Directions: Travel west on the Hunter Expressway and continue on the New England Highway past Branxton towards Singleton. Approximately 1.5km past the right turn (north) to Kirkton Rd (for Belford National Park), turn left (south) at the Pothana Lane sign. Follow orienteering signs for 1.5km to parking on the side of Pothana Lane.
Landowners: Thanks to David Hook from David Hook Wines and to Richard Fox for access to their properties for this event.
Terrain: Gently undulating and fast eucalypt forest with some patches of slow run throughout and some cleared areas in the east. Point features include termite mounds >.3m (brown cross), cherry trees and cherry tree clusters (green circle and green triangle, respectively), log piles (green line), lantana thickets (green dot), distinctive olive trees and olive tree clusters (green dot and green screen, respectively).
Planner: Ian Dempsey
Vetter: Scott Simpson
Kids Activities: There will be a techincal/fun training session for kids of all ages between 11 and 12 (weather permitting) followed by a game of bush soccer. A good chance for kids to get together and play.
Courses: Standard NOY courses that are a little longer than normal because of the flatter and faster terrain.
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Start: The start for all courses is a gentle 300 metre walk from assembly.
There is a compulsory fence crossing on the Hard Long course – please use this crossing to prevent fence damage. There are several fences in the eastern part of the map that can be crossed at some points because they are in poor repair. Regardless, some easy crossing points for these fences are marked on the map.
Safety: Safety bearing is north to Pothana Lane. Emergency phone contact 0490057196. Water is available at control sites for Hard and Moderate courses.
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
2016 Newcastle Pairs – Freeman's Waterhole
Directions: (Parking will be tight so please consider car pooling)
From Freeman's Waterhole roundabout travel South approx 2.9 km on Freeman's Drive. Turn right into Becks Rd and proceed 800 m to assembly. Park along Northern fringe of this road
From South (Freeway) Take the Kurri Kurri/Cessnock exit (Freeman's Drive). Travel north approx 500 m then turn left into Becks Rd and proceed 800 m to assembly. Park along Northern fringe of this road
Safety: Becks Road now has a sealed surface. This may mean the very few cars travelling along it may do so at an increased speed (we will have “Runners on road signs” in place). The Pairs and the Moderate Long will have a need to run across or along this road at some point in their course. Please keep to the edge of the road and take care when crossing. There may also be a couple of leeches present in the damper areas and they may attach themselves if you are stationary for a period of time. Insect repellant (Deet type) on your shoes might prevent this rare occurrence from happening.
Map: “Jig-a-Jog” 1:7500 is a cutdown version of “Jigadee Jog” and takes in areas of the Awaba State Forest.
Planner: Geoff Peel
Note: Easy and Very Easy have been combined due to a lack of a decent track network. They essentially will follow tapes through the bush which will be less challenging navigationally but offer them some element of adventure. No string course will be offered.
Pairs Mass Start: 10:00 am (briefing 9:45 am)
Other Starts: 10:10 – 11:30 am
Course closure: 1pm. Please ensure you start your course with enough time to complete it prior to course closure
Presentation & BBQ: Presentations be held as soon as the Pairs teams have finished their courses. To celebrate the social nature of the day we will be having a sausage sizzle. Gold coin (or maybe free if I can twist the Presidents arm a little).
In her preparation for the World Uni Games Nicola Blatchford left early and has been training in northern
Italy. Along with dad Russell, she has just completed the 5 Days of Italy event in the Tesino - Levico area.
Day 1 provided some steep terrain, but soft underfoot and slippery too. Nicola was happy at the end of her
run – everyone got an icecream. Early days but she was placed 2nd just a small margin behind the winner.
Day 2 was a Long format, again soft underfoot but steep terrain. Nicola was pretty tough on herself after this
run and yet she was still placing well with a 2nd on the day. “Could have been better/more careful”
Day 3 saw a Short distance format in Levico Terme. The area was a mix of gardens and township and the
Finish was adjacent to a lake. Clearer thinking and some good route choices were very encouraging for her
and gave her a win for the day.
Day 4 had a spectacular event site, but on the map there were many treacherous pits and depressions
demanding some considerable concentration and interpretation. It was easy to lose time here if map contact
was lost – but Nicola kept her head. and placed 1st .
Day 5 on the same map as Day 4, but the course setter didn't shy away from climb – any and every way it
could be managed. As the last of 5 days, it was a tough way to end. Again a 2nd placing but Nicola's
consistent efforts were showing through yielding her a 13 minute aggregate win over the 5 days of racing.
Now Nicola wouldn't boast but we should celebrate with her in her first international win – she placed 1st in
W Open Long – equivalent to our W21A. The field was thinned as several women were running in W21E,
but a win is a win – especially on very different terrain.
The first we heard was her excitement about her prize – 12 punnets of berries. Forget our famous
Note: This article appeared on our Facebook account a few days ago and has been reposted here.
The meeting will start at 7:30pm and will attempt to finish by 10:00pm