Wellington Orienteering Club

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 around 500 runners from all over New Zealand - and further abroad too!

 

When?   Saturday 1 June – Monday 3 June, 2019

Where?  Palmerston North and surrounds

 

Saturday 1st 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.


Sunday 2nd June

Race: Double sprint, including a sprint relay for school and elite grades in the afternoon

Map: Palmerston North Schools - new maps 2019

Location: Palmerston North

Planner: Simon Teesdale

Controller: Malcolm Ingham

Terrain: School campuses with some gardens.

 

Monday 3rd June

Race: Multiday length

Course closure: 3 pm

Map: Kaikokopu - remapped 2019, last major event Queen's Birthday 2012

Location: Himatangi

Planner: TBC

Controller: TBC

Terrain: Blocks of pine forest with complex contours with some flat open farmland in between.

 

Events

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

 

Travel Information

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

CourseMenWomenDifficulty
1 M21E   Red
2 M20E,
M21A
W21E Red
3

M40A, M20, Senior Boys A

  Red
4 M21AS,
M50A
W20E Red
5   W20A
W21A,
W40A,
Senior Girls A
Red
6 M40AS,
M60A
W50A Red
7 M70A W21AS,
W60A
Red
8   W40AS,
W70A
Red
9 Junior Boys A,
Senior Boys B, 
M21B, 
M20B
  Orange
10 M40B Senior Girls B,
W21B, 
W40B, 
W20B
Orange
11   Junior Girls A Orange
12 M12A,
Junior Boys B,
M21C
W12A,
Junior Girls B,
W21C
Yellow
13 M10A,
M12B
W10A,
W12B
White


Grades for day 2 (sprints)

CourseMenWomenDifficulty
1 M21E, M20E   Red
2 M20A,
M21A
W21E Red
3 M40A,
Senior Boys A
  Red
4 M50A W20E Red
5  

W21A,
W20A,
W40A,
Senior Girls A

Red
6 M60A W50A Red
7 M70A W60A,
W70A
Red
8 Junior Boys A   Orange
9   Junior Girls A Orange
10 M12A W12A

Yellow
11 M10A W10A White

 

Entries

Please enter online using the following link: https://entries.wellingtonorienteering.org.nz/

 

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