Eliana and Paul Jones in orienteering action at Queens Park yesterday morning.
Eliana and Paul Jones in orienteering action at Queens Park yesterday morning. Gerard Walsh

Keen sense of direction

PAUL Jones is a cyclist cum triathlete but yesterday he turned his sporting focus to orienteering for a walk and run around Queens and Federation Parks.

Jones didn't have a problem with either the short 1.4km course, or the medium 2.7km course, as he completed the run leg of the Hell of the West Triathlon at Goondiwindi earlier this month.

He was part of the Collective Brain Cell team which was third in the men's teams event.

Tim Graves was the swimmer, Andrew Kent the cyclist and Jones the runner.

Normally more a cyclist, Jones did the run, which was split into two sections due to the swim being moved from the Macintyre River to the water park.

He ran the 3km and 17km run legs and reckons he might do a bit more orienteering, which involves running.

At yesterday's come-and-try-it day at Queens Park, Jones ran with his daughter Eliana.

"I like walking and running with Dad," she said.

Her father said Eliana ran once she saw each of the 18 controls on the course.

She enjoyed punching holes in her card with different punches at each control.

Clare von Stieglitz and son Peter tried out orienteering for the fourth time.

"It is a fun sport and makes your walk interesting," she said.

Fifteen people competed yesterday at Queens Park.

 

Orienteering program

 Come-and-try day - Stanthorpe Showgrounds, 9am, February 26

 Event at Braeside (signs off highway), 9am, March 4

 Darling Downs school trials - Dalveen, March 13

 State standard event - Leslie Day, March 18

 Australian three-day championships - Stanthorpe, April 6-9

 Bullecourt Boulder Bounders club event - The Cascades, Stanthorpe, April 11

 BBB club event at Cherrabah - April 29


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