Event Report: MetrO Series 13 City Beach North

Saturday 22nd February 2020  CityBeachNorthMetro awards

The last event of the 2019-20 MetrO series was organised by Nick and first-time setter Zali Dale. The controls were spread over the suburban streets and numerous small parks between The Boulevard and Hale Road with ocean views from some of the western-most controls. There were lots of hills so the shortest route between controls was not necessarily the fastest. Overall, it was a great way to end the latest MetrO series.

Afterwards Rachel West, the Series Coordinator. announced the top places for the best seven events out of thirteen. Ceri Pass won the Long Open Women and Craig Dufty won the Long Open Men. Several other orienteers were recognised as place getters in the various categories (age, course distance).

Event Report: MetrO Series 12 Kent St. Weir

Saturday 15th February 2020   KentStFinish2020

Set by Hadrien Devillepoix and Ellie Sansom, this challenging course was a combination of Canning River Reserve and suburban streets with only two bridge crossings. The weather was cool and humid and was well attended by 75 participants.

For those with a competitive streak: Nick Dale, having sealed a win in the series on the medium course, decided to take on the long course this week. Craig Dufty however took the line honours on the long, 4 mins ahead of Nick, with Rachel West 1 min further back. Juniors Liam Dufty and Riley McFarlane battled it out for the win over the last part of the course on the medium, with Liam eventually pulling clear to win. Tom Brownlie finished not far behind in 3rd having picked up an extra control. The line honours for the short course was also a tight contest with just 1 min 4 sec separating 1st to 3rd place. Noel Schoknecht took 1st, Robert Boekelaar 2nd and Ken Brownlie 3rd.

Event Report: MetrO Series 11 Swanbourne

Saturday 8th February 2020SwanbourneKiddo2020

The Swanbourne MetrO event had good weather conditions and seemed to provide a rich variety of route choices in all the course lengths. Some orienteers opted for the flatter and more scenic but slightly longer route choice around Lake Claremont, with others choosing the more urban central Swanbourne. Many medium and long course participants tackled Allen Park and Melon Hill where there was a cluster of controls to be had but at the cost of some reasonably steep hills. It was wonderful seeing several newcomers, both children and adults, successfully complete the short and medium courses.

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