Urban Foot Orienteering  - Series 12 (2018) - Qualifier 2

Results On Eventor

Location: Maitland Park, Maitland

Directions: The assembly area will be near the Aquatic Centre in Maitland Park. From Newcastle turn left off Les Darcy Drive into Louth Park Road and then turn right into either Cross Street or Blomfield Street. From Rutherford, enter Maitland Park off Walker Street.

Map: Maitland Park 1:5000, 5 metre contours. 

Setter: Lisa Lampe

Terrain: Open parkland with a few buildings,  urban streets and some built-up area around Maitand railway station.

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: Long (~5 km) and Short (~2.5km). These are length via logical route choice around out of bounds areas. Competitors should choose a course that matches their ability and allows them to finish by course closure time.

Important Note: The Long course crosses over Les Darcy Dr and the railway line. You must use the overpasses to cross these. Both Les Darcy Dr and the railway line are out of bounds. The Short course stays entirely in Maitland Park (and hence has no major road crossings). 

Facilities:  Toilets and water near the start.

Course Setter's Notes:

  • Bring insect repellent to protect from mosquitoes.
  • SI: 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.

 

Urban Orienteering  - Series 12 (2018) - Event 1

Volunteers: Thanks go to those who made this event possbile and run smoothly.
Course Setting: Ian Dempsey (as well as drawing the map!)
Map Printing: Jeff Guy (and Geoff Todkill behind the scenes)
Registration Desk: Joy Guy, Carolyn Chalmers, Viola O'Connor
Computer: Malcolm Roberts, Jeff Guy
Control Collection: Ian Dempsey, Rudi Landseidel, Rob Vincent, Lewis Vincent, Kim Van Netten, Bert Van Nettern, Anthony Price, Malcolm Roberts
Set Up and Pack Up: Ian Dempsey, Carolyn Chalmers, Viola O'Connor, Joy Guy, Lynda Hewson, Peter Newton, Malcolm Roberts

(If I have left anyone out, my apologies.)

Results On Eventor

Location: Tom Lantry Park, Tenambit

Directions: Park along the eastern end of Maize Street, Tenambit. Assembly is in Tom Lantry Park, Tenambit.

Map: Tenambit Parks 1:5000, 2 metre contours. (New Map by Ian Dempsey, Russell Rigby)

Setter: Ian Dempsey

Terrain: A mix of open parkland, very open forest, and urban streets. Both courses have compulsory road crossings, and the Long course has some street running.

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: Long (4.8 km) and Short (2.9km). These are length via logical route choice around out of bounds areas. Competitors should choose a course that matches their ability and allows them to finish by course closure time.


Important Note: Both the Long and Short courses have 2 compulsory crossings of Metford Road, which can be busy in evenings. Crossing procedure – dip at the first control and your elapsed time stops; then dip at the next control and timing starts again. You have up to 60 seconds to dip at the control on the other side of the road before your time starts again. So, take your time and cross safely. For safety sakes , parents and guardians might consider accompanying any younger competitors.

Facilities:  Toilets and water near the start.

Course Setter's Notes:

  • Both courses involve several hundred metres of open, fast running, bush terrain. While a compass isn’t essential, it may be helpful.
  • Both courses have a map change (turn the map over for the other half of the course).
  • Respect others’ use of the playing fields and detour around any sport activities.
  • Bring insect repellent to protect from mosquitoes.
  • SI: 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.

 

With the 2017 -2018 Summer Street Series getting closer to its conclusion thoughts begin to turn to the upcoming Bush Orienteering season. However we shouldn't forget that in February and March we have our "transition" series. This year the series has changed name ... it will now be known as the Newcastle "Urban Orienteering" series.  It is hoped that the new name will better reflect the type of events that comprise the series. Originally we tried to have courses that were completely within a park environment but were still about 5km long (for the long course at least) so that competitors that only come to our street events might still be tempted to have a go. Finding enough parks in which we could hold such events has always been a challenge. Thus in recent times we have started using maps that not only have a park component but also some surrounding streets. Combining this with the fact that the name "Park Orienteeering" is quite often associated with "Sprint Orienteering" (shorter events around 2-3km held in areas with complex building details such as schools and universities) we felt that a name change was necessary.

The calendar for the 2018 series is (still subject to possible change)

  • Qualifying Events
    Wednesday 21st Februrary - Tenambit Park, Tenambit. (Setter: Ian Dempsey)
    Wednesday 28th February - Maitland Park, Maitland. (Setter: Lisa Lampe)
    Wednesday 7th March - Tumpoaba Reserve, Maryland. (Setters: Malcolm Roberts & Carolyn Matthews)

  • Final
    Wednesday 14th March - King Edward Park, Newcastle. (Setter: Adrian Plaskitt)

Note: As series coordinator I am aware that having two events in the Maitland area is not ideal from a competitor perspective but my philosophy is that what suits the setters must take preference. Clearly, without setters there are no events at all and that is even worse for competitors!! 

Thanks
Malcolm Roberts

 
 
 
 

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