Category Archives: orienteering

NOY 2: Balickera

Date: Sun. 1st May, 2016
Location: Balickera
Results: Very Easy Cass, Harriet(4) & James (7wks) 40??
Moderate Short Bill, Eleanor(6) 70??

Cass

We woke up this morning to pouring rain. I was secretly grateful as a lazy day at home sounded great. However by about 8.30am we were both keen to go, despite the rain (and the 7 week old baby!). So we through everything together and set off.

We are still trying to figure out a system that allows both Bill and I to get a run. It is a logistical challenge. I want to run (alone), Bill wants to run (alone), Eleanor wants to do a harder course, Harriet wants to do an easy course, and James wants to be with me. This week we opted to send Eleanor with Bill on the Moderate Short course, and I took the youngest (despite saying that I would not take them both together again) on the Very Easy course.

As much as the Very Easy course is, well, very easy, it was clearly the best choice for Harriet. She hates going off-track as she trips over constantly. She ends up in tears and frustrated and I have to hold her hand over every obstacle. She is really competent in general, but it all gets a bit much when she has an unbroken hour of it. Today was one of the best events I have done with her, and I think I will stick with the Very Easy for a while. Bill and I want them to enjoy it, rather than dragging them complaining around a course.

I should add, the girls are always begging to go, and I have spent the last two months responding to the question “Why haven’t gone orienteering in ages?” (because it has been Summer). They just don’t have the stamina for long distances over off-track terrain. In other words, they get sick of it at about the half-way point, like last week.

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NOY 8: Decapitated Poppethead

Date: Sun. 23rd August, 2015
Location: Balickera
Results: Cass, Eleanor(5), Harriet(3): Easy Mispunched

Cass

Well, I am pregnant, so that changes things. Well, I have been pregnant for a while, hence missing a heap of events. I dragged myself out today, it was hard. Not so bad once I was walking, but I felt retched. I knew I had mispunched but just couldn’t be bothered going back to get it.

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NOY 6: Balickera

Date: Sun. 26th July, 2015
Location: Balickera
Results: Cass: Mod. Short 47:01
Bill Mod. Short 53:26
Eleanor(5), Harriet(3): Easy 1:10:20

Cass

Today we organised things so both Bill and I got a run. I went first while he looked after the kids, and as soon as I got back he took off, and I took the girls around the Easy course. It was great fun comparing results at the end, and we have both used runkeeper to for GPS tracking, so looking forward to uploading it to the routegadget website and being able to watch our runs side-by-side.

Update: The routes uploaded very easily onto routegadget, and we had great fun watching ourselves run the course and discussing our mistakes. I was doing really well up until one of the last controls. I planned to run along a big track until the spot in which a smaller track turned of it, almost doubling back on where I was. It was such an acute angle that I decided to cut across the clearing. I thought I was making the smarter move, and it would have been smart if the smaller track had been more clearly defined. However it was so feint that I crossed it without even realising… costing me 5minutes as a hit a second track further along before I realised my mistake.It was disappointing as when I looked at the results later I could see that it cost me places, I had been ahead of a number of competitors but they caught me at that control.

Bill had a similar result. He made a blunder at one of the controls and it cost him 15minutes. It was really his first time orienteering with a compass, up until now he has just walked the easy course with the girls. I was glad to beat him as I suspect it will be one of the few times that I do!!

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NOY 5: Southams Rd

Date: Sun. 12th July, 2015
Location: Southams Rd
Results: Easy Cass: Mod. Short 35:23
Bill, Eleanor(5), Harriet(3): Easy 1:20:43

Cass

Bill took the kids around again today, while I ran the moderate short course. I had a good run, really starting to get into the groove of these events. We take a thermos and picnic blanket and enjoy the morning. The even was close to home (Kitchener) which was great.

Minor: The Range

Date: Sun. 5th July, 2015
Location: The Range, Killingworth
Results: Easy
Mod. Long
Bill, Eleanor(5) & Harriet(3)
Cass
75:54
70:16

Cass

I was so excited to do a harder course today. Yesterday I attended a coaching day in the same area. I learnt a few new things and feel so much more confident about doing a moderate course, which requires more navigational skills. Today I did the mod. long course. It was harder, I was exhausted when I finished, I fell over a couple of times because I didn’t have the energy to pick my legs up. It really made me want to get fitter – and I was grateful for that alone.

It was so much fun trying to find my way through the bush. I messed up two control points, punched them out of order, and had to go back. I had them all sorted so that it was okay when I finished.

Bill took the girls around the Easy course. I looked at the map afterwards, it was a boring course, mostly running along a wide length of dirt underneath the powerlines. I enjoyed the Easy course at the last event, but today it was uninspiring. He agrees, it is time for us to start taking the girls around the moderate short courses. They are roughly the same length, but far more interesting and challenging for us.

I am getting more comfortable with the rhythm at the marshall point. Today I spread a picnic blanket out and poured a cup of tea while I waited for Bill and the girls to finish. Unfortunately we were too slow for the sausage sizzle, and they had just started pulling down the kid’s string course when Bill and the girls finished. She kindly put the control back in place and let the girls have a go (I should say kindly, and happily). I had a good yarn to her, all the people at the orienteering events are lovely, I am starting to meet people, learn names etc. It is nice, and I am so glad we have joined this club

Both girls were a bit sick today. Harriet was exhausted by the time we got home!

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NOY 4: Hamburgers Trail

Date: Sun. 21st June 2015
Location: Hamburgers Trail
Results: Easy Cass, Eleanor(5) & Harriet(3) 66:08

Cass

This was not an easy course! Well, I am sure it was for the experienced orienteers that don’t have two kids – including a 3yo who is too small to walk far and too heavy to carry!! However, this was a fun course. We had a blast. Well, I did. Eleanor enjoyed herself moderately, and for Harriet it was just hard work. Harriet was a bit sick today (a cold has been hanging around for two weeks). The course was rough, all the tracks were blocked by fallen trees, and the fallen trees were often so big that they required a big detour to get around them. When the track was small it become hard to maintain contact with it, and with my position on the map.

Harriet fell over 5 or 6 times before we just held hands for the rest of the course – her legs were too small and she was tripping over everything in the bush. It was scrubby, I held her hand to keep her from falling. I couldn’t carry her the whole way, maybe next time I will pack the ergo in the bag. She did good though. She stopped at one point and just sat defeated on her knees. I told her we could take as long as she needed. She came good. At the half-way point I told her I would carry her through the scrub parts and she could just walk the trails. I was impressed, she did it all without whining, even though I could see how hard it was.

We got lost several times, at one point I knew we had missed the control so I kept on going to the next control (I knew where it would be) so I could get my bearings and go back. I saw a women in the scrub, I suspect she was after the same control, but I didn’t want to yell out. I kept an eye on her to see if she had found anything, I was trying to keep up (as she was headed in the same direction as me) but there was a tree full of cicadas that Eleanor wanted a photo of, and she wanted to keep one, and then another interesting tree, and then Harriet needed a toilet stop. The woman got away!! Thankfully I saw her on her way back, closer to me, and she pointed me in the right direction.

I am keen to try a course without the girls, see how fast I can go without having to stop for them. I have my eye on the moderate short course – as there are no contenders for the series prize. If I could do it for the final 4 weeks, and score about 50 points per course, I have a chance at the series prize. Next fortnight is a coaching session and a minor event, so I think I will give the moderate short level a shot. My navigation skills are getting better, I have been reading the notes on the Newcastle Orienteering Website, things are starting to make sense.

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Minor Event: Pelaw Main

Date: Sun. 14th June 2015
Location: Pelaw Main
Results: Easy Cass, Eleanor(5) & Harriet(3) 66:08

Cass

Bill was at work so it was just the three of us today. I packed a bag with water and snacks – Initially I felt stupid lugging a bag on a 2.2km bushwalk, but that faded as soon as the girls started asking for water, and when Harriet started to complain I gave her a muesli bar to perk her up.

I really enjoyed this course. Navigating seems so easy, and Eleanor watched the other runners with envy last week – she wants to go off track! So this week we decided to do the “Easy” course (last week we did the “Very Easy” course which pretty much just followed a track). The Easy course was perfect for us. Mostly on track, but a few short cuts if we were game to take them. I found myself a bit confused a couple of times, and on both of those occasions I looked up to see a sign that said “Very Easy: wrong way, Easy: wrong way”. I expected this level to be as easy as last week, but it was a bit more challenging, which made it lots more fun.

Sometimes I am frustrated at being held back in these events, it is disheartening putting our finish block at the bottom of the rung. Sometimes I want wonder if we look lost as we take detours with the kids just to check the numbers on the checkpoints. I know they aren’t correct, but the kids get a buzz out of checking. Sometimes even when Eleanor yells out that it is wrong, Harriet still insists on going to check for herself. We slowly read each number, and then compare it to the number that we are looking for. In short, it is heaps of fun, and I suspect it will be years before we get a chance to be above the bottom rung – perhaps by then my navigational skills will have improved!!

NOY3: Barnsley

Date: Sun. 31st May, 2015
Location: Barnsley
Results: Very Easy Bill, Cass, Eleanor(5) & Harriet(3) 50:52

Cass

I have been wanting to go orienteering for the last 20 years. I did in once when I was 17, but have never done it again – I don’t know why! Finally, I decided that the girls were old enough to troop around a 2.2km short course, so I signed us up. Honestly, I took the money and joined the club straight away. Bill wasn’t so keen but he enjoyed it as much as me I think.

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