Street event launches season

THE Lincoln Orienteers launched the 2017 orienteering season with a street/park event in Kirton Point on Friday, February 3.

This was the first of five events to be held in suburbia before the start of the cross-country orienteering held in the bush.

More than 50 people took the opportunity to limber up.

Organisers Cath Dickie and Bron Saint chose a start spot that gave beautiful views over the bay.

Twenty controls were spread out from there.

They made good use of reserves and parks in the area to add variety to the places visited.

Participants could look for any number of controls in any order.

The group of over 50 participants included that many shades of grey!

The beauty of orienteering is that it caters for people at all levels.

There were old hands, some with previous experience and some completely new to the sport.

Both individuals and family or friendship groups participated.

It was a very social event with the majority setting out in pairs or small groups.

Most found seven or eight controls in less than 60 minutes.

Meg and Ali Stevens took 44 minutes to locate eight controls.

Phil and Austin Clem made a great team finding 12 controls in 45 minutes.

Kelly and Axel Taylor lost a little time coming back for a pencil to record but eventually took 45 minutes to visit 10 controls.

Connor Dickie and Gerard Myers managed to visit 19 controls in 54 minutes.

Marc Dickie was the fastest of the solo orienteers finding 15 controls in 44 minutes.

Brian Ashton claimed his legs failed him so he found 11 controls in 47 minutes.

Tim Ashman took 25 seconds longer but had no issues to find 19 controls. For the full results visit the website.

Orienteers were welcomed back to the finish with refreshing watermelon and a sausage sizzle.

As it was a superb evening, many lingered on discussing courses and appreciating the views.

The next event will be held this Friday, February 17, at the marina, with starts between 6pm and 7pm.

The registration area is on the reserve on Jubilee Drive, behind the leisure centre.

Once again it is ideal for newcomers right through to the super fit who want a challenge.

For information about this and upcoming events visit