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Event Report : Wattle Park
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Wattle Park has been a much-loved park for generations. With high environmental significance and strong heritage components, the park provides an important connection to the great outdoors within the suburban landscape. Sadly, it seems to have suffered badly in recent years - the native orchids that once were there have mostly gone, the bush areas are now criss-crossed with BMX tracks and much of the native grass that used to cover the area has degenerated into a dust bowl.

But help is coming.....

The State Government is investing $4.3 million into a new all-abilities playscape and upgraded walking and running track at Wattle Park in Burwood. Other things under consideration include:
  • Restore native flowers and protect them with fences
  • Restore the fountain and pond
  • The lake that was in the SE corner is now an overgrown swamp; there is a possibility that this will be restored.
  • A watering system for the oval
It seems likely that access to the park will be restricted during this upgrade - so we hope you enjoyed this week's run there. The current schedule suggests that plans will be complete soon and work will commence mid-2021. The project is planned for completion mid-2022.

Wattle Park is a pretty small area, but in spite of this course-lengths for all controls still varied from 5.1 km up to 6.9 km..



Shortest Course this week - but still showing a couple of navigational hiccups.
Longest Course this week - seemingly a good strategy...but with extra distance added in the area of the controls. We were concerned that using MapRun might make things too easy - but it seems that there is still a navigational challenge in some courses.

--- Results ---

Wattle Park

Junior

Place Surname FirstName Dist (km) Mins Ctls 2 3 4 5 6 Score
1 Le Get James 5.48 37:37 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
2 Balzat-Fuller Andrew 5.75 44:25 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
3 Coates Kirralee 5.5 49:33 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
4 Coates Harrison 5.52 49:59 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
5 White Cameron 5.44 49:59 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
6 Bigelow Charlie 5.74 52:30 23 5 4 5 5 4 91
7 Bigelow Lily 5.38 52:52 23 5 4 5 5 4 91
8 Logunov Alexander 4.78 56:2 21 4 3 5 4 5 87
9 Greenhan Aeon 5.11 52:58 18 5 4 1 5 3 69

Run

Place Surname FirstName Dist (km) Mins Ctls 2 3 4 5 6 Score
1 Coates Kirralee 5.94 29:58 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
2 Trone Steve 5.3 31:0 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
3 Ashburner Dave 5.81 34:26 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
4 Miller Steve 5.39 37:36 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
5 Kozma Martin 5.56 37:51 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
6 Panter Darian 5.34 39:22 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
7 Brooks Guy 6.07 39:30 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
8 Brooks Lachlan 6.16 39:44 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
9 Le Get Susan 5.42 39:49 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
10 Trease Merv 5.6 40:52 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
11 Bayley Coral 5.71 41:58 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
12 Davidson Eric 4.93 42:33 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
13 Bogemann Shane 5.51 43:53 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
14 Le Get Stephen 5.8 43:57 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
15 Coates Janine 5.73 44:51 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
16 Clements Sam 6.93 47:26 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
17 Mathieson Amy 6.63 48:45 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
18 Parthenopoulos James 5.62 50:12 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
19 Parry Ian 6.29 55:57 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
20 Bushby M 5.71 55:59 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
21 Henley Bill 5.89 51:30 24 4 5 5 5 5 98
22 Wallis Graham 5.69 48:7 24 5 5 5 5 4 94
23 Le Get Sarah 4.89 48:16 20 5 4 3 4 4 78

Walk

Place Surname FirstName Dist (km) Mins Ctls 2 3 4 5 6 Score
1 Sedunary Vic 5.33 46:8 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
2 Stephen Gordon 5.36 46:42 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
3 White Duncan 5.44 49:59 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
4 Hudson ROBERT 5.16 51:52 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
5 Eeles Steve 5.47 57:0 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
6 Vanda Luke 6.14 58:7 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
7 Podolak Damon 6.19 59:0 25 5 5 5 5 5 100
8 Baker Don 5.28 51:11 24 5 5 5 4 5 95
9 Stirling Lauris 5.28 53:24 23 4 4 5 5 5 95
10 Bayley Buzz 5.57 57:21 24 5 5 5 4 5 95
11 Thompson Chris 5.21 56:2 23 4 5 5 4 5 93
12 Borrie Bill 5.22 56:5 23 5 4 5 4 5 92
13 Wilson-Argenti Anna 5.32 53:0 23 5 4 5 5 4 91
14 Brokner Pierre 4.32 41:28 22 5 4 4 5 4 87
15 Cook Heather 4.52 56:38 20 5 4 3 4 4 78
16 MacKay Bill 4.96 61:43 19 3 3 5 4 4 73
17 Mason Michelle 4.42 54:6 18 4 3 4 4 3 71
18 Smith Tina 3.68 51:10 18 4 4 3 4 3 70
19 Lo Presti Monica 3.9 45:53 18 5 4 2 3 4 69
20 Hudson Schon 2.87 56:30 18 4 5 4 5 0 64
21 Dent Katherine 3.77 58:0 16 5 3 3 2 3 59
22 Wearne Jenna 3.65 58:8 16 5 3 3 2 3 59
23 Hudson Schon 3.35 49:12 14 3 2 3 3 3 57
24 Hubbert Michael 2.78 58:47 15 4 4 2 1 4 57
25 Stirling Ian 3.36 55:48 12 2 2 1 4 3 52
26 Wu Mark 4.22 59:5 10 2 1 4 1 2 40
27 H e Anna 4.35 59:6 10<
 
A lot of people had planned to run this map over the weekend - only to be caught out by the introduction of a snap-lockdown on Thursday evening. Please don't be concerned - we leave maps/courses online for use by local families and youth groups - so you can run it when the current situation is resolved.

Steve Trone noted that the start circle may be too big; as he presses Go to Start and struggles to get the phone into its arm band, it beeps and starts his course. The reason it's so big is that it's also the finish circle. In the early days of MapRun, people would sprint into the finish and not get a beep for 5-10 seconds. While there were all sorts of reasons for this, the message was clear - the Finish Punch must be reliable. There are a number of ways of avoiding issues:
  • Set everything up well away from the start - put your map in a plastic bag if required, press Goto Start and then walk towards the start location. When it beeps...head off.
  • If using a Garmin Watch with MapRunG - don't press the start button on the watch until you're completely ready.
Stephen and Susan Le Get ran with their son James. Susan didn't get a beep at control #2 - on the rock bridge. Fortunately James was there too and his phone registered (... a more modern phone than Mum?). Please note - if you're sure that you're in the right place and your phone doesn't beep, just move on. Please let us know by email and we will credit you with the missing controls.
Thanks to Richard for letting us know that Kiralee (pictured above) didn't win the Adult Run Category this week - it seems that Richard forgot to change the name in MapRun back to him. Richard beat Steve Trone by 2 seconds - which makes Steve's comments above even more relevant.
But Wait there's More - MapRun Results!

The table above provides a summary of results.  For a more detailed view - click the course that interests you. Things to try:
  • On the results display, click on the TRACK link to see the route chosen by you or others that you competed against. Can you spot the error that this runner made?
     
  • In the track display, you can look at an animated version of you against others. In the side panel, select one or more runners in the pulldown list. Press Load Animation, then press START. You can change the speed of the display by pressing SPEED + or SPEED -.

Next Week : Forest Hill

--- All you can eat orienteering ---

53 controls on a 1:10,000 map
How many can you get in 90 minutes?

 
Event Opens : Monday 15 Feb
Event Closes : Sunday 21 Feb

For more information
Click the Event Date/Name in Coming Events
 
Feedback from a number of people is that 25 controls is a lot more exciting (particularly for kids) than 20 controls - controls are closer together and come up faster. Recognising this, we thought "If 25 controls is more fun, then 50 controls would be even more so".

Scoring is simplified - each control is worth 20 points. Late penalties are 10 points per minute or part thereof.

Please email any pictures or anecdotes you make while running this event
We'll use them in the newsletter for the following week.

How does the series work?


Welcome to our 2021 series of Covid-Safe events. These events are "self-service" and will run as follows:

  • Each Sunday evening, we publish a PDF version of a map with courses to suit all levels of fitness and navigation skills. The courses provided will be score courses - with courses for Juniors, Adult Walkers, Adult Runners and Cyclists.
  • You print one or more the map(s) - on A4 paper.
  • At the same time, we'll publish the courses available on the MapRun Website - MapRun is a smartphone application that tracks you as you move around a course. The scores and track recordings provided by MapRun are very impressive (see the isogaine site for details).
  • Officially, the course will stay open for one week - you (or your mob/pack/patrol/troop or family) can take part on the day/night that suits you best. We'll publish a report and official scores on the following Sunday evening. It is our intention to leave them open to provide a permanent resource for local Scout Groups. Courses can be used by anyone at any time. 
  • There are permanent maps/courses that you can use - to check that your MapRun App is working correctly and you know how to use it. As events are run, they will become part of the library of Permanent Courses. See below. 
Suburban Adventure Racing - new Website

As a temporary measure, we've put up a website that is designed to support the current series. As a result of this, we have lost (temporarily) a number of resources that were available to Scout Groups. While we do plan to migrate this material back into the website, it may take some time. Please get in touch if you need assistance.

Our new website provides all the information you need!

Things you can find on the website

How does the new series work?
What events are planned?
Novice Notes - for new chums
Practise Courses - for use any time
Introduction to Smartphone Orienteering
Permanent Courses

In addition to the weekly series, we have prepared 4 additional courses that you can use to train on or to check out/learn about MapRun.

The courses currently available include:
  • Bellbird Dell, Vermont
  • Box Hill North
  • Macleay Park, Balwyn North
  • Valley reserve, Mount Waverley
You can find details of these in the Practise Courses page on our website. These courses are complete events that can be used by local families and youth groups for navigation training. In general, we use obvious features as checkpoints/control locations. While a Smartphone is more fun and provides an official result, you can run the course without a phone if you choose.
 
Urban Rogaines

During lockdown, we joined and extended many of our maps; as a result, we can now offer longer courses for those wanting more than a one hour walk/run.  We called these isoGaines.

Each isogaine provides an A3 map and 80-90 controls. While it might take around 50 km to do all controls, you don't have to do this much. 
  • Walkers/runners - get a maximum of 6 hours
  • Bike riders - get 5 hours (many riders will easily do 50 km in this time)
The isogaines and supporting material can be found at http://street.orienteering.com.au/isogaine/. This site tells you about MapRun, the type of maps that we use and the courses available.

To get a copy of the map, download the PDF onto a USB stick and take it to Officeworks. They will print it on A3 heavier paper (say 200-220 gsm) for less than $2. Where else can you get 5-6 hours of entertainment for less than $2?
Our Event Fixture - Feb/March 2021
Week
Beginning
Proposed Location Suburb
31 Jan Blacks Walk COMPLETED
7-Feb Wattle Park COMPLETED
14-Feb Mahoneys Reserve Forest Hill
21-Feb Westerfolds Park Templestowe
28 Feb Jells Park Glen Waverley
7-Mar Somers Reserve Heatherdale
14-Mar Ferndale Park Glen Iris
21-Mar Ruffey Lake Doncaster
28-Mar Napier Reserve Glen Waverley

Other Navigational Activities

For those that need more than one navigation/running fix per week,
we offer the following suggestions. 

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CBD Gaine

The CBD-Gaine (the best event of the year according to many) is scheduled for the end of February. This 4 hour event starts near the city and takes you to a series of interesting/historical locations in and around the CBD.

Entries will open soon - get in quick - numbers will be limited this year.

Watch the CBD-Gaine Home Page for more details

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Virtual Rogaine - Dandenong Ranges

A permanent rogaine course that uses the map from the Dandenongs Rogaine. Ideal as a weekend activity, this challenging rogaine provides a great navigational planning exercise followed by a challenging physical activity. This event has the added advantage that you can compare your performance to the results achieved by others.

See the VRA's Virtual Rogaine Page for more information

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Street Orienteering

Orienteering Victoria provide a series of one hour walks/runs right through the daylight saving period. Currently, there are events held from 6:30 - 8:00 pm on Mondays (Southern suburbs), Tuesday (Western Suburbs), Wednesday (Eastern Suburbs) and Thursday (Northern Suburbs).

For more information see StreetO Central or the OV Park and Street Page.

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Scout Leaders

We provide a series of events and activities that allows you to train youth members at all levels in the skills appropriate for their age-group. As time progresses, we hope to build a website that provides a comprehensive series of navigational training exercises for young children....such as:
 

Spatial awareness games and activities for Joeys
 
Map reading and simple treasure hunts for Cubs 
 
Navigational/fitness exercises for Scouts/Venturers


There is a possibility that we could run 1-2 training days for Leaders/Parents - to review training methods and show them how to use MapRun. If interested, please get in touch and we'll see what's possible.
 
Your feedback on our site/activities is much appreciated. If you can send a few pictures, a few lines about your participation and/or suggested additions/improvements, we would be very grateful.

We need your help

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think might be interested in this activity.

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Our series continues - right through to the end of daylight saving; it provides a great way to enjoy Melbourne's parks and gardens - whether you walk, run, push a pram or walk the dog.

Check out our Coming Events Page to see if there's an event near you.

Suggestions Welcome

If you have any suggestions, spot issues with a map or course,
please let us know by email.

Together, we'll provide a great service for local families and youth groups.

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