Please note: Due to difficulties securing access to Pothana for the upcoming minor event (13th August 2017 ), the event will be moved to the "Morundah" map at Seaham. 

More news/info will be provided as it comes to hand.

 

Welcome
The 2017 bush calendar opens up with a minor event at Mount Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Yes its a minor event, but in name only, as we will still be offering 6 courses for you to choose from (plus a string course for the kiddies). The Moderate and Hard courses will be “Middle Distance” style courses with plenty of controls to locate, ensuring you will need to be focused at all times.

Results

Sunday 9th April  -  NOY 1

Results

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

Courses:

Course       Length(km)           
Very easy   2.3    
Easy   2.7    
Moderate short   3    
Moderate long   4.3    
Hard short   3.7    
Harm medium   4.6    
Hard long   7.8    

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.

Entry Fees

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.  

Results

Directions: 

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

Courses:

             
Very easy   2.2km   14 controls
Easy   2.3km   13 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

Entry Fees

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

Results: On Eventor | Routegadget

Splits: On Attackpoint
Hard Long: https://www.attackpoint.org/racesplits.jsp/race_24548
Hard Medium: https://www.attackpoint.org/racesplits.jsp/race_24547
Hard Short: https://www.attackpoint.org/racesplits.jsp/race_24546
Mod Long: https://www.attackpoint.org/racesplits.jsp/race_24545
Mod Short: https://www.attackpoint.org/racesplits.jsp/race_24544
Easy: https://www.attackpoint.org/racesplits.jsp/race_24543
Very Easy: https://www.attackpoint.org/racesplits.jsp/race_24542

From the Course Setter

Blue Gum ControlThank you to all of you who came and enjoyed orienteering in the fantastic autumn weather. (Was this close to any sort of record for numbers at a local event?) An even bigger thank you to the following people for their help with making the event run smoothly.

Set up: Carolyn Chalmers and Viola O’Connor

Registration desk and computer: Joy and Jeff Guy

Gate Monitor: Denis Lyons

Map printing: Geoff Todkill

Pack up: Joy and Jeff, Margaret Peel

Control collection: Margaret Peel, Neil Curryer, Rudi Landseidel, Lynda Hewson and friend, Rob Vincent.

Apologies if I left anyone out.

As a novice course setter, I was pleased that competitors seemed to enjoy the challenge and appreciated the effort put in. I couldn’t have done all the hard work without help from vetter Malcolm Roberts. Come Sunday afternoon, after the event was run and won, we both were really appreciative of those who stayed behind to help pack up and to bring in controls.

Finally, I would like to encourage everyone in the club to have a go at setting a course or even just to help out at an event. Yes, it is a bit of work but someone has to do it and it is rewarding. Oh, and many hands do make light work!

Carolyn Matthews

Directions: From Wallsend: Head north-west along Minmi Road. 4.8 km after the turn-off to the waste facility, turn left into Blue Gum Hills Regional Park.

From Newcastle (via Link Road): Head north-west along the Newcastle Link Road, straight ahead through 2 roundabouts. At the major intersection with Cameron Park Drive / Woodford Street (traffic lights), turn right. Continue another 2.0 km on Woodford Street into Minmi, turning right into Minmi Road at the traffic lights. After 700 m, turn right into Blue Gum Hills Regional Park.

From the M1 or M15: Take the Newcastle exit from the M1, or proceed straight ahead for Newcastle from the M15. In all cases, you need to be in the LEFT-most lane, so that you can turn left at the major intersection with Cameron Park Drive / Woodford Street (traffic lights). Continue another 2.0 km on Woodford Street into Minmi, turning right into Minmi Road at the traffic lights. After 700 m, turn right into Blue Gum Hills Regional Park.

Important note: Orienteers are not to use the main car park. Orienteering parking is beyond the “normal” car park, through a manned gate. This unsealed road has large drainage humps which may not be suitable for all vehicles. Vehicles with low clearance or a long wheelbase would be best to park in the cemetery car park back on Minmi Road, which is on the sharp bend, about 200 m on the Minmi (western) side of the main park entrance. From there, walk through the parkland to the manned gate and beyond (and hopefully pick up a lift).

Map: Blue Gum Hills (1:10000, 5 metre contours)

Terrain:  Basically spur/gully terrain but with areas of thick vegetation (i.e. lantana!) in many of the main watercourses. There is an extensive track network across the map. The terrain is steep in southern part of the map that leads up to the Link Road. There are some rock outcrops in this steeper part of the map.

Planner: Carolyn Matthews

Vetter: Malcolm Roberts

Courses:  Full range of NOY courses

Course       Length(km)       Climb (Meters)
Very easy   2.2km   ?
Easy   2.5km   ?
Moderate short   2.6km   ?
Moderate long   3.3km   ?
Hard short   3.6km   ?
Harm medium   5.0km   ?
Hard long   6.7km   ?

Entry Fees: See the current schedule of Entry Fees

Safety: There is no one obvious safety bearing on this map (it depends on where on the map you are!) although heading south will always bring you to the Newcastle Link Road. Of course this is a long way from the assembly area. If you are somewhere on the east part of the map heading north will bring you to the trail where the cars are parked. If you are somewhere on the west side of the map, heading west should bring you to Woodford Rd (i.e. the road joining the Link Rd with Minmi). Alternatively there is a trail that runs right across the map from the roundabout on the Link Rd in a northwesterly direction. Maybe you can find that.

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

Click here for the Results.

Important: Full details for this event are contained in this flyer. Please read it!!

Directions:

From Newcastle: Head north-west along the Newcastle Link Road, straight ahead through 2 roundabouts. At the major intersection with Cameron Park Drive / Woodford Street (traffic lights), turn left. Continue 1.8 km along Cameron Park Drive, straight ahead at the next roundabout (becomes Carrington Street). Proceed straight ahead through the centre of town (becomes Railway Street) and continue straight at the O’Donnelltown Road intersection. The event site is approx. 2 km past this intersection, mostly unsealed. Parking on the left (east) side of the road ONLY please.

From Sydney / M1 (northbound only): Take the Wallsend exit from the M1 (that’s the exit before the Newcastle exit). Turn right onto George Booth Drive, then right into Carrington Street (first roundabout, for West Wallsend). Proceed straight ahead through the centre of town (becomes Railway Street) and continue straight at the O’Donnelltown Road intersection. The event site is approx. 2 km past this intersection, mostly unsealed. Parking on the left (east) side of the road ONLY please.

From the M1 (southbound only) or M15: Take the Newcastle exit from the M1, or proceed straight ahead for Newcastle from the M15.  In both cases, you need to be in the RIGHT-most lane, so that you can turn right at the major intersection with Cameron Park Drive / Woodford Street (traffic lights). Continue 1.8 km along Cameron Park Drive, straight ahead at the next roundabout (becomes Carrington Street). Proceed straight ahead through the centre of town (becomes Railway Street) and continue straight at the O’Donnelltown Road intersection. The event site is approx. 2 km past this intersection, mostly unsealed. Parking on the left (east) side of the road ONLY please.

From Lake Macquarie / Alternative access (via Killingworth): Drive through Killingworth on The Broadway and turn right at the intersection with The Boulevarde. The event site is approx. 1.8 km from this intersection, mostly unsealed. Parking on the right (east) side of the road ONLY please, which may mean driving past, then doing a U-turn where safe. It is rumoured that there could be fewer potholes via this approach.

Map: Barnsley, 1:7500, 5 metre contours

Terrain: Heavily tracked, undulating spur gully. Run and visibility mostly good with a few slower thicker areas spread across the map. Leg coverings are advised but generally its not too bad.

Planner: Geoff & Margaret Peel

Click here for RESULTS

Directions:

From Newcastle/Sydney: Find your way onto Leggetts Drive, which runs south from Pelaw Main or from Freemans Drive (Cessnock exit from the M1) which becomes Leggetts 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, NOT Kearsley Selections Road which is 200 m before). Follow this for 2.3 km through Abernethy (becomes Ferguson Street) until it becomes unsealed.

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). Follow this for 2.3 km through Abernethy (as Ferguson Street) until it becomes unsealed.

Parking: Along East side of Ferguson Street

Map: The Chimney (1:10000, 5 metre contours)

Terrain: Lower (mostly gentle) slopes of the Brokenback range cut by deeply incised gullies with intricate detail. Entering and leaving the gullies can be challenging in places. Some (mostly sparse) prickly vegetation will be encountered on the Moderate and Hard courses. There are many vehicle and bike tracks.

Planner: Jim Lee

Vetter: David Kitchener, Denis Lyons

Courses: Full range of NOY courses

Course       Length(km)       Climb (Meters) Controls
Very easy   1.8   50       12
Easy   2.4   70 12
Moderate short   2.4   50 9
Moderate long   3.0   70 11
Hard short   3.5   70 11
Hard medium   5.2   140 15
Hard long   7.1   220 17

Entry Fees

Safety: North to main road or built-up area.

Start/Finish: There will be a remote start and finish, 500 m along a vehicle track from the assembly.

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

Directions:TBA

Map::TBA

Terrain:TBA

Planner:TBA

Vetter:TBA

Courses:: TBA

Course       Length(km)       Climb (Meters)
Very easy   ?   ?
Easy   ?   ?
Moderate short   ?   ?
Moderate long   ?   ?
Hard short   ?   ?
Harm medium   ?   ?
Hard long   ?   ?

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

DIRECTIONS:

From Newcastle/Sydney: Take the A1 north from Hexham, proceeding straight ahead at the large roundabout at Heatherbrae. Approx. 13.8 km from this roundabout, turn left into Italia Road. Proceed a further 3.5 km, turning right onto the quarry access track. Follow this track approx. 600 m to the quarry itself.

From the west, via Seaham: Use either Seaham Road or Clarence Town Road to get to Seaham. From Seaham, take East Seaham Road over the river, proceeding 3.1 km, before turning right into Italia Road. Travel another 4.9 km and turn left onto the quarry access track. Follow this track approx. 600 m to the quarry itself.

The access track is largely unsealed, fairly lumpy and may be slippery in wet conditions. It has suffered some water damage from recent rains, however, most 2WD vehicles do not have difficulty when driven with care and attention.

SAFETY:

Safety bearing is SW to Italia Road.
Trail bikes and 4WD vehicles are active in the area. Listen for their approach and give way by moving off tracks. It is safest to assume that they have not seen you.
Be aware of the presence of leaning or damaged trees, resulting from past storms and bushfire.

Map: 

“Rolling Stones” (1: 10 000) is 60% of new area to the north of the old Balickera Quarry map.

Courses will follow the usual NOY structure.

Terrain: 

(a) Like most Wallaroo areas there are many sections (mainly hills and ridges) where the ground is covered in small stones. The smooth, well-rounded ones can easily become “Rolling Stones”. TREAD CAREFULLY!  The rocky ground symbol has been used where the stones become small rocks, of such intensity as to slow running speed.

(b) The new area of the map has some steep sided hills and ridges. There are some large areas of thick vegetation, despite last year’s fire.

(c) In the old section of the map, some tree-root mounds have been burned to a mound of ash, whilst some new ones have not yet been found. The map has had some upgrade in the vicinity of courses.

(d) Most native cherry trees were burnt. A few survived. None will be shown on this version of the map.

(e) If the creek, not far from the start, is full, a suggested crossing point (not compulsory) will be indicated on the map and highlighted in the field with orange coloured streamers.

(f) The stubble in burnt areas can be quite ridged and unforgiving. TREAD CAREFULLY!

Planner: Denis Lyons

Vetter:Glenn & Claire Burgess

Courses:

Very easy
Easy
Moderate short
Moderate long
Hard short
Harm medium
Hard long

Entry Fees

Safety:

Safety bearing is SW to Italia Road.

Trail bikes and 4WD vehicles are active in the area. Listen for their approach and give way by moving off tracks. It is safest to assume that they have not seen you.

Be aware of the presence of leaning or damaged trees, resulting from past storms and bushfire.

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.

Click here for the Results.

 

 

2017 State League #8: Quorrobolong (Middle Distance)

Results | Attack Point Splits | Routegadget (without Hard 3B) | Routegadget - Hard 3B only | Survey

Note: Hard 3b got its own routegadget due to a mix up (nothing to do with me honest - just beacause i run in that class means nothing ~ web)

Final Information: https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Documents/Event/3548/1/FINAL-information

Date: Saturday, 15th July, 2017

Entries Close: Tuesday 4th July, 2017 @ 11:59pm

Entries via Eventorhttps://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/Show/5178

2017 State League #9: Wallaroo NP (LongDistance)

Final Information: https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Documents/Event/3548/1/FINAL-information

Results | Attackpoint Splits | Routegadget | Survey

Date: Sunday, 16th July, 2017

Entries Close: Tuesday 4th July, 2017 @ 11:59pm

Entries via Eventorhttps://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/Show/5179

A big thank you to the volunteers, the landowner and the 60 participants.

Here is the full listing of Results - click here.

Here are the Results for the combined Hard 1 & Hard 2 events:

Name Hard 1 Hard 2 Total
Scott Simson 00:34:19 00:28:26 01:02:45
Geoff Todkill 00:35:54 00:31:23 01:07:17
Glenn Burgess 00:40:17 00:30:46 01:11:03
Malcolm Roberts 40:29.00 00:35:02 01:15:31
Tim Tew 00:43:32 00:36:46 01:20:18
Carolyn Matthews 00:40:20 00:40:53 01:21:13
Gayle Quantock 00:45:08 00:38:42 01:23:50
Oskar Mella 00:46:23 00:37:45 01:24:08
Jim Lee 00:46:32 00:38:25 01:24:57
Geoff Peel 00:46:24 00:42:24 01:28:48
Ian Dempsey 00:51:11 00:38:59 01:30:10
Thomas Whitehead 00:51:33 00:44:56 01:36:29
Lynda Hewson 01:25:23 01:03:54 02:29:17
Justin Stafford 00:29:43 DNF  

 

Something a little different for a bush event – the courses have been designed to have a stronger emphasis on navigation, with compact course layouts, pivot controls and multiple controls within a small area. Thus, we have been able to avoid much of the steeper, less runnable areas of this map (sigh of relief). However, the close spacing of controls and high level of map detail will make quick thinking a necessity.

As a bonus, Hard entrants have the chance to be the first ever participants in “Yard-O”, a totally new form of orienteering in which the backyard becomes the ultimate challenge! Think sprint map meets bush map, meets mad landholder…  A must for anyone who has ever wondered if orienteering could ever become a backyard sport.

Directions:

From Newcastle/Sydney: Take the A1 to Raymond Terrace, turning left at the large roundabout at Heatherbrae. Follow the Old Pacific Highway (Adelaide Street) through the town, turning left into William Bailey Street at the traffic lights at McDonalds. Proceed straight ahead through the roundabout (becomes Seaham Road) and onto the bridge. From the river, it is approx. 7.2 km before turning left into Brandy Hill Drive. Follow this to the end (stop sign) and turn LEFT again, then after 1.1 km turn RIGHT into Croft Road. At the end of Croft Road turn left into Giles Road. Morundah is the third gate on the right. Look out for the 'O' Flag on the Morundah sign.

From Maitland: Leave Maitland through Lorn and Bolwarra, following Paterson Road through Bolwarra Heights and on to Woodville (becomes Clarence Town Road). Continue straight ahead for 6.4 km after the Woodville Store and turn LEFT into Croft Road. At the end of Croft Road turn left into Giles Road. Morundah is the third gate on the right. Look out for the 'O' Flag on the Morundah sign.

From East Maitland: Alternatively, you can travel through Morpeth, over the bridge and turn right, then over the Hinton bridge and turn left, then drive through Wallalong up to the stop sign on Clarence Town Road. Turn right and proceed for 2.5 km and turn LEFT into Croft Road. At the end of Croft Road turn left into Giles Road. Morundah is the third gate on the right. Look out for the 'O' Flag on the Morundah sign.

Map: Morundah 1:5000, with a 1:1000 inset for all Hard courses, Updated 2017

Notes: As the Hard courses really do involve the back yard, we would request that people refrain from wearing spikes, to minimise damage to the paving and watering system.

Parking is somewhat limited around the assembly area. Please park close and tight!

Planner: Joy Guy, with unhelpful advice from the landholder

Vetter:David Kitchener, with unhelpful advice from the landholder’s wife

Courses:
Very Easy 1.7 km & Easy 1.9 km. Very easy & Easy should expect some proper bush legs, following watercourses as well as tracks/paths.

Moderate: 2.3 km. Emphasis on attack points and catching features.
Hard: There are two Hard courses of 2.7 km and 2.0 km. Competitors will have the choice of doing:

  • only the 2.7 km course (equivalent to Short Hard – includes “Yard-O”)
  • or both the 2.7 and 2.0 km courses (in that order, equivalent to Medium to Long Hard, with cumulative time determining the result. But you’re allowed to have a drink and a rest in between.)

 Entry Fees

Safety: 

The area is mercifully free of trail bikes, 4WDs, mine subsidence and rubbish, but you may find the vegetation scratchy and some slopes steep and slippery. Rocky ground areas are not easy to run on, similar to Wallaroo SF & NP. Leaning trees which are potentially dangerous are marked on the map in pink.

Safety bearing is south to residential area & Giles Road.

 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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Directions: Macquarie College, Cnr Lake Road and College Drive, Glendale (toilets & water available). Enter the College through the MAIN gateway and follow the signs to parking.

Note: Be aware as this is private property there will be no alcohol, tobacco or dogs allowed at this event. Bring any of these onto the grounds and you will be asked to leave

Map: Macquarie College (1:2000 scale, 2m contours)

Terrain:Intense building structures, canopies, stairways, pathways, playing courts, parkland and gardens within the boundaries of the College grounds

Planner:Sally-Anne Henderson

Vetter:Rob Vincent

BBQ & Presentations: Course closure will be followed by the 2017 bush series presentations including recognition of club members receiving awards at a State & National level and then a BBQ. There is plenty of shelter if it is raining. The BBQ is being supplied by the club and is a gold coin donation. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian sausage sandwiches with onions and coleslaw will be provided. Soft drinks will be for sale at $1.00 per can as per usual. BYO Dessert!

Courses:

Note: Running spikes will not be allowed on Macquarie College grounds

Course       Length(km)
Short   1.4
Medium   2
Long   2.5

Entry Fees 

Start times: 4:00pm to 5:00pm with course closure at 5:30pm. Please ensure you start your course with enough time to complete it prior to course closure

 
 
 
 

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