More than 600 competitors flock to orienteering carnival in Wagga | Photos

More than 600 orienteers flocked to Wagga for the Australian Three Days Orienteering carnival on the weekend.

The event took place at Connorton estate 10km south of Wagga on Saturday, before shifting to Murraguldrie State Forest on Sunday and Charles Sturt University on Monday.

It featured 25 participants younger than 10 years of age and two over 90. Continued page 21.

WaggaRoos member Lucy McGarva was among those flying to the flag for the host city, finished 11th in the women's elite class.

Fellow local competitor Lachlan Billett found the going tough in the intense rock of day one in the M16 class.

But he did much better on day two and then hit his straps and excelled to win day three, finishing sixth overall.

Meanwhile, local boy Iain Crossett finished an excellent fourth in the M45AS class and lost out on third place by just eight seconds.

In the men’s elite class,  M35 World Masters Champion and ACT local Matthew Crane had an excellent run in the middle distance event at Connorton on Saturday and surprised by establishing a 29 second lead over the red-hot favourite Simon Uppill (SA).

But Uphill shifted into top gear on the long distance course at Burngoogee on Sunday, winning by an astounding 10 minutes and establishing an unassailable lead.

Simon extended his lead by a further minute by winning the day three sprint.

Brodie Nankervis (TAS) finished second and Tomas Krayca (ACT), who has been competing regularly in Wagga this year, finished third.

WaggaRoos president John Oliver said Wagga had prove to be an outstanding host for the event and was thrilled with the three-day extravaganza. “The standard was high and the weather was great, everything went brilliantly” he said.