NZ Secondary Schools Champs - Relay

Saturday 21 July 2018
Map/Location:
"Pegasus" at Burwood
Event Type:
Relay
Planner:
Carsten Jorgensen
Controller:
Jenni Adams
Co-ordinator:
Jan Harrison

Location: 25 minutes drive north of central Christchurch (and approx. 25 minutes back to Chch airport)

Scale: 1:10,000 Orange and Red; 1:7,500 Yellow and White

Contour Interval: 2.5m

Terrain: Plantation pine forest on sand dunes

Levels: All runners run Standard grade

Start times: First starts will be at 10.00am

Teams:
"Official teams" are made up of 3 students of the same gender and from the same school, all of whom are eligible to compete in the grade. Composite teams of 3 students from different schools can also compete as non-competitive teams. See the Competition Rules for more information.

Driving Directions:
The event centre is in Burwood forest. Entry into the forest is from the corner of Bower Ave and Aston Dr. GPS reference for the forest entrance is -43.473388, 172.709416. Parking is along a forest road (see diagram) immediately after the gate.
The event is in the Parklands suburb of Christchurch, located 18km from Christchurch airport and 12km northwest of Cathedral Square.
As the courses cross the road where the parking is, entry and exit will not be permitted between 10am and 12 noon. If you arrive after 10am, or want to leave before 12 noon then you should park outside the forest, along Bower Ave. It is 900m to the event centre from the corner of Bower Ave and Aston Dr.
There will be taped off areas where no parking will be permitted due to tracks crossing the road. Please respect this restriction and park outside of the taped off areas.
All areas of forest are out-of-bounds to spectators and competitors unless on their course. Warming up is permitted along the route into the forest, from the gate to the event centre.

Event Centre Details:

Registration Opens: 8:30am

Start times and briefing:
9:45am Briefing and demonstration of change over procedure
10:00am Senior Boys and Girls
10:05am Intermediate Boys and Girls
10:10am Junior Boys and Girls
10:15am Years 7-8 Boys and Girls

Mass start for legs 2 and 3 runners will be at approximately 11:30am if required. The speaker will announce the mass start time with at least 15 minutes warning, and it will not be earlier than 11:30am.

Prizegiving: As close to 12noon as we can manage

Course Closure: 2pm

Spectator controls:
There are two spectator controls near the event centre. One is visited by all white and yellow courses, the other by all yellow and orange courses. It will take around 5-10 minutes from the spectator control to the finish. It will also be possible to see runners crossing the road where cars are parked, and on the track to the event centre from the parking.

Hazards:
The mountain-bike tracks will be in use. The courses have been planned to minimise running on the mountain bike tracks but there will be some legs which cross or pass along the mountain bike tracks. We will have warning signs to let the mountain bikers know that there could be runners on the tracks but all competitors should listen for approaching mountain bikes and be prepared to step off the tracks to let them pass.
Safety bearing, if unable to return directly to event centre, is south to Aston Dr and then back to Broadhaven park which is beside the forest entrance gate.

Courses and terrain:
The terrain is a mixture of forested and open sand dunes. There are many walking and mountain-bike tracks. Dark green in the open sand dune areas is mostly blackberry and should be avoided.
There are a number of ponds and marshes marked on the map. Depending on rain before the event there may be additional water lying in the terrain and along some of the tracks. Information about the water and whether it affects courses will be given in the event briefing.
As should be expected in a relay, there are a lot of controls quite close together and codes should be checked!
On the white courses (Junior boys and girls, and Years 7-8 boys and girls), due to the spectator leg, the course layout is a little crowded with control quite close together with some overlapping circles. The diagram below shows the crowded part of the course:

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In addition to the spectator control, the Years 7-8 White course has a leg along the route between the parking and event centre. It is permitted to cheer for the runners along the route but please be careful not to distract/put off these younger runners. This leg is 1-2 minutes before the runners on this course will come to the finish.
A taped route has been cut through the dune undergrowth. This route is marked with pink dashed lines on the map and with intermittent tape in the terrain. It is not compulsory to use. It is relevant for  Senior and Intermediate grade courses.

Course details:

GRADES

E S T    
W I N N I N G   
T I M E S

DISTANCE (km)

D I F F I C U L T Y
(NZ Orienteering standard)

Senior Boys

30 minutes

5.0 - 5.1

Orange

Senior Girls

30 minutes

4.0  -4.2

Orange

Intermediate Boys

25 minutes

2.9 - 3.0

Yellow

Intermediate Girls

25 minutes

2.9 - 3.0

Yellow

Junior Boys

20 minutes

3.1 - 3.2

White

Junior Girls

20  minutes

3.1 - 3.2

White

Yr 7/8 Boys

20  minutes

2.4 - 2.5

White

Yr 7/8 Girls

20 minutes

2.4 - 2.5

White

 

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An old version of the map (used the last time the map was the venue for a race) is available to download here. Note, that the new maps for this year have the new ISOM2017 spec - the old one here is the old specifications.