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Fri 1 Oct 8:00 am
Newcastle October-November Street Events
Sun 3 Oct 10:00 am
Waggaroos Local
Pomingalarna

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Wed 6 Oct 6:00 am
Newcastle Map Ride Event 1 Jesmond Park

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Wed 6 Oct 7:00 am
Newcastle Map Ride Event 2 Myall Road

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Sun 10 Oct 10:00 am
NTOC - Kooringle
Bundarra Road, west of Armidale
Sat 16 Oct 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 1
TBA

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Sun 17 Oct 10:00 am
Interclub #6 - Waggaroos (New Date)
Wolfram
Sat 23 Oct 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 2
TBA

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Sat 23 Oct 11:30 am
NSW State League #8 (New date)
Mackillop College, Lochinvar Pl, Port Macquarie.

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Sun 24 Oct 9:30 am
NSW State League #9 (New Date)
Broken Bago State Forest, Tallowwood Ave, Wauchope.

Sydney Summer Series Overview

Summer orienteering is social, scenic and a great way to keep fit while exploring different areas of your hometown.

Events are conducted in urban locations and a compass is not needed. Course setters try to maximise the amount of parks, reserves and foreshores visited so that your outing is scenically pleasing as well as physically rewarding.

Daylight saving gives us the chance to run/walk midweek after work, and not just on weekends as we do over winter.

The navigation standard is usually Easy (control markers should be visible from the approach side by any reasonable route). Some clubs or series offer separate walking categories.

Pretty much all our clubs use SportIdent electronic timing sticks. These may be hired at the event.

There are three formats used in summer orienteering:

Score course: you have a time limit in which to get to as many controls you can in any order. The controls may be worth different amounts, so carefully planning is needed to maximise your score. Time penalties apply for lateness.

Scatter course: you have to visit a set amount of controls in any order. The winner is the person with the quickest time.

Line course: you must visit all the controls on your course in order. The winner is the person with the quickest time.

The most popular series is the Sydney Summer Series, held on Wednesdays from October to March. It is now in its 30th season and regularly attracts more than 200 participants each week. You may be in Parramatta one week, Lane Cove the next and Manly the week after that.

You may start any time between 4.30pm and 6.45pm. You have 45 minutes to visit as many of the 30 controls as you can. Controls numbered 1-10 are worth 10 points, controls 11-20 are worth 20 points and controls 21-30 are worth 30 points. You may take as long as you like to plan your route. The aim is to maximise your score by careful route planning. For each portion of a minute late you lose 10 points, so finishing in 45.01 is the same as 45.59.

The highest possible score is 600. The weekly winner in each age category is then awarded 100. Other finishers are awarded a percentage of the winner. Let's say the winner in the women's 35-44 age group accrues 400 points. She is awarded a 'score' of 100. A fellow competitor scoring 300 then gets 75 (300/400 = 75%).  

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 the 45 minutes, while the more social participants may do as little as 2km. It's up to you how competitive or social you are. 

Series organiser: Ross Barr (0438 220016).

Sydney also offers these summer series:

* South (Botany Bay and Cooks River areas): Sun pm Oct-Nov, choice of score or 3 line courses
West (Hills District): Sun am Dec-Jan, choice of score or 3 line courses
* Sydney Sprints (all over): Sun pm Feb-Mar, choice of 3 shortish line courses 
* SOS (northern Sydney): Sat am for 6 weeks in each school term, choice of score or 2 line courses

Here is what our regional clubs offer over summer (score course point values vary by club):

Note: MapRunF is a free app that lets you compete via smartphone!

Club

Town/Area

Day

Format

Held

Start window

Contact

BB

Coffs Harbour

Wed

Score
(MapRunF)

Oct-Dec

5.30-6pm

Helen O'Callaghan
0478 226 601

CC

Central Coast

Sun

Score + MINI Nov-Feb 9-10.30am David Bowerman
0420 295 758

GS

Orange

Fri

Scatter + Line Nov, Feb 6pm  Basil Baldwin
0412 998 367

HOG

Port Macquarie

   TBA    TBA Matt Bell
0435 048 408

IK

Illawarra

Sun

Line Feb-Mar 10-11am  David Green
0409 608 990

NC

Newcastle

Wed

Score
(MapRunF)
Oct-Feb 5-6.30pm  Samantha Howe
0425 329 661

NT

Armidale

Wed

Line Feb   Maurice Anker
0478 556 949

SH

Macarthur

Sat Score + Line Jan-Feb 9.30-11am  Lyn Malmgron
0414 397 584
WR Wagga Sun Score
(30-min & 45-min)
Nov-Feb 9-10am John Oliver
0427 201 954