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  • Last minute news re SA Long Champs:  Start draw.

    Signs will be in place from the Bri Glen camp site (turn left as you exit onto Mallett Rd on Sunday Morning) and as you enter from Wonna Rd (turning East just after Whyte Yarcowie and travelling past the Hiles Lagoon). From the Mallett Rd/ Wonna Rd intersection travel  approx. 200m. Enter at the gate on the right side of the road (signed) and follow travelling North along the track  and then through gate following tapes and signs approximately to the east. (total distance about 3.5km) Please follow parking instructions

    Please be aware that the ground is very rocky.  Wear shoes appropriate for this.

    There will be unmarked animal tracks.  There will be holes in the fences, which can be used for access.  These are mostly marked on the map as breaks in the fence.  You may also be able to cross under the fences at some creek crossings.

    Pre allocated start times have been assigned to all runners in the championship event.  Plan to be at your start at least 5 minutes prior to your allocated time due to the 4 minute start cycle being used.

    There will be a 650m pink taped route to the start for courses 1-10 and a 500m yellow taped route to the start for courses 11-12.

    All starts allocated to course 11 and 12 will be shortly after 10am.  Be ready to walk as a group to your start with a helper. The group will leave from Registration area at 0945.

    Limited entry on the Day is available until 1130 on course 11, 9 and 7 only

    The weather is looking as though it will be fine in the lead up to the event, which means that the track should be nice and easy for vehicle access in to the event assembly area. Please treat the farm track kindly and leave the gates as found. SA Junior team will sell drinks and toasted sandwiches at the Mulga Valley event as a fundraiser.

  • A reminder that entries for the SA Schools Relay Championships are due on Friday 17th Aug. Entry forms are available from the Schools Page
  • SA Champs Weekend 18-19th Aug: Burra. Entries are now closed on Eventor  for the SA Night Championships & SA Long Championships. Limited enter on the day/night courses will be available for both events. Scroll down for preview.
  • Don't forget to put your vote in for the course planners award for Marne Rocks & Pymton. Go to results for links.
  • The MTBO Score event on Saturday Aug 25th is cancelled and will now be available on Sunday Oct 21st run jointly with a foot orienteering event.

2018 - A big orienteering year in South Australia

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The early part of the year shows the continuation of the Friday evening Twilight Series which is followed by the shorter format sprint events in February. Being urban events these are great as introduction of orienteering to new comers, as well as providing opportunity for regulars to keep fit and practice basic orienteering skills. These events culminate in the SA Sprint Championships at Tatachilla College near Maclaren Vale

The Sunday event program commences in late March, with the following highlights

  • Urban series to further introduce orienteering to newcomers in May
  • Three events near Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges on the June long weekend
  • In August the State Long Championships and the SA Night Championships on the areas northeast of Burra used for the 2015 Australian Three Days

The main program ends with the 2018 Australian Championships and Australian Schools Championships. The full program can be seen by clicking this link.

The program begins with three events in the Riverland of South Australia, in reasonable driving distance for those orienteers who wish to drive from the Eastern states. The areas are approximately three hours’ drive from Adelaide. Two areas with unique terrain area are located in the eroded areas adjacent to the River Murray. One area Crooked Straight has been used for orienteering in the past (previous YA map), however the area has been completed remapped along with the nearby Weila Bunyip Reach map using high quality LIDAR data specifically acquired for the map production. Some of the terrain is shown below. These areas are to be used for the Australian Middle Distance Championships and the Australian Relay Championships respectively. The Australian Sprint Championships will be held on the Renmark Schools campuses on Monday 1st Oct (this day is a public holiday in SA).

crooked Straight terrain2

The events then shift to the Adelaide region, for the three days of the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships. The associated public events will provide the option for participants to enter three individual events or if entering all 3, a three day event.

The carnival concludes with the Australian Long Distance Championships and the SA Middle Distance Championships. The long distance event is the area of varied terrain comprising Gumeracha Goldfields. The area is spur-gully topography, but with mixed vegetation. Present are pine plantations from mature to younger pines, native forest often tending to be slower run, and some open areas. Rocky detail is common in the latter and some parts of the pine plantations. The native forest areas contain scattered gold mining areas. Route choice decisions will be the key for the longer courses at this event.

The final event which also concludes the 2018 NOL calendar, is the SA Middle Distance Championship at Keynes Gap. The area has been completely remapped based on LIDAR data. The terrain is mostly open farmland with large and extensive rock detail - shown below from the air.

Keynes Gap Aerial View

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