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Newcastle Orienteering Club Bike Orienteering Summer Series Rules Series 9 (2017/2018)

NB Changes to the rules from 2016/2017.

1 Basic Rules

1.1 You must ride on mapped tracks or designated clear areas only. You are not allowed to make new tracks or take short cuts through the bush.

1.2 You and your bike must stay together at all times.

1.3 You must wear a helmet at all times before, during and after the event whilst on your bike.

1.4 You must carry water with you.

1.5 You must obey normal road rules and ensure your bike is in safe working order.

1.6 All competitors must report to the finish so that search parties are not sent out!

 

2 Event Description

2.1 There will be two maps, a LineScore75 map and AllScore75 with all the same controls on the maps.

2.2 The LineScore75 map will be an A4 double sided map; a line course on one side and a score course on the other side, the total time allowed is 75 minutes. 

2.3 On the LineScore75 the line course has to be completed before the score course. Line course controls are to be visited in order.

2.4 The line course will have between 7 and 9 controls, each valued at 2 points. On completion of the line course the remainder of the 75 minutes is to be used on the score course. Controls will be valued either 1, 2 or 3 points as indicated by the colour of the control on the map, Green 1 point, Orange 2 points and Pink 3 points. Score controls can be visited in any order.

2.5 Failure to complete Line course on the LineScore75 map.

2.5.1 If a competitor is unable to complete the line course within the 75 minute time limit then they should head to the finish. Their score will be the total of the line controls visited in the correct order. With no penalties for those missed. They cannot score points on the score course whilst returning to the finish. Late time penalties will still apply.

2.5.2 If a competitor is unable to find a line control (or realizes that they have accidently missed a control) then they may abort the line course and continue to the score course. No points will be awarded for any part of the line course but points will be awarded for the score course.

2.6 The AllScore75 map will be a 75 minute all score event (no line course) using exactly the same controls as the LineScore75 but the map will be one sided with all controls.

2.7 Each competitor has the choice to ride either course, the LineScore75 or the AllScore75. Please note clauses 2.12 and 2.13.

2.8 Controls will be valued either 1, 2 or 3 points as indicated by the colour of the control on the map, Green 1 point, Orange 2 points and Pink 3 points. Score controls can be visited in any order.

2.9 Two minutes prior to your start time, you will be given the map. You can use this time to attach the map to your board and plan both the line course and/or the score course.

2.10 Competitors will incur a 1 point penalty for each minute or part thereof they are late, down to a score of zero.

2.11 Competitors will receive a 1 point bonus for each full minute early if they punch all controls on the map.

2.12 The series will consist of six BOSS events. A competitor’s best four results from these events will be tallied to produce an overall series total. (Course setters will receive an average of their best three results for the event they set).

2.13 If you have been classified as an Elite rider (by the BOSS Coordinator) you will not be awarded a podium place if you ride the AllScore75.

2.14 Individual scores for each event will be calculated as a percentage of the winners score

2.15 Competition categories for each series will be for Women, Men, Rookie & eBike.

 

3 General MTBO Rules.

For further general rules relating to MTBO see Orienteering Australia Operational Manual 2.6 - Competition Rules for MTBO.

 

Entries

Start times must be between 8am and 9am unless arranged otherwise with the organizer.

The cost per event payable on the day is:

  • $8 for members of the Newcastle Orienteering Club (or any other orienteering club)
  • $10 for non-members
  • $2 SI Stick Hire

 

Summer Street Series Event 9

 
Map/Location: Kotara
Setter: Clare Williams
Start: Nesbitt Park, Casey Ave, Kotara
Parking: Casey Ave and Greyson Ave
Facilities: Toilets will now be available
Start times: Between 5pm and 6:30pm (with 2 minutes planning time before the start). Course closure at 7:25pm.

 

Here are the Results.

Special thanks to the Setter Denis Lyons and the many helpers for another successful event.

Directions: 

From the Kurri-Cessnock road, turn onto Old Maitland Rd. at the western end of East Cessnock Primary School. Head North-east along Old Maitland Rd for (approx.) 3.8KM, and be prepared to turn left to park along a power-line on the western side of the road. This turn is not far past a crest in the road. Slow down and prepare to turn.

Anyone coming from the north along Old Maitland Rd should prepare to turn right (approx.) 500M after a double set of power-lines cross the road.

Map (New Area): “THE POWERLINES”    1:10 000     Part of Werakata NP.  (Between Abermain and Old Maitland Rd.) 

Planner: Denis Lyons

Vetter:

Courses:

Very easy   1.8km   Follow tracks and streamer trails
Easy   2.2km   Controls not far from tracks, BUT you need to know where you are along
the track, before turning off. You also need to recognise and follow a
watercourse/gully (lightly streamered).
Moderate short   2.1km   Moderate cross-country navigation
Moderate long   2.8km   Moderate cross-country navigation
Hard short   3.6km   Difficult navigation
Harm medium   5.7km   Difficult navigation
Hard long   7.8km   Difficult navigation

Entry Fees

Safety:TBA

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

Notes

(a) The area is generally fast and open with many tracks and paths and no significant hills. There is some old quarry detail. Much of the green, especially around erosion gullies contains spikey vegetation.
(b) TRAIL BIKES and 4WD’s use the area. KEEP OUT OF THEIR WAY.
(c)  In control descriptions the “ant-hill” symbol may refer to either Termite mound (brown cross) or Meat-ant nest (brown + with a brown dot at its centre).
(d) LATE NEWS.  National Parks has now (Start of August) brought in heavy equipment. Main fire trails have been graded, with some new drains added (Now on the map.). Many of the trail-bike tracks have been ripped/ploughed and are thus not easy to run along. (Unless the 4WD’s flatten out a wheel track in 6 weeks). These tracks will be highlighted with pink/purple hatching. The easy and very easy tracks will NOT be affected. CHECK NOTICE BOARD ON THE DAY.

 

SPECIAL NOTE:                                                                                                                           

For this event INDIVIDUALS may compete in age classes.

Either:
(a) look for your age class, and enter the course for that class; or
(b) select a class for which you are eligible on the course you wish to complete.

 INDICATE BOTH COURSE AND CLASS ON YOUR ENTRY SLIP.

You do not have to be part of the championship class competition. Just enter your normal course.

The following classes are available on the course indicated.

Course Men Women
Hard Long Open A, M40+A  
Hard Medium M(19-40)AS, M50+A WOpen A, W40+A, W50+A
Hard Short Mto18A, M(50-59)AS,
M60A, M70+A
Wto18A, W(19-49)AS, W(50-59)AS,
W60A, W70+A
Moderate Long MOpen B WOpenB
Moderate Short Mto18B Wto18B
Easy Mto14A Wto14A
Very Easy Mto12A Wto12A

 

 

Click here for the RESULTS.  Apologies for the delay. 

  • The Course Setter, Ian Dempsey, would like to give a special thank you to those volunteers who:
    drove the van to and from the event,
    set up the tent, tables & equipment prior to the event,
    ran the Registration,
    helped with new orienteerers,
    ran the Finish tent,
    provided drinks,
    printed maps, and
    collected controls.  

Directions: 

 ENTRY - You can access this area only by travelling north.

  • If travelling south on Toronto Road, Fennell Bay. Turn into either Macquarie or Bay Roads and make a U-turn when safe to do so. Then, turn north onto Toronto Road and in 400m at the orienteering sign, turn onto a service road through a gate that runs parallel to Toronto Road. Continue about 300m to parking on the mown verge on either side of the service road.
  • If travelling north on Main Road/Toronto Road. From the intersection with Macquarie and Bay Roads, continue for 400m and at the orienteering sign, turn onto a service road through a gate that runs parallel to Toronto Road. Continue about 200m to parking on the mown verge on either side of the service road.

EXIT – You can exit this area only by travelling north. If you need to travel south, continue north on Toronto Road and turn east into Enterprise Way at WOODRISING (corrected -ed), then make a U-turn when safe to do so.

 Map: Fassifern Ridge 1:10,000 4 metre contours. Revised Ian Dempsey August 2017.

Black crosses show car wrecks. Black circles indicate wreckage.

Terrain: 

Undulating to very steep and mostly open forest that has been burnt in the last 12 months. There’s an extensive track network, many parallel watercourses, and rock detail on the higher slopes. The lower gullies have some patches of slow run and walk.

This area was extensively used from the 1980s through to the 2000s when we lost access to it. Orienteers familiar with the area will find that many of the tracks are now indistinct and most of the car wrecks have disappeared.

 Planner:  Ian Dempsey

Vetter:  Andrew Haigh

Courses:

Because of the nature of this area, all courses have considerable climb relative to their length. The Hard and Moderate courses are a little shorter than our normal NOY length and have a single drink control ½ to 2/3 through the courses. Both the easy courses have a single steep climb on tracks to the main ridge. The Hard Short course has been designed to minimise climb but does have legs that involve contouring across steep slopes.

Course       Length(km)       Climb (Meters)
Very easy   2.1   72
Easy   2.5   88
Moderate Short   2.0   76
 Moderate Long   2.8   92
Hard short   2.5   72
Hard medium   3.9   140
Hard long   5.4   208
         

Start: The start is an easy 400m walk from the assembly area. Allow 5 minutes.

Entry Fees

Safety: 

  • The steeper slopes are gravelly – take care.
  • Safety bearing is east to the service road.
  • Although trail bikes are not common in the area, move to the side of the track if you encounter them.

 

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

Someone told me today that there was less than 100 days to Christmas.... Well then its time to launch the Xmas 5 day website! Check out the logo to the left and click and explore to your hearts content. If you wish to help out at this major carnival contact the organiser, Geoff Peel. His details are at the bottom of pretty much every page. 

That this coincides with club members travelling north to spread the word of Xmas in Queensland (or compete in Auschamps - one of the two) Good luck to them all anyway.

I have a weird request now - I want images of club shirts please. The older the better. As psrt of the history of the club I am putting together a page for the various club uniforms over time - so information about when it was worn and introduced would be appreciated. Anyone attending our club events will see a variety of shirts being worn so its time to enshrine then in a chronicle (or web page) 

Club members Sam and Kendall have had a little boy named Ben. Another orienteering dynasty takes shape and our junior ranks grow.

Merry Xmas.... too soon? 

ok 

 

Done this joke already? How about the new street series flyer as compensation? Okay then - its in the side menu ready for you to print and put on the fridge. And also right below for those not willing to scroll.....

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HUNTER VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Results

Apologies for the misinformation about a map change for the hard long. It was included in error much to Denis's frustration.

BBQ and Presentations: There will be a BBQ from 12:30 with presentations for the winners to take place at 1:15pm. THere will also be lucky 'door' prizes drawn randomly from entries (you must be present to collect - control collectors are excempt and may pick up their prize on return). Note: In the event of rain the BBQ and presentations will be postponed to the club Bush presentation event.

Directions: Adjacent to Twelve Mile Creek rest centre, north of Raymond Terrace. Travel north on the Pacific Highway for (approx.) 15.5 KM from the roundabout at the northern end of Heatherbrae. 1.75 KM north of the Italia Rd. junction, turn left and then, after 30metres, turn right. Follow this (poorly) sealed road for 1.5 KM to parking and assembly.

The meeting will start at 7:30pm and will attempt to finish by 10:00pm

Club meetings are open to all members of the club. If you have ideas on club activities, please come along and share them. For information regarding the location of the meeting please email the club president This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to attend.

 

Results

Looking for something to do for Dad to do on Fathers Day? Orienteering has you covered - the Annual Fathers Day minor event! The NOY may be over but that wont stop us orienteering. Stay tuned for a very special event (maybe 2) coming up to cap off the season. (Spoiler: for one of these events this might be the only time we ever get to use the map! - not to be missed)

Directions: From the western edge of West Wallsend, head west on O’Donnelltown Rd. Just after crossing the bridge over the M1 motorway look for parking, where safe beside the tar sealed section of the road.

Map: Fairley Dams 1:10000

Hunter Valley Championships

Results

Directions: Travel west on the Hunter Expressway towards Singleton. About 2km past the end of the expressway near Branxton, turn right (north) onto Kirkton Road and continue for another 2km to the north edge of Belford National Park. Park rear in on the cleared strip on either side of Kirkton Road just north of the park boundary.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Kirkton Road bisects the map and is an 80km/hr zone. Please be careful parking (ensure you are fully off the road) and be mindful of children.

Map: Belford National Park. 1:10000. Remapped 2015 Ian Dempsey

Terrain and map notes: Undulating, mostly open forest with generally good visibility. Patchy areas of slow run have been mapped as full slow run. Extensive fields of Lomandra tussock, a feature of sections of the eastern half of the map (used by hard long course), are represented by the slow run/good visibility symbol. Termite mounds >0.3m are mapped, along with native cherry trees. Meat ant nests are not shown. The hard long course includes a marked crossing on Kirkton Road (all care should be taken to check for traffic before crossing).

Courses: You can enter this event even if you do not wish to be part of the Hunter Valley Championships. The Championships are for individual competitors only and are conducted in the age classes below.

COURSELENGTH (km)CLIMB (m)MENWOMEN
Hard Long 7.3 70 Open A,M40+A  
Hard Medium 5.1 65 M(19-49)AS,M50+A W OpenA,W40+A
Hard short 3.9 30  M-18A,M(50-59)AS M60+A  W-18A,W(19-49)AS
Moderate long 4.4 60 M Open B W Open B
Moderate short 3.0 35 M-18B W-18B
Easy 2.2 25 M-14A W-14A
Very Easy 1.8 15 M-12A W-12A

EITHER (1) Select a class in which you want (and are eligible) to compete, and enter the course which is designated for that class. OR (2) Look at the course you want to run and see if there is a class available (for which you are eligible). Enter that class. If no class satisfies, then you can still run your preferred non-championship course.

Planner: Ian Dempsey
Vetter: Denis Lyons
Start times: 9.30 to 11.30am with 1.30pm course closure

NOY 1

 

RESULTS | WINSPLITS | ATTACKPOINT SPLITS | ROUTEGADGET | Photos

Setter's Report: Thanks to everyone who came today - 106 entries! It was a beautiful day with very few mosquitoes or leeches (unlike the last couple of months while setting). There were some flatter areas, criss-crossing tracks, and some steeper hills with rocks and gullies though the medium and long hard courses got a lot more rocks than the shorter and easier courses (sorry Neil). The ground was a bit rough and there was a bit of spiky green and tufty undergrowth here and there so sometimes the track option may have been the quicker and less frustrating route. Lots of people on the hard courses found the last couple of controls challenging and possibly also fatigue was having an effect by that stage. Many commented that they liked the courses a bit challenging especially the route choice options and having to navigate to the fine detail as they approached a control. There was a bit of an issue with the controls not all synched correctly (we had been told they were but some may have escaped) so the splits were interesting but the overall times were correct (apart from one or two which we had to fix as Sharon couldn't have possibly taken 717 minutes to run the Short Hard course).

Thanks to everyone who helped with today's event, especially Denis who vetted the courses and helped me put all the controls out. Start desk: Joy and Sally-Anne. Finish: Andrew, Jeff, Rudi, Tim and Malcolm. Organising Gear: Peter. Babysitting: Kendall and Viola. Thanks to Dave, Rob, Rudi and Denis for helping me collect controls and for everyone who helped set up and pack up and administer first aid.

It was nice to see some new people giving orienteering a go and we look forward to seeing you again. Some competitors travelled up from Sydney as well and some competed despite injury so we had a great turnout. So much so that I had to recycle several Short Hard maps and control descriptions so we had enough (thanks to those who donated their maps so others could compete).

thanks,

Sam

 

Directions: From the western edge of West Wallsend head toward O'Donnelltown on O'Donnelltown road. After crossing the bridge over the Motorway, park beside the road and the assembly area is on the southern side of the road.


Map: Fairley Dams (1:10000)
Setter: Sam Howe
Vetter: Denis Lyons
Courses: Full set of 7 NOY courses:

Very Easy - 1.7km

Easy - 2km

Moderate Short - 2.1km

Moderate Long - 3.1km

Hard Short - 3.2km

Hard Medium - 4.7km

Hard Long - 6.7km


Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm

State League 3

RESULTS | ROUTEGADGET | SPLITS by (course) | WINSPLITS (by class) | PHOTOS

Entries are now CLOSED on eventor.

If you are not entered limited Enter on Day will be available. Alternatively you could consider helping out to ensure Newcastle delivers another quality State League event for NSW.

Directions: Check Eventor for more information
Map: Pelaw Main West
Setter: Alex Massey
Vetter: Scott Simson
Courses: Full set of State League Courses
Start times: Check Eventor closer to the date - Enter on Day will be available

State League 4

RESULTS | ROUTEGADGET | SPLITS (by course) | WINSPLITS (by class) | PHOTOS

Entries are CLOSED on Eventor

If you are not entered limited Enter on Day will be available. Alternatively you could consider helping out to ensure Newcastle delivers another quality State League event for NSW.

Directions: Check Eventor for more information
Map: Balickera & Hamburgers Trail
Setter: Martin Quirke and Denis Lyons
Vetter: Rob Vincent
Courses: Full set of State League course
Start times: Check Eventor closer to the date - Enter on Day will be available

NOY 2

Results | Routegadget | Winsplits | Attackpoint Splits | Photos

Planner's report:

Given the events of the preceding week, it was a wonder we had any event at all, but it was testament to the tenacious spirit of orienteers that so many turned up for NOY2. As planner, it can be a little disheartening to put in lots of effort and have few entries on the day, so I was thrilled that so many made the effort, especially those who were still struggling with problems at home, like the lack of power or fallen trees. Over 70 entries was a good result and orienteers were greeted with cool, grey conditions, with rain holding off and even the forecast high winds managing to stay away until quite late.

Many noted the long course lengths and even Alex Massey couldn't break the supposed 45 minute winning time. The courses had been devised to take advantage of relatively open running on a largely flat course (Long & Medium Hard courses had one serious hill to tackle), but the amount of fallen vegetation combined with slippery creek crossings (and slippery everything else) and difficult (and in some cases dangerous) erosion gullies, meant that it became far more of a trial than I had ever foreseen. Luckily, most controls could be placed pretty close to where they had been intended to be and only one control had to be deleted (from the Easy course) when it became apparent it was no longer of the standard intended. To those who found it more of a trial than normal, I do apologise, but by the time I could assess the difficulties of running under the changed conditions, it was too late to be restructuring courses and reprinting maps. I hope you'll forgive me once you're back in your lounge room with a cup of tea or a stiff drink, as your needs dictate!

There was such a flurry of activity at the set-up and packing up stages that I have truly lost track of who did what, so rather than embarass myself by omitting people, I offer a blanket "Thank You" to the many, many people who put in the effort to help out on the day. It truly shows what a wonderful spirit we have in our club and I can assure you that after all the work of planning, it is truly heartening to have so many people who take the time to assist in whatever way they can, be it big or small, casual or regular - it is a real load off a planner's back to have the "show" running itself so efficiently. To everyone who was part of my team, my sincere thanks.

A couple of special mentions: Extra thanks to Peter Newton for driving the gear around and staying right to the end of the show, even past the "we should be gone now" time. Also, to the ever-reliable Rudi Landsiedel for control collection, which can be a real chore without some assistance. Lastly, but certainly not leastly, to the award-winning Denis Lyons (if you don't get that joke, you might want to go down the page a bit). Denis vetted the courses with a kindly eye, expertise and enthusiasm, helped significantly in updating the map, particularly where vegetation had changed and was highly relevant to control location, and then backed up to collect controls, heading out twice. I know he won't read this, but I'm extremely grateful for all his effort nonetheless.

Hopefully people enjoyed the day, in spite of the challenges it provided and are looking forward to the next event on Mothers' Day (ed: Coaching day on 9th May is next). See you there!

UPDATE: As of 6pm Friday night the event will proceed as normal. On arrival please be sure to check the notice board for any specific notices about your intended course. Expect it to be muddy (bring a change of shoes at the very least)

Venue: Make your way to Ferguson St, Abernethy. Turn south from the Mulbring - Cessnock Road ("Lake Road") just east of Kearsley. Follow Ferguson Street approximately 2km to the parking area.
Parking can be on both sides of Ferguson St - please take care to not block any private pathways and any roped off areas. One resident (on the East side) has specifically asked us not to park on the lawn in front of his property and this is clearly identified with orange safety fencing. Also we are requested not to park in the area opposite and to the south of Abernethy guest house.
The assembly area will be in the vacant lot just south of the guest house, while the start will be an easy 200m walk north, back along Ferguson Street.

Map: "The Chimney" - 1:10,000

Terrain: Open runnable forest and complex spur / gully, intricate vegetation detail in some places, with some limited use of steep sections on longer courses.

Courses: Standard NOY range of courses.
Very easy - 2.0km 10 controls
Easy - 2.2km, 11 controls
Moderate short - 2.5km, 12 controls
Moderate long - 3.6km, 14 controls
Hard short - 4.1km, 16 controls
Hard medium - 5.6km, 18 controls
Hard long - 7.1km, 20 controls
Hard courses use a pivot control and have elements of both middle and long distance formats.

Entries: Enter on the day from 9.30am to 11.30am. Course closes at 1.00pm. Please ensure you start your course with enough time to complete it prior to course closure or you my be disqualified.

Planner: David Kitchener
Organiser: Peter Newton
Vetting: Denis Lyons

Coaching

Remember to prebook by May 6th (details below)

Editors Note: This is the new club coachs first coaching session with us. All club members welcome to attend - so come along and grab some tips from a JWOC and WOC representative. We also wish outgoing coach Geoff Todkill well with his printing of maps (not that he wasn't already doing that already anyway) and thank him for his coaching over the years.

Directions: From the western edge of West Wallsend head toward O'Donnelltown on O'Donnelltown road. After crossing the bridge over the Motorway

Map: O'Donnelltown 

Setter/Coach: Josh Blatchford

NOTE: Please email Josh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are intending to attend before May 6th so we can confirm numbers.

Courses: Training offered for 3 skill levels: (length can vary depending how much you want to do)

- Easy - 2.9-4.1km - Line exercise
- Moderate - 3.0-4.6km - Line exercise
- Hard - Up to 6-7km - Corridor exercise (for those that aren't familar with this type of exercise check out this link)


Start timesBriefing at 9.45. Course closure 12.30

Cost: $6, to cover printing costs (Sorry $5 was a cut n paste error)

Minor Event (Mothers Day)

Results | Attackpoint Splits | Winsplits | Routegadget

Directions: From the western edge of West Wallsend, head west on O’Donnelltown Rd. Just after crossing the bridge over the M1 motorway look for parking, where safe beside the tar sealed section of the road. (As for NOY 1)  Additional parking would be on the east side of the bridge and walk back across to assembly on the north-west side of the road where the power line crosses.
Map: O'Donnelltown
Setter: Denis Lyons
Vetter: Volunteer Needed
Courses: A set of courses equivalent to NOY standard will be available. A master map of all control sites will be available for those who may wish to plan their own training using these control sites.

Course maps will not be pre-printed. You will mark your course from a master map.

Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm

NOY 3


RESULTS | ATTACKPOINT SPLITS | ROUTEGADGET

From the Desk of the Setter:

There is something very exhilarating running through, flat open bush on a misty moisty morning don't you think? Well that is exactly what the doctor ordered for 68 competitors who ran the NOY 3 at Barnsley.

I remembered Dennis Lyons advice: "Make it fun!" Judging by the times and positive feedback, it was a lot of fun in a surprisingly great piece of bush so close to the burbs.

Thanks go to Angus for the genius 'big picture' leg plans on paper, "Dad send them down the hill on a straight line - they'll be tempted to drift" and for the ideas to make the best use of the runnable areas. "You can fill in the rest!" I must say I really enjoyed the "time in the bush" planning and setting the course.

Thanks to Rob Vincent for the vetting. Fine detail is not my best point so I was very grateful for your notes and advice. Big thanks to all the helpers on the day, setting up in the rain and packing up in the sun.

Steven Roberts!

Directions: From Sydney or Central Coast, take Pacific Motorway, Toronto exit then Wakefield Rd to Appletree Rd in Holmesville. From Maitland and the north, take Pacific Motorway, Newcastle exit, then Cameron Park Dr becoming Wilson St through the main street of West Wallsend. Turn left into Withers St then right into Appletree Rd to Holmesville.
Start Location: Kevin Evans Oval (also known as Holmesville Soccer Oval) on Appletree Rd. Park along Appletree Rd. 50m walk to the assembly area and a further 50m to the start. Follow signs.
Terrain: Generally undulating with one steep section with some rock detail. There are a few spur and gully sections, and complex track networks throughout the map. Vegetation is variable from highly runnable to very thick, while visibility is generally good. Full body cover is recommended due to patches of thick and/or spiky growth. 
Facilities: There is a unisex public toilet.

Map: Barnsley (1:10000)
Setter: Steve Roberts
Organiser: Angus Roberts
Vetter: Rob Vincent

Courses: 

Very Easy - 2.2km (25m climb)
Easy – 2.3km (40m climb)
Moderate Short - 2.4km (45m climb)
Moderate Long - 3.5km (65m climb)
Hard Short - 3.6km (65m climb)
Hard Medium - 5.2km (95m climb)
Hard Long - 7.0km (120m climb)

Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm

Minor Event

RESULTS

This area provides an opportunity to practice what to do when there is very little help from contour detail. Think accurate distance and direction. Think about using vegetation boundaries and route choice around the thickest green.

Directions: From Pelaw Main follow Stanford St. south toward Mulbring. After approx. 750m look for assembly set up on the eastern side of the road. PARKING can be on either side of this 90km/h road, before and after the assembly entrance.
Map: Stanford Scrubs 1:10 000  (Slightly extended 2015.)
Setter: Denis Lyons
Vetter: Rudi Landsiedel

Courses: 

(1) A set of courses equivalent to NOY standard will be available.
(2) A master map of all control sites will be available for those who may wish to plan their own training using these control sites.
(3) If the weather is fine, ask about the possibility of trying to follow a line on the map and you mark the position of controls to test if you are accurately matching the terrain to the map.


Course maps will not be pre-printed. You will mark your course from a master map.


Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm (Plan to be back by then).

 

NOY 4

RESULTS

Directions: From Heatherbrae follow the Pacific Hwy north for approximately 15 km. 1.5 km after Italia turn Left into Nine Mile Creek Rd and then immediately Left again.
Map: Hamburgers Trail (1:10,000)
Terrain: Generally gentle, undulating forest with good visibility. Short courses and end of the long courses goes through an area with numerous trail bike tracks. The whole area was hit heavily by the resent storm and as a result there are numerous fallen trees that have not been mapped.

Courses. The longer courses have some longer legs and therefore fewer controls than usual.
Hard Long: 7.1 km
Hard Medium: 5.1 km
Hard Short: 2.8 km
Moderate Long: 4.0 km
Moderate Short: 2.3 km
Easy: 2.1 km
Very Easy: 2.1 km

Setter: Bjorn Mella
Vetter: Rob Vincent

Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm

 

Hunter Valley Schools 

Results

UPDATE: Helpers Wanted for the Hunter Region Schools Champs, Tuesday 23rd June at the Tank Paddock, Minmi;  (9am to 2:30 pm) If you are able to help could you contact Geoff Todkill or Colin Bailey, or leave a note at the event desk on Sunday. Helpers will require a Working with Children Check. If you dont have one, then Geoff can supply the details.

Tuesday 23th June MINMI from 9:30 a.m.

39th ANNUAL HUNTER REGION SCHOOLS ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015.

Venue: From NORTH. At the roundabout where John Renshaw Drive crosses Weakley’s Drive and the extension of the M1 motorway, head south toward the M1 motorway. 700m from the roundabout turn left onto Lenaghan’s Drive and follow for 5km to the entrance to the Tank Paddock, on the left hand side of the road.
           From SOUTH. Take the Newcastle / Singleton exit from the M1 motorway, following signs to Newcastle. At the first set of traffic lights turn left onto Woodford St. and follow through the village of Minmi. (Do not turn at the lights in Minmi.) The entrance to the Tank Paddock is 1.7km from the northern edge of Minmi, and on the right hand side of the road.

(NB. When leaving the event to head north you need to turn left from Lenaghan’s Drive (after 2.8km approx.) onto Black Hill Rd. Immediately after crossing the M1 motorway, turn right at the roundabout to join the motorway.)

Organiser: Colin Bailey
Planner: Geoff Todkill
Vetter: Andrew Power

Map: "the Tank Paddock" (1:7500)

Coaching

Directions: Briefing at 9.45 along Killingworth road near the substation.
Map: The Range
Setter: Josh Blatchford
Courses: 

Easy - 3.8km - Attackpoint Training
Moderate - 4.1km - Attackpoint Training
Hard - 5.6km - Attackpoint Training (Donut Exercise)


Start times: 9:45.Course closure at 12pm. Register course by Friday midday via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Minor -  Newcastle Pairs Championships 

Results

NOY 5

RESULTS

Special conditions no longer apply to this event. Event will proceed as described below.

Location: Quorrobolong Rd, Kitchener, 500m south of Abernethy St intersection.
 
Parking: Under power line on western side of road, best if we can travel one way along power line and park at 45 degrees. Please take care when turning and crossing the road, as Quorrobolong Rd speed limit is 100km/hr.

Map: Southams Road
Setter: Shane Trotter
Courses: Full set of NOY courses. (3 hard, 2 moderate, easy and very easy)
Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm

NOY 6

Results

Directions: Turn off pacific Highway north of Raymond Terrace onto Italia Road, Approx 5k from hwy turn left into Balikera Park
Map: Balikera 1:10000
Setter: Greg Bacon
Vetter: Matt Bacon
Courses: Full set of NOY courses. (3 hard, 2 moderate, easy and very easy)
Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm

Road Crossing: Competitors will be required to cross Italia Rd from Balikera Park to get to the start area. Please take care crossing the road and children will need to be accompanied across the road. It is a 300m walk from the park to the start area.

Map Notes: This area was used for the State League event earlier this year. The start and finish is opposite the Balikera Park entry. There are numerous trees down in the forest following the recent storms. Only old tree roots are on the map with termite and ant mounds on the map. Some of the vegetation has changed/flattened following the storms and some of the larger creeks are wide and runnable. The tracks in the area have been badly eroded, there are large ruts, take care!

Water Drop: There will be one water drop, which most courses will visit.

NOY 7

Results

Directions: From NORTH. At the roundabout where John Renshaw Drive crosses Weakley’s Drive and the extension of the M1 motorway, head south toward the M1 motorway. 700m from the roundabout turn left onto Lenaghan’s Drive and follow for 5km to the entrance to the Tank Paddock, on the left hand side of the road.

           From SOUTH. Take the Newcastle / Singleton exit from the M1 motorway, following signs to Newcastle. At the first set of traffic lights turn left onto Woodford St. and follow through the village of Minmi. (Do not turn at the lights in Minmi.) The entrance to the Tank Paddock is 1.7km from the northern edge of Minmi, and on the right hand side of the road.

(NB. When leaving the event to head north you need to turn left from Lenaghan’s Drive (after 2.8km approx.) onto Black Hill Rd. Immediately after crossing the M1 motorway, turn right at the roundabout to join the motorway.)

NOY 8

Results

IMPOTANT NOTE: National Parks have confirmed that they will not be burning in this area this week and the event will go ahead as planned on the Decapitated Poppethead Map (as below).

 

Location/Map: “The Decapitated Poppethead”, 1:10000, 5m contours

Planner: Lynda Hewson

Controller: Geoff Todkill

Organisers: Paul Killen & Ingrid Oblasser

Minor Event - (Fathers Day)

Results

Map: (Editor ~ The map name? -Its a secret) Stafford’s 40 acre farm in Martinsville will be utilized for the event. Terrain is a mixture of open pasture and runnable spur and gully bushland with some minor rock features. 

Directions: Travelling on the M1 south from Newcastle or north from Sydney, take the Morisset Exit and head towards Morisset on Mandalong Rd. After 1.4km, turn left at the major roundabout at the top of the hill onto Freeman’s Drive. After 5.4 km turn left onto Martinsville Rd. After 5.1km veer right onto Owens Rd. After 800m turn left into Mahers Rd. The address is 34 Mahers Rd Martinsville 2265.  The address address should be locatable by GPS apps.

Parking:

staffordfarm

Setter: Denis Lyons
Courses

Very Easy 1:4000 Normal point to point course, following tracks, fences and streamer trails. A good chance to learn the difference between open (yellow) and bush (white).
Easy 1:4000 Normal point to point course with some controls just off the handrail features (tracks, fences, watercourses and rough open areas). Lots of controls to practice orientation of the map.
Moderate and Hard 1:5000 Courses will consist of four component activities over two stages. Those participants wanting a shorter activity should do one of the two stages or do some of the four components non-competitively.
  
Moderate and Hard – Stage 1

1. Map Memory: View a control site on a map at the start and remember enough features to get to that site without a map. The next control site will then have a fixed map showing the location of the following control site, and so on until you reach the change-over control where you will collect a map and start the line course. For this activity you will have control descriptions including numbers and features.

2. Line Course: Follow a line on the map and punch any controls along that line which match the code number on your control descriptions. There will be no feature descriptions on the control description sheet.


At the end of stage 1, download and record your time to record your stage 1 result.


Clear / Check and report to the start again, with your map, for Stage 2.


Moderate and Hard – Stage 2
Important: for those competing in Stage 1 & 2, Stage 1 must be completed before Stage 2 can be started.

3. Point to Point Course: Visit controls in numerical order. At the change-over control, start the Score Course. You will have control descriptions including features but not numbers.

4. Score Course: visit all controls in any order you choose. You will have control descriptions with numbers and features.
Download and record your result for Stage 2. If you also competed in Stage 1, you will receive an overall result.

Distances Map Mem Line Stage 1 Pt to Pt Score Stage 2 Stage 1+2
Moderate 0.8 0.9 1.7 1.6 1.9 3.4 5.2
Hard 0.9 1.3 2.2 1.8 2.2 4 6.2

Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm

The next series of BOSS (Bike Orienteering Summer Series) starts shortly. Get your mountain bike out of storage, find yourself a mapboard (or similar) and get ready to ride!

Killingworth - Sunday 29th May

NOTE: you can choose to participate in foot orienteering section only if you wish. While thereare no Blue or Green courses some of the scatter course controls are on or near tracks but sub-juniors would need supervision.

The club will be conducting two events at the same time on the weekend. The club minor event will be a scatter course of 45 minutes duration whereby you collect as many controls as possible in 45 minutes. The first scatter course has been set for competitors of all levels with catching features and tracks throughout the course. The map scale for the foot stages is 1:7500. The Duo Event will be doing the same course but there will be no time limit for Duo competitors. The start area for all competitors will be approximately 1km north of the electricity grid station at Killingworth.

For the Duo competitors an instruction sheet and course overview map is on the club website.

As the Duo course may take a few hours to complete all competitors are advised to bring along the water that they may need for the event and snacks/food for the duration. Completing the course carrying a small camelback would be to your advantage. There will be water available midway through the course.

We are in need of at least three more volunteers to assist with manning the start finish area. This event will incorporate a manned remote control as well as controls for competitors making a transition from foot to bike and finishing the event.

As it is a first time event , the organisers have tried to design the courses to allow all competitors to finish as well as providing some fun and challenging sections, the single tracks for the bike legs are still in good condition and the controls have been placed to give you some great riding!

Parking: due to wet weather parking will be on the verge of the road (Greg has brush-cut to allow you to get a bit off the road) unless you have a decent 4wd. Alternately those with MTB's could park back at the electricity complex and have a short warm-up ride to the assembly/start area.

Remember to bring along plenty of food and water!

Greg Bacon

info| instructions |layout

Wet weather prevented us from running this last month. It's been rescheduled to Saturday, May 28 from 1.30-3.30 pm. Park at the south end of Station St., Whitebridge. If the weather's dicey, call Ian Dempsey (49435790) It might also be a good idea to advise Ian that you wish to attend. You can come even if you didn't attend the theory part of the workshop.

You'll need:
- A mapping board around 30 x 30cm. This needs to be firm but lightweight and could be Masonite, Perspex or polystyrene (the latter covered with adhesive sheet).
- Mapping pencils that roughly correspond to an orienteering map’s main colours of black, brown, blue, yellow and green. Clutch action pencils with 0.5mm coloured leads are good, but sharp coloured pencils can also work. - A baseplate or thumb compass, a short ruler, an eraser and masking tape. You can bring a GPS unit that reads grid references from a topographic map, but it’s not essential.

This month is sure turning out to be a very busy one for our club, chock full of top notch orienteering events and activities. Here is a quick summary of what is on offer.

Saturday 21st
Coaching - Green to Orange (Glendale)
Course Planning Workshop (Glendale)

Sunday 22nd
Hunter Valley Champs (Congewai)
Don't miss this exciting new area!

Saturday 28th
Mapping Workshop - Practical

Sunday 29th
Duo: combined MTBO/Foot event (Killingworth)

Map: Cocked Hat Creek
Type: Night Cross country
Starts: 5:30-7:00 pm

Recent Queensland import Scott Simson has set a series of night courses around his new suburb of Cameron Park. Scott although new to our club has considerable experience in all aspects of our sport.

The event map is basically next door to Brush Creek where that afternoons MTBO event will take place so pack a torch and head over. I have told Scott we will get a good turn out so let's not disappoint him.

*Update*

So yeah - website is back to being pretty. still some work to do especially with the archive areas. The top menu will also get an overhaul at some point.

Hi Web Editor here,

As you might have noticed the website has developed a glitch. To fix this I had to turn off off our pretty website and return to a very bland version. It turns out the template we were using is not compatible with the latest version of the web content management system we use (even though it said it was!). 

I am working on getting the website back to its previous glory - better than before hopefully. So please be patient.

Thanks

Coming Soon

A rather foggy start to the morning eventually turned ito a magnificent day for the running of State League4 at Abernethy near Cessnock.

This event had the luxury of a new map "Brokenback Slopes" created by Newcastle club stalwart Denis Lyons. The area provides a good mix of spur gully with some complex watercourses and even the odd bit of rock.

Bigfoot "veteran" Jock Davis was fastest man over the 9.2 km Red1/2 course while Tracey Bluett was best placed woman on the Red2/3 course.

Results

Splits

Newcastle and Central Coast clubs invite you to attend State Leagues 3 and 4 at Abernethy, near Cessnock. (Sunday's event on brand new map!)

You only have a few weeks left to enter these great events. If you liked the Christmas 5-Days then you'll love this as well. Get cracking - email your entry today!

Don't forget there is a pretty reasonable discount for those entering both days.

QB3 - Long Distance Results

After a damp start the weather cleared for the long distance componant of the QB3 event. The longer event spread results considerably with many classes having already been decided prior to tomorrows sprint event. For those not in the QB3 running there are still "NSW Sprint Championships" titles on offer on what should prove to be an exciting run around the Newcastle University campus..

Go to the QB3 page for results, map links and eventually some photos.

Results

Dent & Davey take QB3-Day1

For the first time in many year the Queen's Birthday event is a true three day affair with the total times added for the three days.Today Middle Distance length event was run in perfect conditons a relief after nearly 2 weeks of preceeding wet weather,

Setter Karen Blatchford employed loops and pivot controls on many of the courses making for a compact but varied coverage of the area.

Julian Dent made a mockery of the expected 35 minute winning times covering the 6 km M21A course in 30:45, nearly six and a half minutes ahead of 2nd placed Grant Bluett. Ian Meyer rounded out the top three.

The W21A class is much closer with Briohny Davey less than 1 minute ahead of Shannon Jones with Felcity Brown less than a minute further behind.

Tomorrow we move "across the road" to the "Poppet Head Park" for a long distance event. While climb percentages are actually less than today we can expect a couple of steeper sections on the longer courses.

For full results of todays events go to the Newcastle Club's QB3 web page.

Maps

Results

Seems we have had some minor difficulties with our super dooper email entry form. Just can't get anything good for free nowadays.

Some money has been received via BSB but no matching entry email has arrived.

Update: We believe we now have all entries but you still need to check details are correct.

If you haven't received an email from Geoff Todkill confirming your entry and you are not on the current entry list, then please contact Geoff on 02 49585920 or email him.
See the QB3 page on Newcastle website for "entries received".

We have had a fantastic response with respectable entry numbers for QB3 and while entries have "officially" closed you have about one day left before we produce a start list. If you want to get an entry in without having to be forever indebted to our entry taker then you'd better get onto the email entry form or the phone this very minute.

Go to the QB-3 page on the Newcastle club website to enter or to check details of Entries received.

 

Final info and Start lists are now available on the QB3 page of the Newcastle Club web site.

 

Let me take this opportunity to thank the many club members that have offered to assist in the running of this 3-day event. Some of the major tasks have been drawn up into a roster. Please follow the link and check out your responsibilities (if any). Please contact Carolyn Rigby if you cannot fill the current task you have been given.

Roster

QB3 and NSW Sprint Champs wrap.

The concluding day of the Queens Birthday 3 day event (which is also the NSW Sprint Championships) was contested in the grounds of Newcastle University. This area has to be one of the best urban sprint maps in NSW with many buildings in a beautiful treed setting. Expect more events here in the future.

Julian Dent once again dominated only conceding 2 splits to his opposition taking both the sprint champs and overall QB3 titles. The women’s race was a tighter affair with Felicity Brown taking the lead from Shannon Jones a third of the way into the course. She managed to hold on for a few legs but Shannon once again showed her class taking the lead and extending it to a 59 second winning margin. Shannon also took out the overall QB3 title as well.

Organising club, Newcastle were extremely happy with competitor numbers, the friendly but competitive atmosphere and also the weather, which was very obliging. It’s quite a big workload, one club running 3-days of events, but we are a big club and all Newcastle members dipped in to assist in some way. I sincerely thank them for their dedication to our terrific sport.

Don’t forget to check out the results, splits, maps and photos on the QB3 page. If you have any nice photos you’d like to see added then contact Russell Rigby ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). There's also the oportunity to vote in the "course setter of the year" competition on the OANSW site.

Route Gadget is also there for you to show the world where you went and we are also happy to take comments (via maptalk), even negative ones if they are at least constructive so that we can make it even better next time.

See you in the bush somewhere……

Results

Minor Score Event

Results - due to the mix of score and line courses these results may not appear in Eventor.

Routegadget (Full map)

Routegadget (Tricky map)

Note: Unfortunately we have had trouble with the splits for the score courses

Location/Map: Barnsley

Planner: Andrew and Kate Morris

Start Location: Kevin Evans Oval on Appletree Rd. Park along Appletree Rd

Start Times: one minute start intervals from 9:30am to 11:30am and course closure at 1pm


Courses:
Very Easy -- approx 2km
Easy -- approx 2.6km
1 Hr Score Course -- Mostly Medium controls, but a few Hard and a few Easy controls
1 Hr Training Score Course -- Same controls as the score course, but a VERY different map:
The western section is 'land form only section' and has all tracks, vegetation, and nearly all point features deleted. This leaves only the contour lines, dry ditches, and watercourses to use for navigation.
The northeastern section is 'map memory'. The map for this section will be at the start and controls 12, 13, and 25. The map given to you is blank in this area except for the tracks returning to the assembly area.
The southern section is 'compass work'. The only detail in this section is in the control circle. You will need to take precise bearings and be able to pick up features in the control circle.

Terrain: Terrain is generally undulating with one steep section with some rock detail. There are a few spur and gully sections, and complex track networks throughout the map.
Vegetation is variable from highly runnable to very thick, while visibility is generally good. Full body cover is recommended due to patches of thick and/or spiky growth.


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NOY7

Results on Eventor | Splits on Attackpoint | Routegadget

 

Planner’s Report:

After a week of miserable weather, orienteers were blessed with a mild, sunny morning for

the last day of winter and the final NOY event of 2014. Perfect orienteering conditions in

one of the club’s best areas! Using largely the same area as last year’s NSW Championships,

competitors were treated to some very open forest, creeks that were (surprisingly) largely

dry and not too much climb. This was reflected in Alex Massey’s blistering winning time of

45:04 for the 6.7km Hard Long course, while many other runners were also recording very

fast kilometre rates.

Hopefully, in enjoying the beautiful conditions, not too many people noticed that a good

deal of the event was recycled from last year. There were a few of the same controls (with

different approaches), a few “nearby” sites and a couple of rejects that didn’t make it last

time, while the easier courses were very similar, but run in the opposite direction. Even the

assembly area was recycled! (“Why waste all that mowing?” I asked myself.) I trust this did

not detract from peoples’ enjoyment of the day, but feel that it was making good use of

the best bits of the map. Although still a little jet-lagged, I at least managed to put the right

control in the right spot 44 times and even remembered the cups for the water controls, so I

hope people went home happy.

As always, the event was a team effort. Big “thank you”s are due to Peter Newton (setting

up, packing away and remembering to bring a missing SI unit), Cheryl Todkill (front of

house), Joy Guy (FOH and control collection), Rudi Landsiedel (control collection), Denis

Lyons (control collection & general inspiration), Merrilyn McSporran (SportIdent), Malcolm

Roberts (SportIdent), Margaret Peel (string course) and Geoff Todkill (printing).

In particular, however, I need to thank Rob Vincent. Officially the event vetter, he took

charge of much more while I was overseas, reviewing the courses, checking control sites,

making necessary changes, revising and correcting the map and forwarding the finished files

for printing. This is a significant contribution in its own right, but was done at the same time

as fulfilling a key role in Newcastle’s 2014 State League events - and on the back of having

also been a key figure in the ONSW Easter carnival events. Tireless effort, Rob!

If there is anyone I have missed, I do apologise. You can give me a “special map” at some

future event as punishment.

One last thing: I love to know where competitors go on my courses. If you’ve never used

RouteGadget (or have got a bit slack) there is a new version which works pretty well. Click

the link, then check the “Draw your route” box and you can show the world how you tackled

the course. Feedback is always welcome!

 

Location/Map: “Astley’s Tower East”, 1:10000, 5m contours

Planner: David Kitchener

Controller: Robert Vincent

Directions:

From Sydney, head north on the M1 Pacific Motorway (formerly F3 Freeway). After 98 km, take the Cessnock exit and follow signposted route to Cessnock. At the first traffic lights, turn left into Vincent Street. Follow this road for 5 km, proceed through Kitchener (past the Poppethead Park), then after a further 1km keep watch for orienteering signs.

From Newcastle, proceed to Kurri Kurri, then follow signposted route to Cessnock. At the second set of traffic lights, turn left into Vincent Street. Follow this road for 6 km, proceed through Kitchener (past the Poppethead Park), then after a further 1km keep watch for orienteering signs.

 

Parking: Park as directed under the power-line bordering the West side of Quorrobolong Road. For safety reasons, vehicles should NOT park on the opposite (East) side of this 100 km/h road.

Mapper’s notes:

Terrain - This is classic Hunter Valley spur-gully terrain, mostly undulating, but very steep in sections. A complex track network and fine watercourse and erosion gully detail is present across much of the map.

Vegetation is variable from highly runnable to very thick, while visibility is generally good. Full body cover is recommended due to patches of thick and/or spiky growth.

Planner’s notes:

Special controls - The longer courses (Hard 1 to 6) will have at least one “pivot” control which is visited more than once. There is a spectator control adjacent to the Arena which is visited prior to completing the final loop of the course. Tapes define the viewing area for the spectator control (beyond these tapes is out of bounds).

Children Safety - The Arena and car park areas are close to Quorrobolong Road which is quite busy with local traffic travelling at speed. Also, the creek to the West of the Arena has deep pools with muddy edges. Parents and guardians are responsible for the supervision of their children.

Out of bounds: The forested area immediately adjacent to the South of the Arena is not to be entered and is clearly marked with tape and signs. On the map it is shown with stripes as Out of Bounds. The forest to the West of the Carpark and either side of the walk to the Start is Out of Bounds and sign posted as such.

Courses:

HARD-Long: 6.7km, 180m climb, 16 controls

HARD-Medium: 5.1km, 150m climb, 13 controls

HARD-Short: 3.8km, 100m climb, 11 controls

MODERATE-Long: 3.7km, 95m climb, 11 controls

MODERATE-Short: 2.5km, 60m climb, 10 controls

EASY: 2.4km, 55m climb, 10 controls

VERY EASY: 2.0km, 40m climb, 10 controls

 

Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm

 


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Results are in - go check out the Middle distance results and the Long Results

Start lists for this weekends State Championships are now available in Eventor. Don't forget there is double indemnity this weekend. You must sign before competing - read the latest bulletin for more information so you (and your family) don't get caught out.

Remember if you haven't entered there are limited enter on day slots available for each day. But once they are gone they are gone!

Hunter Valley Championships - Gretley

Results | Splits | Routegadget | Photos | Attackpoint Splits | Splitalyzer

Update: For those wondering this map is joins the NSW champs Blue Gum Hills event on its southern most border. So this might be a good example of the type of terrain you will encounter at that event. 

Venue:(Wallsend- western edge.) From Hope St. (which runs beside Plattsburg park) turn west into Downie lane.At the end of Downie lane turn left into boundary Rd. and look for directions to parking in an open area on the right. The assembly/ finish area will be 120m south up a track from the SE. part of the parking area. There will be a 270m walk to the start.

Hello everyone, this is your chance to experience orienteering at it’s best in two great areas over two days. There is still time to enter the standard courses/classes through Eventor or you have the option of entering on the day. At $15 for a club member or $20 for a non member you have the opportunity to enter either the Very easy, Easy, Moderate or Hard 7 courses. Course lengths and timings are listed in the final Bulletin posted on the event website or on Eventor.

It would be great if you could also help out on the day especially with settng up, packing up and parking marshalls.

You could also have a chance to go into the Lucky Draw for some great prizes, with food and refreshments also being available on the day.

If you can join us please contact Greg Bacon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make sure we have enough maps to go around. 

The first of this seasons duo event kick off on Sat. 14th Sept down at Ourimbah. More information can be found over at the Duo website

The organisers are also putting on foot 'o' only line courses for those who would like some last minute training before the NSW Championships the weekend after. More information on this is in this convenient flyer.

Minor Event - Sugarloaf

Results | Splits | Routegadget | Splitalyzer | Attackpoint Splits (fixed splits link -ed)

Venue: Mt Sugarloaf.

Map: Mt Sugarloaf 1:7500 (but don't be surprised to find a 1:10000 in the mix but then again maybe not- hold me to nothing -ed.)

Terrain: You are encouraged to practise your skills for upcoming championship season ,by using the intricate rock detail of the Mt Surgarloaf map .

Courses: All  the usual suspects (6 of them!). Courses are designed to provide this event in the more runnable sections of the map. The very easy course will have long streamer trail through some very friendly bushland , but also visiting some rock detail.

Very Easy: 1.5km
Easy: 1.9km
Moderate: 2.3km
Hard Short: 3.4km
Hard Medium: 4.3km
Hard Long: 5.6km

Entries: Enter on the day, at time to suit you, 9:30 – 11:30. Courses close at 1:00pm.

Course Planner: Bob Montgomery


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Thinking of attending state presentations this year? The please let Karen Blatchford know by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or catch her at an event. We are trying to get a table together to represent the club and car pool if required. Please be aware that this does not book you a place for the dinner only your intent to go. Details on how to book for the dinner will be available shortly.

There will be a score event before dinner (There will be showers for those who wish to freshen up before the formal proceedings)

Location: Castle Hill Showground, Castle Hill, NSW

Venue: George Bell Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground, Castle Hill. Enter via Doran Drive.

Format: 4.30pm Team score event; 6pm Junior Awards; 6.30pm Dinner; 7pm Senior Awards. As this is a catered event bookings are required by Tuesday 6th Nov.

Note:Anyone who would like to stay on site overnight in their campervan (or tent!) can do so for a small fee (about $20)

On Sept 8 and 9 a band of enthusiastic mountain bike orienteers descended on Clarencetown, in the Hunter Valley, for last two rounds of the NSW MTBO Super Series. The weekend was hosted by Newcastle Orienteering Club and consisted of a Middle Distance event in Uffington State Forest on Saturday and a Long Distance event in Wallaroo State Forest on Sunday morning.

This event was the first time we used the newly purchased SI equipment. Thus behind the scenes there was much discussion of logistics and processes.  Unfortunately, teething issues on Saturday meant that splits were lost for publishing and the organisers offer apologies to the competitors for this.

Out in the forests and the riding was good since the areas had dried up considerably over the last month although on Sunday there was still some water on the tracks (which was mapped!) that had to be taken into consideration. Steven Todkill and Hilary Ellis took out the Mens and Womens Course 1 respectively, on both days. David Ellis took out the “Epic Fail” award by injuring himself Saturday morning while surfing and then melting his wheel on the journey up to the events by having his bike too close the exhaust pipe! He did however assist the organisers throughout both events. Well done Dave!

The course setters,Malcolm Roberts and Andrew Power would like to thank all of those members from the Newcastle club who helped make the events a success, in particular Denis Lyons on Saturday and Caroline Taurany on Sunday.

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The next batch of Newcastle Tops are very close to coming - but not close enough for those attending Tasmania. However, we've made arrangements to get some delivered to Tassie so you can show the club colours while you run down the opposition. But to get one you have to let Karen Blatchford know ASAP (before 6:00pm 19th Sept 2012). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make arrangements. Otherwise the tops will be available at Street Series events, Eraring and the Bush series presentations right after.

If you have forgotten check out the costs, design and payment methods here

Not going to the NSW championships and looking for something to do? well...

Dungog Pedalfest and Newcastle Orienteering Present:

A Mountain Bike Orienteering Introduction Day

The perfect primer for the upcoming BOSS series later on this year. Check out the flyer below for more information about the day and contact details.

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Report from Greg Bacon:

The Newcastle orienteering club conducted an introduction to mountain bike orienteering event on Dungog Common as part of Pedalfest. The area was remapped due to the changes to the mountain bike trails and additional tracks made after a motorbike event. Competitors were only allowed to cross open land at designated crossing points, which ensured that riders stayed on the tracks.

The start area was changed to the bottom of the valley due to the strong winds on the day. Our club numbers were a little poor but the event was up against a state league event and the Gloucester Mountain Man event. There were in excess of 40 entries, which included family groups. The event proved very popular with all the competitors and hopefully we will get some follow up participation to our events.

Nicole Haigh, Viola O’Connor and Sam Howe kept things ticking over at event registration. A big thanks to them for, helping out on the day and bringing in the controls after the event. Thanks also to Andrew Haigh for bringing along the MTBO gear and setting the course. Greg Bacon

Results

The 2009 World Masters Orienteering Championships ‘unofficially’ get under way on Friday the 9th of October. The NSW Junior Training Squad are combining with the Uringa club in Sydney to organise what will be another excellent orienteering opportunity.

Newcastle based junior squad members will play a prominent role in the staging of this event. Josh Blatchford is the course setter, and a number of other juniors from our club will act as officials, either control watching in areas of higher general public activity on the map, or officiating at the start / finish.

LILYFIELD / SYDNEY

Venue: Access to the area involves a walk along the foreshore from the Leichhardt Rowing Club. Parking is along Glover Street off Balmain Road, OR, in the car park of the Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre adjacent to Leichhardt Oval – home of Wests Tigers. Good public transport links available as an alternative to get to the event – access to event from the Rowing Club also.
Map: ‘Callan Park’ 1: 4000 / 2 metre contour interval – 2009 map version produced to ISSOM 2007 standards by Dave Lotty
Courses: Typical sprint line courses – four distance options: 3.3 km, 2.9 km, 2.4 km, 1.9 km
Entries: Enter on the day, at a time to suit you, 12:30 – 3:00 pm, ($20)
Organisation: Contact Blatchford family 4934 1784
Special note: SI timing will be used – SI sticks available for hire ($5)

The Newcastle club, under the guidance of Malcolm Roberts, has an exciting summer of park and street orienteering lined up. Come down to ‘Callan Park’ and get in some early preparation. The Newcastle based members of the NSW Junior Squad will certainly appreciate your support.

A fantastic area for orienteering, superb courses, magnificent Sydney Harbour views – a trip to the ‘big smoke’ and a run on the ‘Callan Park’ map will NOT disappoint.

The NSW Schools Team has been competing during the week in very warm conditions at the Australian Schools Championships at Maryborough, Queensland.

Josh Blatchford ran a hot time in the senior boys category to become the resident Australian champion. It was a thrilling result with Josh edging out Lachlan Dow of the ACT by all of one second!! The senior boys team of Josh Blatchford, Alex Massey, Rob Bennett and Tom Carter were placed 3rd overall in the event.

The junior girls relay team of Michele Dawson, Nicola Blatchford and Alinta Merrotsy ran a sensational race to be placed 3rd in the relays. This this is a great result as the team is young and can back up again next year!

The junior boys relay event was voided after some teams were allocated incorrect maps.

The whole of the team is running well and there are some great results being posted in the schools and general events by the team. The results can be accessed on the event website.

Tony Hill

While we are not a rogaining club it is not unusual for many of our members to participate in our sister sport. As a matter of fact the Lake Macquarie Rogaine is again this year as it often is, almost a Newcastle Orienteering club production. Bert van Netten is settting and Bob Gilbert is the head organiser.

The entries close soon so if you haven't got a partner or team together get moving. A couple of requests for partners have already arrived.

From Joanna Mimica
Joanna.Mimica "at" newcastle.edu.au
I was just wondering whether you know of any way where I can find a team/partner for the lake maquarie rogaine on 11 october, enteries close in about a week, and I'm keen for either the 6 or 12hr at a slow-medium pace!

From Colin Price
colinp53 "at" yahoo.com.au
I am interested in doing the Lake Maquarie rogain , if you know of someone looking for a partner and is of similar fitness then let me know.

If these aren't suitable but you are interested in finding a partner contact Bob Gilbert on 49521967

The orienteering community has suffered a sad loss with the death of longtime Newcastle member Dianne van Netten.

finishing happy di

Bert and Dianne have been involved with Orienteering since the 1970's and are also popular and well known in rogaining and cross-country. Dianne loved being involved with orienteering for all the right reasons. She loved being in the bush and never minded how long she took on courses. She enjoyed the friendships and the travel involved, and the participation of the whole family.

Our thoughts and condolences go to Bert, Kim and Jamie and the extended families. Dianne will be greatly missed by all who knew her, in particular by Newcastle club members.

Dianne's funeral will be held at 12 o'clock, Monday 10th September at Lake Macquarie Memorial Park Ryhope.

 
 
 
 

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