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Come And Try It/Junior League - Orienteering at Thornleigh Oval

Interested in orienteering but yet to give it a go? Looking for something fun to do on a Sunday? Need a motivational push to get outside? Bennelong Northside Orienteers is hosting a Sunday morning event in the Lane Cove National Park/Pennant Hills Park area, starting from Thornleigh Oval. This is both a Junior League series event and a club event; It's all about fun and everybody is welcome! There will be courses of several difficulties and lengths on offer for entry on the day:

Very Easy is the easiest course and typically sticks around the park area at the event centre, attached to fences, signs and playground equipment. The course is suitable for young kids who want to do the course on their own without mum or dad's hand. You won't need a compass but its a great course to practice using one on if you are learning.
Easy ventures a bit further but all controls will be in the oval, along vehicle tracks or on walking trails. Again, you should be able to make it through without a compass but it can be fun to test out your bearings.
Moderate is the most difficult course on offer. It makes use of tracks and trails for getting about, but puts the controls up on features like on boulders, in creeks and in depressions usually up to 10 metres off the track. You might need to use a compass to work out which direction to head off the track to get to the control.

You can go as fast or slow as you like. At a single event we will often have mums and dads with bub in a sling, primary school-age kids racing ahead with mum and dad trying to keep up, teens sprinting around on their own, and grandma and grandpa out and about and taking in the scenery (and often with the quickest course times!). You can start the course at any time between 9:30 and 11 am. We will close the course at 1pm, which means if you are still out you must abandon your course and head directly back to the finish. Depending on your experience and speed it typically takes the professionals about 45 minutes to complete the most difficult course but those new to orienteering can take 2 hours. If you think you might need a while, please start at one of the earlier times. We will have club members at the event in force, so if you haven't been orienteering before or would like some tips on reading a map or using a compass please don't hesitate to ask any Bennelong Northside member for help. We love our sport and we love sharing it with others! Hope to see you there!

Course Setter: The course is being set by Michael Halmy.

Where: Thornleigh Oval, Thornleigh. On-street parking available in Ferguson Ave, or its just a 1km walk from Thornleigh Station.

Price: Adult entries are $13, with ONSW members receiving a $3 discount. Junior entries are $10 and sub-juniors (<13yrs) $8 (member discount $3). This event uses SportIdent for timing so bring your SI stick or you can hire one on the day. If you want to team up with a friend that's ok. Entry price is based on the oldest person in the group. Additional maps are available for $2.


Sunday 08 September 2013, 9:30am

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