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

MapRun

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.

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Route Gadget

Whitten Oval Course A routes 22-05-2018

Don Fell

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

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.

 

 

NightO ‘Champs’ and ‘Morning After’

Archived Entry: Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Night Orienteering “Champs”, Mia Mia

Saturday, 22  November 2014

3 Hour or 90 minutes       Mass start at 9:00 PM

Come early and bring your BBQ!  (subject to fire restrictions)

  • Overnight camping is available at the assembly area
  • We’re using control cards for manual punching so you may like to bring a card holder.
  • You’ll need a head torch.
  • Free soup and refreshments at finish

2 Hour “Morning After” Score Event

Sunday, 23  November 2014

Mass starts at 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM

To enter one or both events, either enter online using Eventor or contact organiser or enter on the day

Entries are due by Wednesday, 19th November.

Organiser:  Ron Frederick, 0418 994 841 ronfrederick29@icloud.com

Entry fees: If you have entered the Night Champs, no further payment is required for the ‘Morning After’ event.

OV Members: $20 adults; $10 juniors; $50 family maximum

Non-members: $30 adults; $15 juniors; $75 family maximum

Travel Directions: From Castlemaine take B180 towards Maryborough and Newstead. 2km after passing through Green Gully and approx 1km before Newstead turn right (north) onto Mia Mia Rd and follow O-signs north to assembly area.