The Saturday Orienteering Series is open to everyone! No experience is necessary and courses are ideal for anyone wishing to get some exercise and immerse themselves in a mini adventure. Both beginners and experienced orienteers are very welcome. Students, mums, dads, uncles, aunts, friends, grandparents: all ages can run or walk and enjoy the SOS.
Events are conducted for six weeks, each school term. ‘Summer’ is terms 4 and 1. ‘Winter’ is terms 2 and 3. All events are on Sydney’s north shore in well bounded areas and with no roads making these ideal events for all ages.
|29/04/2017||Bicentennial Park, West Pymble. Meet at the West Pymble Scout Hall (we recommend parking on Kamilaroy Rd and accessing the Hall from the walkway into the park).|
|06/05/2017||Cumberland State Forest, West Pennant Hills. Meet by the Visitor Information Centre and Cafe. There’s ample parking in the adjacent “overflow” parking.|
|20/05/2017||Seven Little Australians Park. Meet at the 1st Lindfield Scout Hall, Slade Ave, Lindfield.|
|27/05/2017||Twin Creeks Reserve, Turramurra. Meet at the park on the western side of Howson Oval, on Howson Ave, Turramurra|
|03/06/2017||Ingleside Scout Camp, Bloodwood Ave, Ingleside|
|17/06/2017||Lane Cove National Park, West Chatswood. Meet at the Koonjerie Picnic Area on the south side of the weir. Park inside the park for $8 or outside for free and walk in.|
|22/07/2017||Cook+Phillip/Hyde Parks, Sydney City. Meet by the entrance to the pool in Cook+Phillip. Arrive by public transport or park in the Cook and Phillip ($13) or Domain Carpark ($10).|
|29/07/2017||Gore Hill. Meet near the grandstand at Gore Hill Oval, Pacific Highway, St Leonards. It is a short walk from St Leonards train station or Highway bus stops.|
|05/08/2017||Normanhurst. Meet at the Normanhurst Scout Hall on Harris Rd by Normanhurst Oval.|
|26/08/2017||Baden Powell Scout Centre, Pennant Hills|
|02/09/2017||Blackman Park (conducted by Garingal Orienteers)|
Please check this web page or our Facebook page in the week leading up to the event for assembly details as there can be late changes.
Whilst some schools include the series as part of their Saturday morning sport offering, students are also welcome to attend independently of their school. Newcomers are encouraged to come along and try out the sport by attending any of the events. Whilst some students make it either their summer or winter sport and attend every week, students are also able to attend casually and only enter the events that fit in with the family schedule.
All events are on Saturday mornings in school grounds, parks and reserves around Sydney. The series is run during school term time.
At most events, 3 different courses are available to choose between. These are:
Score Course: For this course participants need to plan, navigate, run (or walk) and manage their time. There are 20 controls to find within a set time limit (usually 45 minutes). The controls are worth a variety of points, so there is strategy involved in deciding on the best return for time and energy before setting off. Anyone taking longer than the time limit starts losing points. On this course, the focus is on the personal challenge, making friends and learning some skills. Everyone ‘wins’ by finding at least a few controls, learning new skills and having a go. Entrants are welcome to head out on their own or team up for the course.
Short Line Course: On this course, the challenge is to find all the controls marked on the map in a set order. The course will be around 3 to 3.5km. The navigation is not too difficult for newcomers, however the finer challenges of optimising route choice and the need for speed and accuracy keeps the experienced orienteers on their toes. Orienteers are encouraged to tackle the challenge on their own but if they want to head out with friends or family then that is okay too.
Long Line Course: This course is similar to the Short Line Course but will generally be 4 to 5km long.
Electronic (SportIdent) timing is used for all courses and participants. Timing sticks can be purchased or hired at each event. They can also be purchased through ONSW partner AussieOGear.
The series is conducted in association with Bold Horizons partner, Orienteering NSW.
Registration is from 9am and starts are any time between 9.30am and 11am. We encourage those heading out on the score course to start as a group at 9.30am but later starts are also welcome if you don’t manage to arrive by that time (no stress – this is about having a go, getting some exercise, meeting friends and enjoying the morning!). Courses close at 12pm – this means that you need to check back into the finish by midday.
Entry is at the event. However if you are bringing along a group of more than 5 we ask that you please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to look after you. The best contact is Barbara – email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0418 270 476.
Entry cost is $10 for orienteering club members with their own SPORTIdent timing sticks or $15 for non-members hiring sticks. Cash or cards are accepted.
Urban maps with distinct boundaries are used.
All runners check in and out.
Live GPS trackers are available on request.
Barbara Hill, Series Coordinator.
Mobile: 0418 270 476