Emus Online - 24 Jan 2006
Happy New Year for 2005! This is the first of our regular electronic mail-outs – to keep members better informed of what’s going on in the club. If you would like to publicise something, or write an article for circulation to club members, please send your article to hudson@bigpond.net.au . We’ll collate the material received, pad it out with articles of interest to orienteers, runners etc and send it out weekly.

Fiona Fell has kindly offered to provide editorial assistance – but we need your input and your photos. As an added bonus, we’ll publish excerpts from the newsletters on the club website.

Recent Events

At this time of year, the keener NE members keep fit by taking part in one or more street-orienteering events. This year, the street-series is again running on Monday through Thursday nights – with Monday to the South, Tuesday to the West, Wednesday to the East and Thursday into our region – to the North and North East.

Eastern Series

Rachel Johnson continues to be the leading female in A course – and is, in fact, our only representative in this course. In B course, Peter Kempster, the Stirlings, Peter Maloney and Geoff Hudson are regular attendees. Lauris has had a good season and continues to give Ian a hard time in B course. In C course, Rick Bailes runs a 92% average…although one event in which he scored 97 did help to raise his average a little – well done Rick! And finally, in E course, Kevin Maloney and Bill and Marion Johnson are always there – with Kevin running a 98.8% average.

Western Series

The Fell family are always in strength – with the boys now running A grade and Don/Fiona running B grade, we’re well represented here. Geoff Hudson and Alex Shepherd also run in B Grade – Alex runs really well for an old bloke! Phil Giddings, our latest NE member, heads up C grade – he runs superbly well….I can’t keep up with him! Margi Freemantle, Fiona Fell, Sue Healy, Helen Schofield, Ron Wescott, Schon Hudson, Lenore Shepherd and Rhonda Di Biase are regular attendees in this series too.

Northern Series

The Northern Series was created to provide NE and YV – the clubs that service this area – with the opportunity to recruit new members. It is unfortunate that the voracious Bayside continues to solicit everybody from anywhere – but all credit to them – at 380 members, they are now the biggest orienteering club in Victoria – if not in Australia. From NE, we get all the regulars plus the Horn family, Pamela Copley, Ron Frederick (el Presidente) and Jeff/Anne Hughes.

Particular thanks to Bruce Johnson for his Westgarth Course and to Jeff and Anne for the recent Diamond Creek Course.

Thanks to Course Setters/Organisers

Sincere thanks to those of you that have pitched in so willingly to help us out with course-setting and various organisational tasks at events. This helps a lot – and makes the event that much more enjoyable for everyone.

New Map – Melbourne University

Congratulations to James Fell for his efforts on building the Melbourne University Micro map – the level of detail on this map has to be seen to be believed. James has done a superb job of mapping and field-working in 3 dimensions – with the map showing underpasses, elevated walkways and ramps/stairs.

There is a plan to run the micro-Orienteering championships at Melbourne Uni late in the year.

New Members  

Congratulations to Antony and Christy Ball – for providing the most recent addition to the Emu membership list – daughter Elise Charlotte.

The Ball extended family are now a regular feature at Eastern Series Street-O events.

Another recent member is Phil Giddings – Phil’s been around orienteering and rogaining for a while and is a superb runner. Look for the dark hair, red shorts and cheesy grin as he soars past!


A Great Annual Bike Ride by Joyce Rowlands

From 26 NOVEMBER UNTIL 4 December 2005, the 9 day Great Victorian Bike Ride – this year titled “River to River” – was held. Several NE members rode the 570 Km from the River Murray in Swan Hill to the Yarra River in Heidelberg. Lauris and Ian Stirling, Mary Omodei and daughter Lisa completed the ride and Joyce Rowlands, taking part for the first time, rode 3 full days and half-days for the rest. It was quite taxing for me due to inadequate training and I found the hot, windy and occasionally wet conditions difficult – but it wasn’t really hilly.

The organisation was fantastic for the 4500 riders plus the 500+ volunteers. The food was excellent – and plentiful. Washing up facilities, toilets, hot showers and large trucks to carry our gear in the 20 Kg bags allowed per person…it was a well oiled machine and a very special adventure.

It was great to be in a supportive group, daily putting tents up and down and moving out – the earlier the better. There were people from all walks of life and everybody was very, very friendly and helpful. It was a wonderful experience and for many and annual holiday and challenge to look forward to.

MTB-O State Series Double-Header at Maryborough

The word is out - on the Vic and ozmtbo web pages - that entries are now open for the first "double-header" in mtb-o for 2006 on 25 and 26 February. We are sure that the great track network at Maryborough that many of you road last November will again test your navigation on the gentle hills in this goldmining area.

 In 2006 Nillumbik and Eureka are trying something different - entry by email and payment on the day! That way we can pre-print a map for you each day, but still let you to start when you want to on Saturday and Sunday. And the new "Bull Gully Wells" map on Sunday will be the Victorian Middle-Distance Champs! 

On Saturday we'll have starts from 1 to 3 pm and Sunday from 9.30 to 12 noon. If it looks like a really hot weekend, we may take the option to start a bit earlier.

The double header will feature two selection trials for the prospective members of the Australian team for WMTB-OC2006 in Finland. They will have pre-set start times, but everyone else may start on  the regular sign up sheets we normally use - 2 minute start interval.

 All you need to do

1    Send your details (Name, Age Class, Club, SI number, Year of Birth) to eurekao@netconnect.com.au before Monday 20 February

2    Remember to make your bookings with Rob and Helen Edmonds at redm4896@bigpond.net.au   for a Saturday night meal at Bunkers Restaurant Maryborough to make it a real "weekend away" in great mtb-orienteering terrain around Maryborough.

Member News

Paul Vidovich has been on the bench for sometime now – as a result of injury. When last heard from, he was slowly recovering and hoping to get back to Power Walking this season. Good luck Paul!

David Hudson is in the Philippines – on holiday - last report was of climbing a volcano. We’ll put some pictures on the website on return.

The Hudsons plan to enter a family team in the Oxfam Trailwalker 100Km walk – if you would like to make a donation to Oxfam, please let them know. They have to raise $1000 for charity as part of the terms of entry – any tax-deductible donations welcome.

NE Running Tops

We’re placing an order for more tops – these tops retail for $50 – but are subsidised by the club. So you pay only $20. Once you’ve run in one of these tops, you won’t want to run in anything else! It’s a great feeling to see another Emu runner approaching – these tops are a great advertisement for our club. Undoubtedly, the best looking running top around (although the DROC one is pretty cool too).

Designed to be both stylish and safe – particularly for those of us that take part in the Winter Night Series – these tops are hard wearing and suitable for park/street and (some would suggest) for bush running too. Reserve your top - contact Schon on 9888 8121 or at schon@orienteering.com.au to place an order.