Martine Barrot wins Park Street Course Setter of the Year Award

Martine at the finish of the Waterford Valley event with her fluffy emu

Martine was invited to write a few comments about her experience and tell us a little more about herself. Congratulations Martine on a superb job.

“Along with my partner Andrew Johnston we started orienteering mid-2018. By late December 2018 we started going to Monday night StreetO regularly and quickly became hooked, at the same time we also discovered Geoff’s (Hudson) Suburban Adventure Racing series which we also love.

Through the Autumn/ Winter series in 2019 we decided to do both Monday and Wednesday nights as by this stage we were both well and truly addicted to the sport. Andrew has also taken me Rogaining on some 6 and 12 hour events, and we have done a couple of Metrogaines as well. When Lauris Stirling put the call out for course setters towards the end of the Winter series we both thought we’d have a go at setting a course each, and after an OCAD training course with Geoff, I started setting my very first course using the Waterford Gully map in Rowville. With no experience in course setting I didn’t really have too much of a plan.

My goal was to keep the controls as consistently spaced as I could and to use as much of the map as I could by going out to all corners of the map without being too long in distance. From there I just focused on trying to have route choices in every possible direction, I tried to make it so that as a runner there was not an immediately obvious drop of controls for course A, then being a power walker myself making sure there was enough options for those wanting to walk short and long distances. I feel I was very fortunate the event I chose to course set lent itself to providing multiple options, with winding streets going off in all different directions, with a few parks providing cut throughs and the basin through the middle providing ways to link as well. I was so nervous on the night as to what people would think, everyone was so complimentary, and now to have won the award on my very first attempt I’m a bit shocked, it’s certainly a confidence boost to do more course setting in the future.”

The Map and Course

Victorian Club Relays

The Victorian Club Relay Champs is being organised by Nillumbik Emus

The event is on Sunday April 7 on our Mt Lofty map near Lake Eppalock, first used last year.

If you are not competing but can still come along to help that will be greatly appreciated.

There will be a lot of preparation to organise maps, chest numbers, building the software for timing and placing controls next week in the lead up to the event. We will need members to act as officials on the day (as well as run) – parking, registration, timing, and managing the map changeover. There are 49 teams entered, 5 teams from Nillumbik Emus.

Laurie, Rex, Dorothy, Lauris, Ian Parry and Rob will be setting up on Saturday. We have one spare bed at Henry’s cottage in Redesdale. Rex and Laurie are camping at the event site.

We will be setting up some of the infrastructure on the Saturday.

Ron Frederick will assist Rex put out controls from Thursday.

Further details for The Victorian Club Relay Champs are on Eventor. There are two documents on you can download, explaining the details.

Lauris Stirling assisted by Laurie Niven is the Team Manager. As well as managing our club’s team selections, they will administer the registration of all clubs entering the event, i.e bib handout and the layout of maps on the lines for team change over.

Christmas in July

Nillumbik Emus, Christmas in July 2018

When: Saturday 21st July, 6:30pm

Where: 10 Purches Street Mitcham (Cnr Purches St and Brunswick St)

Cost:  Adult $15, Child $10, family $40 to cover the cost of catering on the Christmas Fare

BYO drink and a small gift per person – for Kris Kringle ($5-$10 value)

Dressing up is optional

RSVP  by 10 July (preferred method, click the link)

or email Lauris Stirling

MT LOFTY AUTUMN BUSH SERIES #2 Sunday 15th April 2018

A great new area, West of Redesdale. Discovered by Rex Niven and mapped by Alex Tarr.

The event was a great success thanks in particular to : Course setter Rex Niven

Event adviser Russell Bulman and Organiser Ron Frederick.

IT team : Geoff Hudson, Rob Edmonds and Don Fell.

Registration team, headed by Laurie Niven.

Toilet and trailer towers Ron and Rob.

Another 10 or so NE members who helped with parking, pre start, finish, control collection and general pack up.

The area is generally runnable, spur gully with isolated rock and some thicker bush in the South, well away from the shorter courses.

Weather unpleasant on the Saturday, when we were setting up. However, on the event day, we only had a very small amount of rain, with patches of sunshine.

Rex negotiated with an adjoining land owner to use one of her paddocks for parking.

Most participants gave favourable feedback. It was suggested that the area would be suitable for school groups and/or relays, as it is relatively small and surrounded by open farm land.

Mt lofty results


Hawkestowe Park MelBushO, Sunday April 29

Information Flyer has travel directions

Hawkestowe flyer

Course setter – David Prentice
Organiser – Laurie Niven
Any questions, call or text Laurie on 0434 291 248

Please contact Laurie if you can assist on the day. Club members to meet at 8:30am

Parking and assembly: Hawkestowe Picnic Area, near the brick and bluestone Le Page Homestead

This will be the first time we have been based in this Picnic Area, and it is the first time Parks Victoria has allowed orienteering access to the Morang Wetlands section of this map, for which we say a big thank you – it’s lovely up there. Come and see!

Four courses available – something for everyone
A Long Hard 6.4 km
B Short Hard 5.0 km
C Moderate 3.7 km
D Easy 2.4 km

Start any time from 10am – 11.30am

Orienteers Who Lunch— OWLs

OWLs are orienteers or ex-orienteers who meet for an annual mid-week lunch.
2018 Lunch
Just over two weeks to go! Thursday, 22 March.

Gather from 12.00 noon for a 12.30pm start.
The venue is the Gisborne Peak winery 69 Short Road, Gisborne South.
It’s a great venue – ask anyone who went last year.
Cost: $35 – includes antipasto, pizzas, salad, cake and serve yourself tea and coffee.
Barista coffee and drinks are extra.
Payment is on the day and late cancellations are not an issue.

Just register your attendance with

Laurie Niven –
or 0434 291 248 – send her a text or leave her a voice mail.

Woodlands MTBO


Woodlands Summer 75 #3 – Saturday Feb 18, 6 pm

Nillumbik Emus ran the event on a well loved Tuckonie map with the assistance of some TK members. With 53 riders gathered there was plenty of action around the assembly area. The Woodlands map has been updated with the 2 x 4 track system and some newly mapped areas. Keith Wade put a lot of thought into the course planning. Geoff and Schon Hudson set up the registration and results system on the clubs new computers. Geoff has developed a very user friendly and compact system with results going up on a screen and a small but powerful battery storage.

All was going well until John Gavens had a serious fall which required a rescue. Phil Giddings abandoned his course to assist and with another rider Gavin Thomas raised the alarm. Thank you also to Carolyn Cusworth for rendering assistance. Keith and Rob drove out and brought John Gavens back to base. He was driven to hospital but fortunately, though sustaining a badly strained shoulder, suffered no breakages or dislocations, as first feared.

Other club members present were Joyce Rowlands who got a bit lost finding the event site, Jim Glaspole who had a solid ride.,Jeff Hughes who assisted with packing up, Daniel Edmonds and Peter Maloney who collected some controls before dark after solid rides. Helen Edmonds helped put out controls and Ron Frederick helped set up and pack up. Phil collected some controls, getting in just before dark; but one control had to be collected next day. Thanks to Geoff and Schon for fetching it in.

Results of all Summer Series events Here

Woodlands results include Route Gadget

Rob Edmonds

Emus Online January 2017

joyce-with-broken-bike-ron-and-helenPictured above: Bill Johnson, Joyce and Russell Yeoman – Easter Day 2 near Warwick in Queensland in the 1990sCongratulations to Joyce Rowlands and Graeme Cadman on being recognised by the International Orienteering Federation for being the oldest Mountain Bike Orienteers in World Masters Competition, both being over 80 years old. Joyce is 84 and Graeme is nearly 86.

Pictured: Helen Edmonds, Joyce and Ron Frederick on the day Joyce lost the bike off the back of her car at Korweinguboora.

Nillumbik Emus – 2017 bush events (Foot and Mountain Bike)

Sat 18 Feb Woodlands Historic Park, Greenvale Summer 75 MTBO
Sun 02 Apr Little Forest, Ballan State Series (middle)
Sun 18 Jun Eltham Lower Park MelBush
Sun 02 Jul Brimbank Park MelBush
Sun 30 Jul You Yangs double-header AM VicBush (BK)
Sun 30 Jul You Yangs double-header PM State Series MTBO (NE)
Sun 27 Aug Kimbolton, Eppalock Adventure Series, Maxi
Sat 04 Nov Pilchers Bridge, Lyell Forest Adventure Series, Night Event (NE)
Sun 05 Nov Pilchers Bridge, Lyell Forest Adventure Series, Score (BG)
Sun 12 Nov Muckleford, Maldon State Series MTBO

The Summer 75 MTBO series has kicked off with a well-attended event at popular Lysterfield. Our club is organising the Woodlands event. Rob Edmonds is the organiser and Keith Wade the course planner and Geoff Hudson is looking after the scoring and event entry using our new O-Lynx touchscreen software and computers. Woodlands Historic Park at Greenvale is a terrific location with its many fun trails to explore on a summer evening. The start is on Oatlands Road Common, just past the historic homestead. Please be there by 5 pm for a 6 pm start. Enter on the day – register by 5.45pm. Fees: Adults $12, Juniors $6

All Summer 75 MTBO events have a “score” format with riders having 75 minutes to visit as many of the 20 controls as they can (or want to). This year’s Summer 75 MTBO events will use SportIdent timing, so make sure you bring your SI stick. If you don’t have one, we will have loan SI cards available.

The first Victorian State Series event for the year will be held on April 2nd. It was planned to run the event on our new Blackhill map, near Kyneton, but we have run into permission issues. The event is now listed to run on our Bunjil map, an old favourite, at Little Forest, near Ballan. Rex Niven is course planner and Steve Bird is the event adviser. We have already applied for an event permit from DELWP and have permission to use private property abutting the forest.

Anyone prepared to take on the role of event organiser? Please contact Rob Edmonds

We are also looking for volunteer organisers and course planners for the other events on the above fixtures. Please contact Robert Edmonds if you are able to assist in these capacities.

Easter in New Zealand 

The major event of 2017 is the Easter Carnival and World Masters which are being held in New Zealand. The Oceania Championships and Middle Earth events will take place around Auckland and Rotorua from 14-20 April. Standard entry date closes on Feb 28.

The fun continues with the World Masters Orienteering Championships (at World Masters Games) taking place from 21-30 April. Registrations for the World Masters close on January 31. The events will be held close to Auckland.

Rogaining kicks off with the CBD-Gaine – Inner Melbourne – Sun Feb 12

The Peninsula Metrogaine &Cyclogaine on Sun Mar 5 will be a very popular event.

Other coming events include

Sat/Sun Apr 8 – 9: 2×6 Hour Bush Rogaine (Saturday twilight 4-10pm)

Sat May 13: 12 Hour Bush Rogaine

Sat/Sun June 24/25: 6 hour Rogaine (Schools/Scouts Championships)


‘Why is it the same price whether you order the hard copy of the magazine or the online copy?’

The $5 is an arbitrary amount that should be considered with the whole membership fee and OV budget. $30 of the adult club membership fee also goes to OV and helps pay for the magazine. Last year, only 44% of households ordered the magazine which represented less than 30% of individual membership.  This year everyone contributes to the magazine.

OV and NE membership fees 2013 – 2017
NE club fee in brackets
Adult & Mag Adult NO Mag Junior & Mag Junior NO Mag Family & Mag
2013 $74   ($5) n/a $37   ($1) n/a $105    ($5)
2014 $74   ($5) n/a $37   ($1) n/a $105    ($5)
2015 $60   ($5) $30   ($5) $31   ($1) $1   ($1) n/a
2016 $60   ($5) $30   ($5) $31   ($1) $1   ($1) n/a
2017 $35   ($0) n/a $6   ($0) n/a n/a

Membership is now cheaper than ever. NE/OV adult membership is $35 and junior membership (under 21) just $6. It includes a subscription to the AO quarterly magazine, with a choice of hard copy or online PDF only. For those who join OV, club membership is free. Second club membership remain at $5.

Social membership remains at $5. Social Members are generally long standing members who no longer take part in events but are happy to help at events, join in social activities or just keep in touch through our newsletters. They may be in a family with active orienteers, but not active themselves.

People who take part in any OV sanctioned events are now expected to join a club and OV. Members who participate in park and street, can’t be social members only.

Please pay social membership fee direct to the club treasurer, Schon Hudson or membership secretary, Rob Edmonds. Social membership is no longer available online through Eventor.


Copperfield Rocks

Don wrote: There were 64 entries at Copperfield Rocks. I was very happy with the turnout as many of our people don’t travel far out of the Williamstown-Yarraville comfort zone.

Navigating my way by car through the streets was one of the worst experiences of my life – comparable to losing contact with the map in the middle of The Cascades!

Fortunately, it was much easier for the competitors on foot.

Anne Robinson wrote: An interesting new map “Copperfield Rocks” in Delahey for the Tuesday Western Summer series. Don Fell’s course setting provided more route choices than obvious at first glance and there were some close finishes and much comparison afterwards. The complex street network with pedestrian and bike access paths was a challenge in some ways but allows the locals to get out and about. Several orienteers commented on the numbers that were in the streets and parks and many gave us a friendly greeting. Not always the case!


Western Summer Series event 10/01/2017

copperfield-pasWestern Sunset Series 10-01-2017 –  Copperfield Rocks   ***NEW MAP ***

Course planner and Organiser Don Fell

The Western Sunset Series event will be based from the Delahey Community Centre on a new map which is quite a-maze-ing. Come on out to Delahey tomorrow (Tuesday 10 January) for a run or walk on a great new map in the Western Summer Series. Take advantage of the school holidays’ lighter traffic too.

Start is at the Delahey recreation reserve, with access from Copperfield Dr, Delahey. Melways 13 D5. Very accessible (graded “A”) for prams, kids on little bikes and scooters etc. Usual mass start time of 7 pm.

The event start will be adjacent to the car park between the Delahey Community Centre and the Copperfield Senior College.

The Copperfield Rocks event is an a-maze-ing new area for park-street orienteering. The pattern of curved streets linked by frequent small reserves linked by access paths could make navigation more challenging than in most park-street events.

Toilets will be available at the Community Centre.

This is the only new map produced for this seasons summer series events.