Space Racing got underway with a great opening Come and Try it day at Kangaroo Flat Botanical Gardens last Saturday. About twenty people took on the wilds of the gardens and all got back safely! There were a few runners who had Space Raced before and they had really good runs, getting all twenty controls within the half hour (Jim put out twenty controls instead of the usual fifteen). Everyone got at least fifteen controls but some took a little longer than the thirty minutes.
Anyone can take part. Space Racing is for anyone who is of primary school age! You do not have to be a member of a school team to compete or come from any special school. You can bring your friends and we will put you in a team of four people and you will be eligible to win the prizes at the end of the Space Racing Series. So get your school mates together and come along next Saturday.
Results. There were no winners last Saturday as it was just for people to see what Space Racing was all about, but here is a list of runners and the points they scored. I may have missed some results slips.
John Steer Lockwood Primary School 170 points
Kaylee Godfrey Creek Street 170
Solomon Cameron Big Hill Primary 170
Nicholas Malone 110
Matthew Aisbett Creek Street 110
Riley Baldock Strathfieldsaye Primary 180
Zac McDonald Strathfieldsaye Primary 180
Jaeger Hughes 200
Alex Sjaardema Kangaroo Flat Preimary 200
Peter Shanahan St. Therese’s Primary 150
Jayden Godfrey Holy Rosary, White Hills 150
Jorja Hughes 150
Thomas Wigney Maiden Gully Primary 150
Jack Wigney Maiden Gully Primary 150
Katie Wilson Marong(?) 150
Caitlyn Steer Lockwood Primary School 170
Lewis Stone Creek Street 170
Next week we will start racing for real points
Space Racing starts the 2011 season with the 1st event at Strathdale Park. This will be the 1st event on a 12 event Calendar, that involves parks and forest around the Bendigo area, with competitors travelling to places like White Hills, Eaglehawk, Marong and Castlemaine.
Maps given to competitors at 10:00, so arrive in time. Start is at 10:30, Finish is at 11:00
DIRECTIONS: From the centre of Bendigo, travel NE on the Midland Hwy to Chapel St, turn right, then left on McIvor Hwy – go 2.3 k, turn right at Crook St – go 350 m to Assembly area on your left
The 2011 SpaceRacing – Action Orienteering season starts with a “Come and Have a Go at Space Racing” event.
The introductory event for the 2011 season will be held at the Kangaroo Flat Botanical Gardens on Saturday 30 April, starting at 10.00 am.
The first race of the 12 race competition will be at Strathdale Park on Saturday 7 May.
So, Come and Have a Go at Space Racing — entry is free!
WHAT IS SPACE RACING?
The last race of Bendigo’s 2010 SpaceRacing season has been run, and won. Creek Street Christian College Gold team retained the trophy in what turned out to be a close finish — Girton College just failed in the charge to the post.
During the 2010 series we brought over 50 primary school students into contact with orienteering, with a average of about 34 competitors at each race (except for one very wet day – even then eighteen or twenty braved the elements). It was most heartening to watch each day as the teams developed their team-building and course planning skills; it was exciting to listen to them joining in the count-down to the mass start, as it was to listen to the shouted encouragement given by the teams that finished to the other teams from their college.
One interesting off-shoot was seeing some SpaceRacing parents starting to try orienteering, two or three of whom are competing at C and B course levels at our Local Bush-O Event Series. The success of our SpaceRacing program is due in no small part to the efforts of five or six Bendigo orienteers who give up a lot of Saturday mornings, and in particular to Jim Russell who prepares the maps, sets the courses and puts out and picks up controls. All in all, a great team doing a great job for orienteering in Victoria.