Free Weekend Bush Training – Police Paddocks, Sunday November 8

To give Melbourne orienteers some much-missed bush orienteering, we’re offering four free training sessions during November.

Pre-entry via Eventor is required for these four training sessions.  Entry for Police Paddocks will open on Sunday November 1, and close on Friday November 6, or when the maximum of 60 entries is reached.  Entry to the other three sessions will open one week ahead of each session.

These sessions will operate under the OV Covid-Safe Return to Sport Plan. Entry conditions apply – details on Eventor. Please read the OV Participant Guidelines before entering.

Each event will have two Line courses (5 km and 3 km), and a Score course. Police Paddocks will have an additional 7 km (Long Hard) course.

The events are divided into two separate timeslots – 10.30-11.15am, and 11.30am-12.15pm.  When entering, you must choose one of these two timeslots at the same time as you select your course.  You must arrive, check in, and start your course, within your timeslot. Only 10 people will be allowed at Registration at any one time.

Control locations will be marked with hanging tapes, or permanent course markers at Brimbank Park.  These events are self-timed and there are no published results.  There are no toilets at the venues.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Summer Series Starts Up From November 2

Good news at last – Melbourne has finally moved to Step 3, and sport is allowed once again! Below is a summary of which Summer Series will start when, and what will happen under Step 3, which came into effect in metro Melbourne from October 28.  The 25 km restriction applies for events until November 9; after that, all Victorians can participate in any event.  Pre-entry is required for all orienteering events in Victoria.

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR A SUMMER SERIES EVENT

Entries are open two weeks in advance of events.

  • Go to this link: PARK STREET SUMMER SERIES 2020-21
  • Look for the Google Sheet called PARK STREET SUMMER SERIES SIGNUP SHEETS
  • Find the tab that corresponds to the event/s you want to come to. Please avoid clicking on the “+” symbol (this creates a new blank sheet)
  • Choose one of the timeslots, and enter your name in one of the 10 boxes for that timeslot.
  • Signup sheets are locked as vacancies fill, to protect entries already made
  • If you need to change or withdraw your entry after the tab is locked, email voa@iinet.net.au
  • If you want to be waitlisted for a full event, email voa@iinet.net.au (no guarantees)
  • Entries close at 3pm on the day of the event, even if there are vacancies.  If you need to change or withdraw, or wish to enter, contact us on 0409 135 020

STARTUP PLANS PER SERIES

  • Mondays – first event on November 2 at Endeavour Greens (metro Melbourne)
  • Tuesdays –  first event on November 3 at Seaholme (metro Melbourne)
  • Wednesdays – first event on November 4 at Bellbird Dell (metro Melbourne)
  • Thursdays – subject to later announcement
  • Geelong – first event on Thursday October 29 (regional Victoria)
  • Mornington Peninsula – first event on Sunday November  15 at Rye (metro Melbourne)
  • Macedon Ranges – first event on Wednesday November 25 at Macedon

Guidelines for participants, organisers, course planners and scorers are now available here, including:

  • Pre-entry and timeslots
  • What to expect at events
  • QR code checkin
  • Season pass arrangements

Missed an event? Get the maps for Anytime use here

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SUMMER SERIES:   www.vicorienteering.asn.au/summer

  • How to find events and download the fixture
  • What happens at an event
  • Changes to event dates and locations

Melbourne City Race Moves to March 2021

The next Melbourne City Race will be on Sunday March 21, 2021 – rescheduled from November 2020, so that we can deliver all we promised, hopefully without too many restrictions in place.

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.

You’ll have a chance to warm up on Saturday March 20, with a Park Prologue.  This will be a colour park map, with location and format to be announced.

Pre-entry will be required, and entries will be open on Eventor in early 2021.  Discover Port Melbourne from a new point of view!   www.melbournecityrace.com.au

Summer is Coming

As winter comes to a close, we’re starting to think about Summer events. The new orienteering fixture is in place, and we’re ready to roll with park street events just as soon as we get the official go-ahead for community sport.

To download and print the fixture, simply head to www.vicorienteering.asn.au/summer.  Click on the image to open a high quality pdf, which you can download and print.  This page will also be the place to find out everything you need to know for events from October onwards, including any changes to dates and locations, and guidelines for participants as we operate under our Return to Sport plan.

See you soon!!

MapLink and DIY Map Library – Here for You During Lockdown 2.0

All organised orienteering events have been suspended from July 8 until further notice, for any residing in metropolitan Melbourne. This means Park Street Winter Series events, MelBushO events, the RMIT Sprint Double, and all other orienteering activity, will not take place until restrictions allow organised sport to resume again.

However, individual outdoor exercise is allowed, as long as you manage hygiene and social distancing, and do not travel outside the restricted area of Melbourne. We have two great ways to keep you actively orienteering, and connected to your sport.

MAPLINK  https://www.vicorienteering.asn.au/maplink

MapLink is there for you –  the MapLink Library now has almost 100 Park Street courses, right across Melbourne, with new courses added every week.  You can complete as many courses as you like, where you like, in your own time frame. We have an online self scoring system and a Facebook page to keep you connected.  You can help by setting a course, sending it to voa@iinet.net.au, and letting us share it with everyone.  Find out more about Set-Send-Share.

DIY MAP LIBRARY https://www.vicorienteering.asn.au/resources/diy-library/

We have over 100 previous maps and courses already set up, ready for you to download, print, and use in your own time frame. You’ll find a great selection of park street, sprint, MTBO and bush maps – including DROC’s own Map Archive, Bayside Kangaroos Maprun library; most Park Street maps from 2019 and 2020 (and some golden oldies from way back); a great selection of sprint training maps from Fredo and Mikkel, and some Sprint Into Spring, Vic Autumn Series and MelbushO maps.

We also have a special offer for club members.  You can request a digital copy of our Permanent Course maps, which will be emailed to you.

Stay safe when exercising:

  • If you’re feeling unwell, stay home.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before leaving home and as soon as you return.
  • Exercise by yourself or with household members, or with one other person outside your household.
  • Avoid contact with others.  Stay at least 2 metres away.
  • Avoid touching surfaces such as fences, gates etc. There is no need to touch the object where the control is.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Make sure you stay within the Melbourne metropolitan area, if that is where you live.

Orienteering Is On The Way Back!

Fantastic news – orienteering is coming back soon!  From Saturday July 4, Park Street resumes competition, with a restart set for the Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Series. Meanwhile, Preseason sessions will continue right through until July 1st.  Find out more about the return of Park Street Orienteering, and sign up for a free Preseason session here. We offer three events every week, and 3 20-person sessions per event.

Bush orienteering will restart in late July, subject to landowner permission. We hope to kick things off on Sunday July 19 with 2020’s first MelbushO at Police Paddocks, however this is still subject to confirmation.  Find out about plans to restart MelbushO

If you would like to brush up on your bush orienteering skills before then, come along to one of our training sessions, at Cardinia Reservoir on Sunday June 21, or Brimbank Park on Sunday July 5.  Each training day has three separate 20-person sessions – 10am, 11am and 12pm.  You’ll receive a printed map, and you can choose to do a 5km or 3 km Line course, or a 60 min Score course. These sessions are free of charge, but you MUST pre-enter on Eventor.  Use the links below to sign up.

Cardinia 10am – full     Cardinia 11am – enter here     Cardinia 12pm – full

Brimbank 10am – enter here     Brimbank 11am – enter here     Brimbank 12pm – enter here

ORIENTEERING VICTORIA RETURN TO SPORT UPDATES

DROC Map Archive

To help you keep active and stay local, DROC has created an archive of past maps.  These are available for individual exercise only, and are not to be used for organised activity of any kind.

Some of these maps date back many years. Maps were correct at the time, but may no longer be an accurate representation – use at own risk!

DROC Map Archive

BikeO 75 at Silvan, Sunday March 22

Grab your mountain bike and get ready to explore the Dandenong Ranges with a map!  You’ll have 75 minutes to visit as many controls as you can on two wheels, using the tracks and trails in and around Silvan Reservoir and Dandenong Ranges National Park.  What an amazing way to spend the morning – navigating amongst the spectacular tall timbers!

There is no need to pre-enter – just come along ready to ride, with starts between 10.30 and 10.45am.

Important information for competitors – please read this article.

Start and Finish: Eagle Nest Picnic Ground, Eagle Nest Road (off Silvan Road), Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Riders have up to 75 minutes to visit controls on the supplied colour map. You choose which ones to visit and which way to get there and back. Each control is worth 20 points. 10 points penalty per minute for those longer than 75 minutes.

Entries: Enter on the day – register up until 15 minutes before the 10.30am start time. Fees: Adults $10, Juniors $5.

Map boards and Sportident e-sticks:  available for loan.

Find out more

Orienteering Events and Covid 19 – March 16 Update

COVID-19 IMPACT ON ORIENTEERING EVENTS – PARTICIPANT GUIDELINES FOR VICTORIAN PARK STREET EVENTS  March 15 2020                                                                                          

Orienteering Australia has shared guidance on conduct of orienteering events with States and clubs. Orienteering Victoria has adopted the competition guidelines below, and we have already posted them on our website and Facebook page.  These guidelines take effect at all Park Street events from Monday March 16 2020, until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and follow guidance provided by OA for safe and responsible conduct of events.  We expect conditions to change quickly, and will be ready to respond and communicate accordingly. We strongly encourage you to visit the OV website regularly (www.vicorienteering.asn.au) for updates.

Victorian Park Street events

Fixtured events will continue as normal unless/until we are advised otherwise, or unless landowners withdraw permission.

However, the Awards Night and BBQ on Wednesday April 1 will not go ahead; instead we will have a short informal prizegiving (series certificates and Championship medallions) immediately following the event.  The dinner planned for Tuesday March 24 will also not proceed.

Guidelines for competitors

You must not come to any Australian orienteering event or activity if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • If you are unwell with a cough or fever or other respiratory symptoms. This is particularly so for people who have recently travelled from overseas.
  • If you have been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 until 14 days after having contact with a confirmed case even if they are completely symptom free.
  • If you have returned from or transited through a listed higher risk country (currently mainland China, Iran, Italy, South Korea), until 14 days after leaving the country.
  • If you are undergoing COVID-19 testing until you have received your results.
  • If you have been advised to stay at home by a health professional.

Precautions at Victorian Park Street events

  • Follow good hygiene practices, and provide your own hand sanitiser*
  • No catering provided or food for sharing with others to be brought. BYO drinks, snacks, cups etc
  • No presentations, or results displays at events
  • Maps will be placed on a table for competitors to pick up individually, rather than being handed out
  • Volunteers on the finish table, and scorers, will wear gloves when handling control cards
  • Briefings will be kept to a minimum.  Participants should register quickly and move away from the table while they wait for the start

** It is currently not practicable for event organisers to provide hand sanitiser or other protective measures for individual participants. Volunteers handling multiple control cards will be provided with gloves.

Debbie Dodd; Margi Freemantle

Orienteering Victoria Park Street Committee Co-Chairs

Melbourne Sprint Weekend

Phew – just finished another fantastic Melbourne Sprint Weekend!  Six races in six days, including a World Ranking Event, the Australian University Sprint Champs, a bush sprint, a sprint relay, and a 4 stage knockout sprint. Hectic is an understatement!  DROC took on the job of Race 4 at La Trobe University, with Ian Dodd as course planner, Debbie Dodd as event director, and a huge crew of enthusiastic club members who ensured everything ran to plan.  The Relay was first, followed by the individual race, and pressure was on to place the controls, build the arena, run the two events, and pack up and hand over to the next team.

Check out Ian’s Race 4 Feature Leg Analysis where he shows the route choice options on his pick for best leg of each course.

Ian and Debbie were also responsible overall for Finish and Results, while Pam King, Ilze Yeates and Peter Dalwood looked after Registration and Information for the three days.  Asha Steer was kept busy handling the Under 25’s competition. Peter Dalwood also made a huge contribution by updating the map for Deakin University.

DROC had a massive contingent of competitors at each race. We had five club members representing Victoria in the Relay – Asha and Lanita Steer, Peter Hobbs, Sarah Davies and Sally Barlow.  We also had good results in the overall standings, with a win to Sally Barlow in Senior Girls, third place to Damian Spencer (M40), 5th place to Helen Walpole (W40), 4th place to Janine Steer (W50),and 4th place to Ilze Yeates (W70).

Overall Results

Head to our Gallery for a bunch of fantastic photos!