Highlands Forest Series #3 Event Report

There's a standing joke that when I organise an event, it will rain, probably lots. This joke is not entirely unfair - one year we lost our start/finish point when it flooded - what was an oval was, quite literally, a 6-foot deep lake by finish time. Another year we had six thunder/lightening storms roll across in 2 hours. I like to think that the world is helping me to bump up the difficulty if my events, and cater to only the most adventurous of orienteers. True to form, it rained all Sunday for our HFS #3 at William Howe Regional Park, Mount Annan, and I'd like to thank everyone who still came out to make my course-setting worthwhile. As orienteers, we love being out in the world, and sometimes that means in the rain. And the bad part is the getting wet, once you're wet it's lots of fun.


We had 41 starting competitors, which is outstanding for such a wet day! If I can have a moment of pride - 22 of these were SHOO runners - it's such a pleasure to see such great local turn-outs at our club events - it's very rewarding as a course-setter to know that you're getting to challenge lots of SHOO members.

The full event results can be found on eventor.

My special notes from the day:

  1. The Bara (mums) group for persisting all the way to the end and finishing their course. I'm not sure why the results say that you didn't finish, but I'll testify that you did! 

  2. Sophie and Abbey for two courses! Epic (once you worked out the confusing needle 😉)

  3. The Kontos family (first-timers) for a great mind-set in the rain, and flashing around the course so much quicker than I expected! 

  4. Liz and Helen for battling it out in a very close Women's Moderate - it's great to see you both developing.

  5. John McGann for completing a marathon the day before, a long run, and orienteering - giving him over 60km in two days.

  6. Brian Carter for a come-back of epic proportions - appearing from the rain after years in the wilderness, and taking out the Men's Short Hard! 

  7. Angus for winning Men's Hard, and Craig for doing a solid job of nearly chasing him down.

Thanks also to all of my helpers on the day, especially Doug, Craig and Robert for bringing in controls. See you all at Appin next month!

Highlands Forest Series 2: Event results and report

A much-loved fixture on the Australian orienteering calendar, the The Highlands Forest Series aims to give new and experienced orienteers a fun and challenging bushland navigation experience ('true' orienteering - it's where we came from!).

Event 2 was head at Stingray Swamp, a part of Penrose State Forest. It was a re-make of an old map (we had to wait for the trees to grow back!), done by one of our clubs expert mappers, Robert Spry.

We saw 64 runners head out into the bush, and what a SHOO turn-out! 26 SHOO-ites came out to run, and it's such a pleasure to see a mix of old and new duking it out for places. Special mention to the Shedden and Zids kids (lol!) who keep popping up at tops of their divisions, and to all of our newer club members and families who are developing really well (such as the Murrays and Brays, John McGann, Craig Roach, and Michele Jackson). 

Thanks to Robert for a great event, and for saving an old map, and to Angus for helping him ably on the day, and also to everyone who stayed to bring controls in.

Full event results can be seen on Eventor.

Highlands Forest Series 1: Event Report and Results

A much-loved fixture on the Australian orienteering calendar, the The Highlands Forest Series aims to give new and experienced orienteers a fun and challenging bushland navigation experience ('true' orienteering - it's where we came from!).

Event 1 was head at Soapy Flat, just out of Mittagong. It's a notoriously tricky map with some very flat, indistinct areas which always managed to trip up some competitors (cough, normally me!).

We saw 62 runners head out into the bush, and some great orienteers were on show, with Alastair George and Duncan Currie both visiting before they compete for Australia at JWOC in July. Alastair won the Men's Long Hard, wit Doug Jay the highest placed SHOO runner in 5th.

In other divisions:

  • Bigfoot's Paula Shingler won the Women's Long Hard, with Ruth Shedden in 5th;

  • Garingals Serje Robidoux smashed the Men's Short Hard by over 10 minutes, with Ben Cummins in 3rd;

  • Nea Shingler won the Women's Short Hard, with a gap of 23 minutes to the next competitor;

  • In a strange turn of events, there was no winner in the Men's Moderate, with both competitors mis-punching;

  • Women's Moderate saw Niamh Cassar zip around the course, with Kristie Carroll in a respectable 3rd. Oh, and Liz is still in a moon boot because of this course (thanks Garry!);

  • In the Men's Easy, Rory Shedden was hot on the heels of the winner, Aco Stamenkovski;

  • In the Women's Easy, SHOO's Michele Jackson put in a great run to come second in behind Uringa's Hebbat Veschambre;

  • SHOO's newest, Ben Zids took out his first win in the Men's Very Easy - well done Ben!

Full event results can be found on Eventor.

Kid's Club

A reminder that at each HFS event we will also have a kid's club/development program to allow the kids to have some fun with bush orienteering. Parents can hang around and help out/supervise, or head out on their own orienteering adventure.

The first kid's club for the season started great (check out the pic below), and the kids put in some solid runs as a result. Can't wait to see everyone at Stingray Swamp!

SOS #1 Event Results and Report

SOS-Macarthur was held on Saturday 9 March at Narellan Vale Public School.

Another top area with fine art murals, a large area and many buildings to navigate around.

Thanks to the school for the venue, Lyn and Neville for the map, Elizabeth and Georgia for an early start set up and to the rest of the Bold Horizons and SHOO Orienteering team for running the event.

Results are on eventor or see the post with photos on our Facebook page.