Successful Berry Orienteering Course | South Coast Registry

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FORTY-SIX competitors ran, jogged and sailed through the Berry in the region’s first orienteering event. The Illawarra Kareelah Orienteers staged the event from the Berry Showground and around the township on a new orienteering map produced for the day. A fairly even spread of numbers across the three courses on offer, with most opting for the medium 3.5km course. There were quite a few family groups hanging out together enjoying the challenge of finding a number of checkpoints in and around the township. More: Competitive singles were the norm, though, with smart times recorded by those who like the navigational challenge of running while following a course marked on a map. The electronic timing device was a novelty for beginners who received a printout of their total time and split times between each checkpoint. The comparison of intermediate times between stages is always a subject of serious discussion between competitors who have had a close total time on their route. The competition was organized to promote orienteering in the region and give everyone the chance to discover places around the township that visitors as well as locals may never visit. It was an opportunity for everyone to discover the natural wealth of urban Berry while having fun in competitive racing. There is another competition scheduled for September 24, 2022 in Berry which will be on a brand new orientation map taking up part of the township but primarily in the Huntingdale area on the west side of town. This is another opportunity for locals and visitors to broaden their experience of Berry’s natural environment. Stay tuned for more details closer to the date by visiting the website at Illwarrakareelahorienteers.com or contacting Keith Jay on 0433 390595. We depend on subscription income to support our journalism. If you can, please register here. If you are already subscribed, thank you for your support.

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