Coming Events

Sun 11 Oct 9:30 am
Newcastle Minor Event
Blue Gum Rd, Wallsend

Sun 11 Oct 10:00 am
Livingstone, near Wagga Wagga

Sun 11 Oct 4:00 pm
South Sydney Summer Series #1 - Maroubra
Sound of Thunder

Wed 14 Oct 4:30 pm
25th Sydney Summer Series #2 - Seaforth
‘Burnt Bridge’

Wed 14 Oct 5:00 pm
Newcastle Street Orienteering Summer Series #1 - Cameron Park
Portland Dr, Cameron Park

Fri 16 Oct 10:00 am
Northern Tablelands Schools Gala Day
Rockvale Rd, Thalgarrah

Sat 17 Oct 9:30 am
Saturday Orienteering Series
Fraser Rd, Normanhurst

Sat 17 Oct 7:30 pm
Night-O-Games - Local event - Baldwins Farm (Burrawang)
Bloomfield Rd, Bloomfield

Sun 18 Oct 10:00 am
Bush event - Thalgarrah
Rockvale Road, Armidale

Sun 18 Oct 4:00 pm
South Sydney Summer Series #2 - Watsons Bay
Watsons Bay

Welcome to Orienteering NSW

Orienteering is a sport that challenges both the body and the mind. It's also loads of fun!

The aim is to use a special orienteering map to navigate your way around a course and visit marked check points along the way. You choose a course that suits your age and experience and proceed at your own pace: walk, jog or run. It is a race but you decide if you want to just race yourself or be the next world champion! The course may take you through urban areas, parks, schools, farmland or forests.

Events are conducted weekly across NSW and beginners are welcome at all events.

New to orienteering? Click here for more information.

Want to enter an event? You can see what's on by looking at the Coming Events at left or by going to the Event Calendar. Some events are enter on the day - you just turn up and register at the start. Other events require pre-entry and for that you need to know about (and register with) Eventor - read the Eventor FAQ.

Sydney expansion series start up again this weekend

Two of our expansionary Sydney summer programs start up again this weekend - and we'd love to see you there!

The SOS, held on Saturday mornings across the upper north shore, offers a great environment for students and their families to begin orienteering. Newcomers - cut out the ad in Thursday's Hornsby Advocate and bring it along for a free entry! For events conducted on school grounds, students of those schools get free entry. Tomorrow's first event for Term 4 is at James Ruse Ag HS in Carlingford.

The Southern Sydney Summer Series is held on Sunday afternoons in the eastern and southern suburbs and inner west, and offers the same 45-minute score course format as the long-running Sydney Summer Series, which has just started its 25th season. Newcomers - cut out the ad in the Southern Courier or Wentworth Courier and bring it along for a free entry! Sunday's first event is at Broadarrow Reserve, Maroubra.

On November 1, the Western Sydney Summer Series - held in the Hills District - will also start. It has moved to Sunday mornings. Newcomers - cut out the ad in the Hills Shire Times or Hills News and bring it along for a free entry! The first event is at George Thornton Reserve, West Pennant Hills.


Summer Series all set for season 2015-16

Daylight saving is here, the bush season has finished, which means... it's time for the annual summer series to start.

That's when we turn our attention to navigating our way through some of the most scenic parks, reserves and foreshores that our clubs have mapped. Many newcomers are amazed at the views on offer and the areas they discover through our summer series.

As an example, a map from a previous event is here. The maps usually cover an area of 2km x 1km. The fastest runners will often cover 9-10km in 45 minutes, while the more social participants may do as little as 2km.

It's up to you how competitive or social you are. 

On Wednesday, Newcastle have their traditional warm-up event, at Mayfield East. See their series flyer for full details. You only get two minutes of planning time, so make full use of it. Newcastle even offer a pram-walking category (see bottom pic)!

At the same time at Lane Cove, Sydneysiders will number around 200 for the first event in the Sydney Summer Series. You get unlimited planning time (see picture, left, for a family hard at work). This serves a wonderful social purpose as much as maximising your score. 

Thankfully the weather is forecast to change just before dawn on Wednesday to ensure great running (or walking) conditions.

On Saturday our newest series, the SOS, starts at James Ruse Ag HS in Carlingford, and the following afternoon (Sunday) the Southern SSS kicks off at Maroubra. Later this month our regional clubs will start, as will the Western SSS in the Hills District.

Beginners will get coaching at the events. We hope to see you there.


Big Foot sprint to five AUS titles

Big Foot stamped their class all over the Australian sprint championships in Ballarat on Friday, with a carnival best five wins, two seconds and a third.

Melbourne Forest Racers had identical results to share the honours as the second weekend of action got underway in gusty conditions at St Patrick's College.

Nea Shingler and Oliver Freeman did the double in the youngest class, 10A, while Tracy Marsh (pictured) won W35A, ONSW president Greg Barbour took out M50A and Debbie Byers claimed the W60A title.

NSW runners to place second were Jenny Enderby (NC) in W45A, Carolyn Matthews (NC) in W50A, junior squad coach Jock Davis (BF) in M45A, Mark Shingler (BF) in M50A, Chippy le Carpentier (SH) in M70A and Neil Schafer (GO) in M85A.

Third placings went to Erika Enderby (NC) in W01A, Maree Doyle (UR) in W17-20A, Julia Prudhoe (CC) in W60A, Pauline Moore (WR) in W65A, Jenny Hawkins (NT) in W70A, Chris Fitzgerald (GS) in M21A, Fedor Iskhakov (BN) in M35A, Matt Hackett (WH) in M40A, Eoin Rothery (BF) in M55A and Jim Merchant (GO) in M70A.

That's 11 of our 16 clubs on the podium - well done! We should also mention that our orienteers have been cleaning up on the social side of things, too, with Newcastle's Margaret Peel winning the Dr Blake literary competition, and Garingal's Sue Thomson the 'best dressed' award at the dinner.

Saturday sees the blue ribbon event of the caarnival - the Australian long championships.


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