Auckland Ultra-Sprint

Last Wednesday Martin Peat and Counties Manakau Orienteering club set New Zealand’s first ultra-sprint orienteering race at Barry Curtus Park in Manakau. It was a fantastic afternoon of high speed racing and a great way to enjoy our ANZAC day in the sun.

The format of the afternoon consisted of 3 heats which could be run in any order before 3:00pm and the top 4, based on accumulative time, would race in a mass start final. Others who didn’t make the final would start afterwards as they pleased.

The special point about ultra-sprint racing is the extremely close together controls which require very quick map reading to get through cleanly. Planning ahead and sighting controls in advance on longer legs was a great technique to conquering the tricky parts. The other major difficulty was the maze which we visited twice on every course.

The start and maze on course A. (GPS in the maze is pretty useless)

The map include a maze enlargement which I found useful on most occasions

I missed out on the final which was won by NWOC’s Tom Reynolds closely Followed by Matt Ogden, Toby Scott and Jourdan Harvey. Places 5th to 8th formed an unofficial B-final which I finished 2nd in after losing my lead with a spectacular series of mistake while going through the maze.

I can’t wait for the next ultra-sprint and hope that this high standard is retained.