Sunday 24th June 2018
Umuna, out in West Dale near Beverley, is a magnificent hill on a farm with beautiful green paddocks and plentiful ewes and lambs. And many rocks; flat rocks, round rocks, small rocks, large rocks and huge rocks – all so scenic and lovely. Add some terrific courses and you have perfect orienteering. Bonus points to the setters for having the start and finish within metres of the registration caravan.
Today was the Long Course State Orienteering League long course event, hosted by the LOST club, meaning that points in the Orienteer of the Year award were up for grabs. The fast running courses with open areas, bare rock and granite outcrops tested the skills of the competitors. Post run, the calm sunny day made for pleasant picnic lunches while enjoying the fabulous outlook over the countryside.
Thanks to setters Noel Schoknecht and Nick Dale, controller Russell Candy for the courses. Peter Gillon once again towed the caravan, and along with others unpacked and re-packed it. Set up and pack away, instructing and control collecting were willingly carried out by Mike Howe, Richard Mathews and Nicole Davis, Edward Plummer, Anthea Feaver, Robert Greig, Gary Aitken, Toivo Pedaste, Simon Thomas, Rosemary Kullmann, Helen Bailey, so many thanks to all our happy helpers. I am sure all appreciated the toilet, towed and set up by Alan and I. Cake makers, as usual, did a sterling job with a delicious choice available.
It was the kind of orienteering day that provided all the good things about the sport.
Photos from the event and maps can be found at the Orienteering WA Facebook page