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Maribyrnong “Get Active” Expo 2014

The Western Park-Street Series hosted two events for the City of Maribyrnong “Get Active” Expo.

On a wet night at the Whitten Oval 15 keen participants braved the elements at a “Come and Try It” event.

Results:

60 minute Run:
1st. The Sneddon group (Robert and Daniel) 60 points

60 minute Walk:
1st. The Butcher group (Tony, Terri, Josh, Emily, Elise) 26 points

40 minute Run:
1st. The Harpur group (Clair, Ava, Peta) 25 points

40 minute Walk:
1st. The Sayers group (Lisa, Ned, Poppy, Tom, Xavier) 21 points

Thanks to Fiona, Ken and Don who worked at the event and to Ed and William for the course setting and BK for use of the map, and to Rick and the City of Maribyrnong for organising the Expo and use of facilities.

And the following Saturday at Footscray Park approx. 50 joined in with the Saturday Series crowd in glorious weather.
Results are listed with the overall Saturday Series results. http://www.vicorienteering.asn.au/gfolder/parkstreet/results/7-sat/event3.html

Thanks to Fiona, Ken and the TK members who worked at the event, to Don for course setting and to Peter and the Tuckonie club for use of the map, and to Rick and the City of Maribyrnong for organising the Expo and use of facilities.

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Nillumbik Emus back-to-back at Victorian Teachers Games, September 2013

A Nillumbik Emus Orienteer, Rob Fell, took out the Open Men’s title at the Victorian Teachers games.  Rob won the 60min score event by completing the course in just over 45min; almost 3min clear of second place.

This year’s competition was held in Ballarat and organised by Eureka Orienteers.

From Mt Clear Secondary college, competitors traversed the logged areas south of Canadian Forest and explored the newer Mt Clear estates.

Last year’s teachers’ games event was won by Robert Edmonds. Rob broke the drought after a run of 5 silver medals, in 2012.

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Emus Online August 2013

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Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

The Real Story Behind the Maxi

Course setting at Boundary Creek is tough enough, but what ensued when I was putting out the controls was a story of utter frustration and stupidity.

I chose a lovely day, Thursday, to put out the controls. After picking up the control boxes in Woodend, I arrived at the first control site to find I had left the flags at home.  I decided that their was no point going home at this stage and to put out the control stands. I finished the last control and arrived home about 8pm after collecting the SI equipment at Woodend.

The pink tape hanging above the control stands seemed okay, but it wasn’t really right. So I headed up next day with the flags and spent another 6 and half hours putting them out and the water in continuous rain. Last control was finished at 4:30 pm. On the way back to my locked car I realised I didn’t have my keys. No phone, no wallet, wet through. I searched for an hour before heading to the nearest farm house; no-one home. There was no-one at the next two houses either, despite chimney smoke and lights on. It’s now dark. What do I do? I start walking along the Doxa Rd towards Malmsbury. Half an hour later a car comes along and drives me to Doxa. The lady takes Helen’s phone number but we are out of phone range. I check out Doxa, but no-one around. Another car stops and takes me to the Malmsbury Hotel. My phone calls to Helen don’t get through. Did Helen receive a message from the lady? Text messaged, Malmsbury Hotel, not Doxa. I wait out on the road. Just before 8pm, my feet are still wet, Helen drives past and keeps going. Dam! Still can’t through. A lad has lent me his phone. I get through to my father. Still can’t reach Helen. I walk out to Malmsbury Railway Bridge to wait for Helen’s return. She doesn’t. At about 9am, I wonder how I’m going to spend the night. The lad from the hotel arrives at the bridge with his Mum in her car. Just then, a weak phone call comes through from Helen. Still at Doxa. The mother offers to drive me to Doxa where I meet up with Helen. I now have the spare keys and a head torch and head up to the saddle on the rough bush track to collect the car. I arrive home at 11pm and get to bed about 4am, after working on event organisation.

Next day, Ron Frederick finds the keys. He finds them not far from where I had parked the car.

Robert Edmonds

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Emus Online November 2012

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Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

Victorian Night Champs & Score’O

Bunjil, Ballan

It was a great evening for the Night’O.  Rex Niven set 36 controls in the open forest. Competitors had a choice of 90 minutes or 150 minutes to locate as many as they could. Maps were distributed at 9PM and competitors quickly studied their options before dispersing with head torches bobbing in the dark. Control 150 worth 100 points was very tempting, and quite a few chose to go even though it was quite remote. No one was going to complete the whole course in the time so it was a matter of choosing the most expeditious route, to maximise points.

Ron Frederick brought up the club equipment and Rex had spent his time putting out controls well beforehand. Laurie Niven organised the registration tent. By late afternoon, Club members had assembled to put up the necessary infrastructure. ARDF were there too, running their night radio event.

The camp site was growing bigger as competitors began arriving, some to stay the night, others to go home after their event.

Next morning, more people arrived to tackle the courses in daylight. Many competitors from the Night’O had another go. This time competitors had only 90 minutes, and the scoring was far  higher than in the night, as expected. After a cool night, the day began brightly and warmed up quickly. In the daylight, everyone was able to appreciate the beautiful carpet of flowers on the forest floor. Thank you Rex and Laurie for a wonderful event.

Other Club members who assisted and took part included Peter Maloney, Ewen Templeton, Rob and Helen Edmonds, Paul and Dorothy Adrian, Jeff and Ann Hughes, Sue Healy, Dave Lotty and Phil Giddings.

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Emus Online October 2012

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Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

Hepburn Diggings Report

Glorious sunshine in perfect conditions; a day out of the box greeted competitors at Hepburn Diggings. Rex Niven’s courses were physically tough and navigationally challenging; good preparation for the Championship events. It was a good middle distance course –  requiring continuous attention to navigation and probably the toughest courses set in Victoria since Julie Flynn’s courses on Korong Spur. We had a few abandon courses,  but only mild complaints at the Finish. Most competitors were probably just too exhausted and relieved to finish.

Phil Giddings ensured the event ran smoothly with his tireless attention to detail. Many thanks to everyone who took part and especially those in the Nillumbik Emus Club who assisted with the organisation. Special thanks to Ron Frederick for towing the Club trailer, Phil for taking the toilets back to Kyneton, where he will have to wait till Monday to hand them back, and to Don Fell for SI trailer tow. Ron, Rex and Laurie, Don and Phil enjoyed a fine night’s camping at the event site. Rex will be looking for a new tent after finding it completely rotted when he spread it out.  

Kathy Ewels edged out Aislinn Prendergast in W21A. Bryan Keely had a comfortable margin in winning  M21A with Blair Trewin and Fredrik Johansson running strongly for the minor placings. Craig Feuerherdt had an excellent win in M35A while Isabelle Wymer was a clear winner in W35A.

Our Club had 3 good runs from our stalwarts  in M60. Rob Edmonds 2nd, Ron Frederick 4th and  Alan Watts 7th.. John Carberry finished 3rd in M45AS. Helen Edmonds was a winner in W55. Laurie Niven 5th in W60. Lauris Stirling and Robyn Sunderland battled it out in Long Open B with Lauris finishing 3rd, just 1 second ahead of Robyn. Joyce Rowlands won W89 and Ryan Carberry won Boys 12B.

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Emus Online August 2012

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Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

MelBushO You Yangs

Don and Fiona Fell organised the event on the following weekend. We were blessed with great weather, although the wind did kick up as the day  wore on.

Phil Giddings starred by riding the 70 km from Surry Hills before completing the A course and riding home. He claimed he had a tail wind coming down. He certainly had a tail wind going home as the breeze strengthened and switched around. Lucky fella!

There were over 130 participants at the You Yangs and the whole series was very notable for the number of newcomers that took part.

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Emus Online June 2012

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Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

Allowing for time spent on orienteering course or in planning an optimum route on a rogaine takes into account many factors. An old rule of thumb for a fit orienteer was to allow 5 minutes per km, 5 minutes per 100 metres climb and 1 minute per control. A course of 12.4 km with 300 metres climb and 13 controls would be expected to take about 90 minutes. Of course, as you get slower and older you learn to make the necessary adjustments. The type of vegetation and terrain you will have to contend with will also affect your time. Naismith’s Rule is handy to use when planning a rogaining route. Once you know your expected speed and you have a rough idea of percentage climb you should be able to calculate the distance you might cover. Nightime adds another dimension. Distance covered is very dependent on the terrain and availability of tracks.

Naismith’s Rule is a rule of thumb that helps in the planning of a walking or hiking expedition by calculating how long it will take to walk the route, including ascents. The rule was devised by William W. Naismith, a Scottish mountaineer, in 1892. The basic rule is as follows:

Allow 1 hour for every 5 km, plus 1 hour for every 600 metres of ascent. The basic rule assumes hikers of reasonable fitness, on typical terrain, under normal conditions. It does not account for delays, such as extended breaks for rest or sight-seeing, or for navigational obstacles. For planning expeditions or walks a party leader may use the rule in putting together the trip plan.

Alternatively, the rule can be used to determine the equivalent flat distance of a route. This is achieved by recognising that Naismith’s Rule implies equivalence between distance and climb in time terms: For convenience an 8 to 1 rule can be used. So, for example, a route of 20 km with 1600 metres of climb has an equivalent flat distance of 20 + 1.6 × 8 = 32.8 km. Assuming an individual can maintain a speed on the flat of 5 km/h (walking pace), the route will take 6 hours and 34 minutes. The simplicity of this approach is that the time taken can be easily adjusted for an individual’s own (chosen) speed on the flat; at 8 km/h (flat speed) the route will take 4 hours and 6 minutes. The rule has been tested on fell running times and found to be reliable.

In practice, the results of Naismith’s Rule are usually considered the minimum time necessary to complete a route. Over the years several “corrections” have been formulated in an attempt to make the rule more accurate. The most common correction is to add 25% or 50% to the time found with Naismith’s Rule. While this may be more accurate for some people or under certain conditions, it does not explicitly account for any additional variables. The accuracy of some corrections is disputed by some, in particular the speed at which walkers descend a gentle slope.

Tranter’s corrections

Tranter’s corrections make adjustments for fitness and fatigue. Fitness is determined by the time it takes to climb 300 m over a distance of 800 m. Additional adjustments for poor terrain or conditions can be estimated by dropping one or more fitness levels.

For example, if Naismith’s Rule estimates a journey time of 9 hours and your fitness level is 25, you should allow 11.5 hours.

Other common corrections are: see full article

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Emus Online May 2012

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Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

Victorian MTBO Champs

The Victorian MTBO Championships were held in the Maryborough and Newstead areas in late April. The sprint and the Middle were held on Saturday and the Long on Sunday. Eureka and Nillumbik Emus staged the events in what proved a very successful weekend. We were blessed with a last burst of autumn sunshine for the entire weekend.

The Long was held in the Sandon State Forest near Newstead, on the new “Saligari Safari” map. The map was named after a local landowner and forest track. In the Long, the courses featured several opportunities to ride across farm paddocks adding to the route choice dilemmas. Ridability varied greatly from eroded single tracks to fast 4WD roads. There were 104 riders with representatives from every Australian state. The race was the final selection trial for Australian team to Hungary. It was great to see a large contingent from Braemar College, competing in the long.

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Emus Online April 2012

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Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

Josie Yeatman has started a Nillumbik Emus Facebook group. 

Josie wrote, “If anyone wants to join they can send me a message.  I have joined up everyone that I know on Facebook and so far we have 14 members.  A couple of other people have said they might join Facebook so they can be in the group and can also be in the Street O Wild Bunch Group which Jim (Glaspole) started.” 

Walls of Jerusalem by Rex Niven

Ever seeking the ultimate rogaine, Ron Frederick led a disparate band to the Walls of Jerusalem in the tiers region near Cradle Mountain in Tasmania for six days of “tramping” .  This park has a well-maintained easy-to-walk trail crossing the main area but also lots of off-track routes on the alpine plateau to allow one to pretend to orienteer in pretty terrain with intriguing old-testament place names.

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Emus Online March 2012

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Rogaining News Melton Meander 5hr Cyclogaine / 6hr Metrogaine

The event was run on a lovely day. The day before had been a complete washout, so it was a great relief for competitors and organisers when the sun shone. Robyn Sunderland spent considerable effort and ingenuity in setting the multiple choice questions. The course took us through historical parts of Melton as well as the newer parts. The course was largely flat and featured linear parklands alongside Toolern and Arnolds Creeks and their tributaries.

Ron Wescott was the admin manager, Ron Wescott & Ron Frederick vetted the course and Phil Giddings assisted in admin, making it a bit of a NE affair.

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Emus Online February 2012

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Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

New Zealand 2012 by Rob Edmonds

Club members, Anthony Lynch, Helen and Robert Edmonds were part of a large contingent of Aussie mountain bike orienteers who took on the challenge against the Kiwis in the Central Otago region of the New Zealand’s south island. The tour began in Christchurch and then moved down to Wanaka. Helen and I last visited NZ in 1975, and we were really looking forward to this adventure.

The team gathered in quake torn Christchurch with the unpacking and reassembling of bikes. We took part in two practice events at nearby McLean’s Island and Bottle Lake over the first two days. McLeans Island is a unique natural recreational area of flat land bordering the Waimakariri River and owned by Environment Canterbury. The area is a mix of over 15kms of purpose-built single tracks that wind through pine and exotic forest, stop-banks and 4WD shingle tracks, with some open land where forests have been cleared and some pasture. Bottle Lake is an area of flat plantation forest with intricate MTB track network on the northern coastal outskirts of Christchurch.

Most members, about 30 of the touring party, travelled in 3 mini buses with bikes atop the luggage trailers. Another dozen members travelled independently. We had time to explore Christchurch on the second day when Helen and I rode into the CBD from the North-South Tourist Park. The gardens were beautiful but the city centre was closed down while restoration work continues. Church spires nestle on footpaths and cranes adorn city streets. Most parts of Christchurch remain untouched, with areas on sand belts and marshlands most affected. The locals are suffering the ongoing trauma of coping with the disaster and the constant threat of further shocks. There were a number of shakes on the days before we arrived. Over 5000 homes will be levelled and many others are putting up with burst water and gas mains, and ripples and upwelling on roads from the after shocks.

Wanaka became our base for the next 4 events. We travelled across the Canterbury Plains for morning tea at Geraldine. They fish from quad bikes there. Then lunch at beautiful Lake Tekapo. Past Lake Putaki with views of Mt Cook and then onto the Backpackers Base at Wanaka. Andrew Campbell, Blake Gordon and Tim Hackney shared the driving while Peta Whitford, Kathy Liley, Helen Edmonds, Graham Wallis, Carolyn Matthews and Malcolm Roberts kept the conversation flowing. Yes, we were the older crew, first to get away and get back due to the stringent timelines set by Kathy and Peta.

The Sprint event was held at Roxburgh. This delightful little area is an alluvial terrace adjacent to the Clutha River which has been extensively mined for gold by sluicing. Some of the original land surface remains as flat-topped hills with steep scarps like American mesas; the remainder has been shifted and sifted, though the contours are mostly fairly smooth. There are one or two areas of intense contour detail. There are a few 4WD tracks, but local mountain bikers and a gold-panning tourism operator have created a network of single-track; but as it is little known many tracks are hard to see.

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Emus Online December 2011

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Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

Australian Mountain Bike Champs Carnival

It was a great weekend for the 150 mountain bikers taking part in the race carnival. A huge contrast from the “pour” weather we had a fortnight before for the Oceania Carnival.

There were 7 riders from Nillumbik Emus. Joyce Rowlands won her 3 races in the sprint event around Lake Sambell, The middle Distance at Rowdy Flat and the Long at Stanley. Phil Giddings in M50 had our best ride with a terrific 4th in the Long. Anthony Lynch M21E put in 3 consistent rides with a very solid 12th in the Long. Othedr riders were Jim Taylor M50, Rob Edmonds M50, Kevin Maloney M60 and Helen Edmonds W50.

The relay event was held at the Indigo winery. Teams were randomly selected from all entries with a rider in each team riding the long, medium or short course.

Dinner was held at the Hibernian Hotel with guest presenter retelling the Ned Kelly story in an informative and entertaining presentation. Another highlight was the ride through Beechworth after the opening ceremony

Anthony Lynch, Rob and Helen Edmonds will return the Kiwis a favour with a visit to the Otago Carnival in January. Around 60 Australians will be heading over the ditch to try their luck.

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Emus Online October 2011

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Edited by Robert Edmonds The full edition with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link above.

NEW YORK CORRESPONDENT

Alex Shepherd

Alex took part in the World Police and Fire Games in New York City. He was accompanied by Lenore on the trip.

The orienteering event was held at West Point, and it was the hardest run I’ve ever done. The forest was dark and dense, and very rocky and steep. I had trouble reading the map at times. They are a little different to Aussie maps. However, and there’s a story in it, I managed to get a Silver in Grand Master Section D. I also got a Silver in the darts, the Open Men – Cricket – Doubles, losing the Gold Medal Game 3 sets to 1.

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Emus Online September 2011

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Fells from Hoppers Crossing return from the Fells of Great Britain

Don Fell

Trip is over. We (Fiona and Don) are both really suffering from jet lag this time round. Summer on the west coast of Sweden was 20 degree days. However the water temp was up to 19 degrees so we can’t complain.

Summer on the west coast of England and Wales is best forgotten. However we added three more 3000 ft plus peaks to our records.

I think Skafell was the best climb we did. A walk through farm land up the Esk valley, then through a small gorge, a kilometre or so across the “Great Moss” which brought back memories of the sodden Loddon except it was marsh and grass, a scramble up the rocks beside the Cam Spout waterfall, then up an open gully almost to the saddle between Skafell and Skafell Pike, a wet scramble up a steep chute to Foxes Tarn, then a scramble up a scree slope to the summit ridge and a couple of hundred metres along the top to the summit.

Wales was new for us. First two days was sightseeing – castles, beaches, not forgetting going to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch . We climbed Snowdon on our third day and next day went to Ogwen to check out the Idwal Slabs climbs, the Ballad of Idwal Slabs being a part of our MUMC culture.

Here is a link to a Youtube video of a climb up “Hope”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38Dbo90FEhQ.

And here is video of the legendary Ewen Lamb repeating John Christopher Brown’s prenuptial descent. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m2HJpGtv70

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Emus Online August 2011

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Choice of GPS depends on why you want a GPS

Don Fell

If you want it as a portable atlas which displays where you are then you need a good display unit and must be prepared to pay for the maps to be installed in the unit. I would suggest that learning to read a map is a cheaper alternative. Probably a useful start is to try a car GPS and see how useful they are on roads, and the problems you encounter.

You can do all sorts of things back at home base with downloaded tracks of when, where, and how you went, heart rate, cycling cadence…. However only map makers and athletes in training really need this analysis.

Personally I would hire or borrow a unit and find out if it is really what you want. Most of us on the Victorian orienteering scene are using Garmin Forerunners for our athletic training and there are numerous models of these.

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Emus Online July 2011

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Vic MTBO Series #7 at Barkers Creek next Sunday (10 July)

The Hill family have created a new map for this event  at Barkers Creek, near Castlemaine. The map is called “Hills Upsan Downs” and includes eucalypt and pine forest and gold diggings. 

SportIdent timing will be used, so bring your SI cards or hire one. Enter on the day. The usual four Vic MTBO Series line courses. 

There will be a coffee cart available for pre and post race coffees and hot chocolates so please support this local lad who is just starting out on his coffee cart business.

A unique and unusual requirement of the event permit from DSE, the organisers have been asked to ensure ALL riders wear brightly coloured tops, so please make sure you dig out and wear your brightest and lairiest jerseys so that we fully comply.

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Emus Online June 20, 2011

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Lauder Mine—Badge Event by Rex Niven

If I say so myself our recent event at Lauder Mine was excellent.  Just about everything went right – weather, terrain, and our experienced club machinery working smoothly.. 

Using the nice amphitheatre paddock was a a decision taken only shortly before.  We had planned two complete events with assembly / start / finish  in different places, with two overlapping sets of control tapes.  Once we were sure the week beforehand that it would be sufficiently dry that we could use the paddock, then we could commit to Plan B.  I think everyone agrees the grassy open sunny site was great. The bridge across the fence was a new engineering feat for us, and the pit toilets provided a bit of nostalgia (and no queues?).

The escarpment at the south end of the map allowed legs using down-and-up or round type route choices, often down and up was best! There were plenty of rocks and mine workings to put controls on and the three-way saddle near control 137 tricked quite a few people.  In the north part of the map are three hills with an octopus of writhing ridges and spurs spreading out in all directions, you really have to keep concentrating. One of them I never mastered properly, I just try to avoid it now.  The big paddocks mean the forest is a strange shape but there were still good O legs up to about 1.3km long for the elites, and even a 700m leg on Course Six just for Sue Healy. 

Putting out all the controls, taped routes, water controls* and fence crossings took me around 15 hours spread over three days which seemed an age, especially when it all has to be done again in reverse.  However, the best part about course setting is how everyone pitches in at course closing time and makes the forest clean again, seemingly in no time at all.  Thanks to all who participated.

Now, please put your route on the Route Gadget so I can see what happened. Bruce Arthur tells me this link will take you there.

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Emus Online June 3, 2011

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New Club Jackets

The jackets are made by JB. Fiona went to a lot of effort to come up with a top design at a great price. –  just $35. The jackets have a full zipper through high collar, front pockets (no zip closure), low pill polar fleece. Colour is royal blue (no green trims) except for the club logo etc on front (as with the ‘old’ jackets).

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Emus Online May 2011

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MTBO Joyce’s Mishap

Joyce’s Account

On Saturday April 9th, I was driving at 110 kph to get to the MTBO Champs at Korweinguboora.  Near Ballan, I got a great shock as my bike flew off the car and bounced a couple of times and fell to the side of the road. Thankfully, there were no cars close behind to trash it but Tim Dent and Graeme Cadman checked it over and shook their heads.

I told Paul Elam, an organiser, that I would not be able to ride these two days. But Paul kindly offered, “Would I like to ride his bike?” I was thrilled to accept and the weekend turned out to be a great one and I was most grateful for the offer.

My local bike shop suggested the repair money would be best spent on a new bike. So after a trip to Warren Key’s shop in Clifton Hill and I had a new bike – a Scott like Paul’s; with disc brakes and lighter than my previous bike. It rides well and I’m very happy with it. My bike rack was not damaged but now I tie my bike on more securely. My old bike went out with the rubbish.

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Emus Online April 2011

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Decisions, Decisions Decisions

At our club committee meeting on April 5th, among other matters

We checked out progress on the new equipment store

Fiona showed us samples of the new club polo top and jackets … they are brilliant

Decided to donate our share of the fire relief fund for Toorourrong Reservoir remap to Yarra Valley for their new Hawkstowe map at South Morang/Plenty River Gorge

Decided to hang onto Candlebark map, the adjunct to our Eltham Lower Park map

Decided to get rid of our out-of-date maps which are taking up a lot of room in storage at members’ houses. Joyce would like some copies of these old maps

Schon showed us the new first aid kit put together by Lyn Green

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Emus Online March 2011

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Event Report: Vic MTBO Series #1, Korweinguboora (Rob Edmonds)

Sunday morning was humid and warm. Campers enjoyed a warm night and were late getting up; just beating the first of the Nillumbik Emus club helpers arriving from Melbourne and Geelong, at around 8 o’clock. The assembly area was very pleasant, with plenty of shade from the tall pines and neatly mown grass verges for parking. The use of hole-in-the-ground toilets and control cards was also a blast from the past.

There were 64 riders, about what was expected. A few riders had gone to NSW to compete in an NOL foot event, but there was good representation across all classes. One rider came down from Queensland and another from South Australia, especially for this event. The national selection trials will be held in similar terrain after Easter, so it was good practice.

There were plenty of muddy sections to keep everyone on their toes. Tracks were good where they were dry, but record rainfalls guaranteed that every wheel rut and pot hole was full of water. March Flies enjoyed competing with the riders; there was no getting away from them in the forest. The courses were challenging physically and navigationally and fortunately most riders finished the course before the deluge, not so fortunate for the control collectors and the packing up. Plenty of spills were reported but thankfully there were no reported injuries. Bike repairers and massage therapists are set for a bonus.

The organisers would have liked the storm to have held off for a couple more hours. There’ll be lots of drying and airing of equipment over the next few days.

I would like to thank those members who helped out, especially Sue Healy, Helen Schofield, Paul and Dorothy Adrian who helped with set up and admin without having a ride. Thanks also to Phil Giddings, Ron Frederick, Kevin Maloney, Geoff Armstrong, Joyce Rowlands and Helen Edmonds who gave willingly of their time.

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Emus Online January 2011

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The Great Victorian Bike Ride 2010 – from a volunteer’s point of view

Lauris Stirling

Unfortunately Ian was receiving treatment for a crook hip leading up to the ride and decided on the Tuesday before, that riding 600km was not a sensible idea.

We both changed from rider/volunteers to full time volunteers and still had our ‘week’ away. I guess it was a working holiday.

Since 2001, Ian and I have participated in 8 Bicycle Victoria bike rides, 7 in Victoria and 1 in Tasmania. It is our idea of a holiday. The GVBR is held in the last week of November – first week of December. They focus on one of 5 areas of Victoria.

This year it was central Victoria – Yarrawonga to Marysville.

Given that accommodation is in tents, weather plays a big part. Past rides are remembered for extreme heat, or strong head winds etc. this one was dominated by ‘water’. Alternate camping areas needed to be found, from time to time due to excessive ground water. The challenge each day was to get your tent up between showers and hopefully keep your sleeping gear dry. Although it was wet the air temperature was warm to hot – a bit tropical really.

Read the full story from the link above.

New Equipment Container

The new equipment container arrived at the Nivens, but the truck could not quite put it in the right spot. With all the rain, the truck slithered and sunk, right down to the axels, creating a lot of damage – one tree, one gate post, one fence, one down pipe, one rain water pipe, one timber baulk and that’s only what we could be seen.  There was water gushing up from below.

The driver suggested a 4WD could delicately drive past it then pull the container the last three feet. Either that or push from the front with a tyre in between. That might be safer; at least the 4WD wouldn’t get trapped.  The box then needs to go sideways 6 inches to be actually in the prepared hole. The ground is very soft, so we’ll try again when the ground has dried out.

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Emus Online December 2010

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Night Champs Report by Rex Niven

Balmy dry conditions promised pleasant running at the Night “Champs” held this year on the Mia Mia /Blowmine map.  The thirty controls were spread over a wide area needing a nearly 20 km circuit to complete the whole set, but two runners came close with nearly 90% of total points after three hours.  The event lost its organiser early on but this was covered by many members taking on a number of small tasks.  However, with only 32 competitors and ten years of experience running the event it was a relatively light load. An ARDF event was run simultaneously which aided bonhomie untilwell after midnight.

The score event next morning was better attended, again in warm weather.  With the last start at 10:30, organisers were on their way home by 1:30PM.

Thanks to Stanley for the loan of Ernie the Urn, Lauris for providing food, and the spirit of absent Joyce overseeing all and providing a range of prizes.

Well done Rex. Great courses and use of the map. It was perfect night with enough moonlight to make matching the terrain with the map possible. Rob Edmonds and Rex set out most of the controls during the day with assistance from Laurie Niven and Ron Frederick. Geoff and Schon Hudson brought up the trailer with water ‘otter’ and plenty of water. Other helpers were Robyn Sunderland, Sue Healy, Geoff Armstrong, Phil Giddings, Kevin Maloney, and Lauris and Ian Stirling. The area around the Red, White and Blue Mine was particularly scenic with the dams filled to the brim and abundant wildflowers. The dams were a great place for a cooling dip.

Some people found the controls easier to locate at night then in the daytime as the luminescent tapes reflected brightly in the torchlight. Most people camped while a few went home. Robbie Caldwell kept the larger mosquitoes out of his car by just leaving his window open just a couple of centimeters. The one that did get in paid the ultimate sacrifice in the morning. Those with screen door tents slept buzz free.

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Emus Online November 2010

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Victorian Middle Distance Championships

The Victorian Middle Distance Championships were held at Spring Gully on October 9. Yarra Valley organised a great event on this very tricky map. Course setting was by Blair Trewin with Rob Edmonds the controller. We had 16 club members taking part. Some club members thought the courses were extraordinarily difficult but congratulations must go to the six members below who recorded podium finishes.

Laurie Niven 1st W55A

Helen Edmonds 2nd W55A

Robyn Sunderland 3rd W65A

Gill King 3rd W70A

Joyce Rowlands 1st W75A

Sue Healy 2nd W75A

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Emus Online October 2010

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Australian Champs Carnival, South Australia

Several club members made the journey to SA to compete in the Carnival in late Sept, early October. The venue for all the events was the beautiful hills surrounding the Barossa Valley.

Rob and Helen Edmonds along with many other orienteers members took the opportunity to visit Kangaroo Island. It’s amazing how many cars, trucks and people that can be loaded onto these catamaran ferries. The Parkard Car Club loaded up with their amazingly kept vintage and classic cars.

Alan Watts visited the Flinders Ranges and checked out water filled Lake Eyre.  Helen Edmonds and David Lotty finished 3rd in the SA Champs, David Lotty was also 3rd in Australian Long Distance Champs. Most members were happy with their performances in fast but sometimes tricky terrain. Joyce Rowlands and Sue Healy had a close tussle in their class, while Robyn Sunderland, Alan Watts, Rob Edmonds and Kevin Maloney had promising performances.

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Emus Online September 20, 2010

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The MAXI 3 Hour

Another terrific event! The Maxi was well received by all those who took part. Club members helped to make for a friendly and well organised event. Whroo was the wettest we have seen it and Ron and Helen managed to work out which tracks were unnavigable on Saturday when putting out controls. Luckily, a friendly 4WD passerby came to the rescue. Several members enjoyed a convivial evening at the Criterion Pub in Rushworth. Lamb Shanks were so popular that the cook ran out of shanks. Lauris and the catering team did a fantastic job with the catering on Sunday.

This year’s Maxi had two firsts – the use of SI Computer’s OEScore program to collate points and International Code control descriptions.

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Emus Online September 2, 2010

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Trailer Storage

After 20 years of storing club equipment at the Johnson’s it is now time to find a new location. The club has decided to take the Niven’s up on their very generous offer to look after the equipment at their place. The club will buy a shipping container and pay for installation works.

Lake Mountain Ski Trip

Don and Fiona Fell and Rob Edmonds recently headed up to Lake Mountain for a great day of cross country skiing. It was interesting to look at the rebuilding program in full progress and three hire ski shops in operation in Marysville. The best snow falls in years and seen record number of visitors. Lake Mountain would be a good place for Ski Orienteering.

If you get a chance to head up to the snow, it is worth hiring your gear from Marysville Ski Hire in the centre of Marysville, and mention the Fells who have a family connection.

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Emus Online July 22, 2010

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Jim Taylor – a personal profile

Jim Taylor is a relative newcomer to orienteering who has already made a significant impact on the orienteering scene. Jim is very fit and he is achieving great results at StreetO, and competes regularly and competitively at MTBO and bush events. Jim is also a willing helper and has already organised some Street’O events. He is a great bloke to have a chat to at events.

When did you begin orienteering and what got you started?

2006.  I liked maps and running so I thought I’d give StreetO a go.

What is the enjoyable map you have run on? What made it a good experience?

The Darebin Parklands map which is in colour and has lots of detail.  It was a step up from StreetO (as far as orienteering goes) and was a good learning introduction for BushO. 

Do you have a good tip for beginners?

Carry a small compass in your sock for your first few StreetO events (especially at night or when parklands are involved).  But don’t tell anyone.

What other activities do you get up to that you would like to share with us?

For the last few years I’ve competed in the Shepparton Half Ironman triathlon. I watch my wife and daughter play hockey and my younger daughter play wheelchair soccer.

Do you have a personal goal in orienteering?

May be to be ranked in top 20 in StreetO  But mainly to just enjoy and learn with each event whether it be StreetO, BushO, MTBO.

Briefly describe your occupation.

Team Leader with an Asset Management Company

Name the most terrifying moment of your life so far.

Answering the next question correctly

If you wanted to look very sexy, how would you dress?

Just like my wife Lynn.

What famous person do other people tell you that you most resemble?

Harrison Ford (but thirty years ago); Go figure.

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever swallowed?

My pride when I ran off the map in one of my first StreetO events.

What dead person would you least want to be haunted by?

Groucho Marx.

You can choose your method of dying and the place in which you will die. Where would you like to die and how?

Heart failure in bed while sleeping.

You can choose your last meal. What will the menu consist of?

Cake-O

If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which show would you choose?

The Simpsons

If you joined the circus, what act would you most want to perform?

Trapeze artist

If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?

Melbourne’s last premiership in 1964

If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else currently living, would you do so? Maybe.  Whom would you pick?

My wife.  To get her point of view.

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?

Xray eyes so I could see through all those leafy things (trees) which always seem to get in the way at BushO events.

What was the most recent movie that made you cry?

A Shirley Temple movie on TV in 1958  (my four sisters have never let me forget it!).

If you could be any age again for one week, what age would you be?

I always like my current age.

If you could plan a trip anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?

Mountain biking in the Kimberley’s

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Emus Online July 4th 2010

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BUSH’O

The Badge event at Choke’em Gully was a great success with 184 participants and lots of support from club members. There were 28 club members on hand to ensure the event ran smoothly. Thank you to everyone for your great support. Thanks to Ron and Cheryl for setting up the courses which received many favourable comments.

Several members enjoyed dinner at the Railway Hotel in Castlemaine. Thank you to Lauris for organising a spot worth returning to again. The campsite at Railway Dam was peaceful once the trains stopped passing by. Daniel kept the camp fire burning well into the night and roared it back into life first thing next morning. The weather was perfect the whole weekend and all the club tents were returned safe and dry. Unfortunately, Don and Fiona returned home to find their home had been burgled.

ROGAINING

Ron Wescott and Rob Edmonds were back at Fryerstown the following weekend to take part in a 6 Hour Rogaine; finishing 7th out of 86 teams.

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Emus Online May 2010

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Vale Gordon Clarke  

Gordon Clarke’s funeral was held at the Lilydale Memorial Chapel on May 13th. Gordon was a greatly respected orienteer and husband of Joyce Rowlands. Although Gordon was a member of Yarra Valley he helped out enormously at our club’s events.

He was even lending a hand at the Victorian Champs last September, when he was obviously not well. The chapel was full to overflowing. I counted at least 160 people and more than half were orienteers.

David Goddard, President of YV, gave an excellent eulogy; as did one of Gordon’s mates, a neighbour of the Clarke family, from their days living in Ringwood, and his son. All the stories bore testimony to Gordon’s great life and character. Everyone spoke warmly of Joyce and the great care she took of Gordon.

NEV has made a $100 donation to Cancer Council of Victoria in Gordon’s memory.