Our next event is approaching fast on Sunday 3 September. Yes, what every outdoor-loving Dad wants for Father’s Day this year is a trip to Appin to enjoy some scenic bushland along the Georges River.
This event is perfect for families and those looking for an easy introduction to bush orienteering. Georges River is a delight, and as this is prime koala habitat you might even spot a furry local if you are lucky.
IKO is hosting this event on behalf of Southern Highlands Orienteers as part of their annual Highland Forest Series. More information and entry here Highlands Forest Series #5 – Appin
After the event you can treat Dad to a pie from the Appin Bakery or a meal at the Appin Pub (both highly recommended).
Our next local event is on Saturday 12 August on our brand new map at Shell Cove. Come and explore the Hamptons of the Illawarra! OK, so I just made that bit up, but if you like water views and coastal real estate then this map should keep you happy.
The highly anticipated Shell Cove Marina is a brand new residential and marina development in Shellharbour. Away from the waterfront there’s lots of little pocket parks and wetlands to explore. Our starting point is a lovely playground a short walk from the marina complex.
There are 3 courses on offer – short, medium and long – and all provide a good mix of marina and parkland scenery. Our map maker has been hard at work perfecting the new map. Its quite complex and there are lots of pathways and tracks so please be gentle with us if you find something missing!
Afterwards we can retire to the Waterfront Tavern for drinks and dinner so please let me know if you’d like to join us (RSVP Dayle 0422 866 853)
IKO are organising the next Metro League interclub event at Yerambah Lagoon, Picnic Point on Sunday morning 25th June. All members are encouraged to attend. Anyone volunteering to help out on the day will be able to enter the event and run on the day, but you need to pre-enter and let our Club Captain James Stuart know. See below. Entries close at Midnight 24th June.
IKO and Southern Highlands Occasional Orienteers join forces to form teams that run in 5 Divisions – 1,3,4,5 and 6. (1- 3 are hard courses, 5&6 are moderate). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise turn up and compete in one of enter on the day courses that will be available. For event details and to enter go to https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/Show/18666
Organisers are busy preparing for the 2022 season of Summergong, now rebranded as “Illawarra Map Running”. The locations have been locked in with maps focussing on the south of the Illawarra this year, from Gwynneville to Minnamurra.
The annual series returns to a weekly format this year. Although it has a new name the aim remains the same as previous years – to provide opportunities for people new to orienteering to give the sport a go with some easy navigation around the streets, parks and coastal reserves of the Illawarra.
Three courses will be on offer each week – short (2km), medium (4km) and long (6km). Competitors will need to find the fastest way between each marked control on a map to complete the course and return to the finish a potential winner!
Beginners can participate as a group of family or friends, or test themselves individually. Help is always on hand from experienced club members to get you started. Our park and street events do not require a compass – if you can read a street directory or google maps then you can read an orienteering map!
Week 1: Sunday 30 January at Gwynneville Week 2: Sunday 6 February at Windang Week 3: Sunday 13 February at Shellharbour Week 4: Sunday 20 February at Minnamurra
Special Promotion! As for previous years we are offering a FREE CLUB MEMBERSHIP valid to end of 2022 for any non-members that complete 3 out of 4 of the events. Worth $60 for Seniors or $130 for a family!