Club seeks to go the distance

ALL SMILES: The Goldseekers who ventured down to Wagga over the weekend were in fine form, coming away with a host of places over varying distances. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

ALL SMILES: The Goldseekers who ventured down to Wagga over the weekend were in fine form, coming away with a host of places over varying distances. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Four members of the local Goldseekers Orienteering Club traveled to Wagga Wagga last weekend for the Australian Three Days Orienteering Carnival.

The middle distance courses on the first day were run on very complex granite terrain, demanding high level navigation skills.

Jean Baldwin (W70) and Charles Keir (M21A) both came second in their classes against stiff competition. Anna Fitzgerald came seventh in the women’s elite race (W21E) which included members of the Australian squad for the World Orienteering Championships to be held later this year in Estonia. 

The long distance race was held on Sunday in Mullaguldrie State Forest. 

Basil Baldwin came fourth in the M75 class, moving up two places from the previous day. Other club members were not as accurate and lost critical time in their races.

Monday’s sprint race was at the CSU campus in Wagga.

The first few legs were on a rocky hillside overlooking the university campus, followed by navigating through the maze of buildings and passageways to finish at a spectacular location by a lake.

As the overall winning times were based on the sum of times for all three days, there was a need to do well in this event to maintain any advantage gained in the previous two days.

Jean Baldwin and Charles Keir held their cool and both finished second overall in their classes. Basil Baldwin finished first in this race, pulling his overall placing up to third. Although Anna Fitzgerald could not match the pace of the younger elites she had a very good final result of seventh place. 

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