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By Christo Peters - Sat 2 Jul 2022 8:26pm

Piret Klade proved why she deserves the title Queen-of-O in the Hawkes Bay Club after winning W21E grade in all three disciplines (Sprint, Middle and Long distances) at the Pokapu (Central) Champs, held over Matariki weekend. 150 from all over NZ attended this inaugural holiday weekend of competition.

The 3-days of events started with a sprint competition around the grounds of the Eastern Institute of Technology in Napier. This campus reflects the variety of industry in the Bay so participants had to navigate around various micro-environs such as marae, concourse, industrial buildings and vineyard.

The event centre of Day 2 was at the edge of a natural amphitheatre. Spectators overlooked course finish routes. Muddy farmland, steep exits out of gullies and small forest blocks combined to make the orienteering on red courses lean more towards an adventure race. Ronan Lee triumphed in the M21E grade conquering the 10.7km course in an incredible 1hr 12 mins – elevating Ronan to now being considered one of the fastest-ever members of the HB Club.

Competition moved to Waipukurau in Day 3, on a new map that was 8 years in the making. The gum tree forest combined with a warm mid-winter day and mountain bike tracks had orienteers being disorientated by the environs – this area was more-like something in Australia. This time the M21E title went to Callum Herries, formerly a HB member who is visiting briefly from Europe.

An impromptu survey was taken onsite at the end of the 3-days, the outcome was overwhelming support for having orienteering competitions during any 3-day weekend, including Matariki weekends.
By Jane Herries, Photos (above and below) by Cryn Russelll
Results: http://hborienteering.com/club/index.php?page=pokapu

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