Race Calendar — National Orienteering League

Round Event Date Location In Conjuction With
1 1.Relay 30 March Hill End, NSW NSW SL1
Australian Relay Championship
2. Long Distance 31 March Hill End, NSW NSW SL2
2 3. Sprint Relay 19 April Perth, WA  
4. Sprint 20 April Perth, WA  
5. Long Distance 21 April Beverley, WA  
6. Middle Distance 22 April Beverley, WA  
3 7. Sprint 26 April Narrogin, WA Australian Sprint Championships
8. Middle Distance 27 April Narrogin, WA Australian Middle Championships
4 9. Middle Distance 18 May Cowra, NSW NSW Middle Championships
10. Ultra Long Distance 19 May Cowra, NSW NSW Long Championships
5 11. Sprint 28 September Wagga, NSW

Oceania Sprint Championships

Australian University Championships

12. Long Distance 29 September Cootamundra, NSW Australian Long Championships
13. Relay 30 September Cootamundra, NSW Oceania Relay Championships
6 14. Long Distance 5 October Wangaratta, VIC Oceania Long Championships
15. Middle Distance 6 October Beechworth, VIC Oceania Middle Championships

 

NOL 9: Middle Distance

This event will be held in conjunction with the NSW Middle Distance Championships. M21A, M20A, W21A and W20A classes will not be offered. Competitors in the corresponding elite classes will accrue points in the NOL and be eligible for the 2019 NSW Middle Distance Championship at the same time.

NOL competitors will start at the end of the NSW Champs start window. First start for non-elite competitors will be 12:30pm.

Course information is located on the Event pages.

 

 

NOL 10: Ultra-long Distance 

This event will be held in conjunction with the NSW Long Distance Championships. M21A, M20A, W21A and W20A classes will not be offered. Competitors in the corresponding elite classes will compete in the NOL Ultra-long and be eligible for the 2019 NSW Long Distance Championship at the same time.

This is a mass start event with the first start scheduled for 9:30am. Non-elite competitors will start from the same location at 10am.

M21E competitors in the NOL Ultra-long will require an SI stick capable of holding 50 or more controls (SI-Card6, SI-Card10, SI-Card11 or SIAC). M20E and W21E competitors also will need a later model SI stick capable of holding 30+ controls. The W20E course will use less than 30 controls, so participating competitors will not have any special requirements for their SI Sticks.

Course information is located on the Event pages.

 

Prizes thanks to Maximum Adventure:

Australia’s leading outdoor adventure events company, hosting a series of large-scale adventure races, sporting and corporate events across the nation. They have generously partnered with us for this Championship weekend and are providing prizes for the NOL Ultra-Long. 

 

History

For three years, from 2013 to 2015, Eureka Orienteers hosted the Australian Ultra Long Orienteering Championships. The event format was the traditional classic orienteering race, but the distance raced was significantly longer than the usual Long Distance format. Long distance races typically have a winning time around 90 – 100 minutes, whereas the Ultra Long challenged elite runners with close to double this distance and time. The typical distance raced is 25 – 35km, which puts the race at a similar distance to a half-marathon, but in typical cross-country orienteering terrain with the usual difficult physical and navigational challenges. Competitors are also faced with more than the usual number of control points, with Elite Women expecting over 30 and Elite Men facing over 50, making this a significant mental and navigational endurance challenge as well.

 

The event is staged in four age classes – Mens and Womens Junior (17-20 yo), and Mens and Womens Open (21+).

From 2016, the Australian Ultra-Long Championships became a permanent National Orienteering League fixture on the Orienteering Australia calendar, and the 2016 event was held in South Australia’s Wilpena Pound area. The 2019 edition will be the first time the event has come to NSW.

Special thanks must go to Eureka’s Geoff and Jenny Lawford, who first had the idea to organise this event in 2012, and worked very hard to take it from an ambitious concept through to a major National-level event with significant status.