Orienteering activities under Covid 19 – Orienteering NZ guidelines

As an orienteering club, we must comply with Orienteering New Zealand (ONZ) guidelines that have been released. The most recent guidelines can be found here.

Key elements of the Guidelines are below (key point is to avoid congregation in large groups)

  • Clubs not rushing in 
  • maximum of 100 people per football field is not comparable or suitable for orienteering 
  • no congregation of more than 10 people in one area
  • spread timings of congregation over the day
  • 2m social distancing
  • No contact with organizers etc

AOS 8 Event – Change of date

We have had to change the date of the AOS event to held on the Waiuku Forest North map. It will now be held on Sunday 23 August instead of 16 August

More Pukekohe orienteering courses

John Robinson has created three more no contact orienteering courses in Pukekohe at Rooseville Park. The instructions can be found here. The three courses can be found here and here and here.

Georgia Skelton – Mountain Bike Orienteer of the Year 2020

At the Orienteering New Zealand AGM (held remotely) on 15 April 2020, Georgia Skelton was awarded Mountain Bike Orienteering of the Year.

Georgia was selected to be a member of the NZ team at the Junior Mountain Bike Orienteering World Championship held in Denmark in July, 2019. She was 5th in the sprint race (podium result) and 11th in the middle distance race. Unfortunately she suffered a puncture in the long distance race and had to withdraw. In the massed start race she finished 7th, marginally behind the 6th placed competitor.

She also was selected to represent NZ at the 2019 Junior World Orienteering Championship (foot orienteering) in Denmark.

A great year for Georgia and congratulations on your award.

Pukekohe orienteering courses

Two no contact orienteering courses have now been created by John Robinson in Pukekohe at Colin Lawrie Fields.

The instructions can be found here.

The two courses can be found here and here

More Pakuranga/Howick orienteering courses

One of our club members , Llew McGivern, has created some no contact orienteering courses in Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, which will be set up for tomorrow and Sunday (2/3 May).

Location: Lady Marie Drive, Pakuranga. Parking is available in the carparks between the hockey club and Rugby club off  Lady Marie Drive.

Start/ finish location: is at the trees opposite the carpark next to the children’s playground in front of the Rugby club.

There are 6 courses ranging from hard to easy, and two sprint courses. The courses can be downloaded as pdf files from the Sancta Maria College Orienteering Facebook page

Please note that courses cross Park roads that may have traffic. Please be alert, and conscious – GIVE WAY to cars and vehicles. The idea here is to have an orienteering run in the safe environment of a local park during lockdown.

There is no manned start or finish. Start and finish at what ever time is convenient. You will need to time yourself. Should any control be missing, please feedback, as they are on public property. The controls are 5cm x 5cm printed Orienteering flags. The controls are only markers so there is nothing to touch or any symbol to write down.

Please feel free to let others know how you went, and what your time is – a bit of fun and running in the park!

Howick/Pakuranga O courses

Members of the club in the Howick area, the McKinnon family, have not been idle during the lockdown.  They have done a sterling job creating several orienteering courses in the Half Moon Bay area for people to enjoy. A Facebook group has been formed “HMB O-courses” where maps and info about the courses can be found. Click here. While this is a closed group you are all welcome to join it.

CANCELLATION of AOS 2 and AOS 3 on 21 and 22 March at Woodhill Forest

NWOC has just advised that the two AOS events to be held in Woodhill Forest this weeknd have been cancelled.

CMOC success at Katoa Po 2020

Katoa Po is an all night relay event held in Taupo each year. This year the event was on 14 March, and a CMOC team were placed third in the 5 man relay competition. Congratulations to Charlotte Wood, Oscar Vink, Daniel Wood, Jo Wood and Fenton Loveday on this achievement.

Postponement of School Sprint Grand Finals and Auckland Secondary School Championships

College Sport Auckland has advised that the School Sprint Grand Finals to be held on 29 March and the Auckland Secondary School Individual Championship on 7 May have been postponed.