Victorian Autumn Series – a simple guide on which course to enter

At the Victorian Autumn series, competitors are free to enter any course they choose.
Regular competitors probably know which course suits them best, but for some people a bit of guidance on which course is suitable for their age and physical ability is helpful. This is particularly so for people relatively new to orienteering, or for those who want to run a similar course to what they will get at major carnivals. Hopefully the guidance below will help.

Course Class Suggested Age Group for men and women Difficulty
1 Open M21; M20; M35; M40 Hard
2 M2, W2 W21; W35;W40; M16; M45; M50; M55 Hard
3 M3,W3 W20; W45; W50; M60 Hard
4 M4, W4 W16; W55; M65 Hard
5 M5, W5 W60; W65; M70;M75 Hard navigation; Physically easier
6 M6, W6 W70; W75; W80; M80; M85 Hard navigation; Physically easier
7 M7, W7 Open B; W14; M14 Moderate
8 M8, W8 W12; M12 Easy
9 M9, W9 Novice; W10; M10 Very easy

 

How to read the table:

Age groups show the upper limit of the age group for juniors and M/W21; and the lower limit of the age group for all others.

Open B is for people of any age who are still getting the hang of navigating, and Novice is for young beginner orienteers.

In the Difficulty column, Hard means both hard navigation and hard physically. Courses marked “Hard navigation; Physically easier” will still test your brain but are designed to avoid areas that may be difficult for less agile people. Very Easy and Easy courses are designed so children have ‘handrails’ all the way (very easy) or some of the way (easy) to help keep them on course.

Some events may also offer a score course. These are like a mini-rogaine where you visit as many controls as you like within a specified time.

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