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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.

Volunteer of the Year 2022

Steve Holloway receiving his award from Ken

Congratulations to our very own Stephen Holloway who was awarded the honour of Volunteer of the Year for 2022 by Orienteering NSW.

The award was passed on to club President Ken Mills who presented it to Steve at our recent AGM in Wollongong. The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a member/s who are recognised for meritorious service to the sport of orienteering in NSW.

Making orienteering visible in the general community in the Illawarra region, Steve has been paramount in initiating and implementing hands-on workshops at Wollongong and Thirroul libraries to attract newcomers.  These successful 2-hr workshops offer the public a chance to experience orienteering instruction via a video then a hands-on demo course, followed by a course in the nearby local area.  More library workshops are being considered for this year. 

Steve also provides coaching in local schools to support their orienteering programs and is an invaluable and pro-active member of our club.  Well done Steve, we appreciate everything you do for our club and our sport!

River and Bay Series Events #4 and #7 coming up

Yarra Bay Sunday 20th November

Why not head up to Botany Bay this Sunday and enjoy the stunning views as you run around your course and cool off afterwards with a dip in beautiful Yarra Bay. Meet at Yarra Recreational Reserve, Kooringai Avenue, Yarra Bay. Starts are from 4 – 5pm. Details are available on eventor. Pre-entries via eventor are encouraged, enter on the day registration will be available.

Final event of River and Bay series – Chifley

Sunday 11th December

Join us celebrate the final IKO event of the year at Chifley, near La Perouse. Meet at Chifley Sports Reserve (off Bunnerong Road), Starts are from 4 – 5pm. Details are available on eventor. Pre-entries via eventor are encouraged, enter on the day registration will be available.

Big weekend of orienteering – 12th/13th November

BERRY –  Saturday 12 November 2022

Come and join us orienteer around the picturesque historical town of Berry on Saturday 12th November.   Meet at Mark Radium Reserve, Victoria St. Starts are from 2.30 – 3.30pm. For more details on the event go to Eventor

Did you know that Berry was originally a private town belonging to the Coolangatta Estate and owned by Alexander Berry? Why not visit the Berry Museum and find out more about the history of Berry before you head off on your course.


For those living closer to Sydney the 3rd RBOS event will be held at Gough Whitlam Park – Bayview Avenue, Earlwood on Sunday 13th November. Starts are from 4 – 5pm. For more details on the event and to pre-enter go to Eventor

Make a weekend of it – check out Berry on Saturday and head up to Earlwood on Sunday.