ONE of the biggest orienteering competitions of the year took place in the Kandos area over the Easter and Anzac weekend period.
More than 750 competitors from across Australia participated in events ranging from sprint to long distance. Eight Goldseekers members took part.
On day two of competition Basil Baldwin won the men’s 75 group and Jean Baldwin was second in the women’s 70s. Matthew Parton finished 14th in the men’s elite class.
Day three brought wins for both the Baldwins in their age classes.
In the NSW Sprint Distance Championship the following day Jean finished second and Basil third.
Those placings were repeated in the NSW Long Distance Championships, with Jean second again and Basil third. Matt Parton finished seventh in the men’s elite class, while Bridgett Bennett came ninth in the women’s junior elites.
Orienteering is on again tomorrow at Ophir Reserve. There will be easy courses for children and adult beginners on tracks and open areas, as well as challenging ones in steep, rocky areas to test the serious competitors.
Follow the signs from Ophir Road at Clifton Grove. The assembly area is at the northern end of the reserve. Newcomers are welcome with free instructions for beginners.
Starts will be after a briefing at 10am. More information is available at www.goldseekers.org or by phoning 63665131.
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