Welcome to Newcastle Orienteering Club

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!

NEW TO ORIENTEERING? Click here for more information.

See what's on by clicking on the Club Event Series buttons below or see all orienteering events by going to the  Orienteering Event Calendar (Eventor).

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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. (April-Oct)
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 parkland. 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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Season 2022-23 Has Concluded

Our club's annual Summer Street Series for Season 2022-23 (i.e. the 33rd edition of Street-O) has been "run and won". Thanks to everyone who came along and participated. Congratulations to the winners for this season:

  Men Women Walk Team
Overall
 (i.e. General Classification Award)
 1st - Alex Massey
2nd - Stuart Kurtz
3rd - Justin Stafford
1st - Jenny Enderby
2nd - Carolyn Matthews
3rd - Samantha Howe 
1st - Arthur Kingsland
2nd - Ingrid Oblasser
3rd - Carolyn Rigby 
1st - Ryan Puklowski, Toby Barry
2nd - April Carlin, Tim Harrop
3rd - Naomi Scouller,
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In Zone  Award  Andrew Free  Karen Morante  Arthur Kingsland  
Alternating Controls Award Graeme Taplin  Carolyn Matthews    
Consistently Average Award  Andrew Power Caroline Jenkins     
         
Efficiency Index Award  1st- Samantha Howe, 2nd - Shane Trotter, 3rd - Andrew Power
Totally Committeed Award 
 (i.e. full attendance)
 Matt Brown, Samantha Howe, Arthur Kingsland, Alex Massey, Carolyn Rigby

To review the 2022-23 season, click here.

Season 2023-24 Begins October 2023

Street-O will resume in October 2023, with the 34th edition of the series. We expect that the calendar for this series to be finalised sometime in mid September 2023. If you feel that you could help out in the upcoming season (for example by setting an event) please send an email to:

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Map Updates

Do you live on (or visit regularly) an area that is on one of our Street-O maps? If so, would you be interested in helping us keep that map up to date? Your involvement could be from just letting us know about updates that need to be made through to helping us actually updating the map itself or even mapping new areas for Street-O. If you are interested please send an email to:

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Note: If you are interested in the mapping side of things we would be willing to help you learn the associated skills if necessary.

Summer Street Series Presentation Event - Blackalls Park
Wednesday 22nd February 2023

 
The Presentation Event is a stand-alone event and results are not included in the either the Street or Urban Series. There will be a BBQ when you finish and Street Series presentations after the event. Gold coin donation for BBQ appreciated (sausages in bread, vegan BBQ option, other snacks).
 
Note: This event does NOT use MapRun but does use SI units. So please bring along your SI Stick to punch controls. SI sticks will be available to borrow if you don't have one.
 
Location: Blackalls Park (playground), at the corner of Blackall Ave and Park Ave, Blackalls Park.
 
Planner and Setter: Samantha Howe
 
Format:  There is a Line Course (approx. 2.2km) and a 45 minute score course. You can choose either of these courses or you can do both (one entry fee covers both)! Alternatively, you can do the Line Course first then use your remaining time on the score course in 45 minutes total time. For the kids there is a Mini course (approx. 1km)

Map: Blackalls Park Sprint Map (new map, 1:4000) for the Mini and Line Course, Blackalls Park Street Map (1:10000) for the Score course.
 
Entries: Enter via Eventor (or on the day) and choose your course options when you arrive at the event.
 
Fees:  Member $10; Casual $12; Family Max $30; First timers FREE, Mini course FREE.
 
Start times: Start at a time that suits you between 5:00pm - 6:30pm
 
Course Closure: 7:15pm
 
Facilities: Toilets, water, playground.

A Note About Safety: Newcastle Orienteering recommends that all competitors wear bright clothing or reflective gear throughout the season to enable drivers to see you especially if you are running near dusk. Please also take care when crossing roads and use recommended crossing points on busy roads. We also wish to remind competitors that listening to an ipod (or similar) while on course can be a distraction that may cause you to not hear an emergency warning or similar and as such are not allowed during these events for your safety.

Summer Street Series Event 17 - Elermore Vale
Wednesday 15th February 2023

Last event for the season!!
Setter: Emile Altmann, Sally Quill
Assembly: Walker Fields (eastern end, out the back of Elermore Vale Shopping Centre, near the playground), Elermore Vale.
Parking:  Elermore Vale shopping centre, or Elermore Vale Community Centre or streets nearby. Please respect local residents
Facilities: Playground (small). Toilets may be available in Elermore Vale shopping centre.
Start times: Start at a time that suits you between 5:00pm - 6:30pm (with 2 minutes planning time before your start).
Course: 45 minute score course
Fees: Click here

Please Note: The course has controls on either side of McCaffery Dr. This road can be very busy in the afternoons. Please be very careful if you decide to cross it. Note also, the  Zigzag.JPG symbol  on the map means you can run along side the road but not cross it. You might even think about starting later rather than earlier if possible.

Remember:

a. Bring your charged up phone with MapRun6 (latest version is 6.5) installed and ready to go.
b. If, while you are out on course, you are sure you have visited a control site and can’t get MapRun to beep in acknowledgement then continue on your course and after you’ve finished submit a “Review Result (HITMO)” request using the menu.
c. If, while you are out on course, your GPS sensor goes to sleep and misses sections of your course then let the officials at the finish know (including any additional controls visited) and the results processors can consider making adjustments to the official results.

A Note About Safety: Newcastle Orienteering recommends that all competitors wear bright clothing or reflective gear throughout the season to enable drivers to see you especially if you are running near dusk. Please also take care when crossing roads and use recommended crossing points on busy roads. We also wish to remind competitors that listening to an ipod (or similar) while on course can be a distraction that may cause you to not hear an emergency warning or similar and as such are not allowed during these events for your safety.

Summer Street Series Event 15 - Jesmond
Wednesday 1st February 2023

 
Setter: Alex Massey
Assembly: Collier St Park, Wallsend
Parking:   Large Carpark outside of the Hospital at the end of Nash St or other nearby streets Please respect local residents
Facilities: None
Start times: Start at a time that suits you between 5:00pm - 6:30pm (with 2 minutes planning time before your start).
Course: 45 minute score course
Fees: Click here

Remember:

a. Bring your charged up phone with MapRun6 (latest version is 6.5) installed and ready to go.
b. If, while you are out on course, you are sure you have visited a control site and can’t get MapRun to beep in acknowledgement then continue on your course and after you’ve finished submit a “Review Result (HITMO)” request using the menu.
c. If, while you are out on course, your GPS sensor goes to sleep and misses sections of your course then let the officials at the finish know (including any additional controls visited) and the results processors can consider making adjustments to the official results.

A Note About Safety: Newcastle Orienteering recommends that all competitors wear bright clothing or reflective gear throughout the season to enable drivers to see you especially if you are running near dusk. Please also take care when crossing roads and use recommended crossing points on busy roads. We also wish to remind competitors that listening to an ipod (or similar) while on course can be a distraction that may cause you to not hear an emergency warning or similar and as such are not allowed during these events for your safety.

Summer Street Series Event 14 - Dudley
Wednesday 25th January 2023

 
Setter: Sam Howe
Assembly: Frank Watkins Memorial Park, corner of Ocean adn Pitt Streets
Parking:   On Ocean St, Pitt Streets or surrounding streets. There is some parking on the other side of the oval onGardner St. Please respect local residents
Facilities: None
Start times: Start at a time that suits you between 5:00pm - 6:30pm (with 2 minutes planning time before your start).
Course: 45 minute score course
Fees: Click here

Remember:

a. Bring your charged up phone with MapRun6 (latest version is 6.5) installed and ready to go.
b. If, while you are out on course, you are sure you have visited a control site and can’t get MapRun to beep in acknowledgement then continue on your course and after you’ve finished submit a “Review Result (HITMO)” request using the menu.
c. If, while you are out on course, your GPS sensor goes to sleep and misses sections of your course then let the officials at the finish know (including any additional controls visited) and the results processors can consider making adjustments to the official results.

A Note About Safety: Newcastle Orienteering recommends that all competitors wear bright clothing or reflective gear throughout the season to enable drivers to see you especially if you are running near dusk. Please also take care when crossing roads and use recommended crossing points on busy roads. We also wish to remind competitors that listening to an ipod (or similar) while on course can be a distraction that may cause you to not hear an emergency warning or similar and as such are not allowed during these events for your safety.