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Orienteering is a competitive or non-competitive recreational activity in which participants use a detailed map (and usually a compass) to navigate between checkpoints (known as “controls”) along an unfamiliar course. If you like a mental and physical challenge and exploring the outdoors, orienteering is the sport for you!

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    Run or walk, compete against yourself or others, or a fun family day out. Classic "forest" orienteering for all in the great outdoors. (Mar-Sept)
   Run, walk or push a pram to a 45 minute time limit. How many points can you get? (Oct-Feb)
    A great introduction to orienteering with fun courses in suburban parks & reserves. Also includes a night event. (Feb-Mar)
    Navigate around bush tracks and trails on your mountain bike. The     BOSS series offers 75 minute score & line+score events. (Oct-Mar)

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NOY 4 (Rescheduled) - “Hebburn Road” - Elrington - Sunday 9th July 2023

Planning: Denis Lyons and Bruce Graham

Starts: 9:30am to 11:30am. Course Closure - 1:00pm

Directions: Turn right from LAKE Rd, 5km west of its junction with LEGGETTS Dr. This turn is 3km east of KEARSLEY. The registration area will be 1km along HEBBURN Rd from LAKE Rd. 

NOTE: Hard Long and Hard Medium course cross Hebburn Rd twice. Drive with care and beware of runners. All other courses stay east of the road.

Parking: Park well off the road. This road can have 30-40 cars with trailers on a Sunday morning if the motor sport park is operating. Parking will mainly be end in on the western side, or parallel (possibly some 45 degrees) on the eastern side. Some sections on each side will be mowed (some slight hills and hollows are possible). Other sections can be used but check the grass before leaving the road. Most parking should be possible north of registration. A reserve area will be mowed south of registration. Everyone must report to registration before going to the start.

Assembly: The registration will be on the western side of Hebburn Rd. The FINISH will be nearby, on the eastern side of the road.

Start: The start will be 400m north of the assembly/registration area. Follow the powerline for 360m then streamers to push through the bush onto an old track.

Map: “Hebburn Road”. Scale 1:10 000. 5m contours. This is part of Werakata NP. The whole area does include large sections of “green”. Some is just slow, but other large sections of ti-tree are very much “walk”. There is some SPIKEY vegetation. ALL STREAMER TRAILS WILL BE SHOWN ON ALL MAPS.

VERY EASY                  1.8km     15m      10      Follows tracks and a streamer trail.
EASY                            1.8km     15m      10      Controls not far from tracks but you need to know 
                                                                              where you are along the track before turning off.
                                                                                     A streamer trail is used.  
MODERATE SHORT   1.8km     25m      10      Moderate navigation to prominent features with 
                                                                              catching features nearby.
MODERATE LONG         2.7km      35m       12       Moderate navigation to prominent features with 
                                                                             catching features nearby.
HARD SHORT             3.2km     50m      15      Difficult navigation.
HARD MEDIUM         5.2km     90m      14      Difficult navigation.
HARD LONG               6.8km     95m      16      Difficult navigation.                      


(a) The area is frequented by trail bikes and some 4WD vehicles. If you hear them MOVE OUT OF THEIR WAY.

(b) Large fallen tree canopies which may hinder runability or aid navigation have been shown as a small oval shaped thicket.

(c) At least 5 helpers are needed after the event to collect controls.