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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 6 - "The Missing Link" - Elrington - Sunday 16th July 2023

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

Map: The MIssing Link. 1:10 000 for the Hard Long and 1:7 500 for all other courses

Course Setter: Malcolm Roberts, Vetter: Lyndy Hewson

Directions: From Newcastle or Maitland - Get onto to Leggetts Dr (either from the north at Pelaw Main/Kurri Kurri or from Freeman's Waterhole in the south). From Leggetts Dr turn into Lake Rd (toward Cessnock) at the roundabout and travel approximately 1.5km. Turn left into Missing Link Rd. From Cessnock - travel along Lake Rd past Missing Link Rd to the Leggetts Dr roundabout, go around and proceed back along Lake Rd to turn left into Missing Link Rd. 

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS: Lake Rd has a 100 kph speed limit and the intersection with Missing Link Rd is at the crest of a hill with poor visibility. So, when entering the event you should only turn into Missing Link Rd from the east. This means that those coming from Cessnock should go past Missing Link Rd to the roundabout at Leggatts Dr and come back. Similarly, when leaving the event, everyone should turn left onto Lake Rd and travel west (toward Cessnock) until it is safe to make a u-turn.

Parking: Drive along Missing Link Rd past the assembly area and to the top of the hill. Then park on the side of Missing Link Rd, making sure that you don't obstruct access to the private properties. Please be careful when driving along Missing Link Rd as competitors could be crossing this road or walking to the start along it.


Assembly: Missing Link Rd. GPS: -32.883504, 151.454957

Start: There two starts, both 80m from the registration area. All Hard courses start on the east side of Missing Link Rd. The start for all other courses is on the west side of Missing Link Rd.


All courses except the Hard Long course will have a 1:7 500 map. The Hard Long course has a 1:10 000 map.

Hard Long - 7.6km, 235m climb, 23 controls (with a map change)    

Hard Medium - 5.2km, 155m climb, 18 controls (with map change)

Hard Short - 3.3km, 100m climb, 13 controls

Moderate Long - 2.9km, 90m climb, 13 controls

Moderate Short - 1.8km, 50m climb, 10 controls

Easy - 1.6km, 50m climb, 10 controls

Very Easy - 1.7km, 50m climb, 11 controls


- The Missing Link map is basically spur-gully terrain with several significant watercourses where the vegetation is thicker. The map is bisected east/west by Lake Rd. Only the Hard Long course crosses under Lake Rd to utilise the area on the north side of Lake Rd.

- The Hard Long course crosses Lake Rd via a drainage tunnel under the road. This is a mandatory crossing in both directions. Competitors are NOT to cross Lake Rd itself.

- The Very Easy and Easy courses have two streamer trails. These are shown on the relevant maps with pink/purple dashes and in the forest by blue and white streamers.

- The Missing Link map is a relatively small area and there are a fair number of controls in the forest. Please check your control numbers carefully when punching.

- If there has been rain in the week leading up to the event then expect to get wet feet.

- There are no toilets at the event.

Control Descriptions: will be printed on the maps and also paper copies available at the assembly area.

Saftey Bearing: North to Lake Rd or south to Missing Link Rd.

Acknowledgements: Thanks to Rob Vincent for the large amount work he has done on producing this map.

 At least 5 helpers are needed to collect controls.