From Newcastle/Sydney: Find your way onto Leggetts Drive (which runs from Kurri Kurri southwards, becoming Freemans Drive at Brunkerville Gap). At the intersection with Lake Road (roundabout) west of Mulbring, turn west onto Lake Road (signposted to Cessnock). Follow this for 7.3 km, then turn left onto Kearsley Road (signposted to Abernethy). Proceed a further 1.8 km, then turn left into Howells Road (unsealed). Follow this road to the end (1.2 km), taking care on the causeway sections.
From Cessnock: Leave Cessnock via Aberdare Road, travelling through Aberdare and Kearsley (where it becomes Lake Road). On the outskirts of Kearsley and at the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Kearsley Road (signposted to Abernethy). Proceed a further 1.8 km, then turn left into Howells Road (unsealed). Follow this road to the end (1.2 km), taking care on the causeway sections.
Parking: Park along Howells Road as directed. Parking will be outside the NPWS area, and assembly will be just inside the gates
Map: Brokenback Slopes 1:10 000
Terrain: Gully/Spur with limited rock detail. There are quite a few patches of thick bush so full body cover is recommended. Undulating to steep terrain. As such, the terrain is quite challenging and courses are somewhat shorter than normal. Note that there are some new termite mounds, not mapped and that some areas of green are thicker than shown.
Planner: Alvin Craig
Vetter: Stephen Craig
|Very easy||2.2km||14 controls|
|Moderate short||2.6km||10 controls|
|Moderate long||3.8km||15 controls|
|Hard short||2.9km||16 controls|
|Harm medium||4.7km||17 controls|
|Hard long||6.3km||24 controls|
Safety: Take care when crossing barbed wire fences. Wathc out for trail bikes.
Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm. Please ensure you start your course with enough time to complete it prior to course closure
Sunday 9th April - NOY 1
Directions: Follow the new Hunter Expressway towards Branxton, a trip of about 45 kms and 30 minutes from the Ibis Budget Motel at Wallsend. About 1 km past the end of the new road works, turn right at a sign marked "Lower Belford 3". The assembly area is at the right hand bend about 500m along this road. This narrow road is well used, so for safety reasons (and to avoid upsetting the local residents), please only park on the southern / western side of the road and try and get your vehicle off the tar and onto the grassy verge. Please be careful exiting vehicles and escort children along the road.
Map: Belford National Park (1:10,000 5m contours). This map was updated by Ian Dempsey in 2015 so is pretty good, except mountain bikes have started creating new tracks everywhere. It won't be long before these tracks will need to be mapped, but at present they are still fairly indistinct. With the area being handed over from State Forest to National Parks, a cessation of cattle grazing has meant the herb and shrub layer have grown back. However, due to a hot dry summer the area is remarkably open and very fast running. National Parks have sprayed the African Olive which was prolific on the eastern side of the map. Some thickets are still there as stands of dead shrubs. National Parks have decided which tracks will become their management trails and which will be left to grow over. So the tracks that will stay have been slashed and the ones that will be let go are growing over. With the growth of more vegetation there has been a rapid increase in the number of termite mounds. The termite mounds are likely all mapped but way too profuse to be much use , so please do not use them for navigation, except in the immediate vicinity of a control.
Course Planner: Peter Newton
Vetter: Toy Martin
Gear Van: Peter Newton
Easy length assumes people are confident enough to cut corners. If not, then add a few hundred metres. All Moderate and Hard courses get at least one water stop.
Start times: 9:30 - 11:30am. Course closure 1pm. Please aim to be back at the assembly area by that time.
Start & Finish: For this event there are 2 starts and 2 finishes, both adjacent to the assembly area. Very Easy, Easy and Moderate courses are contained within the paddock on the western side of the road, so use Start1 and Finish1 in that paddock. All Hard courses start in the eastern paddock, so use the remote Start2 and Finish2 over there. Only Hard Long needs to cross the road at the fence styles at the northern end of the map. A control is located at the break in the fence to ensure people use this mandatory crossing.
Control collection: Every year it is basically the same group of people doing all the work. So if you could, why not aim to start late and stay back a bit to collect some controls. Control collection can be quite a pleasant walk as you get to see things you don't when running and get a chance to have another go at finding a control you may have had a bit of a problem with. The map is fairly flat with good visibility which adds to the enjoyment of walking around.
2017 Night Orienteering Championships
Volunteers: Thanks go to those who made this event possbile and run smoothly.
Course Setting: Clare Willliams, (Vetted by Malcolm Roberts and Carolyn Matthews)
Map Printing: Geoff Todkill
Registration Desk: Joy Guy, Carolyn Rigby
Computer: Jeff Guy
Control Collection: Clare Williams, Sally-anne Henderson, Steve Todkill, Rob Bennett, Malcolm Roberts
Set Up and Pack Up: Joy Guy, Jeff Guy, Carolyn Rigby, Steve Todkill, Sally-anne Henderson, Malcolm Roberts
(If I have forgotten anyone, please accept my apologies.)
The Winners: Congratulations to the Newcastle Night Orienteering champsions:
Long: Rob Bennett, Jenny Enderby
Short: Mikayla Enderby
Location: Thomas Halton Park, Eleebana
Map: Thomas Halton Park 1:4000, 2 metre contours.
Start times: First starts after dark (which should around 6:15pm). Last start 7:15pm
Course Closure: 7:45pm. (Finish after 7:45pm and you risk being disqualified for failing to finish the course in the allowed time.)
This closure time is to enable the setter to collect controls before it gets too late. So please, please choose your start time so that you complete your chosen course by 7:45pm
Setter: Clare Williams
Course: Long (~5km) and Short (~2.5km). These are length via logical route choice around out of bounds areas. Competitors should choose a course that matches their ability and allows them to finish by course closure time.
Directions: IMPORTANT ~ The car park must be approached from the east, as Bareki Rd has a double white divider line at the car park entrance which should not be crossed. If approaching from the west it is advised to overshoot the car-park and to instead turn right into the second car-park (appox. 1km along) and to turn around there to allow approach from the east.
Facilities: Assume nothing (since the toilets will probably be locked by dark).
- Remember to bring your own lights.
- Bring insect repellent to protect from mosquitoes.
- SI: this is a Sport Ident (SI) event, there is an SI unit attached to each control, so you will need to bring your SI stick or P-card. There are less than 20 controls on the short course, so people that only own a P-card will be able to use that if they run the short course. For the long course, they will need to hire or purchase an SI stick for this event.
We're currently in the middle of a 16 day period where we have no local Orienteering events. That doesn't mean locals haven't been orienteering though - over 20 club members headed down to Canberra on the weekend to contest state league events 1 & 2.
Light showers on Saturday made the Sprint Championship at Canberra Girls Grammar School a bit slippery. Congratulations to Stephen Craig (M35A), Tamara Orr(W21A), and Alvin Craig (M16A) who placed first in their classes. Check out Eventor for more results.
The weather was perfect for the Middle Distance Championships held at Isaacs Ridge, with 25 Newcastle members taking the steep 130m climb to the start area - what a warm up! Congratulations to Stephen Craig (M35A), Carolyn Chalmers (W70A), Alvin Craig (M16A), Tamara Orr (W21A), and Cassandra Thompson (WOpenB) who placed first in their classes. Check out eventor for more results.
Carolyn M & Carolyn C at Isaac Ridge on Sunday - Carolyn C just happened to win her age group.
Nicola Blatchofrd has been named to the Bushrangers team for the Long Distance at the forthcoming Oceania Championships in NZ. She is also reserve for Sprint and Middle Distance.
For the rest of the team and the annoucement follow this LINK
Glen Charlton has been selected to the Australian MTBO Senior Team to compete in the MTBO WOC in Lithuania.
For the rest of the team and the announcment follow this LINK
Congratulations to both Newcastle Club members.