Kiwis Win Mixed Vets/Supervet Titles for Second Year in a Row

Australian Rogaine Champs, 4/5 August, West Australia

The Canterbury rogaine team of Bill and Anne Kennedy and Pete Squires has won the Mixed Vets and Mixed Supervets titles for the second year on the trot. In fact their 10th placing outright on a very flat a fast course was only slightly less impressive than their 4th place on steeper terrain last year.

The Canterbury trio covered 98km after planning 76, and clearly the course planners miscalculated too: three teams got all the controls! Nigel Aylott and John Jacoby from Victoria finished in an incredible 20.5 hours, while second and third place-getters got the maximum of 3900 points in 22 and 23 hours. The kiwis scored 3360 and as well as their veteran honours were the second Mixed Open team.

Chris Brych and Dave Laurie, also from Canterbury were 23rd overall, claiming 4th Mixed Open and 3rd Mixed Vet places. The second Mixed Vet team also had a kiwi connection: Vivienne Prince is a former Christchurch resident, and mother of national orienteering squad member Aaron Prince. Who by the way is in the top half dozen teams in an adventure race in Switzerland as we speak!

There were 230 teams in the Australian Champs, reflecting the huge popularity of endurance mapsport in Western Australia.

Written by Michael Wood and installed on 4 Sep 01