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Event Report - Samson MetrO 3

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The third MetrO series event for this season was held in excellent weather conditions in Samson. It was great to see a large number of newcomers trying out orienteering for the first time!

The bush tracks in Sir Frederick Samson Memorial Reserve and the intricate street pattern in the surrounding suburb made for interesting route choice decisions that kept many participants second guessing themselves until the end. On the short course, Duncan Sullivan came through for his second win in the series and Rosalie McCauley scored her first. On the medium course, Paul Dowling denied Nick Dale for the second time this season, while Daisy McCauley won by a margin of over 10 minutes. On the long course, in what's probably a MetrO series first, the first three finishers were all women. Ceri Pass took first place, and on the men's side Eddie Plummer scored his maiden MetrO win.

Warwick MetrO 4

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This event continues the trend for MetrO this season of being largely in native bushland; in fact the Short and Medium courses can be completed without venturing into the suburbs at all. Warwick Bushland is 60 hectares of original native vegetation. It is mainly jarrah-banksia woodland with scattered tuart trees, and more than 200 species of wildflowers, many of which are still in bloom. Wildlife includes several reptile species (bobtails are very active at the moment), over 60 native bird species, and mammals including bats and bandicoots. The Bushland is surrounded by a fence, which may only be crossed at marked gates and crossing points. When choosing your route between control points you will need to carefully consider the location of these crossing points.

Samson MetrO 3

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Come enjoy a variety of terrain this Saturday by navigating your way around the bushland, streets, parks and hills in the neighbourhoods around Sir Frederick Samson Reserve.

The event in Samson will start from the north end of Sir Frederick Samson Memorial Reserve. It is a nice shaded area with a small playground nearby. There is verge parking only along Sellenger Avenue and adjacent streets. All courses will include nice bush tracks through the reserve. Three or four points may be difficult to reach with a pram, but there are enough other points to collect (though probably at the expense of extra distance).

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