Melbourne City Race Weekend 2021

Get Ready to Race Again!

Discover Melbourne from a New Point of View

Saturday April 17, 2021 – MCR Park Prologue – Cremorne  Enter here!

Sunday April 18, 2021 – Melbourne City Race, Port Melbourne  Enter here!

City Races are long distance events in sprint style – complex urban areas, short legs, lots of direction changes and route choice – but over  3-10 km.  They feature colour maps at sprint scale, and Sportident/SI Air (SIAC) punching.

Warm up with our Saturday afternoon Prologue on the quirky Cremorne map – full of street art, pocket parks, and nods to the industrial heritage of this inner eastern suburb.  Explore the north bank of the Yarra with its many stairways and bridges. There are a number of public transport options including train and tram; parking at the arena is very limited so leave the car at home.

On Sunday morning, the 2021 Melbourne City Race heads to the seaside!  You’ll explore the best that Port Melbourne has to offer, including Beacon Cove, Station Pier, Bay Street and the famous South Melbourne Market.  There’s a maze of irregular narrow streets and lanes, perfect for navigating!  You’ll also enjoy an amazing array of architecture from quaint cottages and historic stone pubs, to multi million dollar apartments on palm tree lined boulevards. There are beautiful parks and gardens, and of course the foreshore, where you’ll taste the salty tang of fresh sea air! 

Take the Light Rail from the CBD (tram 109 from Collins Street near Southern Cross Station, to Graham Street, then a 5 min walk to the arena), or drive – there’s free parking within easy walking distance.   There are any number of cafes and lunch venues a short distance away.  Staying for the weekend?  There is a full range of accommodation in the city and suburbs, with great transport links to both races.

City Races have taken Europe by storm – now it’s Australia’s turn.  Don’t miss the chance to say “I was there in 2021!”

2021 Race Report, Results and Maps

The second Melbourne City Race Weekend was held in perfect conditions.  We welcomed competitors from ACT, NSW, Qld, Tasmania, and WA, as well as a strong contingent of local orienteers and a huge number of newcomers who wanted to be part of the action.

The Saturday Prologue saw competitors taking to the streets of Cremorne in Melbourne’s inner East; nestled between the Yarra River and Swan Street.  Barkly Gardens made a very picturesque arena.  The course held some tricks and traps for the unwary, and definitely required focus on the fine detail; the dreaded steps from the river up to road level got the blood pumping!

James Robertson, Ricky Thackray, and Toby Cooper were the top three on the Long course, with just 6 seconds separating first and second.  Fastest women on this course were Jayne Sales and Helen Walpole, who were only 12 seconds apart.  It was a Tassie invasion on the Medium course, with Euan and Sussan Best taking first and second, and local Ian Dodd in third.  Junior Maya Bennette held off JWOC honours team member Arabella Phillips, as the girls took fourth and fifth respectively.  On the Short course, John Gavens held off junior Joel Crothers by a tiny margin of 13 seconds, with Judi Herkes claiming third.

Our thanks to Eureka’s Bill Borrie for planning the courses, and to Bayside Kangaroos for loaning the map and equipment.

Results     Splits     Maps

Then it was on to the Main Event! The Port Melbourne race began fittingly from the northern lighthouse in Beacon Cove, with the bay in clear view.  Competitors took in Beacon Cove, Station Pier and the bayside trail, the Light Rail, Gasworks park, and the streets of Port Melbourne.  In true Urban race style, winning times were 30-40 minutes.   Congratulations to category winners Callum White, Tim Hatley, Alan Kuffer, Ashley White, Joel Crothers, Heather O’Donnell, Sarah Love, Sussan Best, Sonoka Miyake, and Lydia Stott.  Winners were presented with free entry to upcoming events in May, and all placegetters received a commemorative certificate.

Course planner Stuart McWilliam certainly found some interesting places to position controls, and a great mixture of short sharp legs where detail was important, and long legs where you just had to tough it out.  Again, reading the detail and planning ahead was needed in order to pick the best route choices.  Peter Dalwood produced another beautiful and highly readable full colour map at 1:6000 scale. Note that if you print it to use yourself, it is A3 size for all courses.

Results     Splits     Maps

Huge thanks to the team from Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club.  Planning is already underway for MCRW2022!

Melbourne City Race Weekend

Sat 17 April - MCR Prologue, Cremorne

MCR Prologue, Cremorne

A perfect warmup race in Cremorne beside the Yarra, in Melbourne's inner east

Date: Start Time:
Saturday 17th April 2021 2:00 pm
Start Location: Status Event Form:
Barkly Gardens, Cremorne - limited parking; please use public transport if possible Entries Open
Terrain Description

Urban parkland, complex street network and riverside trails

Available Downloads & Links
  • MCR Prologue, April 17 - Entries Now Open on Eventor until Tuesday April 13
    Enter now

Sun 18 April - Melbourne City Race, Port Melbourne

Melbourne City Race, Port Melbourne

The second Melbourne City Race heads to the seaside! Explore Port Melbourne, Beacon Cove and Garden City

Date: Start Time:
Sunday 18th April 2021 11:00 am
Start Location: Status Event Form:
Garden City Reserve, Port Melbourne - drive, or use public transport Entries Open
Terrain Description

Highly complex urban parks and streets in Melbourne's famous bayside suburbs

Available Downloads & Links
  • Melbourne City Race 2021 - Entries Now Open on Eventor until Tuesday April 13
    Enter now

Melbourne City Race 2019 Highlights Video

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Melbourne City Race 2019

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The Melbourne City Race is proudly brought to you by Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club, Orienteering Victoria, and supported by Orienteering Australia and Sport Australia.



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