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Date Posted: 1 November 2015
Wildfire Sports was proud to sponsor the Australian Ultra Long Orienteering Championship on the 30th of August. Overall the event went well, although the weather could have been better for the competitors.
Eureka Orienteers hosted the event and held it this year in Ballarat, VIC. The Ultra Long challenges elite runners with close to double the distance and time of a traditional race.
The men’s 21E class completed a course distance of 22.3km, with senior elite Ian Lawford finishing first in a time of 156:05. The women’s 21E class completed a course distance of 14.4km, with Ballarat local Aislinn Prendergast winning overall by 35 seconds in a very close race, with a total time of 120:55.
The men’s 17-20E class completed a course distance of 15km, won by Henry McNulty in a time of 104:00. Henry was a clear winner, benefiting from his training in Sweden. The women’s 17-20E class completed a distance of 9.4km, with NZ visitor Sonia Hollands winning by 3.40 minutes.
The NOL Sprint held on the Saturday saw Ian Lawford as the winner of the men’s 21E by 17 seconds and the women’s 21E winner was Krystal Neumann by 26 seconds. The men’s 17-20E was an astonishing tie between Patrick Jaffe and Jarrah Day. The women’s 17-20E winner was Tara Mellhuish by 14 seconds.
To view the full results of the event, please follow this link.
Wildfire Sports contributed prizes of approximately $1200 for the winners.
Next year the Ultra Long will be moving to South Australia and then to the ACT. If you have a love of orienteering then we hope to see you there!
Wildfire Sports sells a range of orienteering items for training and competition. To view all of our specialty products visit www.wildfiresports.com.au.