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Sun 3 Jul 8:00 am
2022 Sydney Metropolitan Turkey Trot
George Bell Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground, Castle Hill

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Sun 3 Jul 9:30 am
“The Range” (Killingworth) - “Contours & Compass” training event
“The Range” (Killingworth)

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Sun 3 Jul 10:00 am
Interclub #5 - Albury-Wodonga
Goombargana
Sun 3 Jul 10:00 am
2022 Bush Series #5 Orange Botanic Gardens
Orange Botanic Gardens, Hill Street, Orange

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Wed 6 Jul 1:00 pm
Orienteering NSW Junior Training Camp
Bonny Hills, Port Macquarie.

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Sat 9 Jul 1:00 pm
2022 NSW State League #10
Mackillop College, Lochinvar Pl, Port Macquarie.

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Sun 10 Jul 9:30 am
2022 NSW State League #11
Broken Bago State Forest, Tallowwood Ave, Wauchope.
Wed 13 Jul 5:30 pm
Moonlight Madness #3
Shrimptons Creek

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Sun 17 Jul 9:30 am
Leichhardt ultrasprint
Pioneers Memorial Park, Norton Street, Leichhardt
Sun 17 Jul 9:30 am
Newcastle Bush 2022 OY #5
Red Gum Ridges.

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.


No escaping the mud at Glengarry MTBO

Muddy MTBO racer at Glengarry 2012Mountain Devils kicked off their winter season with a double header on the south coast on the weekend of 16th and 17th June. First up was the sprint course held on the Saturday at Glengarry the rural annex of Scots College.

The weather lived up to winter time expectations in the southern highlands with fog, mist and drizzle which whilst not a downpour was with us for the entire afternoon. The going was difficult in parts due to water on the course with slippery conditions making most of the riders cautious. No one escaped the mud with bikes covered with the stuff and drive trains seizing up. The course itself is a mountain biking delight with a surfeit of single track from smooth going in the forests to rocky switch backs on the climbs and descents. The attendance was slightly down on normal due to a clash with two other events on the weekend namely the 49th Paddy Palin Rogaine held at Clandulla and the Metro League event held at Centennial Park. The hard core MTBO crowd was in attendance with an especially strong contingent from Newcastle who took out four of the eight classes.

The rain cleared on Saturday night and Sunday dawned clear and bright. High wind was forecast but did not reach the 90kms predicted. It was just enough to dry out some of the tracks at Currambene forest where Sunday's long course was staged. And an excellent days racing was had. Currambene forest is perfect mountain biking terrain, fairly flat and with some nice single track. The mud was in attendance of course. It's not Currambene unless there is mud. But the weather was perfect. Once again Newcastle dominated on the podium winning 4 of the 9 classes.

The next events in the MTBO Super Series are SS3 & 4 to be held in the ACT on the 30th of June and 1st of July, followed by SS5 & 6 held at Penrose and Belanglo on 28th and 29th July. Check out the Mountain Devils web site for details and entry.

Thanks to Michael Roylance for this report and photograph.

 

Coaches have their hands full at the Sydney South West Regional

With 438 students from 10 schools around the Camden area, the coaches supporting the Sydney West Regional Championships certainly had their hands full. Some of the students were back for their second year and were full of enthusiasm for the races. Coaches walked their allocation of students around a practice course before the individual races started. Some of the children were initially dismayed by the mud but after a while their excitement at being out and orienteering took over, and they developed a healthy disregard for white socks. Warragamba PS took the top three spots in the Under 10 boys event with Thirlmere PS girls doing the same in their class. Mawarra PS had some good results in M10 (1st) and W10 (2nd and 3rd) with Cobbity PS picking up the other placings in those classes. Narellan Vale PS had their success in the M11 with 1st and 3rd places. Camden South PS took 2nd place in M12 to prevent a strong Warragamba PS from collecting another clean sweep. For the secondary schools Chevalier College took 1st and 3rd in both M14/15 and W14/15 with Thomas Hassell in 2nd for those classes. Elizabeth Macarthur shone in the M16+ taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in this senior class.

After the individual races there was time for a quick lunch and then it was onto the relays. A mass start got pulses racing and 2nd and 3rd leg runners waited impatiently for their turn at the tagging area. Relay results:

Primary Schools

1st Camden South PS

2nd Thirlmere PS

3rd Camden South PS

Secondary

1st Chevalier College

2nd Thomas Hassell College

3rd Chevalier College

 

Why did the Turkey cross the road?

Turkey Trot 2012 mens long course winners

Presumably he was trying to catch up with Glen Horrocks at the annual Turkey Trot!  Cool weather meant the Turkeys in the annual Western Hills race were rugged up for their races, but the competition was piping hot.  The Turkey Trot is a set of orienteering races which have a mass start for each course Turkey Trot 2012 mens medium course winnerslength.  The orienteering standard is moderate so it favours the runners with fitness and leg strength.  Ian Miller's courses this year used multiple maps around Baulkham Hills which provided street running interspersed with thoroughly enjoyable runs through park and semi-bushland.  That said, there was enough orienteering to make sure that competitors had to concentrate.  Minor errors and hesitations were often the difference between staying ahead of the next Turkey Trot 2012 womens medium course winnerscompetitor or having them draw close enough to challenge for placings.

In the Men's Long race, three stalwarts of the Sydney Summer Series put in some fine running to take the top places.  Glen Horrocks held off James McQuillian (2nd) and Steve Ryan (3rd) over some 20km with only the narrowest of margins- 98:18 to 98:27 and 98:59.  In the Men's Medium race Newcastle's Josh Blatchford romped around the 12km course in 66:51 ahead Turkey Trot 2012 womens short course winnersofDaniel Hill and Andrew Povah.  The Womens Long was won by Barbara Hill in a time of 119:32, which would have put her in the top six in the men's race.  Margaret Jones stole the lead from Brook Martin in the Women's Medium course, when Brook's concentration on the finish caused her to run right past the last Turkey Trot 2012 mens short course winnerscontrol.  A sprint back to rectify the error was not enough to keep the lead and she took 2nd place with Gayle Quantock (Newcastle) in 3rd.  In the Men's Short course Timothy Petterson took 1st place with Darius Cartright of Mountain Devils showing what strong mountain biking legs can do on a foot course, taking 2nd place ahead of wunderkind Duncan Currie in 3rd. Susan Petterson ensured it would be a sweet Sunday in the Petterson household by winning 1st prize and a box of chocolates for the Women's Shortcourse. Karin Heffner and Bryony Cox took 2nd and 3rd places making a clean sweep for the Garingal club in the Women's Short course.