Event report: Bush 2 Spice Brook
Sunday, 21 May 2023
Julimar State Forest
There were 71 orienteers who competed in the first “bush” event of the year. Despite a rather cool start to the day, the middle of the day provided sunshine for the lunchtime picnickers.
Looking at some of the Livelox routes most people managed the spur gully terrain very well - even after a long break from bush running. A number of runners had trouble with a control on the very convoluted Spice Brook, a control which on reflection should not have been used. Despite spending a lot of time locating the control it was said to be on the edge of the control circle rather than at the centre.
Winning times were very close to target, with the H5 winning time rather shorter than expected with a couple of very experienced runners blitzing round in under 30 minutes.
Big thank you to the setters/organisers Ken & Carol Brownlie. There was also a great band of WOW members who helped out with all the various tasks that make events run smoothly. New member Peter Ashton helped with both putting out and collecting controls as well as towing the toilet and providing transport down the rutted track to the start. A special thank you to him. Helen and Carol were at the caravan to welcome and instruct newcomers. Control collectors were Peter and Jenny Komyshan, Ken and Helen Post, Sue and Dan Greig, Dave McCauley, and Carol, Tom, Vicky, Archie and Fraser Brownlie. Thank you to all who helped.
Jack Dowling spent the morning in the caravan persuading the computer to behave. He was so attached to the ‘van after straightening out tower Ken’s attempts to position it that he also towed it back to the shed. Thanks, Jack.
Photo: At the start, taken by Ken Post.