Victorian Sprint Champs Round Off a Successful 2023

The 2023 Victorian Sprint Championships, hosted by Yarra Valley Orienteering Club, were held on November 26 at Whitefriars College, Donvale.  The map was first used for the Knockout Sprint Final of the 2022 Melbourne Sprint Weekend.  Set on a considerable slope, with many oddly angled buildings compressed into a small space, the map is a nicely challenging sprint venue.  DROC had a strong contingent taking part, and we certainly looked impressively colourful in our new race shirts, gathered under our new club flag.

After competing in the Championship races, many of us had another go in the fast and furious Mad Dash, which was heaps of fun with its small group mass starts and head to head racing.

Here are our winners and placegetters – congratulations!

  • First Place and Victorian Champion:  Janine Steer
  • Second Place:  Asha Steer
  • Third Place:  Pamela King, Debbie Dodd, Sally Barlow, Helen Walpole, Ian Davies

Visit our GALLERY for some photos.

Melbourne City Race, Docklands, 19 November 2023 – It’s A Wrap!

Melbourne City Racers were joined by internationals from New Zealand and Canada, and interstaters from NSW, SA, QLD and ACT.  And for some, it was their first ever orienteering race.  The weather was absolutely perfect, and the waterside arena was a picture, as we all decided which yachts we’d like to sail away on.

Course planners Peter and Ilze Yeates made fantastic use of the multiple levels of The District and other places with stairs – but my favourite controls were the larger-than-life elephant’s trunk emerging from the concrete, and the upside down cow tangled in tree branches!  Sprinting along the final Promenade was pretty cool too, and the spot prizes were also a hit!

We hope everyone enjoyed this year’s edition of the Race.  There were certainly some close finishes.  Results and split times are on Eventor, and you can add your route to Livelox:

You can view the maps here

Head to our GALLERY to see DROC members in action.   And you’ll find even more top shots here – thanks to our roving photographers Frankie and Damian.

The 4th Melbourne City Race took us back to where it all began, at Docklands.  We had a brand new start location in the north of the map, which meant everyone was able to tackle the multi-level mayhem of The District, and explore New Quay, Waterfront City, Marvel Stadium and Victoria Harbour.   Adventure abounded, with a newly updated map, and a choice of five courses from 3 – 10 km in length.

The 2024 Melbourne City Race will take place on Sunday November 17.  As in previous editions, you’ll use a full colour, highly detailed map to navigate your way around your course.  Sportident controls will be in Air mode for rapid racing.

Find out more:

Check out the highlights video from the first MCR at Docklands


DROC Summer Shorts, Sunday Mornings, October and November

So what’s a Summer Short?  A new series of short distance, fast-paced, family friendly orienteering events, held on Sunday mornings in October and November.  Think of them as long sprints (rather than short bush) – lots of controls, varied leg lengths, route choices, and many changes of direction.  Winning times are approx 20-25 minutes; most people can expect to complete their course in 30-40 minutes.  Find out more about Summer Shorts – click here

Click here to see the Summer Shorts Maps

Results – Jells Park

Results – Lillydale Lakeside

Results – Tatterson Park

Results – Waverley Stadium

Race 1 at Jells Park successfully kicked off the new Summer Shorts series, with some classic Park orienteering to get things started. The verdict was unanimous – Summer Shorts are fantastic fun for everyone, and we want more!

Race 2 at Lillydale Lakeside stepped things up a notch, with some campus and other buildings featuring on Course 1 and 2.  Unfortunately we were asked to relocate one control so courses had some last minute adjustments.  It was fantastic to see so many kids and families coming along for their first go at orienteering, eager to get in some practice before the upcoming Primary Schools Championships.

Race 3 was at Tatterson Park in Keysborough, featuring the notorious Tree Maze!  Courses required focus and concentration as competitors tried to untangle themselves from the compact and confusing woodland section, before looping through the larger park and surrounds, and finishing with a final burst of complexity.  Fantastic to see so many people returning from previous weeks, and putting their new-found skills into practice!

Race 4 was the Grand Final at Waverley Stadium.  Our attention switched from park to urban orienteering, using the highly complex, concentric network of small streets and open spaces that surround the iconic oval and grandstand.  It was a great way to get your mind and body into top shape for the upcoming Schools and Sprint Championships, not to mention the Melbourne City Race.

Here’s what we offered:

  • a great selection of full colour maps
  • three action-packed, fun courses, with something for everyone from newcomers to top sprinters
  • designed for fast thinking, with lots of controls, direction changes and route choices
  • choose your own start time and course
  • Sportident electronic timing, in Air mode (Sportident stick loan included in entry fee)
  • low entry fees; enter online to go into our random prize draw!
  • Kids Run Free at DROC!  Anyone aged 16 or under can enter at no cost; 17-20 year olds pay half price
  • Coaching and assistance for newcomers, and a family-friendly outdoor activity; no limits on age or ability, and no previous experience or special equipment needed

Look out for an expanded Summer Shorts program in October-November 2024!

Vic Champs Weekend Success

DROC had a great weekend at the recent Victorian Orienteering Champs.  The Middle Distance and Long Distance events were held at Mt Alexander, near Harcourt.  The map features (a lot of) granite, and some seriously steep slopes, which really tested the mettle of those on longer courses.  The areas closer to the arena are more open and with fewer contours; ideal for shorter courses.   The weather was perfect, and it was beautiful to be out in the forest with the sun shining.

At the end of the weekend, DROC had several new Victorian Champions, and more podium placegetters!  Congratulations to:

Vic Middle Distance Champs:

  • 1st Place – Pamela King, Matthew Maunder
  • 2nd Place – Elijah Spencer, Helen Walpole, Chris Klep, Damian Spencer
  • 3rd Place – Lanita Steer, Peter Dalwood

Vic Long Distance Champs:

  • 1st Place – Pamela King, Chris Klep, Simon Rouse
  • 2nd Place – Elijah Spencer, Ian Davies, Ray Scaddan
  • 3rd Place – Damian Spencer, Debbie Dodd

Challenge Yourself at an EndurO, Saturday July 22, Vermont South

We have our first EndurO for 2023 coming up on Saturday July 22, at Bellbird Dell in Vermont.  It’s a 40 control Score course, with a 120 minute option for Runners and Power Walkers, or a shorter 90 minute Run option. Start between 1.30pm and 2.00pm.  Double the map; double the points; double the time; double the fun – but the price remains just $5! Start location is the Vermont South Community Centre, Livingstone Road.  Bring your phone to use MapRun.

Enquiries:, or 0409 135 020.

Vic Bush Series Double Header, June 10-11

Two great bush orienteering events on the same weekend, and really close to Melbourne! Come along to both, and enjoy the competition, the outdoor environment and Victoria’s great orienteering terrain. Everyone is welcome. Courses are available to suit all abilities from beginner to experienced. Coaching, assistance and gear is available to newcomers.

The Granite Hills map is compact but has it all: giant boulders, detailed quarry workings, beautiful open forest and stunning views of the Melbourne CBD.  The Gellibrand Hill map is fast and fun: open forest, grassy slopes, and scattered rocks on flat to undulating terrain.  There will be a mid-course map flip to mix things up, with a change of map scale to keep you on your toes

Please pre-enter online to ensure you get a map on the day.  Entries close for both events at 11.59 pm Wednesday 7th June. There will be entry on the day while (limited) map stocks last.  All pre-entered competitors go into our random prize draw on Sunday!

Catering (toasties, cakes and cans of soft drink) will be provided by the Victorian Junior Squad, as a fundraiser. We’ll have TV screens and Live Results to add to the atmosphere.  Bring your club tents and flags, and add colour and excitement to this great weekend!

Saturday’s event is brought to you by Melbourne Forest Racers, and Sunday’s event is hosted by DANDENONG RANGES ORIENTEERING CLUB.

Lyrebird Award for Best Junior Girl Goes to Sophie Taverna

DROC has made the 2023 Lyrebird Award to the most outstanding Victorian junior girl, Sophie Taverna. Sophie will use the award to assist with her travel to JWOC in Romania in July, where she is first reserve for the Australian team.  Sophie is not only a top junior elite, but she contributes to orienteering on a number of levels, from mapping, to course setting, to organising.  DROC congratulates Sophie and wishes her every success with her orienteering and travelling.

Vic MTBO 2 at Kurth Kiln, Gembrook, Sunday May 21 – Online Entry Now Open

Online entry is now open for the next event in the Vic MTBO Series, which will be at the scenic and historic venue of Kurth Kiln in Gembrook.  The kiln was established in 1941 to mass produce charcoal as an alternative fuel to petrol due to rationing during WW2.  Enjoy the challenge of navigating on two wheels, amongst the tall timbers.

Arena:  Kurth Kiln picnic ground, Beenak Road, Gembrook.  Toilets and picnic facilities available.  Please bring and carry your own water.

Start and finish times:  Registration opens at 9.30am.  Courses 1-4, start any time between 10am and 12 noon. Score course (2 hours), start any time between 10am and 10.30am.  Courses close at 2pm.


  • 1 – 27 km
  • 2 – 21 km
  • 3 – 15 km
  • 4 – 9 km
  • Score – 2 hours

Courses 1-3 will have two controlled road crossings. Please read the Information Flyer for full details. You will also be briefed at the Start.

Online entry:  now open; entries close on Wednesday 17 May.  A small number of maps will be available for on the day entry.


You will need a SIAC stick. Loan sticks will be available for an additional $3 – please select SIAC HIRE as a Service when entering online.