Hi everyone

The 2023 year is rapidly winding down with today’s Vic Sprint Championships done and ‘dusted’ (or did they get some of the welcome rain!). Well done to the “fab five” who made the trip – with podium placings to Chris Norwood (1st, M65A) and Aislinn Prendergast (3rd W21A) and a Mad Dash 1st for Judy Prendergast!
Looking back over the year, I have put together a one-page summary of 2023 noting our events, our accomplishments, our activities and anticipating our yearly awards (the Jenni, the Tom, and the Stuff Up or the year). With “in and out” of COVID, recovery from the big 2022 Australian Carnival, and running some really successful events it has been a year to reflect on – and move on to 2024!
By my calculations 2024 will be Eureka’s 50th year since we started at the Gillies Street campus of State College of Victoria back in February 1975. The executive committee has already had a go at setting up a different but challenging series of events starting TOMORROW NIGHT with Gary’s MapRun starting from Peel Street Park at 6pm (see Eventor). This event only requires you to bring your smart phone with the MapRun app loaded. 
Then before Christmas and over January and February expect a series of BUNS and MapRun events on Eventor to keep us all in shape physically as well as mentally. The big start on the National O-scene for Eureka, organised by Roch and Aislinn, will be the Ballarat Sprint weekend with 4 events in two days on the 9-10 March long weekend. Then Eureka will start the first Vic MTBO Series event rolling in Creswick Forest on 24 March.
One big change for 2024 is the regular foot-o events in the Ballarat Classic series co-ordinated by Gary Buchan at Nuggety Dam, Petticoat Gully, Bryce’s Flat, Enfield and Mt Beckworth – all before the end of June!  These great locations, coupled with great courses and simple set-up on the day is what many have been calling for over the last year. So contact Gary over the next month to help set 4-5 courses for about 50-75 people for each event. More about the details and format of the series in the next few weeks. 
So ask not (in the words of JFK) what Eureka can do for you this year – ask what you can do for Eureka.
Cheers and hope you have a happy holiday season!