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May 2012

NOSH Day is Coming!



Pre-entries have closed but you can still enter on the day at Lindfield Oval from 8:30AM. The Enter-On Day entry fee is $30. Please bring cash as we will not have EFTPOS facilities on site. Still struggling with transport? Try leaving a message on our Car Pooling page.

Check out the NOSH page for complete information on the event, including: event maps, the event programme, course notes and instructions for on the day. A starting list of pre-entries, including bib numbers can be found here.

The Start Line

The start line is approximately 700 metres from the oval so you should allow a minimum of 15 minutes to get from registration to the start. There is one mass start so we ask that runners position themselves at the start according to their expected race pace to minimise the crush. There will be signs up at the start indicating where runners and walkers should expect to stand. If you are expecting a time of under 75 minutes you may wish to get to the start line a line earlier to ensure you are up the front. Bear in mind your trail pace will be slower that your road pace. The expected winning time is 60 minutes.

The Course

The race course is 15km long, with only two small paved sections: across Roseville Bridge and in Forestville. There are 9 marshals along the course and water stations at 6km and 12 km. The course is marked with  Red and White  barrier tape, with tags along the track and at junctions and a few barricades in the trickier-to-navigate sections. There is also  Yellow and Black  caution tape in a few places where there are low branches and slippery spots. NOTE: These will be removed up to the 6km mark at 11:15AM; up to the 12km mark at 12:30PM and up to the finish at 1:30PM. St. Johns Ambulance will be at he finish line to provide first aid for any injuries.


Presentations will be made for running categories at 12PM and walking categories at 1PM.

We hope to see you all on race day!


Results: MetrO League 3 - Oatley Park

Bennelong has again flexed it's orienteering muscles and achieved three wins from three at this week's MetrO League. The new map at Oatley park made good use of he limited space, with coverage up and around the marshlands to the north. At the council's request courses were kept close to trails to avoid too much bush bashing. That meant that speed was important, and was not getting distracted and missing that boulder just off the track that has a control hidden behind it! Course times were down from the typical 40+ minutes with most runners in the 30-40 minute range. We again were able to fill all of our teams and had a pretty good allocation between the divisions. In Division B Garingal's Daniel Hill and Toby Wilson took the first two places, but Bennelong's strong team performance brought us the win, with all of our runners achieving times of 34-37 minutes. Division C had runners reasonably well grouped too, with Rodney our lead runner scoring a sizeable 9 points followed 26 seconds later by Terry with 8 points. Division D had a strong win with a good lead on Uringa. Julian had an excellent time of 29:25 followed by Peter Thomason in 30:44. The times were again quite close, with David, new to our club this year achieving a time of 32:54 and scoring 6 points! Well done everyone!

  Division B          
  Win! Bennelong Northside 29 Garingal Monitors 26  
  Division C          
  Win! Bennelong Northside 29 Illawarra Kareelah 26  
  Division D          
  Win! Bennelong Northside 35 Uringa Falcons 20  


Coalfields Classic Wrap-Up

The coal dust has finally settled and we can now all reflect on our adventures at the Coalfields Classic! It was a great suite of orienteering events over the weekend in the Newcastle-Hunter region and being both a State League and National Orienteering League weekend the crowds were both numerous and talented!

The weekend kicked off with a Saturday morning sprint event around the Newcastle University campus. The campus provided a maze of different buildings with tricky stairs to navigate and many gardens to avoid. With a gully running through the middle of the campus the course was split in to three main areas with footbridges providing the best way to join them up without climbing the contours. Bennelong Northside fronted with a contingent of 8 ready to battle the students and their backpacks around the campus.

Results: MetrO League 2 - UWS Kingswood

Bennelong has again done well in the MetrO League, winning two of our three divisions. The course had easier navigation than the first round at Cecil Hills, being mostly around buildings and across open parkland. To compensate, the distances were increased and this favoured the faster runners with some exceptional times being recorded. Thanks again to our new members we were able to fill all of our teams even with Gordon being out due to injury and the Bluetts taking on the ACT champs in Canberra.

  Division B          
  Loss Bennelong Northside 26 Garingal Molochs 29  
  Division C          
  Win! Bennelong Northside 35 Garingal Skinks 20  
  Division D          
  Win! Bennelong Northside 40 Southern Highlands 9  


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