New Map For Middle Nationals 17 in Hawkes Bay
By HBFixtures - Tue 22 Aug 2017 2:24pm
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New Map For Middle Nationals 17 in Hawkes Bay

Thierry’s favourite distance is the middle, and hopefully after this announcement it will be yours too!  Hawkes Bay Orienteering Club have a brand spanking new map for the middle.

It was the ace up our sleeve, and now we have got all the background work done we can finally play it. We have a brand spanking new map for the Middle! We have had our eye on this area for quite some time, and luckily with some hard work we have managed to secure access and lidar data for the area. Mapping and course planning are coming along nicely and with more photos and snippets to come. Read on for more info about the terrain.

Phillips Field is the absolute middle distance dream. Boasting a large area of majestic native forest blanketing subtle slumped contour detail, the terrain really lends itself to the tight navigational challenge of a middle. The slumping hillside theme continues for the remainder of the area, with lightening fast open farmland scattered with trees and occasional rock details. The unique topography  of the terrain really does make this area quite a unique challenge. Despite the late notice of the change, this can definitely be put down as an upgrade!

About the Event:

New Zealand Orienteering Championships 2017 (Nationals 2017)

Hawkes Bay Orienteering Club welcome all orienteers to the 2017 New Zealand Orienteering Championships. The champs will be held over Labour Weekend (20-23 October). Spring time in the Hawkes Bay is a wonderful time to visit, with new lambs, fruit blossoms and lush green pasture to greet you. The selection of terrains for the championships is varied, whether it be the lightening quick pavements of Hastings City to the intricately creased gully spur of Arbofield, the maps on offer will challenge most orienteering skills. Check out the website for more info and to enter

The Programme

20th October 2017 – Sprint at Hastings Central (first start after 12 noon)
21st October 2017 – Middle on new map – Phillips Field (20 Minutes South of Hastings)
22nd October 2017 – Long at Hautope (45 Minutes South of Hastings)
23rd October 2017 – Relay at Hautope (45 Minutes South of Hastings)

Key Dates

Entries Open – NOW!
Entries Close – 5th October 2017
Late Entries Close – 12th October 2017

Embargo Information

Embargoed Areas information is available on the event website.


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