Friday, August 27, 2010


Are you getting that restless sense that somethings coming, something super fantastic?

Yep folks, it's that time of the year again. The time when orienteers, adventure racers, power walkers, joggers and runners that like a bit of sauce with their sport, start to wonder about the Sydney Summer Series. Start to dust off the shorts and T Shirt - and importantly start to think of all those post race Reschs and pie & pea sessions at the Woolwich Pier!

Well Pork Pie is back to report the imminent arrival of our 20th season. From humble beginnings in 1991/92 (with just five events), the 2010/2011 Summer Series is about to hit the airwaves with another full 26 event programme featuring the best cunning running in this fantastic city of ours. Commencing on October 6 at Woolwich, we will be working the sweatband every Wednesday evening till March 30. A fantastic programme awaits. Several areas that have not been used for SSS events for some years (Dundas Valley, Chowder Bay, Curl Curl, Artarmon, Clontarf) are included along with many favourites that showcase park orienteering at its Sydney best. Think bushy stuff at North Epping, chasing the clock at Berry Island, the mangrove boardwalks at Blackman Park, Cremorne Point with its stunning harbour views, and the delights of Tarban Creek.

In addition to these yummies, we are offering FIVE completely new areas!! Unbelievable but true.

How about tuning up the thighs for some flying fox chasing at Gordon (event 20), getting lost in the Canals of Croydon Park (or is that Venice?) at event 23, going for gold at Sydney Olympic Park (event 21), enjoying the Eastern Suburbs lifestyle at Watsons Bay (event 15) or running with Latte in hand at Birchgrove! WhoooHooo folks, this is getting exciting indeed.

So, it's on again. Full details should be on the website in the next couple of weeks, and I'll also get details to other running programmes well before we commence. The familiar yellow sheet is at the printers!

As a special treat, event 7 on 17 November, will include something 'different' as this is the nearest timing to event #1 all those years ago. Competitors that turned up back in 1991 will recall the event was held at Waverton with Garingal's Bill Maclean as the course setter. This was in the days before BP quit their site and the "Balls Head" map was the old split scale version (1:5,000 + 1:10,000). Interestingly, 98 points was the total on offer with Eric Morris winning the 45 minute competition (there was also a half hour option) with 95 points. A good beginning for Eric who was our resident open champ for many of the early rears - probably until Andrew Hill got the itch in the late 90's. There were 23 checkpoints that night - with scores of 2,5 and 10 points. Much has changed - but not the spirit. We started modestly as something to do in the 'off-season' and look what's happened! Wednesday's have become an absolute fixture of Sydney summers. Long may we continue.

More soon - especially if I can find that old chewed 2B.


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