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.

CourseClassSuggested Age Group for men and womenDifficulty
1OpenM21; M20; M35; M40Hard
2M2, W2W21; W35;W40; M16; M45; M50; M55Hard
3M3,W3W20; W45; W50; M60Hard
4M4, W4W16; W55; M65Hard
5M5, W5W60; W65; M70;M75Hard navigation; Physically easier
6M6, W6W70; W75; W80; M80; M85Hard navigation; Physically easier
7M7, W7Open B; W14; M14Moderate
8M8, W8W12; M12Easy
9M9, W9Novice; W10; M10Very 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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