Event report: Bush 1 Manning Park
Sunday, 07 May 2023
Manning Park, Spearwood
Cool and blustery conditions heralded the start of the Bush season at Manning Park. A total of 89 competitors took on one of the five courses. Thankfully the rain held off, though most competitors had to battle with the wind to get their maps into a map bag.
The dense bush in Manning Park provided few opportunities to get off track, though some competitors braved the light green, and some very brave souls tackled the dark green. Even though most navigation was on tracks, the track network is confusing in places and this tricked up more than a few competitors. The complex network of tracks also provided numerous route options in places, with Livelox showing competitors using four different main routes between controls 10 and 11 on the H2 course.
It was wonderful to see a good number of new faces, including families, trying out the sport for the first time. We hope we will see you at another event soon.
A big thank you goes to setter Tim Sharp and organiser Heike Behrbohm. Thank you also to all the KO members and others who helped with the event. Dave Pass and Russell Candy assisted with event preparation. Jan Candy and Ceri Pass assisted at the start. Instructors included Jan and Russell Candy and Ceri Pass. Thank you to Ceri Pass, Kate Braid, Rohan Braid, Joseph Coleman, Susan Coleman, Matthew Coleman, Reuben Claessens and Sten Claessens for collecting controls and helping to pack up. Thanks also go to Rosalie McCauley and Jack Dowling for running the event desk.
Photo: Tracy starting at Manning Park, taken by Sue Dowling