Queens birthday 2019
Get ready for QB19! Wellington Orienteering Club and Red Kiwi Orienteers Manawatu are excited to host three days of top-quality foot orienteering. We're looking forward to welcoming mor than 400 runners from all over New Zealand - and further abroad too!
When? Saturday 1 June – Monday 3 June, 2019
Where? Palmerston North and surrounds
Entries are now open at: https://entries.wellingtonorienteering.org.nz/
Entries close Sunday 19 May 2019.
Saturday 1 June
Race: Multiday distance
First Start: 11 am
Map: Whirokino - remapped 2019, large areas last used in the 1990's
Location: Waiterere Forest
Planner: Stuart Engleback
Controller: Dick Dinsdale & William Power
Terrain: Sand dune pine forest with areas of good runnability and complex detail, combined with grassed open dune farmland.
Courses: 12 course long distance format.
Sunday 2 June
Race: Double sprint, including a sprint relay for school and elite grades in the afternoon
Maps: Morning - Westend School and Awatapu College. New map of two schools close to Palmerston North city centre. First starts from 9.30am for Elite grades
Afternoon - IPU campus on the eastern side of PN. Another new campus map with extensive open areas. Relay teams start at 1pm and first starts for individual sprints from 2.30pm
Location: Palmerston North
Planner: Simon Teesdale
Controller: Malcolm Ingham
Terrain: School campuses with some gardens.
Courses: The morning event is an individual sprint event for all grades. In the afternoon the sprint event will be a 4-person relay for M/W 21E, M/W20E and the SG/SB school grades. The relays will be run in accordance with IOF rules, so the relay order must be M-W-W-M. Women may run M legs in the relay, but Men cannot run W legs. For all other grades, the afternoon event will be an individual sprint. Sprint rules will also apply regarding uncrossable features, etc.
There will be 11 courses for the sprint events.
Monday 3 June
Race: Middle distance length
First Start: 9.30am
Course closure: 3 pm
Map: Kaikokopu - remapped 2019, last major event Queen's Birthday 2012
Planner: Tony Patterson
Controller: Graham Teahan
Terrain: Blocks of pine forest with complex contours with some flat open farmland in between.
Courses: 12 course middle distance format
The races at QB19 will double as:
- Trials for the NZSS team to contest the Southern Cross Challenge in September
- New Zealand Secondary Schools Regional Challenge (see below for more information)
- Pinestars/Bushrangers test match in the M/W 21 E grades
- Junior Pinestars/junior Bushrangers test match in the M/W 20 E grades
- Round 4 of the National Orienteering League
There will cumulative point scoring for this weekend of events, with all events counting towards the final score.
The first starts on the Saturday morning will be from 11 am, and course closure on Monday will be at 3 pm.
If flying in to Palmerston North airport, allow at least 1 hour to get to the first event.
If travelling from Wellington please bear in mind that traffic between Wellington and Levin is notoriously bad on holiday weekends, with long delays likely, especially around Otaki in both directions and Paekakariki southbound. Allow plenty of time for this journey if travelling from or to Wellington airport.
Explanation for Secondary School competitors
QB19 incorporates the 2019 regional schools challenge, and the trials for the NZ secondary school representative team which will compete in the Australian schools championships at the end of September.
The grades for school students are different to those at other competitions. The M/W 14/16/18 grades will be replaced with Junior Girls/Boys and Senior Girls/Boys grades.
The Senior A grades will be running red level courses, the Junior A and Senior B grades will run orange level courses, and the Junior B grades will run yellow courses.
- All races at QB19 will be trials for the selection of a NZ Secondary Schools representative team to compete in Australia from 28 September to 6 October, 2019.
- Senior Boys/Girls A or B is for those born in 2001, 2002 or 2003
- Junior Boys/Girls A or B is for those born in 2004 or later.
- All students seeking selection for the NZSS team must enter the appropriate A grade event (and must be year 9 or above).
- Regional schools teams may include year 8 students but year 8 students are not eligible for NZSS selection
Runners should allow up to 1 hour's driving time to get between Palmerston North and other event centres.
There will be pre-allocated start times and age categories. Entry on the day will be limited or unavailable.
Details will be updated here and at Orienteering NZ Events.
We recommend basing yourself in Palmerston North for the weekend. Palmerston North is the hub of the Manawatu region and has a wide range of accommodation and services. It is conveniently serviced by direct flights from Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. Find out more.
Grades for day 1 and 3
Senior Boys A
Senior Girls A
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Senior Boys B
Junior Girls A
Junior Boys B
Junior Girls B
Grades for day 2 (sprints)
Please enter online using the following link: https://entries.wellingtonorienteering.org.nz/