Lilian finds way at world titles
WARWICK orienteer Lilian Burrill, 18, was ninth in a field of 55 in the B middle distance final at the World Junior Orienteering Championships in Denmark last week.
She was third halfway through the race.
Earlier, in middle distance qualification, Lilian was 26th in a field of 41.
“It was absolutely amazing in the middle distance event, the entire forest floor was covered in moss and fun to run on,” Lilian said.
Lilian was 57th and third of the six Australians in a sprint field of 110, compared to 75th last year.
She said the sprint course at Aalborg University featured a few canals, tricky gardens with hedges, buildings and underneath passageways.
“It was good fun and I was happy with my run,” she said.
“I only lost concentration once.”
Her father, Philip Burrill, said the family had been in regular contact with Lilian since she left home two weeks ago.
“The team had a week-long training camp in Denmark and was able to use Danish training maps which are quite different to the maps used in Australia,” Mr Burrill said.
“A lot of the competition was on sand dunes on the coast, the land in Denmark is a lot less distinguished in terms of contours.
“In Australia, we use a lot of spur and gully terrain on the Eastern seaboard for orienteering, typically with rolling hills and gullies.”
Mr Burrill said he was pleased with the effort of his daughter, particularly against the Europeans where the sport was strong.
Most of the winning teams were from Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark. Australia was 23rd in the relay.
The Australians struggled with the long distance event due to the sand dunes and heavy vegetation.
Mr Burrill said the navigation was much harder than in Australia as orienteers tried to find a control in a small depression.
“A lot of the features in Europe are minor and very technical.”