We're pleased to announce entry is now open for the Waikaia O Weekend!
Update 15/01/2017: Due to the situation with the road and limited parking at the events centre we have had to limit numbers to 200 participants. Entry closes on Sunday 22nd Jan, late entries (at a higher fee) may be accepted at the discretion of the organsiors past this date.
Entry information updated as of 23/12/2016
Entry is done by course rather than by age grades (though courses are split into both men and women). However we have provided recommended grade/course combinations below in order to help you select an apppropiate course for your ability.
SuperSeries elite and junior runners must run the denoted course for their age grade (as per below) if they want to score points.
Queenstown Short: M21E, M20A and W21E run Red Elite (course 1), W20A run Red Long (course 2)
Waikaia Long : M21E run Red Elite (course 1), M20A and W21E run Red Long (course 2), W20A run Red Medium (course 3)
Waikaia Middle: M21E and M20A run Red Elite (course 1), W21E and W20A run Red Long (course 2)
Non-urban 'short' event with a 15-20min winnning time planned for all courses.
|1 Red Elite||M21E, M20A, M21A||W21E||15-20mins||Red|
|2 Red Long||M16A, M18A, M40A, M50A||W20A||15-20mins||Red|
|3 Red Medium||M40AS, M21AS||W16A, W18A, W21A, W40A, W50A||15-20mins||Red|
|4 Red Short||M60A, M70A||W40AS, W21AS, W60A, W70A||15-20mins||Red|
|5 Orange||M14A, All senior B grades||W14A, All senior B grades||15-20mins||Orange|
|6 Yellow||M12A, Senior C grades||W12A, Senior C grades||15-20mins||Yellow|
|7 White||M10A, M12B||W10A, W12B||15-20mins||White|
Red Elite is equivalent to the men's elite course run at major events with a 95min winning time, with all other red courses scaled from there. Red Ultra-Short will be planned to avoid some of the rougher terrain, and so it is suitable for the more mature participants.
|1 Red Elite||M21E||95mins||Red|
|2 Red Long||M20A, M21A, M18A, M40A||W21E||70mins||Red|
|3 Red Medium||M16A, M50A, M21AS||W18A, W20A, W21A, W40A||50mins||Red|
|4 Red Short||M60A, M40AS||W16A, W50A, W21AS||45mins||Red|
|5 Red Ultra-short||M70A||W60A, W40AS||45mins||Red|
|6 Orange||M18B, M21B, M14A, M40B||W21B, W40B, W14A, W18B||45mins||Orange|
|7 Yellow||M12A, M14B, M21C||W12A, W14B, W21C||2.5-4km||Yellow|
|8 White||M10, M12B||W10, W12B||1.5-2.5km||White|
|1 Red Elite||M21E, M20A||30-35mins||Red|
|2 Red Long||M21A, M18A, M40A||W21E, W20A||30-35mins||Red|
|3 Red Medium||M16A, M50A, M21AS||W18A, W21A, W40A||30-35mins||Red|
|4 Red Short||M60A, M40AS||W16A, W50A, W21AS||30-35mins||Red|
|5 Red Ultra-short||M70A||W60A, W40AS||30-35mins||Red|
|6 Orange||M18B, M21B, M14A, M40B||W21B, W40B, W14A, W18B||30-35mins||Orange|
|7 Yellow||M12A, M14B, M21C||W12A, W14B, W21C||25mins||Yellow|
|8 White||M10, M12B||W10, W12B||25mins||White|
Four colour codes are used to denote the technical difficulty of an orienteering course: White, Yellow, Orange and Red.
Courses must follow drawn linear features (tracks, fences, streams, distinct vegetation boundaries, etc).
A control site must be placed at every decision point eg. a turning point, a track junction or a change in the type of linear feature - from following a track to following a stream.
All control markers must be visible from the approach side.
Where the course has to deviate from the handrail feature (e.g. to cross through a forest block), the route must be marked all the way until a new handrail feature is reached.
Compass use is limited to map orientation only.
No route choice is offered.
Control descriptions in English.
Control sites must be on or near (less than 50m) drawn linear features (tracks, fences, streams, distinct vegetation boundaries, etc) but preferably not at turning points.
This gives the opportunity to follow handrails or to cut across country (i.e. limited route choice).
Control sites shall be visible from the approach side by any reasonable route.
Compass use is limited to rough directional navigation.
Contour recognition is not required for navigation but simple contour features may be used for control sites.
Courses have route choice with prominent attack points near the control sites and/or catching features less than 100m behind.
Control sites may be small point features and the control markers need not necessarily be visible from the attack point.
Simple navigation by contours and rough compass with limited distance estimation required. Use of a chain of prominent features as "stepping stones" is encouraged.
Navigation is as difficult as possible with small contour and point features preferred control sites (no obvious attack points, no handrails).
Control sites shall be placed in areas rich in detail.
Route choice shall be an important element in most legs.