Unmapped areas offer up challenge

SPRINT FINISH: Elodie Nohlmans sprints to the finish in one of the three courses she completed at The Sandmine near Coffin Bay.
SPRINT FINISH: Elodie Nohlmans sprints to the finish in one of the three courses she completed at The Sandmine near Coffin Bay.

The towering sand hills in Coffin Bay National Park provided a picturesque backdrop for orienteers at The Sandmine on Sunday, July 2.

Organisers Tim Klau and Brian Ashton chose a protected clearing in readiness for the predicted showery and windy weather but the wintery weather only came after the shelters were down and the controls brought in.

Courses ventured south of the railway line to areas not previously mapped giving a new experience to those who had run in this area before.

Elodie Nohlmans zipped around the 2-kilometre easy course in 28 minutes. Newcomer Bronwyn Morgan was next in 40 minutes and then tackled the longer and more challenging moderate course.

Other newcomers, Michael and Ethan Carey also had success in finishing the easy course.

The 0.77km streamer course was a breeze for Elodie, taking her 10 minutes. Ethan Carey did well in  tackling this independently in 22 minutes.

The moderate 2.8km course was the choice for 13 people. Alison and Lynne Hoopman and Elodie tackled this together taking 60 minutes, 30 seconds ahead of Peg McAvaney.

Three people completed the hard extra-short course. Gordon Pope took 118 minutes to complete this 2.9km course, only 14 seconds ahead Lee Russell and Ella Stevens.

Sam Stevens had the best time for the 3.9km hard short, taking 55.24 minutes.

The hard long was won by Tim Ashman in 87 minutes, despite a big mistake in navigating from the wrong control at one stage, which cost him 15 minutes. Paul Harris was second taking 117 minutes.

The next event is at Mena View on July 23.

A full range of courses is available so newcomers are welcome. Travel on Farm Beach Road then onto Frenchman Road.

The event will be signposted from Wangary. There will be a barbecue plate available as well as tea and coffee. For the full results and further information about this and upcoming events visit the Lincoln Orienteers website http://www.lincolnorienteers.com.au/