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DIY Orienteering Thru the Summer, 7 Jan 18, updated 14 Jan
Low-key orienteering has been continuing over the Xmas break, with events on the riverbank (Melling to KG Bridge), Wainui Trail Park, and Belmont Regional Park. Today's course in picture-perfect conditions was on a rarely used corner of the Bunkers map, find the course here. The Wainui course used both the MTB-track maze and passable bush, and we've left the ribbons out for a re-run next Sunday. Find the course here. PS this course was enjoyed by a range of abilities so the ribbons will be left for a few weeks, except for a few close to the start.
High Participation Continues, 21 Dec 17
Noticed the high temperatures lately, its the heat from our calculator adding up the 2017 participation stats! For the last 3 years, we've been around 3000, that's 30% up on the 3 years before that. Brought to you by our VIP members - that's Volunteer Important Persons (listed). Not counted are our low-key U-Max activities, nice one last Sunday and another on 31st.
President Reports, 21 Dec 17
The AGM a couple of weeks ago returned the same committee and officers, and put up the subs by $5. After many years of free storage provided by members we're now paying for commercial storage for our gear. Thanks Scott family, and before that Maxwells, and before that.... Read the President's report. Ask the if you would like to see the financial report.
Laid Back Little Event, 10 Dec 17
Cooler temperatures today for a U-max at Naenae Cemetery. (The map has been taken off the website to give it "surprise value" in the future...) There will be another U-Max next Sunday and at other times over the summer.
Hot Race in City Centre, 7 Dec 17 (Added 8 Dec - 31 degrees!)
"The shady side" came into route choice considerations in the final T-Max of the year as the region sweltered in an early summer. Two quickfire sections around the remodelled civic centre were separated by a tour of the rest of the newly mapped city centre, complete with the Queensgate mall and new carpark. Nick Hann was the fastest man, Ocean Mercier the top woman. Family groups found enough to enjoy on the 1:2500 quickfire map. Results have been posted, and you can see the updated map on the Map Download page.
Night and Day in Belmont Park, 3 Dec 17, results updated 4 Dec
80 rogainers spent up to 9 hours in Belmont Regional Park today, with 13 of them opting to do 3 of their hours in the dark for a bonus of 20%. Tim Farrant from Christchurch with local Theo Wordsworth won the long course, with old multisport mates Al Cross and Nigel Corry top over 6 hours and Orsolya Vincze and Victoria Apablaza best over 3 hours. Preliminary results have been posted on the the event website, with stories/routes expected in a day or two.
OHV Almost Reclaims Frank Smith! 27 Nov 17
History may reveal whether OHV has held the Frank Smith Interclub Trophy, since the club donated the cup to recognise its founder. But it came really close to winning it yesterday - scoring 85 points as against WOC's 89. As with Tonga, cause for celebration! Consult the the points table.
Great Weekend in Kapiti/Manawatu 26 Nov 17
Hard work, the help of our neighbouring clubs, and warm summer weather led to a great Wellington Area Champs over the weekend. The interclub competition for the Frank Smith Trophy was also decided by today's Long Distance. Results are on the event website which has links through to Winsplits and RouteGadget. Hutties (mainly juniors) came away with 18 area titles over the three events. Andrew Riddle was the mastermind.
Great Evening at Titahi, 16 Nov 17, results posted 19 Nov
Almost light for the whole 3hrs of the last afterwork rogaine for the year, at Titahi Bay. Rural hills, sea views, caves, bush, sandy beaches all figured. Results now on the Wellyrog website, and/or play the dots in Strava. Entries for The Big Trig 3/6/9hr rogaine are due next Thursday.
Playground No Picnic, 2 Nov 17, result update 4 Nov
Tonight's T-Max (afterwork) series opener explored the remodelled playground at Avalon Park with 1.4kms of high intensity navigation. And between the two halves of the "Quickfire" course was 2.4km of more conventional park-orienteering, involving a route choice across the river. Bill Edwards blitzed the men, Sarah O'Sullivan was the fastest woman. Results have been posted, and you can see the updated map on the Map Download page. 2017 T-max events are variously on Tuesdays and Thursdays, check the calendar.
Results Updated, 30 Oct 17
The last rogaine results have been updated. OHV's membership Officer, Amber Riddle posted a PB at Saturday's Parkrun. And Sunday's U-Max map has been replaced on the web by one with the course on.
Mountain Runner Dies, 26 Oct 17, link added 3 Nov
Rogainers and orienteers who used mountain races as part of their endurance training 20 years ago will have come across Colin Rolfe. He was the epitome of laid-back-ness but won a number of major races (Tararua, Holdsworth-Jumbo, Kaweka) and was one of the first to complete the Schormann-Kaitoke (N-S traverse of the Tararuas) in 24hrs. We hear he has died in Nelson where he was living after being on the Kapiti Coast for a long time. Details are sketchy, but he was still actively running and reputed to be in a 2018 Godzone AR team. He was 57.
Four Titles at NZ Champs, 23 Oct 17
OHV took four titles at the NZ Champs in Hawkes Bay over the long weekend. Star of the team was Jill Dalton, winning the sprint and middle in W70; she also took 3rd place in the long. Gavin Scott won the middle in M75, with 2nd in sprint and long, while Michael Wood won the sprint M70 (with 2nd in middle). In the relay an all-junior team of Kieran Edwards, Amber Riddle and Oliver Edwards finished 19th out of 60 teams in the premier grade, and we also gained 17th in the short class and 50th premier via a composite with Wairarapa. Read the HV summary, and delve into the full results and Route Gadget.
Western Hills Throng with Rogainers, 18 Oct 17, results added 19 Oct
In spite of a chilly evening 74 rogainers took to the Korokoro, Maungaraki and Normandale hills for tonight's rogaine. Starting at Percys reserve, the course dipped into Belmont Regional Park which will be the scene of the Big Trig in December, while there were some easy controls on the flat. Muriel Seeley was the course planner. Results have been posted.
Biggest U-Max Yet! 15 Oct 17
Today's U-Max was the biggest yet with 11 people enjoying a non-standard multi-level map at Seatoun. U-Max has plugged all Sunday gaps since mid 2016, except for Christmas Day! And provided training without significant organisation.
Michael Dominates M70 in MTBO, 10 Oct 17
It was Michael Wood's turn to shine at the Australian MTBO Champs last weekend, winning sprint, middle and long distances in M70 by 2min each time. The events were based on Wingello a couple of hours south of Sydney, where there's a big pine forest and lots of picturesque small towns. Five Hutties took part, with Rachel Drew also scoring a win, amongst 19 kiwi titles. NZ also won the Aust-NZ MTBO challenge 23-12. Result summary...
Bill Dominates M50 in Australia, 10 Oct 17
Bill Edwards completely dominated M50 in the Australian Champs in September, with a margin of over 2min in the sprint, 8min in the middle and 5min in the long distance. He was also in the 2nd-placed M45 relay team. The events in and near Bathurst, NSW, included a former goldmining area called Hill End which was nearly as good as Naseby. Other podium results went to Larissa Edwards in W10 (twice), Ted van Geldermalsen (M60 X3) and Michael Wood (M70). Result summary...
E Boys Lead Score Series, 19 Sep 17
The Edwards boys all lead their categories in Wellington's Winter Score series after a finishable course on Te Ahumairangi on Sunday. Bill then Kieran were first back with Oliver the next junior 13-15. Meanwhile Amber Riddle leads College (16-19) and Michael Wood Vet 55+. Result table... However the Edwards, Michael and Gavin Scott will be at the Australian Champs when the final of the series takes place, so some of these may not stand. Kieran is in the NZ Schools team competing against all Australian states. Follow them here...
Brooklyn Balmy and Beautiful, 13 Sep 17
Clouds threatened but the moon and stars peeped thru at 60 rogainers in Brooklyn and Newtown tonight. Lara Shepherd and Leon Perrie set a nice course with 2000pts on offer. Many controls that LOOKED close together had no direct link so you had to be on the ball. Results, including a Strava Flybys link, have been posted.
Edwards Make a Splash, 10 Sep 17
Edwards were 1st 2nd and 3rd in the 5km red course at Waitarere today. Bill was fastest followed by Oliver and Kieran a minute apart. There was quite a bit of water in the flat areas but mostly quite shallow. This happens each winter, theories include logging, irrigation by the farmer inland, and westward movement of the coast. Old photos have 50m less of the open dune strip.
Robertson Wins Trophy, 3 Sep 17, update 6 Sep
John Robertson won the Cretney Trophy at the Winter Classic on Colonial Knob on Sunday. The trophy remembers a Wairarapa orienteering pioneer killed in a work accident, whose courses were always steep and green; and is given for course 2 as he was a M40. Appropriately, the weather added to the toughness. There was a close result in the 3hr rogaine section, with Jo Holden/Nic Mitchell/Helen McKendry equal on points to Jo McKenzie/Ann Kendon/Harriette Carr (winning on time) with Lara Shepherd/Leon Perrie just 10 points behind. Results...
Beach Balmy and Beautiful, 27 Aug 17
And as it almost always is, Petone was beautiful for today's B-Max, which recycled the lightly-used courses from two weeks ago. Riding speed on the grass was higher, making new route choices between the direct and long way round. Graeme Silcock posted the best aggregate time over 2+5km, after riding to the event from Epuni. Results have been posted, and the maps are in the download section: look for "Hikoikoi" (1&2km) and "Petone riverbank" (5km).
Beach Boisterous and Blustery, 13 Aug 17
As it veeerrry occasionally is, there were a few showers and a bit of a breeze for today's B-Max based at Hikoikoi Reserve on the eastern beachfront at Petone. But the courses got a good testing by some of the target market and they'll be served up again soon. Results have been posted.
Mild Misty Miramar, 9 Aug 17, results posted 13 Aug
Though water on the specs was a problem, tonight's afterwork rogaine enjoyed uncharacteristically mild temperatures. Sam Walton set controls with a bias towards the northern end of the peninsula, which remains rural - for how long? Andrew Thompson who orienteered as a junior, top-scored with Tim Sutton, while Nic Mitchell and Helen McKendry all but achieved the magic 1000 without breaking into a run. Results, including a Strava Flybys link, have been posted.
And France Again, 1 Aug 17, updated 4 Aug
Bad news for Jim Sutherland, he mp'd in the middle distance of the World Masters MTBO today. But Marquita Gelderman had another big win in W50, with her partner Rob Garden 3rd in M65. Looking at the tracking (elites in a World Cup are being tracked on the same map) there are many clusters of little tracks with many junctions - tricky. In the long distance, Jim finished 18th, Rob Garden won M65, and Marquita got her third gold!
Latest from Sweden, 31 Jul 17
The latest report from ONZ High Performance Manager Malcolm Ingham contains a comprehensive review of the recent international events NZ has competed in. But it also reveals that Wgtn's Lizzie Ingham, running in last week's Swedish 5-days competition, collapsed on the finish line and was taken to hospital. She has been having breathing problems during high exertion recently. She is now resting in Halden, Norway. We wish you well and hope you find the solution Lizzie.
Latest from France, 31 Jul 17
The World Masters MTBO Champs kicked off yesterday in France with the sprint distance. Jim Sutherland placed 17th in M60, thats about mid field. One-time OHV member Marquita Gelderman won gold in W50, by a huge margin. Next best kiwi was Nick Collins (Taranaki) 4th M65. There's a middle distance tomorrow, long on Thursday, and various unofficial races on courses prepared for the European Champs. Website...
Latest from Poland, 27 Jul 17
A magnificent run by Laura and then Tim, powered NZ into the lead of the sprint relay, until a woopsie at the arena control saw him drop to 4th. Wonder if the course marking was not watertight? Ross and Kate ran well but 8 more teams got thru. An mp by Norway left us in 11th. You can replay the race at IOF Live Orienteering.
Latest from Poland, 25 Jul 17, updated 26 Jul
Middle distance: Laura 27th Tim 30th. Yes OHV gets about! Tim and Laura Robertson are representing NZ at the World Games Orienteering in Wroclaw, Poland this week, supposedly the most high profile games outside the Olympics. Laura was 11th and Tim 15th in the sprint, both around 1min behind winning times. The other kiws were Kate Morrison (33rd) and Ross Morrison (34th) making this an all-WOA team! The event website is unhelpful but try the IOF Live Orienteering website. Middle distance Wed, sprint relay Thursday.
Latest from Wairarapa, 24 Jul 17, table updated 27 Jul
Ten Hutties travelled over the hill to the NZ Secondary School Champs on Thursday-Saturday. Weather was not kind, but perhaps better than some places in NZ - and the events went smoothly with capable organisation by Wgtn OC. The O-Lynx team supplied electronic wizardry which enabled Ed Cory-Wright, just off the plane from JWOC, to bring live commentary to the crowd of supporters. In big fields, Oliver Edwards scored a 7th in JB, and Kieran an 8th in IB. More...
Latest from Austria, 18 Jul 17
Kiwis have ridden 3 days of MTBO in Austria en route to France. Jim Sutherland placed 9th overall in M60, we can't judge the Europeans but he's close to a couple of very good Aussies. Rob Garden (Auck) was 2nd in M65. Full results also includes Route Gadget so you can see the maps. Awesome route choices!
Latest from Finland, 15 Jul 17
The new day might bring some better news, but at bed-time the NZ1 girls had been DQ'd and NZ2 had DNF'd. The normally reliable online results needs to be given a DQ too:-(( The boys had reasonable though not trouble-free runs, finishing 18th (14th country) and 24th. In spite of a blistering 3rd leg, the famous Olli had to settle for silver, Norway had too big a lead. Previous kiwi news is collected here. See also the official JWOC website, and the ONZ website where Malcolm Ingham is posting regular reports.
Latest from Czech, 10 Jul 17
While Hutties have been rogaining in Eastbourne and running in Estonia, half a dozen kiwis have been MTBO-ing in Czech, where a 5-days at Plzen has a great reputation. And it's the home of Pilsener. OHV's Jim Sutherland is riding in M60 along with other kiwis and aussies. He finished 16th overall in a field of 35. Full results here. The travellers are heading via Austria for the MTBO Masters world champs in France.
Latest from Estonia, 8 Jul 17
Malcolm Ingham, our High Performance Manager called the relay "a disaster". NZ narrowly failed to escape relegation to division 3, which would have reduced the number of individual runners we can have in the future. NZ finished 22nd women and 25th men, which is 8/10 off the bottom - but there are 8/10 above us we can hope to beat. Tim had a horror run, and Laura though steady was overtaken by Australia's Natasha Key, nearly twice her age. Read Malcolm's report. Next week attention shifts to JWOC in Finland. Previous kiwi news is collected here. See also the official World Orienteering Champs website, and the ONZ website where Malcolm Ingham is posting regular reports.
And the latest from Estbon, 7 Jul 17, results updated 8 Jul
61 rogainers headed into the hills of Eastbourne last night, early drizzle faded away to a cold but clear night. Controls ranged from easy to hard-to-follow baitlines, and the NE corner occupied a lot of time. The walking category is increasingly popular. You can see some of the routes on the Strava Flybys animation, and of course Results have been posted.
Watch Sprint Relay Highlights, 4 Jul 17
While you're waiting for today's World Champs long distance to begin (Lizzie starts 9pm NZ time), watch the excellent You-Tube Summary of the Sprint Relay. It took place on Sunday in a smaller city Viljandi which has a 13th century ruined castle, with ancient earthworks providing steep climbs, as well as the more usual townscape. It will be interesting to see whether Malcolm Ingham's pessimistic comments about the sprint courses apply here! Probably unquestionably. There are other event summaries on You-Tube too.
Champions, Past and Future, 30 Jun 17
Results of the 2017 College Sport Wellington series of events have been named, and ten (10) OHV members are winners or in 2nd place! Championship class-winners are Sarah Przychodzko (IG), Catherine Conolly (JG), Rebecca Conolly (Y7/8G) Kieran Edwards (SB), and Seb McBride (IB). Reminder that our top elite orienteers started in school, over the next week Laura and Tim Robertson will be competing in the World Orienteering Champs in Estonia. If you can adjust your sleeping hours you can follow them live! The sprint qualification starts the programme at 1pm today in Tartu, a university and cultural centre and Estonia's 2nd-largest city. Estonia is 9hrs behind NZ.
Kieran for Australia, 21 Jun 17
Kieran Edwards has been selected in the NZ Secondary School team which takes part in the Australian SS Champs. The competition between all states plus NZ takes place in late September near Bathurst, NSW, and participants will also be able to run in the all-ages Oz Champs. Other nearby team members are Joseph Lynch and Marina Comesky. Full team...
What Winter? 12 Jun 17, results posted 13 Jun
While Banks Peninsula was quite cold on Saturday, the Skyline was warm for tonight's afterwork rogaine. Though a good grip on the map was advisable on Kaukau and Crow's Nest. 80 people took part, fully half in the walking category. Results have been posted. And they include a link to the Strava website where you can replay the routes of 11 teams who uploaded their GPS tracks.
Heights of Winter, 12 Jun 17
Sam Walton, who was 2nd (4hr) in the last Big Trig and won the 4hr Ak Attack, was in the winning mixed team in Saturday's 12hr Heights of Winter, held on Banks Peninsula. The rest of his team was Hamish Walton and Nicki McFadzien; they were 6th overall. Others from Welly included Jerome Sheppard, Leon Perrie and Lara Shepherd, Gordon Balfour and Michael Wood, Dave Rudge and Jenny Cassie, and 5th in the 6hr Kelvin and Cameron Thiele. There were 170 teams. Results...
Queens Bleakday Event, 5 Jun 17
A dozen Hutties are gradually warming up after 3 days of bitter weather in Canterbury. Perhaps some Papo members still have frozen fingers after collecting yesterday's controls in snow plus darkness! Bill Edwards was OHV's most successful runner with a 1-2-1 record. Results are on Winsplits, summary soon.
More Footies, 28 May 17
We overlooked three members who competed in the school champs at Taupo. Seb McBride was 26th in the IB sprint and 17th in the long. Sarah Przychodzko came 25th in the IG sprint and also 17th in the long. And her sister Jessica finished 17th in the JG sprint, and won the Std class of the long. Meanwhile, Tim Robertson has claimed 8th place in the first World Cup sprint of the season, in Lohja, Finland. Laura Robertson and Kate Morrison (Hawkes Bay) didn't make the cut for the final. There are middle and long distance races too, with less spectacular results.
Multiple Sprint Experiment, 21 May 17
In spite of cold and boisterous weather, 20 people tried out a series of sprints along the Hutt River today, connected by running, riding or driving. Some participants chose just one or two to suit their schedules. The sprints totalled 6km while the distance between was 2X4km. You can see the courses on the map download page (run them at any time) and the results have been posted. Read more about OHV's experimentation here.
Schools at Taupo, 19 May 17, updated 20 May
400 students began the North Island Secondary Schools Champs in Taupo on Friday with the sprint. Among them are Amber Riddle (5th Senior Girls) and Kieran Edwards (15th in a tight Intermediate Boys race 2min behind). Oliver Edwards missed a control while holding 4th place in Junior Boys. But in the long Saturday he placed 2nd just 5sec behind. Amber and Kieran were both 8th in their classes. Results are on Winsplits. There's a relay on Sunday, all run by a club with just 9 members!
Thousand On Safari, 14 May 17
Well almost, 950 people did the 12th City Safari today. Starting from the steps of parliament in warm autumn conditions, teams headed for controls in Karori, Petone, Porirua and Paremata using trains, buses and the cable car. The ferry was not forgotten, the answer to a question was available on the boat and you had to find it "in port". Garth Kiernan and 11yo son Braden won the 3hr section on their 4th safari. Emily Walby, Jeremy Stewart, Andrew Crowley and John Dallimore were top scorers in the 6hr (also riding to and from the event!) Full results shortly.
Fine Night on the Hill, 6 May 17
39 teams enjoyed a fine autumn evening on and around Te Ahu Mairangi, formerly known as Tinakori Hill. Most popular control was at the (inside) end of the quarry tunnel halfway up the city side:-)) Top team in the walking category was The Flying Takahes: Jenny Visser and Mike Fee. The best runners were Vic Uni Athletic Club: Gel Stricot-Tarbotan and Dan Jones. Results have been posted.
OHV Punches Above its Weight, 1 May 17
With 2000 competitors in the World Masters Championships, finishing near the top was a feat, never mind a medal! Out of about 450 top-10 placings available from 23 classes over two events, NZ gained just under 10% - 39. Our area (WOA) was responsible for nearly half of that - 17. And Hutties contributed nearly half of that - 8. This from a small OHV team of 10. The OHV summary lists the top-tenners you see at our local and regional events.
Silver Medal for Bill!! 29 Apr 17
Bill Edwards was one of 7 kiwi medallists in the World Masters Champs Long Distance in Woodhill Forest today. He was 1:15 behind Mats Nylund of Sweden. Other top results came from Jill Dalton (5th W70) and Michael Wood (6th M70). NZ's best result was a gold in W55 by Carey Nazzer of Taranaki. Another winner was NZ's reputation - the champs along with Oceania and Middle Earth events all in a fortnight, went off without a hitch. The OHV summary has been updated.
Seven in Long Final, 27 Apr 17
After two qualifying races - flat and hilly sand dunes in Woodhill Forest, 7 Hutties have qualified for the long distance final of the World Masters Championship. Our top hope Bill Edwards has been hampered by injury but is still planning to run in M50. Jill Dalton (W70) and Ted van Geldermalsen (M60) are possible medallists. Former member Marquita Gelderman has a good chance in W50. The OHV summary has been updated.
World Masters Medal for OHV, 24 Apr 17
Battling a groin strain, Bill Edwards (M50) scored a bronze medal in today's World Masters Sprint final in Auckland's Albert Park and University. Jill Dalton (W70) missed third place by half a minute in the tricky campus terrain. NZ gained 6 medals (and 4 fourths). Australia gained 17 medals, so we'll have to play the "per capita" card, heh heh. Or "per hectare". OHV summary...
Nine Qualify for Sprint, 23 Apr 17
9 Hutties have qualified for the A-final of the World Masters Sprint Championship. Entrants have been allocated to heats of up to 80 orienteers, and the top 80 across all heats go forward. If there are less than a certain number, only half go forward. The rest go into a B-final, C-final etc. Check out the OHV summary. The only member in a B final, Pat van Berkel, is running above his age.
Rotorua Ends with a Splash, 20 Apr 17
Today's sprint on Rotorua's lakefront gardens included unavoidable water due to high lake levels, but the big field enjoyed it in sunny conditions. Larissa Edwards posted a 2nd, mother Susan a 3rd, and Orsi Vincze continued her domination of W21B. The OHV summary has been updated, and it links to the full results including Route Gadget. Participants now have a short break befoe the World Mastes Championship next week.
Numbers Increase in Rotorua, 19 Apr 17
Competitor numbers in two non-champ Rotorua events this week have jumped ahead of next week's World Masters. Hutties have done well among kiwis and ozzies but have been pushed down by top Europeans and Scandinavians. Amongst this Susan Edwards (4th), Oliver Edwards (4th) and Michael Wood (2nd) gained podium (top 6) placings at today's middle. Orsi Vincze scored another win in W21B. The OHV summary has been extended to the Rotorua events.
NZ Takes the Challenge, 18 Apr 17
NZ narrowly won the ANZ individual challenge yesterday, and the relay win was confirmed. In the middle distance among complex rocks and depressions south of the Waikato mouth, Ted van Geldermalsen gained another Oceania gold, while Jill Dalton and Michael Wood scored bronze. Orsi Vincze and Bruce Worsley got placings in non-champ classes. Bill Edwards is saving his body for next week. The OHV summary has been updated, and it links to the full results including Route Gadget. Stay tuned for events in Rotorua this week.
NZ Edges Ahead, 16 Apr 17
Looks like NZ has gained a lead of 6 classes after the relay in Woodhill Forest today. With 5yr challenge teams running in 10yr age classes its hard to be sure but it looks like NZL 15 Aus 9. The challenge concludes on the Oceania Middle Distance Champs tomorrow.
Five More in the Forest, 15 Apr 17
Even more success in the Oceania long distance at Lake Rototoa in Woodhill Forest. Jill Dalton (W70), Bill Edwards (M50) and Ted van Geldermalsen (M60) won gold; Michael Wood silver in M70 and Susan Edwards bronze in W45. Orsi Vincze won the non-championship W21B. Keep up with OHV results here. Australia and NZ are neck and neck in the challenge with a relay tomorrow.
Four Oceania Medals on 1st Day, 14 Apr 17
OHV runners have won medals in the sprint distance on the first day of the Oceania Champs. The bad weather gave way to occasional showers, though conditions at the Unitec campus in Auckland were wet underfoot. Michael Wood was 1st in M70 tho beaten by a pesky Norwegian, Bill Edwards and Jill Dalton 2nd in M45 and W70, and Gavin Scott 3rd in M75. Keep up with OHV results here.
Tough Rogaine on Makara Peak, 12 Apr 17
A challenging start to the 3hr afterwork rogaine season, with many controls off track in and around the MTB park. Rachel and Liam Drew who live next door to the park started the event from their garage. MTBs were allowed, and almost took the prize, but Jo Holden and Nic Mitchell were just beaten by Sam Walton and Angus Watson. Results have been posted.
But Did they Find the Ring? 10 Apr 17
Two boys spent an unplanned night in the Eastbourne Bush at the weekend. According to the newspaper it was a common area to get lost in, especially after walkers left the tracks to investigate Gollum's Stream. A search was mounted but they were found fit and well on Sunday morning. East Harbour Regional Park is a favourite with our rogainers, including the lengthy Gollans Stream which makes its way to the coast near Pencarrow.
You Can't Beat Belmont on a Good Day, 9 Apr 17
... though a sunny windless day among the bunkers is a rarity. But 167 orienteers struck it lucky at today's CSW and club event. Andrew Riddle's courses reached into seldom-used terrain north of the G8 (group of 8 bunkers) and back to the new woolshed. Focussing on the women for a change, top runs on each course came from Katie Hill, her daughter Marina Comesky, Harriette Carr, Peyton Morete, Jessica Przychodzko and Holly Inglis. You can see how the guys did by course, and by class, and the details are on Winsplits. Draw and compare your routes in Route Gadget.
String of Seconds on Sand, 6 Apr 17
Possibly being treated as training rather than competition, but last Sunday's event at Waitarere produced some good HV results. Bill Edwards 2nd Red Long, Susan Edwards 2nd woman Red Med, Kieran Edwards 2nd Red Short, Jill Dalton 2nd woman Red Short, Larissa Edwards 2nd woman on Yellow. In contrast to the previous Sunday the traffic was good, helped by the Kapiti Expressway. Results are on the RK website but not on Winsplits.
Debbie Affects P-Max, 5 Apr 17
The tail-end of cyclone Debbie which closed Wellington airport may have prevented hundreds of rogainers from round the country attending tonight's P-Max final. But 11 intrepid teams braved the rain and enjoyed Muriel Seeley's course in Waiwhetu and the bush tracks of Haywards Reserve. In the college competition Upper Hutt fought to the bitter end with the highest college scores but couldn't match the greater depth of Newlands. Bill Edwards cleaned up the open category. Results have been posted. 3-hour afterwork rogaines begin next week, see the Wellyrog page.
JWOC and Pinestar Teams Named, 4 Apr 17
No Hutties in these teams but you'll know these WOCers: For the Junior World Orienteering Champs in Finland in July, Lara Molloy and as a reserve Marina Comesky. Our John Robertson is the Manager. And for the Oz-NZ Elite Test Match at the Oceania Champs at Easter, both Lara and Ellie Molloy, and Sarah O'Sullivan. Recent WOCers that you will remember are Penny Kane (now Rotorua) and Nick Hann (Chch). The full list is on the ONZ website.
UH College Placed in Rogaine Champs, 3 Apr 17
The UH College team of Olivia Healey and Kieran Edwards gained 3rd Senior Mixed place in the NZ Secondary School rogaine champs held near Lake Tutira in Hawkes Bay on Saturday. The champs attracted 43 teams from Whangarei to Rangiora, but Hawkes Bay schools took top honours. Newlands College gained 7th and 14th Senior Men (Liam Kendrew/Seb McBride and Scott Pool/Matt Stark). Results and map...
More NZ Selections, 28 Mar 17
Following the trials at the weekend, ONZ has announced two teams. The World Games (a pseuodo-olympic event) in Wroclaw, Poland, the team is all from WOA: Tim and Laura Robertson, Lizzie Ingham (Wgtn) and Ross Morrison (HB). In the Aust-NZ Schools Test Match at Rotorua after Easter, Oliver Edwards is a reserve in Junior Boys; also in the team are Wgtn members Joe Lynch and Marina Comesky. The JWOC team is yet to be announced.
Tim Wins Major Event, 26 Mar 17
Tim Robertson has won a major event, the sprint which is part of Denmark's "Spring Cup". It's perhaps one of the early indicators of form after the northern winter. There's an interview on Tim's Facebook page, and remember you can link there any time via the permanent buttons above.
Bonus Events, 26 Mar 17
Wgtn OC ran 3 events at the weekend as NZ selection trials, and the rest of us could run on the courses. Saturday was on the lower slopes of Colonial Knob, today doubld as an OY at Hydrabad (S block of Waitarere). 15 Hutties took part. As a selector, Bill Edwards ran trials courses; in the OY Oliver and Larissa Edwards and Michael Wood may have done well though the raw results include people from all round the country. Results on Winsplits. Remember you can link to Winsplits any time via the nav bar on the left.
Shorter Evenings, 22 Mar 17
The P-Max mini rogaine series moved to its traditional afterwork setting in Whitby tonight. There was only just enough daylight for the 60min event, if it's overcast next week bring torches. Upper Hutt College and Newlands Team 2 both scored 170 points with the former benefitting from womens bonus points; but Newlands has greater depth and is leading the college competition. Tonight's planner is a Newlands student. Results have been posted.
Four Selected for Easter, 15 Mar 17
Within the Oceania Champs at Easter there's an Australia-NZ Challenge, and the team has just been announced on the ONZ website. It includes Bill Edwards in M50, Ted van Geldermalsen (M60), Jill Dalton (W70) and Michael Wood (M70). You may also know Wellingtonians Lara Molloy, Nick Hann, Ocean Mercier, Gillian and Malcolm Ingham and Dorothy Kane. The Australians who don't have much sand-dune terrain have just run a 3-day on dunes near Hobart.
Rain No Obstacle, 12 Mar 17
A bit of the wet stuff was no obstacle for this weekend's activities. Mapping training switched to Plan B which was to update the rogaine mapping at Whitby (by car). And today's U-Max carried out Plan A in "The Rabbit Warren". It wasn't all that wet in the bush and the tracks are in good nick. The map is available on the website though inexperienced orienteers should not go alone as there are no definite boundaries.
Student Plans Sprint, 8 Mar 17
Kieran Edwards planned tonight's sprint, using Upper Hutt College which he attends and the adjacent intermediate. Nice courses on a very good campus after years of reconstruction. Joseph Lynch was fastest on the long course, Felix Williamson took half the time of anyone else on short - maybe a second course. The honours should go to Christine Shuker. Results have been posted, and they are also on Winsplits and RouteGadget.
Rising from the Ashes... 5 Mar 17
... was today's college/club event at Maidstone Park. Planned last year but cancelled due to two suspicious fires, Simon Rea's courses were even better today due to some newly passable bush:-)) Student Marina Comesky beat all-comers on the orange long - a consistent run in which she only won one split. Luke Whitehead (a minute behind) was the same - fast runners take note! Beautiful weather, 140 orienteers. Results have been posted by course. and by class; Draw and compare your routes in Route Gadget.
Meanwhile Back in The North, 2 Mar 17
... we are enjoying fantastic weather, ideal for freshening up our maps. Mapping Officer Michael Wood has posted a list of small projects, and he needs your help. The Kapiti Expressway and associated walk/cycleways need to be spliced into our rogaine mapping, for example.
Choose your Punishment Part VI, 2 Mar 17
With half the teams finished, results of interest to us are: Mrs Forne's Boys, Greenhorns and Squashed Bananas have maintained their placings below and are recovering in Queenstown. There are still 39 teams out on the course, which has been modified slightly to avoid rockfalls; and teams were prevented from paddling on the lake last night due to choppy conditions.
Choose your Punishment Part V, 28 Feb 17
Queenstown locals Tiki Tour finished at Frankton arm just before midday today, with world AR champion Chris Forne's team a couple of hours behind. Swordfox (orienteer Georgia Whitla) was third. Now at 10pm Mrs Forne's Boys (incl Nick Hann) are halfway up the lake paddle, 6th in the long course. Greenhorns (Rachel Baker) are doing superbly for a young team, 12th place. Squashed Bananas (Rachel Drew) has just arrived at Kingston, holding 4th place in the Pursuit class.
Choose your Punishment Part IV, 27 Feb 17 Midnight
Was it a ruse by Mrs Fornes Boys? A Facebook posting suggested they were thinking of a lake-level MTB route from Walter Peak to Halfway Bay, opposite Queenstown. They didn't take it, but two other top teams have attempted it, only to find 8km of trackless shore. Meanwhile, Squashed Bananas are 4th in the Pursuit, almost at Halfway Bay via the safe route. They'll reach Kingston tomorrow. BTW someone local has bought the Kingston Flyer!
Choose your Punishment Part III, 26 Feb 17
Godzone: Day 1 Highlights, nice snippet of Rachel Baker grinding up Queenstown Hill. At 5pm on Day 2 Squashed Bananas (Rachel Drew et al) are 5th on the ground, as the Pursuit teams have leapfrogged the full course teams. They are climbing Mt Creighton which overlooks the western kink in Lake Wakatipu, having been up and down the Shotover overnight.
Choose your Punishment Part II, 23 Feb 17
Next Saturday, the 6th Godzone Adventure Race kicks off in Queenstown. 15 teams have paid $6500 for the supported "pursuit" section, and another 65 have paid $8500 for the 500km premier "expedition" class. Among the former is Rachel Drew in a team with Viv Prince, Nick Collins and Guy de Lacey, all involved in rogaining or orienteering. Other names you may know from events round here are Rachel Baker, Nick Lowe, Glen Warner and Nick Hann. Teams carry a tracker, and you can follow them via the website. The winners are expected to finish next Wednesday.
Choose your Punishment, 23 Feb 17
Last Saturday, Sherlock Drew (5yrs) won the Year 1 class in the famous Karapoti Classic MTB race. His dad Liam was 4th in the 50km "special" category - for fat bikes, single speeds, retros and unicycles. Yes there was! Liam rode a single. Other Hutties were Jenny Visser and Mike Fee. Full results...
Riverbank Sprint, 22 Feb 17
50 runners enjoyed a warm evening on the riverbank tonight, with Simon Rea's courses using both the high school building maze and riverbank vegetation. On the 3km course Bill Edwards kept the schoolboys at bay while Swede Asa Sund was the top woman. Amber Riddle won the 2.3km course. Results have been posted, and the detail can be found on Winsplits and Route Gadget.
Travellers Return, 17 Feb 17
Meanwhile, Hutties have been returning from Southland. Laura Robertson is back home and scored 2 seconds in W-Elite in the 3day Waikaia orienteering weekend. By day 3 Amber Riddle came to grips with the difficult beech forest, 3rd in W-Short. Results are on Winsplits with an OHV summary here. In the Australasian Rogaine Champs, Simon Rea with Derek Morrison (HB) placed 23rd in perfect weather. They were 3rd Mens Super-vet. Lara Shepherd and Leon Perrie placed 25th, Michael Wood and Gordon Balfour 34th. Results include everyone's routes and efficiency in terms of points/km.
P-Max Series Kicks Off, 13 Feb 17
The first P-Max introductory mini rogaine of 2017 ran on Sunday on the Lower Hutt hills and riverbank. Results have been posted.
12th Ak Attack Outside the Aka's, 3 Feb 17
Wellington's Nick Hann and Greg Thurlow won the Ak Attack last weekend, an 8hr MTB rogaine traditionally held in the Akatarawas. This year it was to the south and west of Wellington, with hills up to 500m. As if the terrain wasn't rugged enough, teams were knocked off their bikes and sandblasted by high winds. Results are on www.akattack.org.nz.
Higher Turnout in 2016, 26 Jan 17
With competitive events about to kick off 2017, we've done the 2016 numbers. There was a change in the mix of big vs little events; and more orienteers attended slightly fewer events. The business world calls this productivity! This was made possible by 50 planners, controllers and club officers, and probably 30 more on-the-day volunteers. Check out the participation stats and VIP list. Thank you!
See How You Compare, 26 Jan 17
After a couple of years in abeyance, Statnav has published its unofficial Ranking of NZ Orienteers as at December. It compares red-level orienteers across all classes. Hutties in the top 100 are Tim Robertson (2nd), Bill Edwards (29) John Robertson (79), and Stefan Przychodzko (83). You can select on class and club too.
Flick These to your Mates, 5 Jan 17
One to read, and one to watch.
First In World, 4 Jan 17, maps posted 8 Jan
OHV ran the first event in the world in 2017! Yet to be verified by the Guiness Book of Records, but Sunday's U-Max was the only NZ event listed for 1 Jan, and of course NZ is first to see the light:-)) Admittedly not a huge attendance, and the event is being repeated next Sunday, see the calendar. The Stratton Street and Jubilee Park U-Max courses are available for download, get the maps from Anytime Orienteering.
Best of 2016
Top Placings for Bikers in NZ Champs, 20 Nov 16
John Robertson (M50), Michael Wood (M60) and Gavin Scott (M70) scored 2nds in the NZ MTBO Champs near Rotorua at the weekend. John also gained a 3rd, and Gavin TWO 3rds, battling all weekend against former president Chris Gelderman. Nicole Ranger (W Open) Jim Sutherland (M50) and Howard Symmes (M60) were also there. Orienteering Bay of Plenty served up the best combination of areas ever seen in NZ. Results are on Winsplits.
Tim Wins in China! 2 Nov 16
Tim Robertson has won the prestigious Park World Tour, which has just concluded with four events near Beijing. Without winning any of the Chinese events his consistency saw him 1 point ahead of Sweden's Johan Runesson. PWT was the instigator of modern sprint orienteering, starting 20 years ago in capital cities of Europe, before the IOF finally took notice and included it in the World Champs. In October he capped off an outstanding season with 4th place in the final World Cup race, a sprint in Switzerland. The terrain was an excellent example of European cityscape with steps, stairs and underpasses. Replay Tim's race here. Tim finishes the season with a world sprint ranking of 9th. See also Tim's Facebook page among the icons above.
Fine Weather Greets U-Max, 14 Aug 16
The sun came out for the inaugural U-Max event today, held on riverbank terrain at Melling. The trees are very passable at this time of year. The formula is designed to provide orienteering on vacant Sundays, and to get orienteers used to choosing control sites and placing controls. Though the markers have been taken in, the map has been put on the Anytime Orienteering page with control circles forming a flat 4.7 or 3.2km course.
Bill Best at Birthday Weekend, 6 Jun 16, RG link 7 Jun
In spite of course planning duties today, Bill Edwards was OHV's best runner at the 3-day event on the weekend. He won M40A on Sat and Sun before heading out to place controls for today. Other wins were scored by Lynette Porter (W40B Sat), Jill Dalton (W70 Sat), Sophie Smith (JGB Sun, Mon), Lisa Caulfield (W21A Sun), and Gavin Scottt (M70, Mon). Results, and see also Route Gadget.
Upper Hutt Pair Win SS Rogaine, 29 May 16
Olivia Healey and Kieran Edwards won the Junior Mixed category of the NZ Secondary School Rogaine Champs yesterday. They were representing Upper Hutt College in the 3hr event on the Port Hills near Christchurch. They were 3rd overall, with Newlands College boys Liam McKendrew and Seb McBride just 10 points ahead. There were teams from Wanaka to Whangarei. Full results...
Record Metlink City Safari, 16 May 16
A record entry of 800 rogained through Wellington yesterday, from Island Bay and Seatoun to Churton Park and Tawa. The hotly contested 3hr section was won by Bill and Oliver Edwards, while the 6hr events was amazingly taken by non-residents Jesse Watt and Greg Swanson, in spite of 11minutes lateness. Two more minutes and they'd have lost out. The event was based at Newtown Park this year, and the prologue was in the zoo. Full results...
Happy Birthday To Us, 11 Apr 16
Orienteering Hutt Valley (and our sister club WOC) were formed 40 years ago, at an event on Tinakori Hill. Today's event offered courses based on the 1976 event, complete with black/white map if you wanted the genuine experience. Oldies gathered for a birthday party afterwards. Two of the originals were there - one from each club. Results are on Winsplits, selectors should not pay too much attention...
Rugged Rotoiti, 29 Mar 16
All skills including persistence were required in the native bush near Lake Rotoiti at Easter weekend. OHV returned with just one title, Jill Dalton taking the sprint in W70. She also placed 2nd and 3rd in the other individual races, while Gavin Scott was the other to place in all three. Beautiful surroundings and everything within a stone's throw of the village. Tim Robertson was awarded the federation's junior performance title for his JWOC results. Result summary...
Endurance Update, 29 Feb 16
A top result in the NZ Rogaines Champs from Keri Devine and Rob Smith, who were first mixed in both open and vet categories, and 4th overall. You can be excused for thinking they had moved away, they've been working in Chch since planning the Seaview rogaine. Simon (with Derek Morrison from HB) was 15th (3rd Men Supervet), Lara and Leon 30 pts behind in 17th (5th mixed open) while Michael was 6th in a family team in the 7hr subsection. Nice result from former members Ramash and Jo Swamy, with twins Ruby and Oliver (4yrs) who did selected parts of the 24hr and were awarded 1st family team. Kelvin and Richard retired.
MTB Pioneers Win Ak Attack, 31 Jan 16, routes added 2 Feb
Simon Kennett is regarded as one of NZ's mountainbike pioneers, and with John Randal he's won 6 of the 10 8hr Ak Attacks. Today he added a 7th, accompanied by brother Jonathan and Andrew McLellan. In second place were our new MTBO coordinators Rachel and Liam Drew, riding with Sheila Hart. The course started at Whareroa Farm, and there were easier controls in the flat in QE Park. Results and winners routes have been posted.
The Best of 2015
Whangarei Wins Waterlogged Waitarere, 10 Aug 15
Overcoming snow on the desert road and the long distance, a Whangarei team posted the highest score in the NZ Secondary School Rogaine Championship, held in Waitarere Forest on Saturday. WARTS 1 (Callum Hill and William Dorahy) scored 1390 over 4 hours in a forest with a number of the low-lying roads shown in blue. The top girls were Nicola Godwin, Isabella Kelly and Sassafraz Marshall-Johnson from Taranaki. Juniors had 3 hours, and there was an open 6 and 3-hour event at the same time. Preliminary school results (without affiliations sorry), open results, and the course. More detail will appear on the SS Rogaine website.
World Champs Wrap-up, 10 Aug 15
Tim crashed out of the middle distance race, dislocating his shoulder. But Laura was a good 40th, and WOC's Lizzie Ingham 19th. Laura starred again in the relay, bringing the womens team up 4 places to 14th! In spite of Tim's absence, the men also relayed well for 16th, just 10min behind the world's best. And Laura finish her first world championship with 42nd in the long distance (Lizzie 28th). Both women ran all 5 disciplines, the big countries tend to specialise (and rest!) Well done to the whole team!
Stars in Turn, 3 Aug 15
Laura was a star in the World Champs mixed sprint relay, with a finishing kick that raised us two places into 12th, one place higher than last year. The team was 3/4 WOA, consisting of Lizzie, Gene Beveridge (NW), Tim and Laura. But both Laura and Lizzie had troubles in the individual sprint and it was Tim who placed 20th, NZ's best mens sprint result for four years. (Remember he's technically a junior!) Lizzie placed 32nd, Laura 40th. Next up is the middle distance Tuesday. Details...
WOA Pair Seconds Apart. Again! 10 Jul 15
Another world-class run from Tim in the long, finishing 10th, apparently swimming a lake on the way! And again Shamus Morrison was one place ahead, 7 seconds this time! There were three nations with two in the top 10 men: Norway, Sweden and NEW ZEALAND. Kayla Fairbairn and Alice Tilley were also seconds apart, in 48/49th place, with 15yo Danielle Goodall 53rd. Should be an exciting relay today.
Anytime Orienteering, 8 Jul 15
If you want to show support for our juniors in Norway, what better way than to get out and run round some control points close to home! There are maps and control locations/questions from a collection of P-Max mini rogaines on the Anytime Orienteering page. We've just added recent events starting at Percy Reserve and Wgtn's Central Park.
WOA Pair Seconds Apart, 8 Jul 15
High hopes for Tim weren't realised with a wobbly start in the middle JWOC final yesterday. But only a few years ago a place of 22nd would have us breaking out the champers. PLUS Shamus Morrison (WOC) placed 21st as well!!! The two were only 3sec apart. Meanwhile Kayla Fairbairn (NWOC) and Danielle Goodall (CMOC) placed 1st and 3rd in the womens B final. Rest day today, long distance Thursday.
Three Kiwis Qualify for Middle, 7 Jul 15
Tim qualified easily for the middle distance in JWOC, with 4th in heat (20 go thru). The others were Shamus Morrison (WOC) and Devon Beckman (HBOC). Aside, learning from route analysis is fun and valuable. Though 95% of kiwis shun the local Route Gadget website, there is excellent route choice display and discussion of JWOC and other big events at World of O.
Repeat Gold for Tim!!! 6 Jul 15
Tim Robertson has won a second gold medal in the JWOC sprint, run yesterday in Norway. He was 3 seconds ahead of 2nd. More on Orienteering NZ, and on World of O
Big Names in City Safari, 17 May 15
A team led by world Adventure Racing Champion Chris Forne won the 6hr section of the City Safari, held today on Wellington's resilient public transport network. About 600 people took part, more than half of them on the 6hr course, which ran over 5 pages based on central Wellington, Khandallah, Avalon, Petone and Eastbourne. Some controls were only visible from public transport - eg the wharf at Somes Island! Results...
The best of 2014
Two Races, Two Medals, 27 Aug 14
Tim has just won another medal. Gold in the middle distance. Over a minute clear of second and nearly two minutes ahead of third. What an athlete! In the simultaneous world masters championship, former huttie Marquita Gelderman is dominating W40.
Re-Modelled Medal, 27 Aug 14
Another medal for Tim Robertson! Yesterday our amazing huttie placed 2nd in the sprint distance of the MTBO junior world champs. He made 15-20sec of errors and had to re-fold the map to fit his map-board, but only missed gold by 3 seconds! There's a middle today and a long on Friday, follow him here.
GOLD FOR TIM!!! 22 Jul 14
Running in a rainstorm that interrupted internet coverage, Tim Robertson won the JWOC Sprint in Bulgaria today. He was fastest at all the radio controls and beat a Pole by 6sec and a Swede by 10. Other results: Nick Hann 21st, Alice Tilley 59, Becky Gray 68, Shamus Morrison 69, Sonia Hollands 79, Sophie Harrison 98 Ed Cory-Wright 103 Callum Herries 107 Kayla Fairbairn, Helena Barnes, Cameron Tier DSQ/MP. More when communication resumes. Website (FWIW!)
Tremendous Day, 18 May 14, Front-page News 19 May
...with about 550 people out on the buses, trains, ferry, cablecar and some even used their feet. Top Hutties were Rachel, Liam and "Smidgey" Drew and grandad Paul, 4th in the 3hr event, with Richard and daughter Abby Persson 5th in the 6hr after a disastrous lateness in the prologue. Both are family teams. And another tremendous family effort was that of event manager Kelvin Thiele who developed a computer system to score from text messages with a swish leaderboard at the event; and all his family including parents who helped on the day. Provisional results on Facebook now, they'll be on the website tomorrow. And see the front page of the DomPost!