Gwynneville event coming up on Saturday 13 May

The next local IKO event will be on Saturday 13 May at Gwynneville in Wollongong. Starts are from 2-3pm. If you haven’t run on the Gwynneville map you will be pleasantly surprised – it is a hidden gem. Newcomers are very welcome and club members will be on hand to provide guidance. For details on the event go to .

Run down on State League # 3 event at Belanglo 29 April 2023

Despite continuous rain throughout the day 90% of competitors who had pre-entered the NSW State League #3 event turned up to run in the middle distance event in the Belanglo State Forest organised by IKO. The courses, complete with spectator control, were set by Ken Mills who also took on the task of turning on all 45 controls prior to the 12 noon start. The shorter courses were set in the native forest with its distinctive rock features, whilst the longer courses also included some legs in the pine forest. In spite of being soaked to the skin there were few complaints from the runners at the finish – apart from those of us who had difficulty locating the termite mounds which were now grey rather than their usual red-brown colour. Check out photos on our Facebook page. Results are available from With club members pitching in to pick up controls and pack up some very wet gear after the event we were soon negotiating the, by now, very slippery dirt road out to the highway and a welcome dinner at the Sutton Forest Inn. The following day  David and Vicki were kept busy drying off all the wet gear.

State League events Southern Highlands 29 & 30 April

IKO is organising the State League #3 middle distance event in Belanglo State Forest on Saturday afternoon the 29th of April. Starts are from 1-2pm. See details on Eventor.  Whilst pre-entry is encouraged there will be a limited number of enter on the day courses available.  Ken Mills is setting the courses so dust off your O shoes and be prepared for a for an interesting forest run and a chance for those new to orienteering to try out bush orienteering. There will be club members at hand to guide you on your way.

On Sunday morning 30th April the Southern Highlands Occasional Orienteers are organising the State League #4 long distance event at Soapy Flat near Mittagong. See details on Eventor. Why not make a weekend of it and stay overnight in the Southern Highlands or at the ONSW Belanglo Forest Hut – bookings should be made through Orienteering NSW.

Club members able to help out at the IKO event on the Saturday should email .You will be able to run a course as well as volunteer.

METRO LEAGUE starts next Sunday 23 April

The Metro League is the annual inter-club orienteering competition for greater Sydney metropolitan clubs. The series is run from March through until August/September with events conducted on one Sunday morning per month. Teams of five compete against each other. Courses are of a Moderate (Division 4-6) or Hard (Division 1-3) standard and a variety of distances. Most people finish within an hour.

Illawarra Kareelah Orienteers (IKO) combine forces with Southern Highlands Occasional Orienteers to form teams that run in 5 Divisions.We are looking for runners to enter divisions 6,5,4,3 and 1 for the first race of the 2023 competition at Mitchell Park, Cattai, this coming Sunday. For event details and entries go to

Note: Pre-entries close at 12noon Saturday 22 April.

New members are especially welcome to come along and find out what it’s all about. If you would like to run in a team contact our Club Captain James Stuart at Otherwise turn up and compete in one of enter on the day courses that will be available.

2023 Illawarra Map Running Series final event

The final event in the 2023 Illawarra Map Running (IMR) Series was held on the Figtree map on Sunday morning 19 February. There was plenty of route choice and those cunning runners who chose to avoid the hills and conserve their energy in the morning heat by keeping to the flat ground were the winners. Check out our Facebook page for the maps and courses. See results in Eventor. Congratulations to those competitors who competed in all three events and have received an offer to free membership of Illawarra Kareelah Orienteers for 2023.

Thanks to Ken and Helen Mills for organising an enjoyable event.