Upset Win in City Safari!

New Zealand rogaining champions Jamie Stewart (Wgtn) and Greig Hamilton (Chch) were beaten today in the Metlink City Safari, an urban form of the map sport in which public transport provides a moving but predictable playing field.

Britainís first orienteering gold medallist Yvette Baker, and three-times Irish orienteering rep Bill Edwards, both now living in New Zealand, won the 6-hour team event in Wellington.

This was an upset as Stewart and Australian David Rowlands won the Safari last year, and his NZ rogaining win was only 4 weeks ago. However the 40-yr-old Edwards is a current world masters orienteering champion and has just returned from a British Championship win. Baker retired from elite competition after her win in 1999, but evidently retains considerable fitness.

With an impossible 103 control points throughout the city including the 445m Mt Kaukau, teams had to make difficult choices about the most profitable route. From the start on the waterfront the winning pair climbed through Kelburn to Tinakori Hill before bussing to Newlands. They worked their way back through the western suburbs including Kaukau, reaching Brooklyn before finishing with 8min to spare. Their winning score was 1470, 200 ahead of the men. Wellington city councillor Andy Foster with Ramash Swamy were third on 1200 points.

A 3-hour section was won by Florence and Martyn Reynolds who tied on points with Adele Fitzpatrick and Vicki Connor, but were given the result by finishing earlier. School competitions were won by Samuel Marsden (Lauren Turner/Hannah Barnes) in the 6-hour and Rongotai College (Jonathan Wood/Ivan Wilby) in the 3-hour.

Nearly 600 participants used bus, train, ferry and cablecar services in the Metlink network. This is the largest rogaine in NZ and may be the largest orienteering event of any type in New Zealand this year.

Result summary, just the top few in each category. Full results...

Six-Hour Event

Team Category Members Affiliation Score Place
The Champions Mixed Bill Edwards, Yvette Baker UH/Wgtn Orienteers 1565 1st O'all, 1st Mixed
The Titleholders Open Jamie Stewart, Greig Hamilton Wgtn/Chch Rogainers 1385 2nd O'all, 1st Open
The Two-Timers Open Andy Foster, Ramash Swamy Wgtn Off/Rd Runners 1285 3rd O'all, 2nd Open
The Originals Biz House
Al Cross, Nigel Corry Petone/Wgtn Multisporters 1130 4th O'all, 1st Biz House
Skippy and 1 Old Chick Mixed Steve Wagner, Debbie Mansfield Upper Hutt Rogainers 1120 5th O'all, 2nd Mixed
Pants Off Dance Off Women Lisa Phelan, Fanny Toorenburg Petone 1110 6th O'all, 1st Women
YYYY Women Jenney Cossey, Emma Watson Wgtn Rogainer, HB Orienteer 980 11th, 2nd Women
Family Randal Family John, Kaitlyn & David Randal Wgtn MTBers 895 13th, 1st Family
Mugby School
Sam Mars
Lauren Turner, Hannah Barnes Karori Orienteers 825 20th, 1st School
Flying Takahes Family Mike Fee, Jenny Visser, Chris V-F Island Bay Rogainers 800 23rd, 2nd Family
2 Les than Wise Men Plus 1 Unwise Woman Biz House
P'ram Coll
John & Jenny Bocock, Graham Richardson Paraparaumu Orienteers 675 35th, 2nd Biz House
Bush Ninjas School Ethan Bryant, Adam & Daniel Jepson Ohariu 630 37th, 2nd School

Three-Hour Event

Team Category Members Affiliation Score Place
Florence and The Machine Mixed Florence & Martin Reynolds Karori 575 1st O'all, 1st Mixed
Rongotai WW School Jonathan Wood, Ivan Wilby Island Bay Orienteers 570 2nd O'all, 1st School
Fitzpatrick Women Adele Fitzpatrick, Vicki Connor Karori 565 3rd O'all, 1st Women
"O" Men Open Peter Wood, Nick Engleback Island Bay Orienteers 555 4th O'all, 1st Open
WTMC Chicks Women Jo McKenzie, Suzie McQuoid, Ann Kendon Wadestown Trampers 555 5th O'all, 2nd Women
Crazy Horses Mixed Nicola Roderick, Jase Kirkland Miramar 510 6th O'all, 2nd Mixed
Onslow O-Ringers School
Onslow Coll
Shamus Morrison, Calvin Standrill, Callum Bedford Onslow College 505 7th O'all, 2nd School
Clendon Family Fiona Clendon, Ryan Sheridan Eastbourne Rogainers 500 9th, 1st Family
Sheridan Family Mike & Hillary Sheridan, Ruby Burley-Smith Eastbourne Rogainers 495 10th, 2nd Family
Tim's Triumvirate Open Tim Kannegieter, Paul Sparks, Graeme Olliver P/North Orienteers 495 11th, 2nd Open
Belly Full of Rooster Biz House
Simon Tankersley, Peter Bratby Wgtn 325 55th, 1st Biz House
The Interislander Team 117 BHouse Robert Chappell, Mal Ngaki, Vanny Beveridge, Mate Faausu U/Hutt Sailors 255 90th, 2nd Biz House


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