Event report: MetrO 8 Mt Pleasant
Saturday, 14 January 2023
Mt Henry Bridge Reserve, Mt Pleasant
Event 8 at Mt Pleasant was probably the warmest event of the MetrO Series so far this season with temperatures just over 30 degrees at the time of running. There was a good turnout of ~93 participants who enjoyed finding controls in picturesque locations along the Canning River and around Booragoon Lake and Blue Gum Lake.
Some competitors chose to climb to the top of Mt Pleasant, but most preferred to stay on the flatter parts of the map. It was great to see a large number of newcomers at the event and, impressively, one group of first-time orienteers completed the long course.
On the short course, Ian Fletcher took his first win of the series while Carol Brownlie added another win to her tally. On the medium course, Oliver Martin managed to hold off Nick Dale despite picking a longer route, and Liisa Hirvonen finished just ahead of Eleanor Sansom. On the long course, Mark Lommers kept his hopes of winning the series alive by taking his second ever win, while Rachel West finished on top in a close race with Veronika Vavrova.
Thanks to Melinda, Pam and Rosalie for looking after IT, to Heike and Dave for help with greeting newcomers, to Deavi for help with setting up the start and to Luan, Deavi and Ruben for help with packing up. Thanks also to the large number of KO members who collected controls: John & Jennifer Major, Dave Pass, Wendy Hobley, Heike Behrbohm, Susan Coleman, Tim Sharp, Volker Gartz and Veronika Vavrova.
Current MetrO Series standings can be found in Eventor.
Photo: Finisher at Mt Pleasant, by Sue Dowling.