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MelbushO and VicBushO in July

Orienteering at Plenty South – Sunday July 23

Plenty South – a fantastic sunny day, with plenty of kangaroos spotted.  Andras set excellent courses which challenged us physically, gave us lots of route choice, and encouraged the less experienced navigators to try some cross country legs, and build their skills.

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Orienteering at the You Yangs – Sunday 30 July

A double-header event with a difference, just an hour from central Melbourne, brought to you by the combined efforts of the Nillumbik Emus and Bayside Kangaroos.  The granite of the You Yangs will be the venue for VicBush 3 (part of the MelBush series), and simultaneously for the second MTBO state event of 2017.

So MTBO-ers – bring your runners as well as your bike! And MelBush-ers, consider putting a bike on your car. No obligation, but if you want, it should be possible to do both events.

For VicBush, start any time between 10am and 11.30; for MTBO start between 11.30 and 1pm. All courses closing at 2.30pm.

VicBush choice of 4 courses – long hard 5.5km, short hard 4.8km, moderate 3.5km or easy 2.8km. All enter on the day.

MTBO – 4 state series courses (34km, 27km, 23km or 12km) plus the option of a 2-hour score course, a great introduction for the less experienced – pre-entry via Eventor preferred. There will also be a free 2km course for youngsters suitable for push-along bikes.

Contact Greg re the VicBush 0415 484 699,
or Ron re the MTBO 0418 994 841.

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Brimbank Park

After a frosty start the sun came out for an enjoyable event in Brimbank Park.  The two longer courses crossed the river and experienced the variety of terrain on offer – open mowed parkland, grassy flats and steep rocky hillsides, with planes overhead and pylons.  The easy course had a control very close to a playground requiring a compulsory stop for the kids.

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Eltham Lower Park

It was a glorious winter’s day and we all enjoyed the trails and hillsides of Eltham Lower Park. It was a busy place with trail runners, slalom canoeists, pony clubbers and orienteers!

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The next MelbushO is on Sunday July 2 at Brimbank Park in Keilor.  There will be four courses with something for everyone: a Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate, and Easy.  Choose which one you’d like to do, and start any time between 10am and 12 noon.

Adults $10, juniors (u21) $5. Entry fee includes hire of electronic timing equipment, coaching, colour map, and refreshments. Enter and pay on the day at Registration.

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MelBushO at Westerfolds, Sunday June 18

This event is listed in the fixture as “Eltham Lower Park” BUT BEWARE – that’s not where you need to go!!! Parking and assembly is at WESTERFOLDS in Templestowe. Drive in the main Westerfolds Park entrance in Fitzsimons Lane – Melway 33 F1.

There is a Trail Run at Westerfolds earlier that morning, but just follow the ORIENTEERING signs and come on down to the canoe carpark by the river near the Fitzsimons Lane pedestrian underpass.

As always for MelBushO there will be four courses with something for everyone: 2.8km, 3.8km, 4.8km and 7.1km. Choose which one you’d like to do, and start any time between 10am and 12 noon.

Adults $10, juniors (u21) $5. Entry fee includes hire of electronic timing equipment, coaching, colour map, and refreshments. Enter and pay on the day at Registration.

Any questions, call the organiser – Laurie Niven 0434 291 248

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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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