Rough terrain tests entrants

ORIENTEERING

INTERNATIONAL entrants have dominated the first three days of the Goldseekers Orienteering Xmas 5 Days.

New Zealand’s Matt Ogden leads the Men’s A standings having won all three opening events.

In the Women’s A results, another Kiwi, Lizzie Ingham, is leading having won two of the first three events.

The competition started on Friday afternoon at Charles Sturt University Orange campus with a sprint event.

Entrants headed to The Rocks on Sunday where they were challenged by rough and steep terrain, which featured many boulders.

Yesterday the field headed to Mullion Forest, which wasn’t quite as challenging as the previous day.

Ogden finished Friday’s 3km course in 13 minutes and nine seconds, won the 6.4km course on Saturday in 40:54 and yesterday’s 6.6km event in 42:25.

This has given him an overall time of 1:36:28.

The ACT’s Dave Shepherd, a former Australian champion, is second on 1:43:03 after running second on Friday and fourth on Saturday and Sunday.

Victoria’s Ian Lawford is running third on 1:46:56.

Orange’s Tom Carter will go into today’s event in 20th in the Men’s A competition with a total time of 2:48:58.

In the Women’s A, Ingham, who is a former top 10 finisher in the World Championships, enjoyed two wins and a second to lead overall on 1:47:28.

Fellow Kiwi, Laura Robertson, is second on 1:54:35, and the ACT’s Jo Allison (1:56:00) is third.

In yesterday’s event, Orange’s Peter Baldwin performed well to finish third in the Men’s D race over 3.5km, and clubmate Kerry Bennett was sixth in the Men’s E over 2.8km.

Today’s event will be held at Ophir South and tomorrow the field heads to Macquarie Woods.

Anyone interested in trying orienteering can enter on the day, with courses suited to beginners available.

People must register before 8.30am today and tomorrow for the novice events.

Entry fees are $20 for seniors, $13.50 for juniors and $10 for sub-juniors.

For more information visit www.goldseekers.org.

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