- 1st August 2006
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In this edition of Emus Online . . .
- Schon Hudson is mobile again after her bunion operation; she's made an
appearance at a few recent events - not participating, but present
- Doreen Schinck is making a good recovery from a stroke; Max is well and is
looking after her at home.
Every year the Emus run what is generally believed to be one of the most
sociable and fun events of the orienteering calendar - the 3 hour Maxi. This has
proved so popular that other clubs are now adopting the format - although none
quite as good as the Maxi - known for its great food, social atmosphere, great
prizes (with a prize for every junior taking part) and the stunning
split-ticket/results analysis and web-pages that our software provides.
We're headed up there on the Saturday - to put a few controls out and set up
the finish area. There's toilets onsite and free camping for those that are
happy to do the campfire thing on the Saturday night. For those that want to be
a little more comfortable the Rushworth motel is remarkably cheap and we've
already booked a couple of rooms there. So let us know (by email or phone) if
you'd like to come along on the Saturday. It's a relaxed, low-key event so we
tend to treat it as a weekend away rather than the higher-pressure State-Series
The Maxi is a Teams or Solo event - go with a group or go by yourself - your
choice. Control setting is generally moderate - so this is a perfect event to
bring a non-orienteering friend to and teach them how to navigate. If you'd like
to come along, but don't have a partner, please get in touch with me and I'll
arrange one (Geoff - 9888 8121).
Useful Maxi Links
- The main task that we may need help with is catering. As much as possible,
we're trying to provide fresh soup after the event, so if you can make soup
that would be great (but we'd need to know the ingredients). We can always use
more helpers after the event - to warm the soup - and look after the finishers
as they arrive back. If you can come along and help out (after your own run of
course), please let Schon know on 9888 8121.
- Bring a cup and plate
- Let us know if you're coming up on Saturday so we can keep you informed of
arrangements for camping and Saturday night dinner.
Fiona is looking for orders for Emus clothing/uniforms; please call her on
9749 4941 if you would like to order any of the following:
- Emu running tops - singlets & T-shirts
- Emu jackets (apres run gear)
- Emu hats (for chilly conditions)
- Emu sweat bands - the best value available - much, much better than the
Silva ones that sell for $6.
Emus Training Nights
If you're not already aware, Emus and friends have now start running Training
Activities on Monday evenings - in reality this is just an excuse to get out for
another run in the company of friends.
At the moment, the basic
- Fun events – while we will probably run standard score events, we don’t
plan to restrict the course setter from trying out other ideas. Opportunity to
run “different formats” – just fun activities and a great run in good company
- No charge
- Informal – come if you want, but we’re just a group of people on a
training activity. No liability issues – we may ask each participant to sign a
waiver covering all such events.
- Start locations – somewhere where we can get access to a toilet at the
start and cover + cup of tea/coffee after the run. We've used houses and a
local shopping centre for the first 3-4 nights.
- No controls – we plan to use a format that minimises the work. No putting
controls out on the day, no control pickup. At the moment we use the unique
numbers displayed on all light poles - the last digit of these provides an
excellent way of recording transit past a control site.
- The course-setter gets to run too – first person back puts his card in the
box and then takes charge of monitoring time for others that come back
(security is another reason for using a house as start location)
- Access to maps – so far all clubs contacted have provided access to maps
free of charge.
- We’re not interested in huge numbers (maybe 20-30 people) at the moment.
If the concept grows too quickly, we could easily split it into two nights or
two locations on the same night. With the cost of petrol increasing rapidly,
we may have to move this way for all street-orienteering. Personally, I'm
beginning to wonder about the sense in travelling long-distances for a 50-60
minute run - maybe this highly localised format could provide a viable
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