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SL 10 & 11 – the WRAP

Salme shows us how its done at UOW










I can hear the collective sighs of relief all around now that SL 10 and 11 are over.  Sleepless nights and early mornings were all part of the experience for the organisers and course setters. Great organisation by Keith, David and Kev, and great course setting by Natalya, Vicki and Simon.  There were some lessons learned with some people saying the State League courses were too easy at Cataract, while the easy courses could perhaps have been a little easier.  On Sunday Simon thought his sprint courses were maybe a little long, but it was such a great venue and everyone enjoyed the day that I don’t think anyone noticed!

On Saturday at Cataract we hosted 126 competitors in the State League event (including 8 EODs) and 121 children in the Schools Champs.

On Sunday we had 138 competitors in State League (including 15 EODs) and 113 children in the School Champs.

There were more than 70 different schools represented in the Schools Championships. Greenwich Public School took the honour of Champion primary school, while a continuing strong presence saw Knox Grammar once again take out Champion secondary school.

Channel 9 News turned up to the University around midday on Sunday to interview Ian Jessup and three of the children. All the kids spoke very well about the weekend and what they like about orienteering – what a great experience for them all!  Ian, our media guru, did a much better job than any of us could at selling the sport. If you live in the Illawarra be sure to keep an eye out tonight at 6pm on Channel 9.

Ian Jessup explains the sport of orienteering to Channel 9 cameraman










There were lots of positive comments about the new Wollongong Uni map, and the vibe in the grassy glade where we all assembled was very happy and relaxed.  Easy access to coffee and good food was a definite bonus!

For photos from the weekend see our new Photo Gallery page where you will find an edited down version of those already posted to Facebook.

Ken did a great job of keeping the starters under control

Australian 3 Days in Wagga Wagga

Lots of colour in Murraguldrie State Forest on Day 2 of the carnival

A great time was had by all at the Australian 3 Days orienteering carnival at Wagga Wagga.  A strong contingent of IKO club members were in attendance, both competing and helping the Waggaroos to run the event.  Wagga turned on its best winter weather with sunny 18 degree days making running in the forest quite enjoyable (even for those of us who don’t run!).

Day 1 was on the picturesque property of Connorton where an uphill finish chute provided great spectator views for the arena on the adjacent hillside.  At Murraguldrie State Forest on Day 2 there were plenty of boulders and some very long legs to be navigated. A very convivial dinner at the Riverina Hotel brought us all together on Sunday night before one last sprint around the University campus in the morning.

15 club members competed at the event in which scores are accumulated over the three days. Congratulations to Salme for being overall winner in the W45AS.  Special mention also to Chris Wilmott for collecting the Silva award for Services to Australian Orienteering for his significant contribution to mapping.

Thanks to everyone that helped out over the weekend with packing, unpacking, and helping out in the administration and finish tents.

There are plenty of photo albums on ONSW Facebook.  See the gallery below for some photos of our club members in action (thanks to Ian and Clare Jessop) and some other photos taken by Dayle.

Australian 3 Days 2017



Summergong Week 2 Results

Summergong 2 at Thirroul attracted quite a crowd.

Its been a SIZZLING start to this year’s Summergong with heatwave conditions adding an extra challenge for competitors in both Event 1 last week and Event 2 today.

Event 1 at Wollongong attracted 15 competitors/groups with the day being won by Simon who collected 540 points. Today at Thirroul there was a pleasing increase in numbers with 28 competitors/groups.  The cloud cover meant we avoided the worst of the NSW heatwave, and a cool change brought further relief towards the end of the morning. Philip collected all 600 points for a convincing win and is the current series leader.  The results for both events are on Eventor.  The cumulative point score can be viewed here Summergong point score – after 2 events

Thanks to Salme for once again hosting the club AGM which was held after  today’s event.  All previous incumbents were re-elected to their positions. Congratulations to Simon for being Club Champion for 2016.

A blooming good day at Belanglo

The wildflowers were out and so were the competitors at IKO’s major bush event of the year – State League 12 at Belanglo.  Natalya set some challenging courses which were enjoyed by some, but a little too long and rugged for others.  192 competitors braved the thick scrubby bush, and most made it back in one piece.

Results can be found here on Eventor and a gallery of photos from the day is below.

IKO competes in 2016 World Masters Orienteering Championships

Sue, Ian and Salme in the Palace grounds

Sue, Ian and Salme in the Palace grounds

The World Masters Orienteering Championships (WMOC 2016) is held each year for orienteers aged 35 years and older. This year they were held in the Baltic State of Estonia with the event centre in the beautiful city of Tallinn famous for its medieval old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The oldest competitor was a woman in the W95 age group.

Four IKO members joined the 3,500 competitors in Tallinn for the event which comprised three qualifying events and two finals (sprint and long events) held over 6th to 13th August. Competitors had the opportunity of running on two model maps prior to the events to familiarise themselves with the different terrain.

The competition commenced with a sprint qualifier on Sunday 7th August, held in the grounds of the Kadrioru Palace, the original building commenced by Russian Tsar Peter the Great for his wife Catherine in 1718, and later reconstructed into its current form by Tzar Nicholas 1st in 1817. The course took us through beautifully manicured Palace gardens and forested park. Everyone had a control on or near the Palace steps.

The Palace grounds

The Palace grounds

The area was flat and very fast with the finishers running down the track of the nearby athletic stadium cheered on by their friends in the grandstand.  After the race the IKO contingent adjourned to the cafe at the palace to get their carbohydrate loading for the sprint final the next day.

Salme relaxing with coffee and a few cakes.

Salme relaxing with coffee and a few cakes.

Two IKO members, Salme (W50) and Margaret (W70), had good runs and managed to make the A final in their respective age groups. Ian (M60) made the C final and Sue (W55) the B final – both in very competitive age groups.

The sprint final was held in the old medieval town of Tallinn where competitors had to navigate the narrow cobbled streets and laneways, dodging many tourists on the way, and making sure they had the right church (there were many) and alley ways. Unlike the previous day there was a hill on the map. It was a lot of fun and winning times were very fast. Even the winner in W90 only took 18:08 for her 1.04 km course.

Ian, Sue and Salme waiting to start in the final of the sprint race

Ian, Sue and Salme waiting to start in the final of the sprint race

There were two qualifying races for the long final in the forest areas 60 km east of Tallin. Only Salme and Margaret were brave (or foolish) enough to tackle the complicated marsh areas with the Froudes sensibly heading off to visit the beautiful Latvian capital of Riga. Day one went well with both runners making some mistakes but still pleased with their times. Whilst visibility was good in some areas the runnability was sometimes hampered  by fallen trees. Some of the course area was also used as a frisbee golf course which made for some interesting, but useful, navigation points.

Day two was much more difficult with everyone having to run through the marsh at some stage on their courses. Unlike Australian marsh northern European marshes come in various forms and range from marsh in forested areas with very soft terrain, to marsh with  thick undergrowth,  to bog with bad runnability and very bad runnability i.e. impassable.

Salme made it through to the final day but unfortunately was not able to finish her course while Margaret opted out after the 2nd qualifying heat, after not finding the second last control.

A number of Australians attended WMOC 2016 having varying degrees of success including Natasha Key from Victoria winning the W45 A sprint and long event finals. The full results are available from the WMOC 2106 website.

Competing internationally with orienteers of your own ages and similar abilities – they are not all champions – is a very enjoyable experience not only for the orienteering but also experiencing another country’s culture, scenery and their food. Yes we did try the reindeer.

WMOC 2017 is being held in and north of Auckland, New Zealand from 21 – 30 April following the Oceania championships 14 – 17 April. It is a good chance to have the thrill of racing in a large contingent of your orienteering peers and experience some of the delights of NZ.

Following are the IKO team results.

WMOC results 2016











With thanks to Margaret Duguid for this great report.