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