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10 December 2017

Dates and venues for the 2018 Rogaine Series are now published (see the panel to the right)

19 June 2017

Thanks to all of you for making the 2017 North West Orienteering Club Bivouac Rogaine Series such a success! Once again we had over 400 people to yesterday's event and more than 1300 competed in the series, which is pretty awesome we think! Hopefully those of you new to navigation sports will have learned a bit about orienteering and will be keen to do more.

A huge thanks to all the course planners and controllers, the willing helpers before and after the events setting and packing up, the registration teams, the computer boffins, and everyone else who pitched in to make it all happen. Many thanks to the landowners - without their generosity we wouldn't have a "playing field". And of course thanks to our sponsors Bivouac Outdoors, Borics Orchards, R-Line and Well-Within.

Results and a link to photos are on the website rogaineseries.co.nz so take a look and see if you spot yourself out in the forest. If you are keen for more orienteering events, keep an eye on the North West Orienteering Website https://www.nwoc.org.nz/home/ for upcoming events. You don't need to be a club member to participate and there are always courses available for newcomers - don't try the longest or difficult courses on your first time as you will come unstuck! Be sure to ask for advice.

As far as more rogaines go, Orienteering Bay of Plenty is running the annual Great Forest Rogaine on the 29th July in the famous Redwoods Forest in Rotorua. You have a choice of 3hr or 6hrs, and you can go on foot or by mountain bike. Check out their website http://www.obop.org.nz/great-forest-rogaine-2017.html for details and make a weekend of it.

Hope to see you all again next year,


15 June 2017

Thanks for entering the final event of the North West Orienteering Club Rogaine series to be held this Sunday, June 18th at Slater Road.

DIRECTIONS:

The forest is at 45 Slater Road, South Kaipara Heads. From Auckland take the north-western motorway and SH16 towards Helensville. Travel through Kumeu and Waimauku and continue until the roundabout 1km before Helensville. Turn left at the roundabout towards Parakai (there are hot pools here for a swim on the way home). Drive through the township and out the other side and continue for another 9.5km before turning left into Slater Road. Follow the signs for 1km through the farm to the parking area. Allow 60 minutes from central Auckland. There will be orange/white orienteering signs to follow from the roundabout.

WHAT TO BRING:

• A watch!
• Comfortable clothing to run or walk in and comfortable footwear, preferably with good grip. A towel and change of foot-wear and clothing for after your run.
• Pen or highlighter to mark in your route. Maps and plastic bags will be provided.
• A compass if you have one - we have a limited number of compasses to lend out on a first-in-first-serve basis.

REGISTRATION AND COACHING:

Registration opens at 9:30am and everyone must register, even if you have pre-entered. Please get there early to allow plenty of time to register! If you are new to rogaines and would like some one-on-one help before you start, there will be experienced orienteers available from 9:30am to give you some advice, so make sure to take advantage of this. Take a look at the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz as well, where there are some good tips. There is a copy of the map (without checkpoints) on the website too.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Maps are issued at 10:30am to give you half an hour of planning time before the race start at 11:00am. There are 30 checkpoints in the forest and you have 90 minutes to get as many as you can. If you are late back, you will lose 20 points per minute or part minute. Checkpoints are worth 30, 40 or 50 points - the 30 pointers are easiest to find, the 40 pointers a bit more challenging and the 50 pointers best left to the experts. The number on the checkpoint indicates how many points it is worth, so 30-39 are 30 points, 40-49 are 40 points, and 50-59 are 50 points. (The actual checkpoints in the forest have 130-159 on them). You don't have to stay out for the whole 90 minutes - you can finish at any stage.

SAUSAGE SIZZLE AND SPOT-PRIZES:

A sausage sizzle and drinks will be on offer for some post-race nutrition (cash only please). A short prize-giving, spot-prize draw and lolly scramble will be held at 1:00pm.

SPONSORS:

A big thanks again to our sponsors - Bivouac Outdoors, Borics Orchards, R-Line and Well-Within. Bivouac have supplied some great outdoor product for spot-prizes. Borics are offering 10% discount to any purchases made on Sunday - just say you are from the rogaine series when making your purchases. They are on the way home at the junction of SH16 and Coatesville/Riverhead Highway. R-line have supplied some refreshing electrolyte drink to rehydrate with following your run. Well-Within, a therapeutic sports massage service have provided some vouchers for spot-prizes.

Escape Masters (www.escapemasters.co.nz) have kindly donated a voucher for 8 people to enjoy the unique challenge they offer - check out their website, it looks like a lot of fun!


12 June 2017

I hope you all enjoyed the event yesterday - stunning weather, just the right amount of mud and plenty of navigational challenge all made for a great day. There were 477 of you running around the forest and it seemed like most of you were smiling! If you want to see photographic proof of that, see Sportzhub 2 photos for some great photos taken by Steve Knowles of sportzhub.com.

Results, splits and a link to route gadget are all on the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz . Route gadget is a fun program where you can draw in where you went, and take a look at where your rivals went and how they might have got more points than you.

Thanks again to our sponsors Bivouac Outdoor, Boric Orchards, R-line and Well-Within. I hope you can support them and make it known you have come from the Rogaine Series.

The third and final event in this year's series is this Sunday, the 18th, at Slater Road. This is 10 minutes drive up the South Head Peninsula from Parakai (nice hotpools here for a soak on the way home...). The terrain is a mixture of farmland and sand-based forest with plenty of tracks, so something for everyone. A copy of the map (without checkpoints) will be up on the website shortly so take a look and familiarise yourselves with it. If you haven't already pre-entered and you are planning to come, please enter on-line at www.rogaineseries.co.nz. On the day entries are always available too but it makes life easier for us if you pre-enter :)

Hope to see you there


07 June 2017

Thanks for entering the second of the North West Orienteering Club Rogaine series to be held this Sunday, June 11th at Riverhead Forest.

DIRECTIONS:

The event centre will be just off Ararimu Valley Road, at the Barlow Road entrance to Riverhead Forest. From central Auckland take the North-Western motorway and SH16 towards Kumeu. Turn right at the roundabout at the junction of SH16, Taupaki Road and Old North Road, on to Old North Road. Go straight ahead at the next roundabout, up the hill and follow Old North Road for approximately 5.5km and then turn right into Ararimu Valley Road. Continue for another 4.5km to the Barlow Road entrance. There will be orange and white orienteering signs from SH16. Allow 40 minutes from central Auckland.

WHAT TO BRING:

• A watch!
• Comfortable clothing to run or walk in and comfortable footwear, preferably with good grip. You will almost certainly get muddy feet so bring a towel and change of foot-wear and clothing for after your run.
• Pen or highlighter to mark in your route. Maps and plastic bags will be provided.

REGISTRATION AND COACHING:

Registration opens at 9:30am and everyone must register, even if you have pre-entered. Please get there early to allow plenty of time to register! If you are new to rogaines and would like some one-on-one help before you start, there will be experienced orienteers available from 9:30am to give you some advice, so make sure to take advantage of this. Take a look at the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz as well where there are some good tips.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Maps are issued at 10:30am to give you half an hour of planning time before the race start at 11:00am. There are 30 checkpoints in the forest and you have 90 minutes to get as many as you can. If you are late back, you will lose 20 points per minute or part minute. Checkpoints are worth 30, 40 or 50 points - the 30 pointers are easiest to find, the 40 pointers a bit more challenging and the 50 pointers best left to the experts. The number on the checkpoint indicates how many points it is worth, so 30-39 are 30 points, 40-49 are 40 points, and 50-59 are 50 points. (The actual checkpoints in the forest have 130-159 on them). You don't have to stay out for the whole 90 minutes - you can finish at any stage.

SAUSAGE SIZZLE AND SPOT-PRIZES:

A sausage sizzle and drinks will be on offer as a fundraiser for some of our junior orienteers heading to Europe for the Junior World Orienteering Champs. Please bring some cash to support them. A short prize-giving, spot-prize draw and lolly scramble will be held at 1:00pm.

SPONSORS:

A big thanks again to our sponsors - Bivouac Outdoors, Borics Orchards, R-Line and Well-Within. Bivouac have supplied some great outdoor product for spot-prizes. Borics are offering 10% discount to any purchases made on Sunday - just say you are from the rogaine series when making your purchases. They are on the way home at the junction of SH16 and Coatesville/Riverhead Highway. R-line have supplied some refreshing electrolyte drink to rehydrate with following your run. Well-Within, a therapeutic sports massage service have provided some vouchers for spot-prizes.


25 May 2017

Thanks for entering the first event of the North West Orienteering Club Rogaine series to be held this Sunday (28th May) on the Stoneybrook map near Waimauku. Here is all you need to know...

First of all, NO DOGS!! Sorry about this but the event is on farmland with livestock present and we cannot jeopardise our relationship with the landowner. You can bring them to the next two events.

DIRECTIONS:

From the city take the North Western motorway and SH16 through Kumeu and on to Waimauku (which is where the Muriwai turn-off is). Continue on SH16 through Waimauku towards Helensville for about 3km before turning right into the farm access road. Travel SLOWLY approximately 1km along the access road to the parking area. There is a railway line across the access road. You must come to a complete stop for the railway line. There is a 500m walk to the event centre from the parking - bring your gear, there will be shelter tents available.

TIMING:

Please allow plenty of time to arrive and register before map distribution at 10:30am. If you are new to rogaines and you would like some coaching we have some experienced orienteers available to give you some tips from 9:30am onwards.

Allow 40 minutes from the central city to get to the event centre.

REGISTRATION:

Even if you have pre-entered, you must sign in at registration.

WHAT TO BRING:

• Walking or running shoes (which will probably get muddy), comfortable clothing to walk or run in.
• A watch! You will need to know how long you have been out there.
• A pen or highlighter to mark up your map.
• A compass. We have a small number available to borrow on a first-in-first-serve basis.
• Some cash for the sausage sizzle and drinks on offer.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

You have 90 minutes to collect as many checkpoints as you can. You don't have to stay out for the full 90 minutes, you can come back whenever you like. If you are late back, there will be penalties of 20 points per minute or part thereof.

There are 30 checkpoints out there. 10 each worth 30, 40 and 50 points. The 30 pointers are easiest to find, the 40 pointers a bit more challenging and the 50 points are best left to the experts. You can tell how many points a checkpoint is worth by the code number - 30-39 are 30 points, 40-49 are 40 points and 50-59 are 50 points. (The actual checkpoints in the field are numbered 130-159).

The maps are distributed at 10:30am which gives you 30 minutes to plan your route.

For some more tips and information, check out the website rogaineseries.co.nz before Sunday. Pay particular attention to what all the symbols on the map represent.

SAUSAGE SIZZLE:

A fund-raising sausage-sizzle and drinks will be available, run by some of our NZ representative junior orienteers. Please bring some cash and support their efforts.

SPOT-PRIZE DRAW AND LOLLY SCRAMBLE:

A short presentation will commence as soon as we get the results sorted, followed by a spot prize draw for an awesome array of goodies provided by our sponsors. And of course, a giant lolly scramble for the kids and kids-at-heart.

SPONSORS:

Many thanks to Bivouac Outdoor, Boric Orchards, R-line and Well Within for their support. Apart from some great prizes, all entrants receive a 20%-off discount voucher from Bivouac Outdoors. Borics Orchards are offering a 10% discount to anything bought on Sunday from their store at the corner of SH16 and Riverhead-Coatesville Highway - just say you are from the rogaine series. R-line have proved some product for spot prizes as well as to re-hydrate you following the event. Well Within Posture and Movement Care have generously given us some vouchers for a 1 hour massage session valued at $125 - well worth winning one of these!


18 May 2017

Thanks to those who have already entered one or more of the North West Orienteering Club Rogaine Series events for 2017. Congratulations to Leah Down who is the winner of a backpack, drawn from the first 30 entrants! For those who haven't yet entered, the first event is in 10 days time so now's the time to get your entries in. See rogaineseries.co.nz for details. On-line entries for each of the 3 events will close on the Wednesday night before the event. On the day entries are also available although it makes life a lot easier for us if you pre-enter.

We are fortunate to have 3 great sponsors on board again. Bivouac Outdoors can cater to your every outdoor need with quality equipment and clothing available from their 3 Auckland stores or on-line. They have kindly provided us with some great spot prizes including backpacks, hydration packs and various items of useful outdoor stuff. See bivouac.co.nz for their range of products. Boric Orchards, located at the corner of SH16 and Riverhead/Coatesville Highway (and on the way home for most of you...) has a huge range of quality fruit, veges, meat, fish and specialty food produce. Well worth a stop to stock up for the week. And last but not least, R-Line has supplied us with refreshing electrolyte drink, perfect to replenish the body after your run.


27 March 2017

Entries for the 2017 North West Orienteering Club Rogaine series are now open, online entry is available here.

Dates of 2018 Events:

15th April - Riverhead Forest

13th May - Slater Rd

17th June - Temu Rd

Thank you to our sponsors:

The main Series sponsor is
Bivouac Outdoors

Thanks also to
Boric Food Market
R-Line

ORGANISERS:
North West Orienteering Club

Very Affordable Entry Fees!

(listed Senior / Junior)

90min Single Event:   $20 / $10
90min All 3 Foot Events:   $55 / $25
Under 10* - FREE
* = born in 2009 or later

Late Entries / Enter on the Day:   90min $25 / $12 (cash only please)