JWOC2014 and Australian Ultra-Long 2014 – Read full articles from the December 2014 issue of “The Australian Orienteer” Magazine.
Matt Odgen (NZL) has posted on his personal blog: Tasmania – Ten out of Ten.
“…The first couple of days in Tasmania we had no races which gave us the opportunity to train and see some of Tasmania…”
Gene Beveridge (NZL) has posted on his personal blog: “I have been in Tasmania for 5 days now and have done 2 quality training sessions with the other New Zealanders here in preparation for World Cup Round 1 starting today. The 2 forest maps we have been on were mostly relevant for the long and middle distance…”
Orienteering NZ has published the Orienteering NZ Update for December 2014 (PDF 441KB) including the following items: Orienteering NZ Vacancies (Refer to Vacancies page for full position descriptions) (includes recent review of structure of Orienteering NZ) Volunteer Committee Positions Technical Committee Selectors – Senior, Junior or Mountain Bike (MTB) Mapping Committee Fixtures Coordinator Contracted Position – Volunteer Training Coordinator […]
Bulletin 2 of the Orienteering NZ D-Squad 2014 Camp has been published. While this camp attendance is by selection – the bulletin is provided here for general interest. You can download the D-Squad Camp bulletin two here: D-SquadCampBulletin2 (PDF 8MB) or from the D-Squad Camps Facebook group page. The Development Squad (D-Squad) is made up of orienteers […]
Excited? Less than 2 weeks to go before we have just under 100 attending this years junior training camp, plus lots of coaches and supporting adults. Bulletin 3 now available, giving details on who the coaches are, kit list, where we are staying, maps etc. Read now. Order your t-shirt
“Yay, you can come to camp” or “Sorry, not this year” emails have now been sent out to all those that said they were interested in attending. If you applied and for some reason haven’t heard anth
This Orienteering NZ Event Controllers Clinic is designed specifically for aspiring A grade event controllers, although will benefit any controller, including A grade, who seeks to enhance their skills.
The Orienteering New Zealand D-Squad Camp 2014 will be based in the Levin area during the week of 8th – 12th December 2014. Registration closes on Friday 19th September 2014. The camp is open to all those who have been selected in the 2013 Orienteering NZ D-Squad or who are now competing at a D-Squad level. […]
Expression of interest to attend the Junior Training Camp is due by the end of August (this Sunday). Places are limited. To show your interest please complete the submission form in the following link. http://wellingtonorienteering.org.nz/schools-orienteering/junior-training-camp-2014/
The teams have arrived, the flags are raised, start lists are up, and you can count the hours until your start. This is the period when nerves start to set in. A morning jwalk around the long model map served well to keep our minds off the competition. The forest floor is very clean for […]
In the lead up to JWOC our team along with the Aussies have done a series of simulation races where you are given all the relevant information to simulate a JWOC race. We did a long race, a middle race and a sprint, which Cam has already reported on. The long JWOC simulation was held […]
For our final race simulation, we headed out to what Nick recalls as the “rabid dog” map or the model map in a filthy part of Samokov. After a quick jog of the model map and a small dog scare later, we lined up ready to hit the streets.
We drove 20 minutes, to Reylovo, to run the a middle distance simulation using the same format as the long distance – designated vehicles, model map, start draw and a last chance to practice through the race day routines. The NZ boys achieved celebrity status when an old gentleman appeared and struck up a conversation […]
An earlier start to the day, with the athletes expected to have breakfasted and be ready for their ‘JWOC shuttle’ service to the start of the Long distance simulation by 8.30am. It was an 80 minute drive to the town of Marchaevo. We arrived at the finish area, then ‘shuttled’ the athletes up a very […]
We woke to misty rain, enjoyed our breakfast and then headed to “Gorvedarci “ for the morning training. The drive takes us past, what are becoming, familiar Bulgarian scenes – horses grazing on the main street of villages, chooks on the verges of the side streets, people biking or walking with their makeshift trolleys made […]
The team arrived in various stages to our accommodation at the Lion Hotel in Borovets: There was an advance party at midday who established base camp and enjoyed checking out the spacious rooms in the quiet, peaceful hotel set in the trees. Some ventured out for a 30 minute run to check the local surroundings, […]
“Today we had fun.” Okay that was Tim’s attempt at a blog post. Maybe I should write the rest. First training with the team was today at a map called Shiroki Dol (pronounced Shreaky Doll). The Australians couldn’t resist spending another day without us so they came along to the training too. We took a […]
Recently I have been staying in Samokov with Brodie Nankervis, Matt Doyle and Ashley Nankervis. We have a small apartment complete with grandpa slippers and dog-skin carpets (probably from some of the feral dogs on the street). What is great about the place is we have our own kitchen so we can cook our own […]
After an action packed 32-hour flight with The Shmoose through Singapore and Frankfurt, we went our separate ways at Milan Central Station. He joined up with Becky and Helena for a 2-day giro in Milan, while I hopped on a train to meet up with Host Family Version 1.0 in Trento (the city of the […]
A couple of days ago our first race in Italia started with a bang! Venice filled with alleyways, tourists and the all-exhausting heat. First of all, my hat goes well and truly off to anyone who ran the WOC races. I know I couldn’t concentrate well because of the heat, seriously sapped everything out of […]
On Wednesday I ran a long distance training race with the Norwegians on a very steep map with rocks and a network of tracks. This area is likely to be similar to the southern part of the JWOC long distance terrain. Picking the correct route-choices was essential, as was control through the detailed areas. I […]
After nearly 50 hours of travelling I finally made it to Sofia to meet up with the Norwegians. Some slight confusion about when they were arriving but I spotted a Bulgarian wearing a Halden SK jacket who GPS units to give to the Norwegians and we managed to find them together. We are using these GPS units for each training which is useful for analysing how we ran, but also means the coaches can watch us live out at the forest. Good for discussing what happened right afterwards and also finding those runners who are completely lost.
Back in Wellington I couldn’t resist the call of Waikawa, so Becky, The Moose and I drove on up there today for some badass training. Originally The Moose had a hairdressing appointment booked at the same time but after a quick call to him he rescheduled. When it comes to orienteering, Shamillionaire’s perms can wait. […]
Today I ran a good hill session out near Sumner. My Achilles has been improving steadily over the past 4 weeks and I have built up to 90+ min runs successfully. It is great to be running again even if it does mean the amount of study that gets done is considerably less. After seeing […]