Hutt Valley and Wellington, 28/29 Apr 07
See How They Run...
Martin Peat has assembled the files to play an animation of the Thunderball and Vic Uni
Runners have to put in their routes for this to work, but a number have done so already.
Check it out
here. As usual Alan Horn who ran the sprint timing has uploaded the split
times to Winsplits.
And there are some
photos from the Vic Uni sprint on the Wgtn OC website.
Paying at the Gate
Thanks for your cooperation at the gate - here's a bit of
background to this move, which might well become
more common. And we may need your help around local-body election time as we
campaign against GW's park fees.
Long Results 29 Apr 07
Among the concrete relics of WW2, Carsten Jorgensen and Tineke Berthelsen took
today's wins in the last event of the 2007 Superseries. Jorgensen was 3min clear
of Mark Lawson and James Bradshaw, with another 5min back to Bill Edwards.
Berthelsen was 6min ahead of Penny Kane and Lizzie Ingham.
The W21E course was also
M21A for the simultaneous OY, and John Robertson was the best of the OYers 3min
further back. In addition to the elites there were 160 in the OY, perhaps because
it was also the opener in the Collegesport Wellington orienteering series.
A good field which bettered all of last year's OYs, especially coming after
dismal weather the previous day.
Sprint Results 28 Apr 07
In an area 300 X 200m Jamie Stewart and Lizzie Ingham won this morning's sprint at
Thunderball Adventure Games near Lower Hutt. Bill Edwards and Simon Jager were the
only others within a minute of the leaders.
The courses traversed in turn a tire obstacle area, labyrinth of tracks in a green area
with junctions every few metres, the tires again and a brief respite in some more
normal riverbank tracks. The labyrinth again, and finally the oil-drum obstacle area.
After the elites had run the courses were open to the orienteering public, and HV's
John Robertson has perhaps staked a claim to Central Magic membership with a time
ahead of half of the elite field. And daughter Laura could easily have contributed
to Magic's fortunes - she would have been third!
Ingham won again this afternoon on the Vic Uni campus with Tineke Bethelsen 16sec behind.
But Ross Morrison was over a minute and a half clear of Bryn Davies and Carsten Jorgensen.
The university was classic urban terrain - complex building shapes with passages
between; canopies, steps and stairs; impassable barriers; and some "forest" in the form
of an old cemetery.
Mick Finn was the fastest of "the others", in fact he beat Bill Edwards who was second
in the morning.
Updated 26 Apr 07
Met Service weather forecast for Sat is for rain though the max is still 15 deg.
MetVUW forecast shows the rain band tracking over the NI more to the south than
previously, but clearing on Sunday. It may still be wet early in the day, so please note
the remarks about the narrow road approach to the OY (dead slow) and the exposure
of the venue - it's a potential windfarm site.
Latest changes: Morning sprint notes about how the map will be presented.
OY course lengths below. The climbs are all 5-7%, this is not a flat
area like your coastal sand-dunes. Plan your initial speed accordingly. Spikes will be
invaluable - but the pasture is really clean so gaiters will not be required.
Previous addition: Start times for SS competitors, hazard warning
added for morning sprint
Before that: Mapper's notes for morning sprint; parking advice for afternoon sprint.
The return to the ammunition-bunker part of
Belmont Regional Park with an expanded
and updated map has been bolstered by two sprint-distance events into a weekend package
which will be the final Superseries round for 2007. Superseries competitors will
but entry is open to all others on the day as usual.
Saturday starts with a skirmish on a
tiny but incredibly detailed area with unusual features, near the Hutt River.
The battle continues in the afternoon with a second sprint on the Victoria
University campus. The Sunday event which is also
(Collegesport series) is on steep
farmland characterised by many small marshes and the unique concrete buildings.
Unique to BRP that is, each of the 60 buildings looks just like the rest!
Details including an embargoed area follow. This page is subject to updating as
more info comes to habd - see date above.
Sprint One - Let Battle Commence
An area and probably type of land use never before used for orienteering - its a paintball
venue. There are open areas with piles of tires, and other areas with groups of 44gal drums.
The most challenging part is bush with labyrinth of tracks, junctions only metres apart.
One course for all - Superseries senior and junior and all-comers. EWT 12min for M21E.
- Map to sprint specifications, will be 1:2500 to enable circles
to adequately describe features in detailed areas. Mapper Michael Wood.
- EMBARGO. The area between the Hutt River and SH2 (from Manor Park Rd to Liverton Rd)
is out of bounds to all who intend to take part, with the exception of Mary Huse Grove which
is a residential street. Exceptions may be given for genuine business reasons.
- HAZARDS. Some shallow trenches (about 300mm deep) which have been dug for underground
wiring, have not yet been backfilled. You will run alongside one early in the
course and another one near the end. They are easily crossable but keep an eye out.
- Planner Michael Wood, Controller Mick Finn, Club OHV.
- Course length 2km (for all).
- The map is A5 but you will be given two A5's back-to-back in a minigrip bag.
One side has the first part of the course, the other side has the second part of the
course. You can look ahead if you want to - and if you have any spare attention:-))
Course descriptions on one side of the map only, loose descriptions available just
prior to the start
- Location: signposted from SH2 at Manor Park Rd. This is just north of the
SH2/SH58 (Haywards) traffic lights.
- Registration from 8:30am; elites will run from 9:30; others to follow.
Enter-on-the-day partcipants bring your SI card; if you don't have one we'll time
manually and trust your honesty. Course closure 11:30 sharp - we must vacate by 12 noon.
- Entry fees $8/$4, non-members +$2 (Remember that pre-entry did not require
payment and have your entry fee ready when you register.)
- Maps will be pre-marked with the course. Punching system Sport Ident.
Sprint Two - Guerilla Warfare - Urban Jungle
Sprint orienteering was essentially kicked off by the "Park World Tour" which extensively
used urban terrain in European capitals, with squares, stairs, many paths and steps.
Campus terrain is very similar with quadrangles, canopies, pass-throughs and many small
gaps between buildings. Victoria University is as good as they come, evolving over
a century on a steep site.
One course for all - Superseries senior and junior and all-comers. EWT 12min for M21E.
- Map to sprint specifications, will be 1:3000 to enable circles
to adequately describe features in detailed areas. Contour interval 5m. Mapper Malcolm Ingham.
- This area has been used for orienteering many years ago. The previous
map (so old that it's black and white) may be on display at the event, but there have been
so many changes that it will be of historic interest only. The area is not embargoed.
- Planner Chris Ingham, Controller Malcolm Ingham, Club WOC.
- Course length 2km (for all).
- Location (download map): enter the campus via the gate off Kelburn Parade just to the south of
Glasgow St. Parking is immediately on the left. Parking is free - ignore the meters.
The Start/Finish is in the Quad, signposted from the parking.
- Registration from 1pm; elites will run from 2pm; others to follow.
- Entry fees $8/$4, non-members +$2
- Maps will be pre-marked with the course.
Punching system Sport Ident
The OY - Bunker Mentality
OHV has been orienteering in the bunkers area of Belmont Regional Park for 30 years.
Striking views from the tops extend over Hutt Valley, Wellington and Porirua, and the
ammunition bunkers give the area a surreal character. Mostly clean
farmland offers 360-degree route choice, involving minimising of climb. There are some
gentle areas on the divide between the Hutt Valley and Porirua basin. The best farmland
terrain within an hour of the capital. Standard OY courses, with special arrangements
for Superseries and Collegesport competitors.
- Standard eight
- For senior Superseries competitors only: there is a
course 0 for M21E with a winning time of 80-90min; with W21E on C1 which is
designed for a male OY competitor to win in 65min.
(We assume M and W21E competitors will prefer superseries points to OY points:-))
- For junior Superseries competitors only: M and W20 competitors will be on courses 1
and 2. WOA members will be elegible for M and W21A points as usual.
18-year-olds will have to decide whether they want to chase superseries points
(enter C1 and C2) or OY points for which the courses are C2 and C3.
Academic now as there were no junior SS entries.
Collegesport competitors your coach will advise the course to enter.
- Course lengths:
- C0 Red Extra-long (non-standard course for M21E pre-entered only)10.1km, 650m climb
- C1 Red Long (W21E pre-entered, M21A) 7.3km, 500m
- C2 Red Medium (M-18A, M40-A, W21A) 5.7km, 410m
- C3 Red Med-Short (M-16A, M50-A, M21AS, W-18A, W40-A) 4.4km, 240m
- C4 Red Short (M60-A, M70-A, W-16A, W50-A, W60-A, W21AS) 3.4km, 220m
- C5 Orange Medium (M-14A, M-OpenB) 3.9km, 200m
- C6 Orange Short (W-14A, W-OpenB) 3.2km, 180m
- C7 Yellow (M-12A, W-12A, Open Yellow) 2.8km, 150m
- C8 White (M-10, W-10, Open White) 1.9km, 120m
- Maps for superseries competitors (who must pre-enter) will be premarked
with the course. Maps for others (enter on the day) will not have the course;
you will copy it from master maps immediately before starting.
- Map to standard IOF specifications. Completely revised and more than doubled
in size. Mapper Michael Wood, assisted by Peter Bakos and Nic Gorman.
Pictures and mappers' notes...
- Terrain - steep farmland characterised by many small marshes and unique concrete buildings.
Significant climb. Part of the area is covered by the
"Belmont Bunkers" map
(col 1:10,000 5m ltd update 2001 from 1986 mapping)
which will be on display at the previous day's events. The area is not embargoed.
- Planner Pat van Berkel, Controller Gavin Scott, Club OHV
- Location: signposted from SH2 via Hill Rd. The Hill Rd turnoff is about 1.5km NE
of the Melling junction and railway terminus. Note that the upper part of Hill Rd, and the
access road on the farm are narrow with
blind corners, extreme care is required.
Although now owned by the regional council, the area is a working farm. In addition
to possible farm traffic, Transpower is working on transmission lines.
Heavy vehicles may be using roads through the area, even on a Sunday. This won't pose a
problem to runners as they will be slow and audible, but cars must expect opposing traffic
around every corner. Parking must leave clear access for wide vehicles. We may have
a parking marshall.
- Standard orienteering rules as on the WOA calendar: No dogs, no smoking, and leave gates as you
found them. The person who opens a gate must remain to close it. This responsibility
is not transferable to persons or cars following.
OHV policy is that whistles are required for non-urban events.
- Weather: on a good day the winds are exhilerating. On a windy day in the valley
it's a gale up there. In wet weather exposure is a real risk especially if you are
immobilised by eg a twisted ankle. Bring a thermal layer and a windbreak layer.
In adverse weather the controller will prevent inadequately-clad people from starting.
- Registration from 10am; starts 10:30 to 1:00pm; pre-entered elites will have times allocated
in the early part of the period. Punching system cards
- Entry fees $10/$5, non-members +$2.
In addition there will be a gate charge of $5 per vehicle at the park entrance. This will partly
recover the regional council fee. It is being collected in this way to encourage car-pooling.
- Superseries competitors are required to pre-enter; the entry form is available
However money is not required until the day, we rely on your goodwill not to enter frivolously.
Your pre-entry will help us enter electronic punching data and allocate
- All three events carry full Superseries points; and they will be the final events
in the 2007 series.
- Enquiries Ph 565 0164