Urban Foot Orienteering  - Series 12 (2018) - Final

Firstly, thanks go to the following volunteers without whom this event would not have run smoothly.

Course Setter: Adrian Plaskitt
Map Updates: Adrian Plaskitt
Map Printing:  Geoff Todkill (and Jeff Guy behind the scenes)
Registration: Cheryle Todkill, Geoff Todkill
Computer: Jeff Guy, Adrian Plaskitt
Set Up/Pack Up: Peter Newton, Adrian Plaskitt, Jeff Guy, Joy Guy, Cheryle Todkill, Geoff Todkill, Malcolm Roberts
Control Collection: Clare Williams, John and Deanne Shaw, Keith and Isaac Morris, Stephen and Alvin Craig

(My apologies to those who I have missed.)

Next, view the Results on Eventor.

Finally, congratulations to this year's UFO champions:

Overall: Men - Alvin Craig, Women -  Clare Williams

Long Course:

  • A Grade - Alvin Craig
  • B Grade -Scott Simson
  • C Grade - Geoff Todkill
  • D Grade - Maria Orr

Short Course:

  • A Grade - Arthur Kingsland
  • B Grade - Lewis Vincent

Everyone is welcome to compete in this event (whether you have qualified or not). If you haven't qualified though, you won't be a series winner. There will be a short presentation after the event and it would be good if you could stay and acknowledge the various winners.

Grades for The Final

To find your grade for the Final (as determined by the Rules for the series) firstly look at your placing in the Series Standings on Eventor. Then:

Long Course:

  • A Grade - Places 1 to 14 (inclusive) 
  • B Grade - Places 15 to 29 (inclusive)
  • C Grade - Places 30 to 44 (inclusive)
  • D Grade - Places 45 to 58 (inclusive) + Place 63

Short Course:

  • A Grade - Places 1 to 10 (inclusive)
  • B Grade - Places 11 to 20 (inclusive)

Location: King Edward Park, Newcastle

Directions: The assembly area will be near the path entering King Edward Park off The Terrace. Park along The Terrace but be aware that the parking there is limited and you may have to park further afield.

Map: King Edward Park 1:3000, 2 metre contours. 

Setter: Adrian Plaskitt

Terrain: The area is quite hilly and is generally open parkland with areas of scattered trees and tracks through the thick coastal heath and bitou bush. The long course has a small area of open forest, very pleasant but for the swarming mozzies.

Course Setter's Notes:

  • Out of bounds areasThe local landcare group has been active and there are areas of new native plantings, particularly effecting the long course as it traverses the NW corner of the map. I have marked the new plantings with out of bounds hatching, but please avoid any obvious new planting areas that are not marked. The same goes for the rehab zones around the bathers way in the SE. Some low fences have been mapped as impassable for the same reason.
  • Bring insect repellent to protect from mosquitoes.

Start times: Starts between 5pm - 6:30pm

Course Closure: 7:10pm. (Finish after 7:10pm and you risk being disqualified for failing to finish the course in the allowed time.)

This closure time is to enable the setter to collect controls before it gets dark.  So please, please choose your start time so that you complete your chosen course by 7:10pm

Courses: Course lengths are- long : 4.3km , 160m climb and short: 2.0km , 90 m climb. Distances are straight line measurements; expect to travel about 25% further. The long course has a map turnover at control 17.

Important Note About Road Crossings

  • The Long course crosses the busy and fast Reserve Road twice. This is at the same mandatory crossing point going out and back. There are controls on each side of this crossing point, and every competitor will be given a minimum of one minute for these crossings, so take your time and cross safely.
  • The short course has no road crossings external to the park but ... the Long and the Short course both cross the internal park road several times. In general traffic is slow and pedestrians expected, but take care, particularly when exiting the minor tracks between the thickets onto the road, as the average driver won't be expecting an orienteer to spring out from the bushes.

Facilities:  Toilets and water near the start.

Note: This is a Sport Ident (SI) event, there is an SI unit attached to each control, so you will need to bring your SI stick or P-card. There are less than 20 controls on the short course, so people that only own a P-card will be able to use that if they run the short course. For the long course, they will need to hire or purchase an SI stick for this event.