Lincoln Orienteers held a special event on Sunday to celebrate and acknowledge founding member, Kevin Vigar. Kevin has been involved in orienteering for close to 50 years and his foresight, leadership, guidance and passion have grown and nurtured Lincoln Orienteers into the club that exists today. Due to ill health Kevin hosted this final event on the weekend. There were many family members in attendance, as well as past and present orienteering club members.
There was two separate events held on the day with a morning event re-enacting orienteering in the 1970’s when Kevin first started orienteering. This involved a black and white map, produced by Kevin, with control points having to be copied from a master map, and coloured crayons used to prove you had found the control! The fitting winner of this event was Paul Hoopmann, and who started orienteering around the same time as Kevin, showing the younger orienteers how it was done, racing around the course in 21 minutes, 11secs. Not far behind was promising junior, Austin Clem with a time of 21:46.
The afternoon event was a score event with a twist. This time a detailed colour map of the area, also produced by Kevin, was used, along with SportIdent electronic recording. The aim was for participants to accumulate the correct number of points by collecting controls of different values to end up with a score equal to the number of maps that Kevin had produced in his career. After everyone had completed their course, Kevin revealed the winners were Amelia and Mikayla Suffolk who were closest to the correct total of 88 maps. They were presented with a unique artwork of Kevin’s, symbolic of one of his iconic club trophies.
Everybody enjoyed a wonderful day, whether it was catching up with friends and reminiscing about events of the past, or the children who wore a distinct path around the streamer course by repeating it many times over!
See the links for full results from today’s special event at Warunda Creek!