, I'd like to hear from any interested runners by this Wednesday ( 21st).    You need to tell me which course you'd like to run ( and what course is your second preference - numbers mean I may have to move people off their preferred course) and also if you have a strong preference for which leg you'd like.    The courses are  Course 1.    7km (hard navigation)  Course 2.    5km (hard navigation)  Course 3.    3 km ( moderate navigation)   Course 4.     2km ( easy navigation)   Course 5.      A mix of the above courses - used so that everybody can be fitted into a team.     ( I think the "hard navigation" mentioned above is nothing like the hard navigation at today's event at Chapel Flat!!!!)    If you'd like to run, please send an email in the next couple of days to [email protected]     Hope to hear from lots of you    Jenny         Sent from my iPad    _______________________________________________  allmembers mailing list  [email protected]  http://eurekaorienteers.asn.au/mailman/listinfo/allmembers_eurekaorienteers.asn.au      

[EurekaO] BUNS Lake Wendouree

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Sep 042016
 
Hi everyone, Report from our BUNS event at Lake Wendouree on Saturday. Our next BUNS is on Saturday September 17th – meet at the Black Hill Swimming Pool, off Chisholm Street Black Hill. 11am for 11.15am start. www.google.com.au/maps/place/Black+Hill+Swimming+Pool/@-37.5495601,143.8711097,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6ad145b46bef23e1:0x112de434e67c2126!8m2!3d-37.5495644!4d143.8732984 Cheers, Ian _______________________________________________ allmembers mailing list [email protected] eurekaorienteers.asn.au/mailman/listinfo/allmembers_eurekaorienteers.asn.au

BUNS Series 3 Progress Report

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Aug 232016
 
BUNS Series 3 – Event 1 – Canadian Lakes 6 August 2016 The depth of winter in Ballarat – but a good turn up 12 runners/walkers in cool but sometimes sunny conditions. This is the first time we’ve used this start/finish site at the Canadian Lakes playground. Roch’s placement of controls was challenging to get the 20 controls in 45 minutes, but two teams did it and most improved on their total score. Several new groups – Andrew and Alina (+ dog), Liz, Tim (+ Sophie in a pusher) – really enjoyed seeing part of Ballarat they had not seen before. That is the main reason we’ve staged these events – to give you a different picture of our diverse town, parklands and bushland. Even President Mark had two pouches in tow – or where they towing him! Today’s event was the first to use the western edge of the newly declared (5th August) Canadian Regional Park – less than 24 hours after the inspirational ceremonies at the Earth Science Centre, Mt Clear Sec College, Olympic Avenue. Rod and James almost made it to the start – but a freak accident at the end of Springs Road saw them assisting a young driver who crashed his car just outside Geoff and Jenny’s driveway. The award for persistence today has to go to Andrew and Alina who found 10 controls in 41 minutes – then took a break and did the other 10 in the early afternoon! BUNS Series 3 – Event 2 – Yuille Homestead 20 August 2016 John Erwin set the courses today – and at 9 am it was fine. When we started at 11.15 it had deteriorated and wind had picked up – this event was for the keen ones! We only had problems with one control on the east side of the map that was placed in a location that needs a bit of fieldchecking. Otherwise the great variety of locations spread from the north to south edge of the map really tested everyone – walkers and runners. Wet under foot in the paddocks, muddy patches on the tracks, only one creek crossing (unless you got your feet wet) and tapes on new features from Series 2 final event made for good navigation. It is a great area right on the Yarrowee Creek in Sebastopol and promises to be a popular one for our next series. No one managed the 20 controls in 45 minutes – even our World Super Veterans Rogaining Champ Rod could not drag son James around in time. Roch got a chance to run on the map he made several years ago, but was stymied by the high water in the creek. The teams with dogs did well in the slippery conditions, but the last stair climb proved challenging for Mark – he carried the dogs up the metal stairs just east of the finish! Next Event at Lake Wendouree – Saturday, 3 Sept – Ian Chennell will set the course on a brand new map from Roch. Invite your friends – we’d like to get more than 30 to the event on what should be a very flat but complex terrain in the gardens and wetlands on the west side of the lake. Start at picnic area corner of Nursery Drive and Wendouree Parade at 11am for 11.15 start. Blake (in Jenny’s absence)