Esk Valley Orienteering Club series returns

Eleanor McLean competing at the Tasmanian All Schools Mountain Bike Championships at Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area.
Eleanor McLean competing at the Tasmanian All Schools Mountain Bike Championships at Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area.

The autumn twilight midweek series run by the Esk Valley Orienteering Club returns on Wednesday with an event open to all at Windsor Precinct, Riverside.

The series of six races, followed by an event at Punchbowl Reserve, will highlight parks and reserves in the Launceston urban area including Royal Park, Launceston Grammar School and the First Basin.

Events will be held weekly through February and March.

Club juniors and state representatives Jed Fleming (Punchbowl) and Eleanor McLean (Launceston Church Grammar) will each be responsible for planning events.

In the recent summer cup, featuring seven events over nine days, Fleming won the men’s long-course and McLean was narrowly beaten by fellow state representative Arabella Phillips.

The autumn twilight series attracts newcomers, including regular parkrun participants, families and students, providing introductory orienteering after school and work during daylight saving.

Three courses from 1.5 to up to 4.5km are on offer and four of the venues are suitable for strollers on the short course and medium courses. There is also a medium length recreational walkers’ course provided. The longer course offers a moderate navigation option.

Starts are between 4 and 6pm with courses closing at 7pm.

Maps of the venues are provided and can be used to explore the public reserves.

The club’s involvement with the Launceston State School Sports Association will enter its 18th year on Friday, when up to 10 local primary schools take part for seven weeks, culminating in the Northern school championships on Friday, March 23, and a multi-loop schools relay in City Park on April 6.