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Yellow Gum Park Draws Big Crowd

Over 180 competitors tackled four courses at Yellow Gum Park, part of Plenty Gorge. With a new start and finish location, and some farmland opened up to orienteers for the first time, people familiar with the map were taken to new places.

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The next MelbushO is on Sunday 18 June at Eltham Lower Park in Templestowe. Choose any of the four courses – Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate, or Easy.  Start any time from 10am-12 noon.  Sportident electronic timing will be used, along with touch screen registration.  Your entry fee of $10 for adults and $5 for juniors (under 21) includes colour map, coaching, equipment hire, and refreshments.  There is no pre-entry required, just come along and pay on the day.  Further details on the website http://www.melbusho.com

Can’t wait that long?  Check out the range of other great orienteering options, including a double header Sprint race at Yarra Valley Grammar School on Sunday May 21.

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MelBush at Yellow Gum Park

The next MelbushO is on Sunday May 7 at the always popular Yellow Gum Park, which is part of Plenty Gorge Parklands.  Melways map 10 F5. Turn off Yan Yean Road onto Memorial Drive, then turn south onto Goldsworthy Lane and follow orienteering signs to the picnic area.  The park has a bit of everything – lovely forest, some detailed erosion features, cliffs and rocks, big open hills, tracks, and great river views. There are toilets and picnic tables so bring lunch and enjoy a day out.  The courses can now cross the farm and the map has been slightly enlarged.

Choose any of the four courses – Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate, or Easy.  Start any time from 10am-12 noon.  Sportident electronic timing will be used, along with touch screen registration.  Your entry fee of $10 for adults and $5 for juniors (under 21) includes colour map, coaching, equipment hire, and refreshments.  There is no pre-entry required, just come along and pay on the day.  Further details on the website http://www.melbusho.com

Organiser: Ruth Goddard ruthg@netspace.net.au.

This event will also be used for schools teams training with Mikkel.

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Macedon

Despite the heavy downpours and forecasts of extreme weather, we had a great turnout of eager mudlarks.  Central Highlands Orienteering Club (CHOC) produced a well organised event, with excellent courses set by Mark Hennessy in classic bush orienteering style.  The Hard courses each had a challenging long leg which tested stamina and route choice.  Other legs also had plenty of options, with tracks providing less direct but easier routes, vs cross country for those who prefer the red line, with some thicker vegetation and scrambling through the creek.

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MelbushO at Lysterfield

It was a warm day to be climbing the hills at Lysterfield, but the views were worth it.  We got up close with some very large rocks, and saw plenty of kangaroos as well.  Orienteers young and old enjoyed the challenge of navigating with a map, and returned with smiles on their faces.

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The next VicbushO is on Sunday April 9 at Macedon, only a short drive on the Calder from the city, and a beautiful place to be in Autumn. Choose any of the four courses – Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate, or Easy.  Start any time from 10am-12 noon.  Sportident electronic timing will be used, along with touch screen registration.  Your entry fee of $10 for adults and $5 for juniors under 21 includes colour map, coaching, equipment hire, and refreshments.  There is no pre-entry required, just come along and pay on the day.

Directions: Once in Macedon, take Smith Street north to Middle Gully Road and park near the junction with Scout Camp Road.   Melway X909 G10.

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