NOL Weekend, March 13-14

The first round of the National Orienteering League is also doubling as the opening weekend of the Victorian Autumn Series. We will get to benefit from the chance to participate on some of the best terrains in Victoria, with 3 high quality courses over 2 days – all within 2 hours from Melbourne. Courses will be available to suit all ages and abilities, plus there’ll be coaches available if you’re new to bush or sprint orienteering, so don’t miss this chance to experience some incredibly enjoyable areas for orienteering.

Saturday 13 March (AM) – NOL Sprint: Gisborne Secondary College

Mapped by current student Sophie Taverna, the original map used as part of the Central Highlands Orienteers sprint series in early summer 2019 has been extended to include adjacent public land near the school. This event is jointly organised by Central Highlands and Yarra Valley Orienteering Clubs, with Ted van Geldermalsen (Course Setter) and Barry McCrae (Event Controller) promising to put on a fast and challenging opening sprint event.

Please follow event organiser instructions for parking and event access which will be available on Eventor, as certain areas will be out of bounds. Starts from 9.30am.

Saturday 13 March (PM) – NOL Middle Distance: Mt Alexander, Harcourt

This event by Bendigo Orienteers offers challenging courses set by Jim Russell over boulder-strewn granite slopes in an area of Mt Alexander used for Easter 2013 and a State event in June 2015. Start times are from 1pm, allowing time for travel and a snack after the NOL Sprint in Gisborne and a late lunch afterwards. There is a 1500m marked walk from the parking via the arena to the start for all courses, with most of the 100m climb towards the end of the walk. Although based at the mountain bike centre near Harcourt, only the shortest course crosses the mountain bike tracks.

Sunday 14 March – NOL Long Distance: Petticoat Gully, Creswick

Petticoat Gully in Creswick Forest was the location of the Australian Middle Distance Championships in 2015, the last major carnival to be hosted entirely in Victoria. The Creswick Forest is legendary for the incredible gold mining diggings and this event will be making use of some of the best parts of the map.

There will be the usual OV Autumn Series courses plus longer courses for the elite races. Eureka Orienteers is hosting this event, with courses set by Ian Lawford. The format is “long” but with good use of the detailed mining areas. Starts from 10am.

The sprint event will have three courses available, while the two bush events will feature the regular 5 Vic Autumn Series courses plus the option of a 2hour score course – more details are available here.

Entries are open via Eventor – you can choose to enter any or all of the events. Remember that the entry deadline is 11:59pm, this Thursday 4 March, so get your entries in quickly. Some of Australia’s best campus, granite and mining areas await you – so head to Eventor now!

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