SummerGong 2018

Wollongong Botanic Gardens

Come and explore the Wollongong Botanic Gardens for SummerGong 1










IKOs annual SummerGong Series is almost here!

This years series has been dubbed the ‘Explorer Series’ and will use a ‘treasure hunt’ question and answer format. Courses on offer are Long 6km, Medium 4km and a free Short course for kids 1-2km (under 12’s to be accompanied by an adult).


#1    Sunday 4 February, Keiraville (Botanic Gardens & Wollongong Uni) 10-11.30am

#2    Sunday 11 February, Bulli 10-11.30am

#3    Sunday 18 February, Balgownie 10-11.30am

#4    Sunday 25 February, Lake Illawarra 10-11.30am

Invite your friends, your family, and your workmates to come along and try orienteering.  Hope to see you there.

Southern Sydney Summer Series

The Southern Sydney Summer Series finished in December 2017 with IKO hosting two of the 8 events.  A big thank you to Kev Curby for organising the event at Monterey and to Margaret Duguid for the event at Rushcutter’s Bay.  32 competitors took part on the map at Monterey, a cool day but comfortable running on Kev’s well set course. Forty-one people participated on the inner eastern suburb map of Rushcutter’s Bay that had been extended to the west to take in the sights and delights of Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo and to challenge runners with the hill climb.  These 45 minute score events are well worth a try and a lot of fun.

Congratulations to Sue Froude and Nathan Ardren for coming in 1st place in their categories across the 2017 series.

Final Scores

Junior Men:  Cameron Will 4th

Veteran Men:   James Stuart 7th     David Green 10th     Philippe Donnadieu 13th

Legends Men:  Kev Curby 4th         Keith Jay 9th

Walking Men:   Nathan Ardren 1st

Super Veteran Women:  Sue Froude 1st

Legends Women:   Margaret Duguid 4th       Robin Donnadieu 5th


Merry Christmas!

A perfect afternoon for our last event of the year

We couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon for our last event of the year which started from the scenic Minnamurra Headland. Before and after their runs competitors could sit and enjoy the sweeping views over Jones Beach and Kiama Downs.  Thanks to Keith for setting the courses. It was a shame we had some technical hitches on the day, but most of us weren’t too worried.

It was great to see the number of kids turn up and give the mini course a go.  Philip W. took the honours for the Long Course, and Salme was quickest around the short course.

Thanks to Keith and Margaret for hosting a lovely Christmas buffet, and to everyone who came along to make the night enjoyable.

Merry Christmas !

See you at the Xmas 5 Days or in February at Summergong.


Last events of the year

Darling Point views to Double Bay

I hope everyone can join us for the last two events of the year.

This weekend (Sunday 3rd December) IKO is organising a Southern Sydney Summer Series event at Double Bay. Organiser Margaret Duguid is promising mesmerising harbour views, and interesting streets and laneways of Potts Point and Kings Cross to explore.  Sounds like a great way to spend a summer afternoon.

On Saturday 9th December it is our club christmas party !  Come along for a laid-back afternoon of orienteering around Kiama Downs, the home territory of the Jays and the Greens.  We’ll share our great scenery and coastal views, and if the weather is good there is time for a cool off at the beach or the Minnamurra River.  Margaret and Keith are kindly hosting a Christmas dinner for the club – bring along some Christmas food for the buffet.

Full details of events on Eventor.

View of Jones Beach from the start of the Christmas event

Welcome to new club members

Welcome to new club members Chris and Tara, and their children Isaac (13), Ella (11) and Isla (7). Chris and his family joined IKO in September and live in Stanwell Tops.

The family were introduced to orienteering in 2013 by their Grandad who is a keen orienteer from the United Kingdom.  He came to visit for a month and brought the family along to one of our local events.

Please say Hi and give them a warm welcome if you see them at any of our coming events.

And while I’m here, how good do our new club flags look?  Sensational!  Much thanks to Margaret Duguid for organising these.