Auckland Orienteering Champs 2019

LogoAuckland Orienteering Club invites you to join us this Labour Weekend for some high quality orienteering fun and competition, encompassing the 2019 Auckland Championships. This year the event will be contested over the three standard individual distances, Middle, Long and Sprint. The map for the Long is a new map of an area in Woodhill Forest that hasn't been orienteered on for many years. The Sprint area was originally mapped for WMOC 2017, but not used. Now we finally have a chance to use it!

ENTRIES are now open; click HERE to go to Enter-O.

Check out the list of entries here.

Punching System - Air+

The Auckland Champs 2019 will use a mixed punching system for all races, with SPORTIdent Active Card (SIAC) touch-free punching available in all races in addition to normal SI punching. Competitors can choose whether they use a normal SI card or a SIAC.

Competitors using the SIAC cards do not need to pause at the control to punch, they only need to pass very near to it (within approximately 30cm). Regular SI-Cards will still work like normal when you punch the control with one. Click on the following links to download more info.

SPORTIdent Information for Athletes

 

SIAC cards will not be available for hire at this event; competitors who do not own one but wish to use one are encouraged to purchase one online prior to the event.

 

Classes

Championship grades are available for M/W10A to 20A in 2 year age groups, open M/W21E and M/W21A grades, and M/W40A upwards in 10 year age groups. Grade eligibility is determined by your age on 31 December 2018.

Instead of offering B grades and Short grades, this year we are trialing offering open non-competitive courses that anyone can enter. For example, if you normally run 40AS, you can check the estimated course lengths for each event and enter the red course that suits you best. 

Children who need shadowing can enter the Open White course; however, parents or caregivers who accompany them around a course must complete their own course first

Details about course-class combinations for each event are listed below. Course lengths are approximate until closer to the event.

 

Middle - Saturday 26 October

Map: Muriwai Regional Park (updated)
Mapping Specifications: ISOM 2017-2 (as published January 2019)
Planner: Alistair and Joanna Stewart
Controller:  Martin Crosby
Starts: from 12pm
Old Map: Full area used as a middle in 2001 - as Percy's Delight

Expect lots of intricate detail, with terrain encompassing coastal pine forest and open dunes, varying from gentle sand dune terrain to some more rugged dunes. The mature pine forest areas are mostly fast running, with some areas of fallen branches and other small areas of recent windfalls. Open dunes have tussock, lupins, pampas and other vegetation, with other areas of bare sand. The map has some horse trails and 4WD trails in the forest, and a lot of 4WD trails in open dunes.

Preliminary Middle Course-Class information

Course Grades                       
Middle
EWT
Middle
Course
Length (km)
Grade
1 M21E
Open Red1
35 4.6 Red
2 M20A
W21E
Open Red2
35 4.0 Red
3 M18A, M21A, M40A
W20A
Open Red3
30 3.2 Red
4 M50A
W21A, W40A
Open Red4
30 3.2 Red
5 M16A
W18A
Open Red5
30 2.8 Red
6 M60A
W16A, W50A
Open Red6
30 2.6 Red
7 M70A
W60A
Open Red7
25 1.8 Red
8 M80A
W70A
Open Red8
25 1.7 Red
9 W80A
Open Red9
25 1.1 Red
10 M14A
W14A
Open Orange
25 2.3 Orange
11 M12
W12
Open Yellow
21* 2.0 Yellow
12 M10
W10
Open White
21* 1.7 White

* Estimated median finish times

Long - Sunday 27 October

Map: Mushroom Rd East (new)
Mapping Specifications: ISOM 2017-2 (as published January 2019)
Planner: Dave Crofts
Controller: Jeff Greenwood
Starts: from 10am
Old Map: Previously used in 1991 - as Czechoslovakia

A new map of an area not used for years. A mix of steep terrain with some gentler areas, erosion gullies, typical Woodhill sand-dune features of knolls and depressions. Mature pine trees with clear runnability over about 75% of the map. Some pampas grass and some minor areas of wind-fallen trees also. A few horse trails.

Preliminary Long Course-Class information

Course Grades                       
Long
EWT
Long
Estimated
Length (km)†
Grade
1 M21E
Open Red1
80 ~9.4 Red
2 M20A
W21E
Open Red2
70 ~7.0 Red
3 M18A, M21A, M40A
W20A
Open Red3
60 ~5.7 Red
4 M50A
W21A, W40A
Open Red4
55 ~4.5 Red
5 M16A
W18A
Open Red5
50 ~4.1 Red
6 M60A
W16A, W50A
Open Red6
50 ~3.7 Red
7 M70A
W60A
Open Red7
50 ~3.5 Red
8 M80A
W70A
Open Red8
45 ~2.7 Red
9 W80A
Open Red9
45 ~2.0 Red
10 M14A
W14A
Open Orange
45 ~3.5 Orange
11 M12
W12
Open Yellow
35* ~2.6 Yellow
12 M10
W10
Open White
35* ~2.4 White

* Estimated median finish times
† Estimated lengths provided to aid course-entry decisions, based on past events on similar terrain. Final lengths will be confirmed closer to the event.

 

Sprint - Monday 28 October

Map: Wynyard Quarter/Viaduct
Mapping Specifications: ISSOM 2007
Planner
: Alison Comer
Controller: Guy Cory-Wright
Starts: from 10am

Originally mapped for use at WMOC 2017 but then shelved due to logistics, we have finally found an opportunity to host a Sprint in the Wynyard Quater/Viaduct Basin area. Newly updated, this map offers an interesting contrast to the campus and park maps often used for sprint orienteering in NZ. It offers an urban street network mixed with playgrounds and plazas - expect fast racing.

Sprint Course-Class information

Estimated winning time 12 - 15 minutes for all grades

Course Grades                       Estimated Lengths
1 M21E, M20A
Open Red1
4.0
2 W21E, W20A
M16A, M18A
Open Red2
3.3
3 W16, W18
M21A, M40, M50
Open Red3
2.9
4 W21A, W40, W50
M60
Open Red4
2.7
5 W60
M70
Open Red5
2.4
6 W70, W80
M80
Open Red6
1.8
7 W14
M14
Open Orange
2.7
8 W12
M12
Open Yellow
2.3
9 W10
M10
Open White
1.7

Embargoed areas

The following areas are embargoed.

Woodhill Forest
1) Northern end of Muriwai Regional Park from Telephone Track in the north to South Block Rd in the south.
2) Area bounded by Mushroom Rd to the south/west and Pulpit Rock Rd to the north/east.
Ak-Champs-Forest-embargo-area.pdf

Ak Champs Forest embargo area
 

Wynyard Quarter and Viaduct Basin
As this sprint map is in a public area, participants are allowed to enter the area but not for organised orienteering events or training.