|Emus Online - 1st November 2006|
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Rob Edmonds puts a lot of effort into inter-schools competitions and training juniors - and is running a training exercise at Brimbank Park next Saturday afternoon (11th November) at 2pm. While it is essentially for families from Glen Katherine Primary School he has invited club members to come for a run and help out.
He plans to set out a scatter course with 20 controls. Please let Rob know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 9438 3378 if you'd like to come along and are willing to help.
If you haven't called Fiona to let her know that you're coming to the
Milgrove weekend, do it now! Come along for a few hours or stay overnight
and take part in both days - Milgrove is only about an hour's drive from
Melbourne, so it's closer than the average bush event.
This is planned to be a social weekend where street O, bush O and Bike O club members can mingle. Several organized activities are offered, orienteering on Sunday is intended to be very low key, non threatening and enjoyable (and not too much cheating).
WHEN: Nov. 25th – 26th (Sat.-Sun)
WHERE: Milgrove Outdoor Education Centre (at the base of Mt. Donna Buang, Dee Rd., Milgrove. Melways 289A2)
Limited accommodation is available in 4 – 6 bed bunkrooms - cost $12 per person. If numbers requiring beds exceeds bed availability, then people may camp.
The club will provide Saturday evening main meal - and we've asked people to bring a contribution along for dessert, nibbles etc.
Go for a walk/run - or just get to know other members
For a more pleasant and easier walk, there are lots of walking tracks along the valley - we'll have maps of the area available for perusal.
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If you would like to come along, grab the entry form from our website - the Emus Home Page.
Please forward completed form (with cheque for accommodation if staying overnight) to Fiona Shaw, Box 4012, Hoppers Crossing 3029,by November 9th, 2006.
If you have any queries email email@example.com or phone 9749 4941
As a result of representation at all age-groups and keen participation from so many of our members, our club once again wins the Rockhopper Trophy for best bush-orienteering club in Victoria. While we may not be the strongest street-O club in the area, our bush experience is second to none!
Congratulations to everybody that took part in bush events this year. The scores achieved in each event are shown below.
|2006 ROCKHOPPER TROPHY|
|12 (Vic Mid)||10||10||118||128||13||39||109||94||109||63||122||815|
|13 (Vic Long)||8||15||131||124||23||26||116||127||150||50||147||917|
Well, the 2006-2007 Summer Series started this week! While numbers at the
Southern and Northern series were conservative, Wednesday night attendance
sprung instantly to 188 entries. The Tuesday Series traditionally starts the
week after cup day - this year it will start 2 weeks after the other series.
Costs have gone up - although this was expected. As a result of increased
VOA levies, the Park-Street organisers have had to put entry fees up.
They've absorbed the last few increases in VOA fees, but can no longer
afford to do so this year.
It was good to see so many Emus come out of hibernation to take part in the Summer Series. The transition from running in the dark with a headlamp to running in daylight (but now with a sweat-band) is always pleasant. It was good to see Michael Horn and family - wife Rosemarie and daughters Rachel and Freya run with the family's labrador (Michael - what is the dog's name - and how come he doesn't get a mention in the scores).
A number of decisions were discussed/ratified at the recent VOA Council Meeting:
Lauris Stirling and Geoff Hudson have entered an Emus team in the Oxfam Trail Walker event next year. This 100Km event traditionally runs from Jell's Park across the Dandenongs, over to Warburton and up to the top of Mount Donna Buang. As a result of the snow storm last year, the organisers have changed the route - so that the finish no longer requires one to climb a mountain at the end of 100km. Interestingly, the climb is about the same - as doubling back through lower hills takes teams over two lower hills rather than a climb up one big one.
We'll be organising training activities in the near future - typically Saturday walks of 4-5 hours duration over parts of the course. Anyone that would like to take part in these training activities would be most welcome - we'll publish a list soon - just let us know and we'll keep you informed of arrangements.
over to discuss NE running tops and après-run clothing the other day. She
took the opportunity to show us some of the work that the Fell family had
been doing to integrate their Werribee maps into a single, larger map. A map
like this would have terrific possibilities for a 2-hour or 3-hour event
As we looked at the map, I noted that I recently passed a huge area of parkland on my way out to Werribee Golf Course and that the area was bounded on one side by the Werribee River. From the golf course the adjacent properties look like rolling parklands - great running for a park-street event.
"As long as you're a fast runner" said Fiona with a wry smile. "That's the Werribee Animal Park, I hope you can run fast. There are cheetahs running wild over there."
The Victorian Long Distance Championships were held on 22 October; NE representation included, Rob Fell, Peter Mallen, Phil Giddings, Alan Watts, Rob Edmonds, Rex Niven, Dave Mallen, Ron Frederick, Alice Edmonds, Helen Schofield, Helen Edmonds, Fiona Fell, Jessica Niven, Don Fell, Kevin Maloney, Bill Johnson, Laurie Niven, Paul Adrian, Dorothy Adrian, Sue Healy, Joyce Rowlands, Kate Edmonds, Marion Johnson and Jesse Mallen.
NE took out 1st and 2nd in several categories and 1-2 and 3 in Women's 50. A great effort by all concerned!
Daylight saving is back and the summer series has started. Can we get as many Emus taking part as possible - wear the running top with pride and look for others in an NE running top.
If you see somebody you don't know - in an NE top - please go over and introduce yourself.
Check out the Emus Street-Orienteering pages for details of Park/Street events - without a doubt, still the original and the best available street orienteering information in Melbourne. Details of all remaining Bush events and special events below:
5th : Club Event #9, EU. 3km SE of Ballarat(Map: Canadian Forest, Scale:1:10,000, 5m contours). Melway 76 G3. Directions: Travel to Ballarat via the Western Freeway and take the first exit (Victoria St) into Ballarat. At the first set of traffic lights, turn left into Fussel St. After 2km, turn left into Wilson St and follow the orienteering signs - be wary of the "blind" crossroad with Long St which is on the crest of a hill after 0.5km. From North: Travel into Ballarat via the Daylesford Rd which becomes Water St as it passes under the Western Freeway. Continue along Water St, through the roundabout and then the traffic lights where it becomes Fussel St. After 2km, turn left into Wilson St and follow the orienteering signs - be wary of the "blind" crossroad with Long St which is on the crest of a hill after 0.5km. Organiser:Terry Haebich,
10th : Vic. Primary Schools Eastern Zone Champs., VOA. (Map: Jells Park). Directions: See VOA web site
12th : Vic Long Dist MTBO Champs, VOA. (Map: TBA, Scale:1:20K, 5m contours). Directions: Go to www.vicorienteering.asn.au/events/mtbo. Organiser:Peter Cusworth, Start Times:11.00 am to 1.00 pm. 4 Standard State Series "line" courses plus a beginners 90 minute "Score" course, Fees: VOA:Adults $12, Juniors $9, Families $30 - NonVOA:Adults $18, Juniors $14, Families $45.
17th : Vic. Primary Schools Western Zone Champs, VOA. (Map: Brimbank Park). Directions: See VOA web site
19th : Presentations & Short course Teams Event, BK. Woodend(Map: Hanging Rock , Scale:1:10K, 5m contours). Melway 609H9. Directions: See www.vicorienteering.asn.au.
We've often discussed the possibility of taking part in a street-orienteering event in Venice and this will actually take place later this month (12th November). If you happen to be in the area, it would certainly be an interesting run.
orienteer, Joe Lomax, wrote an excellent description of Venice and how to
navigate in this type of terrain. His web pages at
http://www.initaly.com/regions/veneto/ovensty.htm provide a very amusing
description of the city, the terminology for each of the terrain features
that you will encounter and a suggestion as to how you should navigate
during your run.
"You cannot move through Venice with the same mind set as you would Yosemite or, for that matter, other cities. The difference is obvious even to those who have never visited Venice, that, in the words of Robert Benchley, "Streets filled with water. Please advise." But more than the 'streets' of water, the defining characteristic, what keeps Venice Venice, is that the streets have no cars. Venice is far from an orienteer's typical wilderness, but blazing a trail down these streets, through the forest of homes, grand and modest, can seem as daunting as any backwoods"
Some of his tips include:
If we hear of any Aussies taking part in this event, we'll see if we can get a report.
Fiona and Schon have taken delivery of more running tops and are
distributing these to the people that have requested same. At the last
committee meeting, we discussed how we could cater for young kids and it was
decided that we would purchase some low-cost T-shirts.
Fiona is holding one up in the picture to the left. These are a good quality T-shirt with the Emus logo printed on the front. Cost is $12 per T-shirt.
Other items available are:
There seems to be good support for a Saturday evening training/social activity. We'll circulate details of the first event to Emu members as soon as details are confirmed.
How many words can you find in the grid below? All words get 1 point. Orienteering related words get an extra bonus point. Places-names that are an Emus Bush Orienteering map get 2 bonus points. Send your list and claimed score to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . First prize will be a bottle of wine or a headlamp - to be presented on the Milgrove weekend (....the controversy that results from some words should make an interesting discussion).