Australian Middle Distance Championships

Important Late Information

  • Course Closure: The event booklet says that course closure is 2pm, but to accommodate potential late starts from helpers, the course closure will actually be 3pm.
  • Catering Update: The original catering has fallen through and it will now be provided by the ACT Blue Lightning (the ACT junior development squad). They will be selling steak sandwiches, sausages and veggie burgers, all with optional coleslaw, as well as soup and vegetarian chilli. They will also be serving cold drinks. A coffee van will also be present.
Gibraltar Hill - Map Excerpt

Gibraltar Hill – Map Excerpt

For decades orienteers driving east from Bungendore on the Kings Highway have gazed at a boulder –strewn hill adjacent to Bungendore and contemplated what orienteering on the hill, aptly named Gibraltar Hill, might be like.  They will now have the opportunity. The Australian Middle Distance Championships will be held on a new map “Gibraltar Hill”.  As some photos here….indicate, granite boulders are the predominant feature, but the course planners will still be able to prepare courses to suit all ages and abilities.

Details of the event can be found below and also in the event program booklet.  Note that a hard copy of the latter will be in your registration bag at the carnival so please use the electronic version before your arrival.

Classes on offer
Championship Classes
M21E, M20E, M10, M12A, M14A, M16A, M35A, M40A, M45A, M50A, M55A, M60A, M65A, M70A, M75A, M80A, M85A;
Women: W21E, W20E, W10, W12A, W14A, W16A, W35A, W40A, W45A, W50A, W55A, W60A, W65A, W70A, W75A, W80A, W85A.
Non-Championship Classes
M20A, M21A, MJuniorB, MOpenB, W20A, W21A, WJuniorB, WOpenB, M/WOpenEasy, M/WOpenVeryEasy, M/W10Novice, plus RedEOD, OrangeEOD, GreenEOD for Enter-on-the-day competitors.
Entry Fees: Adults $36.00, Junior $24.00, Sub-Junior $15.00, and Family Discount.
Pre-entries have closed.  Enter on the day is available as described below.

Australian Middle Distance Championships – Saturday 5th October
Course Classes Distance
1 M21E, M20E 5.0 240 24 Hard
2 W21E, M21A, M35A 4.1 185 20 Hard
3 M20A, M40A, M45A, W21A, W20E, 3.4 155 18 Hard
4 M16A, M50A 3.2 140 17 Hard
5 M55A, W20A, W35A, W40A 3.0 125 16 Hard
6 M60A, W16A, W45A, 2.6 90 16 Hard
7 M65A, W50A, W55A 2.5 90 15 Hard
8 M70A, W60A, W65A 2.2 70 14 Hard
9 M75A, M80A, M85A, W70A, W75A,
W80A, W85A
1.6 50 11 Hard
10 M14A, MJuniorB, MOpenB 2.4 75 11 Moderate
11 W14A, WJuniorB, WOpenB 2.0 90 10 Moderate
12 M12A, W12A, M/WOpenEasy 2.2 70 12 Easy
13 M10, W10, M/W10Novice
1.9 65 11 Very easy

Additional Event Information

Event 8 – Australian Middle Distance Championships

Saturday 5th October

Silva National League Event

Location: Bungendore

Map: new map, ‘The Gib’, 1:10000, 5m Contours

Mappers:  Bob Allison, Hugh Moore

Course Planners: Robert Walter & Allison Jones

Controller: Robert Allison

Organiser: Mace Neve

Landowners: OACT gratefully acknowledges the landowner Dimity Davy for the use of “The Gib” and the Bungendore Rodeo Trust for the use of the rodeo ground.

Terrain Notes:
The terrain consists of a large granite covered ridge. The typical height difference from the bottom to the top of the ridge is about 125 metres. The steeper western slopes and top of the ridge are covered in very detailed granite outcrops with some of the boulders and cliffs being up to 10 metres in height. One of these is rumoured to have been the hideout of local bushranger William Westwood. There is also a small area where granite was quarried for some of the early buildings in Bungendore and this has created some unusual gullies and rock faces. 

The eastern side of the ridge is less steep and has scattered rock outcrops and areas of eroded watercourses some of which are fenced to control erosion.

The area has been grazed and has a light forest cover with many patches of open areas. This means the visibility is generally good, however runability is limited in places by patches of very rocky ground, some tussocky grass and fallen timber.

There are some patches of bare rock and when wet these can be very slippery and caution should be taken on these. Shoes with metal spikes would be good if conditions are wet.

Course Setter’s notes:
The main competition area is separated from the paddock adjacent to the finish area by a high, barbed wire, impassable fence. This is very difficult to cross outside the marked crossing points. Courses 1-11 cross this fence at compulsory crossing points shown on the map with the line bent to pass through these points. All runners must use these crossing points and most people will not be able to cross this fence outside these. The crossing points will be clearly marked in the terrain with orange tape and will be visible from some distance.

Courses 12 and 13 go around this fence and do not need to use these crossing points.

Parts of the terrain used for the middle distance race will also be used for the Australian Relays the following day. You may notice pink tapes marking control sites for the relays, please disregard these.

Lastly there is a magnificent view from the top of the ridge north towards Lake George. It is worth taking a second whilst on your course to appreciate it!

Directions to the event: From Canberra, travel to Bungendore either via The Federal Highway and Macs Reef Road or via Queanbeyan and the Kings Highway.

Once in Bungendore travel east on the Kings Highway towards Braidwood.

3 km from Bungendore turn right into the rodeo ground. This turn is shortly after the end of the first overtaking lane and will be well signposted. Please take care making this right hand turn. Once inside the gate to the rodeo ground, follow the gravel road several hundred metres and park as directed.

Allow 45minutes from central Canberra.

Parking: Parking is adjacent to the assembly area. Please follow the directions given when parking.

Middle Distance Arena Map

Middle Distance Arena Map

Assembly: The assembly area is at the Bungendore rodeo ground and adjacent to the parking. The area can be extremely windy at times and although the rodeo ground offers some protection from the wind it is advisable to come prepared with warm clothes.

The finish area has a good view of the rocky ridgeline down which most courses finish and competitors will be visible at times (see picture below).  Binoculars would be useful for watching other competitors negotiate this part of the course, once you have finished your own course.

The rodeo ground is surrounded by a fence that marks out the assembly area. The yards to the east and the area outside the fence to the west and south are out of bounds.

View from arena - Competitors finishing route

View from arena – Competitors finishing route

Catering: UPDATED
The original catering has fallen through and it will now be provided by the ACT Blue Lightning (the ACT junior development squad). They will be selling steak sandwiches, sausages and veggie burgers, all with optional coleslaw, as well as soup and vegetarian chilli. They will also be serving cold drinks.

A coffee van will also be present.

First aid: St John Ambulance will be in attendance.

Toilets: Portaloos will be provided at the arena.

Water: Water will be provided in the Assembly/Finish area and on the way to the Start, approximately 200m before both starts.

Courses 1 – 3 will have water provided on the course as these include elite classes with winning times greater than 30 minutes.

Start Information

Walk to start directions: There are two starts approximately 200m from each other.

Start 1: courses 1-11 follow red streamers 900m (85m climb) from the assembly area.

Start 2: courses 12-13 follow blue streamers 850m (40m climb) from the assembly area.

From the assembly area, use the crossing point across the finish chute to access the route to the start. Take care to watch for runners when crossing the finish chute!

For the first 700 m, both starts follow a common route marked with red and blue streamers, south from the assembly area.

After 700m the routes to the starts split. Water will be available at this splitting point.

From this point:

For Start 1 (courses 1-11) follow the red streamers a further 200m and 45m climb up the hill.

For Start 2 (courses 12 and 13) follow the blue streamers 150m along the fence.

Clear and check units will be located at each start.

Warming up is possible along the route to the start.

Start times: from 10:00 am

Course closure: Courses will close at 3.00 pm. All competitors who have not completed their courses by this time should abandon their course and report to the finish as soon as possible. After this time, controls will be brought in to allow the relay controls to be put in place.

All competitors who do not complete their courses for any reason should report to the finish officials so that their safe return is recorded.

Safety information: North to the Highway then return to the Assembly area.

Enter-on-the-Day: There are 3 enter-on-the-day courses:

Course 5: Hard navigation, 3.0km, 125m climb

Course 10: Medium Navigation, 2.4km, 75m climb

Course 12: Easy navigation, 2.2km, 70m climb

Presentations: Will be made for championship classes as soon as results are finalised.

Please note: Last official changes to teams for the Australian Relay Championship are due by 2:00pm on Saturday 5th October at the Australian Middle Distance Championships.