- Last Updated on Saturday, 01 November 2014 15:45
Even fresher than a South Sydney premiership, ultra sprint orienteering made its Australian debut at Callan Park today to great fanfare and much animated discussion.
Ultra is a bit like cricket's Twenty20 - short, fast, furious and loads of fun. Participants had a two-hour window to complete 3 line courses, each of approximately 1km.
With the temperature already nudging 30C by 9am, the punters were soon choosing to run early and take little rest time between courses.
Newcastle's Josh Blatchford flew around in 17m49s, a good 1m22s faster than anyone else. Catherine Murphy, from the host club Uringa, was the fastest woman in 21m46s.
While the format sounds simple enough, the complexity lay in the fact that there were more than 70 controls in an area roughly 250m x 250m, mapped at 1:1500, and included a maze (see top pic). Each tree was mapped and its shade cover shown. Controls could be either side of a tree, or three in a tight bunch - in that respect it was a bit like Trail O at times.
Further twists were:
* the maze held 11 controls - you visited the maze twice on each course, often for 2 controls each time
* there were no control descriptions and no numbers on the SI units
* the exact control location was shown by a dot inside the circle
* a mispunch meant a 30-second time penalty rather than disqualification
* you could do the 3 courses in any order (1-2-3 or 2-3-1 etc)
As well as being something new and exciting, today's event was an important test run for New Year's Eve when our annual Xmas 5-Days carnival - this year taking on a distinctly urban feel in Sydney - concludes at Centennial Parklands. (Speaking of which - enter now!)
It required a mountain of work from mapper Dave Lotty, setter Matt Peters and SI guru Ron Pallas, who were on site from 6am.
We offer these gentlemen - and pretty much the entire Uringa club who assisted in some way - a massive thank you for their efforts in putting on such a fantastic event.
Check out our Facebook page for some pics and the maps. And stay tuned for more ultra sprint activity in 2015 !
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:52
Uringa are putting on a "Learn to Navigate" 4-week course in the eastern suburbs, starting this Sunday (November 2).
This beginners course gives you all the tools to get out and orienteer! Over 4 weeks Michele Dawson (Australian junior rep) and Lawrence Jones (NSW Schools Squad member) will introduce you to the techniques to make your navigation secure.
Sessions and course materials include:
- Map reading
- Introduction to key orienteering techniques
- How to read contours and navigate efficiently
- Key elements of good route choice
- How to use a compass at speed
Cost is $75 for individuals, $99 for families - with discounts for ONSW members. Can’t come to the whole course but want some top quality coaching? You can book in for a single session.
Details and bookings are at www.trybooking.com/108580
Each session runs from 2-4pm, after which you have time to get to the Southern Sydney Summer Series event that day to put your theory into practice. The first two weeks are at Centennial Park.
- Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 12:01
We know you've been waiting patiently, and we're pleased to announce that entries are now open for our annual end-of-year carnival - to be held for the first time in the Sydney metro area.
Georges Heights, Cockatoo Island, Pyrmont, Lapstone and Centennial Park are our stunning event locations. Along with our Xmas bush regulars, we'd love to see lots of the summer series crowd join in - you can enter the lot, or whichever days take your fancy.
For 2014, with the except of Day 4 (Lapstone) the Xmas 5-Days takes on a distinctly urban feel. Full details are on the flyer, and entries via Eventor. Day 3 at Pyrmont (see pic) will also count towards the Sydney Summer Series.
We have random prize draws for October, November and December thanks to our generous donors. Pre-entry is strongly recommended as we will have only a limited number of EOD maps available.
We are still confirming the exact location of the last day, which is an ultra sprint somewhere within Centennial Parklands. To find out more about this exciting micro version of orienteering, read the flyer.
Entries close December 14. More information is available on the Xmas 5-Days web page. Tell your friends. All events are easily reached by public transport and offer great sightseeing opportunities.