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Belford - Setters Report

Thanks to the 82 people that completed a course and apologies to those that mispunched on the last control. There are rules about how far apart controls need to be and how controls nearby need to be on different features with different numbers. I guess I was not smart enough to figure out some Hard Medium course runners would punch control 110 when looking of the 10th control on their course. It was the next one, 'near' the track corner 111 that you were after.  I say near as being a Very Easy control I had moved it some metres up the track towards the Finish to ensure those Very Easy course runners did not take the wrong track. It was simply too much extra work to hang out 'wrong way go back signs'. As it was, it took 1.5hours on the morning of the event to push the water out on course in a wheelbarrow. It then took a further 30 minutes to stand up some controls along the fence and hang a streamer trail to mark the indistinct track the Very Easy course runners needed to follow. And that is why we nominate a  9:30 start, to give the setter a chance to do those last minute jobs; I phoned the registration desk at 9:29 to say the courses were ready!

Thanks to Toy Martin for checking I had the controls in the right spot and thanks to Denis, Lyndy and the Guy's for collecting controls. An extra big thankyou to David Kitchener for walking all the way out to the back of the map to collect some controls and pack up and bring back 3 water controls. After 8 hours to place the controls on Friday, my feet were too sore to do much more, those controls would have had to wait a few days to find their way back to the gear van. So whilst the effort for most competitors is over in 45 - 60 minutes, the organisers still have a lot to do after you have left. It would be really nice if a few more people aimed to start late, or have a picnic lunch after their run and then offered to go and collect a few controls. The setter would really appreciate that offer.

Speaking of organisers, the event would not have started at 9:30 had it not been for Viola O'Connor who was left with a set on van keys and asked to set up the assembly area as she saw fit. I think it was Malcolm Roberts who was roped into going for a run out on the highway to hang the 'turn here' orienteering signs. Thanks Malcolm.

A comment was made about the stands of poisoned African Olive being marked green on the map. Although you can see through the dead tangle of tree limbs, you can't run through them, so green seems to be an appropriate colour until a fire cleans out those dead trees. I know it is odd having a patch of green on the map representing vegetation that is not green, that is just a quirk of the map!

RESULTS

Location:  Singleton Heights

Directions: For Newcastle people:  follow the Hunter Expressway/New England Highway to Singleton.  After crossing the Hunter River, travel 600m, and turn right at the traffic lights into Bridgman Road. Ignore the first Gardiner Circuit street sign, and drive on to the second Gardiner Circuit street sign on your left which is 2.8km from the traffic lights.  Travel 400m and park near the children's playground on the left side of the road.

From Muswellbrook: head towards Singleton and 1.2 km after Singleton Hts railway underpass, turn left at the traffic lights into Bridgman Road, then follow the instructions above.

Map: "Nowlan Park"  scale 1:7500 with 4m contours. The map is bounded on the west by the railway line and on the east by Bridgman Road. The map was developed by Russell Rigby for the come-and-try-it event on 29/10/17.

Planner:Peter Newton

Courses: 

A choice of 3 courses:

a short 2.8km line course:  13 controls,  numbered 161 - 173, no need to leave the park (no road crossing).

a longer 4.7km line course:  20 controls, randomly numbered, need to run a few streets to join them up.

45 minutes score course:  28 controls, see how many you can register, and get back before 45 minutes is up.

All controls, except one, are located in grassy park areas, but for the Long course you will need to zig-zag through a few streets to get from one grassy area down to the next grassy area.

Start and Finish for all courses is in the park with the playground equipment on the southern side of Gardiner Circuit. Look for Orienteering banners.

Facilities:  There are clean toilets and a nice sandy  playground, with shade cover, in the park.

Start times:There is a 2 hour start window from 1:30 - 3:30pm.

Course closure:  Please aim to be back at the assembly area by 4:30pm. That leaves time to collect the controls before it gets dark. Walking time for the short line course is about 40 minutes at casual pace and for the long line course about an hour. The score course should take 45 minutes as there is a points penalty for returning late.

Notes:  This event follows the urban format: all controls will be tethered to a tree or fence post in a mown grassy area. There will be 28 controls scattered around the course. For line courses you must follow (as best you can), the connecting lines on the map and visit the controls in order. If you accidentally record a control that is not on your course, it is not a problem. However, if you miss one of the controls on a line course, then you are recorded as having failed to complete the course. So navigate carefully and make sure you find all the required controls.  Check the number on the control stand before registering it on your p-card or SI stick. All the sculptures in the park have been mapped but many signs are not mapped. A black cross often means a big concrete sewer cover.

Safety:  I have tried to select course legs that do not go past easily upset dogs. If doing the long line course, or score course, you should wear bright clothing so drivers notice you on the side of the road.

Please call back to the assembly area, download at the computer and tell us you have finished your course, so that we don't get concerned that we have not seen you come back yet.

 

Blue Gum Hills - Minmi

This will be our first bush event for the season. Longer courses will be set as Middle Distance style with winning  times expected to be between 30-35 minutes.

A special “Progressive” course will be available for adults (and accompanied children) that have little to no bush navigating experience. Some of you may have tried either our Street or Urban series so this could be a good way of trying out a bush course. This course will start with “Very Easy” level control placement . Navigational difficulty will then increase as you progress with a few “Moderate” controls introduced later on. Participants will be able to drop up to 3 controls but will concede a five minute penalty for each control they have not visited.

Click here for the RESULTS.

Directions:

Map::TBA

Terrain: 

Planner:

Vetter:

Courses:

Course       Length(km)       Controls
Very easy        
Easy        
Moderate short        
Moderate long        
Hard short        
Harm medium        
Hard long        

Entry Fees

Safety:

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:

Map::TBA

Terrain: 

Planner:

Vetter:

Courses:

Course       Length(km)       Controls
Very easy        
Easy        
Moderate short        
Moderate long        
Hard short        
Harm medium        
Hard long        

Entry Fees

Safety:

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

 
 
 
 

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