At the AGM on 1 December Andrew Skelton was elected as the new club president, with Ruth Farmer and Rolph Watson remaining as secretary and treasurer respectively. Voted on to the committee for 2020 were: John and Val Robinson, Lyndsay and Bev Shuker, Unni Lewis, Brian Long, Sarah Steele, Matt Pickering, Justine Edwards and Monique Harsant.
The following club members have had their applications to attend the camp accepted. Congratulations. Alicia McGivern, Kelly McKinnon, Tyler Halliday, Cameron Richards, Nathan Dowdall, James McGuire, Caitlyn Marx, Daniel Wood, Jed Moloney
AOS 10 at Tapapakanga Regional Park
95 Deerys Rd, Orere Point
Sunday 20th October
Start Times 10:00-12:30.
Course Closure 2:00 pm.
Directions: From Auckland take State Highway 1 to Takanini turnoff. Drive through Clevedon and Kawakawa Bay. Continue past Orere Point turnoff for a further 3km. Drive time is 60 mins from Newmarket.
From Pukekohe either drive through Papakura and Clevedon and then as above (62 min) or drive through Pokeno and Mangatangi and Kaiaua (56 min).
This is a NEW map.
It is a stunning regional park (established in 1995) that has spur/gully terrain with a mixture of open farmland and bush. There is a camping ground, BBQ facilities and a nice beach for swimming. The Start/Finish is beside the historic Ashby homestead, built in 1900. The contours are 5m intervals. The black impassable cliffs are definitely impassable. There are challenges for the elite orienteers and plenty to appreciate for the social orienteers. All will enjoy it.
A fun way for all family members – young and old – to explore the parks of Pukekohe. Grab a map and run/walk the courses. Start any time between 4:30pm and 6:30pm on Wednesdays.
First event 16 October at Pukekohe Park Raceway
Just before Christmas one of the club juniors, Lucy Harsant, went to a 4 day training camp at Rotorua for Intermediate School age orienteers. This is what she has written about the camp.
On the first day, we did 3 courses around the Tui Ridge camp, the first one was really easy and was like a warm-up, it helped me find my way around the camp a little bit better (I don’t think it was supposed to help with that but it did). Next, we followed a line course and there were 3 different options and each one was either easy, medium or hard. We could choose to go by ourselves or in pairs, I didn’t want to get lost and so I went with one of the other girls that I had met. My friend and I tried our hardest to follow the course, I think we did pretty well but then our time limit was almost up so we decided to cut it short and go find our way through the forest. Thankfully we found our way back to the camp with a few minutes to spare. Our third and final course for the day was a simple individual run around the forest, it was supposed to be a yellow course but it felt like a white so I finished it in about 15 minutes. Read more
One of our club members, Georgia Skelton represented NZ at the Australian Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships in 2017 in the Open Womens Grade and achieved top three places in two events. This was a remarkable achievement because she was only 15 at the time. She gave a talk about mountain bike orienteering at the AGM in […]
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