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
MapRun, a simple phone app which allows you to create and manage orienteering courses with minimal effort, no ground infrastructure etc that has to be set out and collected up, and almost no effort on the ground to plan courses.
Originally demonstrated to Victorians in 2015 at Westerfolds Park by its developer Peter Effiney, Maprun was trialled during the last Geelong and Surf Coast Summer Series. Initially events were run in parallel with the conventional punched card/control plates events. After the initial 6 weeks of experience the Maprun app has been significantly revised to provide a robust and reliable tracking tool. The final 6 weeks of the Geelong Series were exclusively Maprun events and this format has proved a huge success. The idea now is to develop a programme of MapRun events to run alongside our other events, targeted at non-orienteers, and those of us looking for something different to do on training runs or whatever.
We are presently running MapRun events in the Western Autumn Night Series coincident with conventional punched card/light pole controls courses.
It is a tool for urban and suburban environments – it is less reliable in the forest – but for those it brings a number of advantages over our current street series events: It doesn’t require special maps, courses can be planned almost wholly from your desk; and the phone app handles timing, scoring and results processing, so the planner/organiser has very little to do on the day.
We are looking at the best way to exploit MapRun as a means of attracting active people who are looking for something new to try. Meanwhile, as a taster of a new way of orienteering, the following images show part of my run last night in Footscray.
Post run reports include a RouteGadget report whereby other competitors’ routes can be compared and the event can even be rerun with graphical display of competitors moving around the course.
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.
Information Flyer has travel directions
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