To celebrate 30 years of Big Foot, the club is staging two days of orienteering on our favourite area. The mapped area contains a variety of terrains, from beautiful, runnable native forest to complex gold mining.
Day 1 - Saturday October 12th (afternoon) will be a middle distance race
Day 2 - Sunday October 13th (morning) will be a regular long distace race
Email email@example.com with names, SI numbers, class and phone number for late entry changes.
Entry on the day (EOD) Fees
Junior & Sub-junior: $12
SI hire: $4
Non-member: $3 extra for each start
Water will be provided on the courses and a small amount at the finish. No water will be provided at the starts. Please help the organisers by bringing your own water to drink before and after your runs on each day.
The NSW Juniors will be fund raising with their selection of drinks and delicious food on both days.
From 1pm Saturday and from 9am Sunday. Start times will be published by the end of Sunday 7th October on the Big Foot web-site.
The map is 2.5 -3 hours drive south from central Sydney and 1.5 hours from Canberra. It's adjacent to the upper reaches of the Shoalhaven River south of Marulan and Goulburn.
Local road conditions can be checked on the Goulburn Mulwaree Council web-site.
From Sydney: The fastest route is the Hume Highway to Marulan. Approx 2km past Marulan, take the turnoff to Bungonia. Proceed through Bungonia south to Windellema. South of Windellama, turn right into Sandy Point Road (about 27km from Bungonia). Proceed 16 km on Sandy Point Rd towards Mayfield. This route includes a narrow dirt road from the Cullula Rd junction (about 5.5 km) and a short causeway just before it joins Mayfield Rd. Turn left onto Mayfield Rd and follow it 7.5 km to the signed turn through a gate. Do not turn towards Nerriga. Distance from Hume Highway turnoff is about 65kms (1 hour). Once you turn into the gate, it's about 3.5 km along a track to the assembly area. Parking will probably be 1.5 km along this track.
Alternatively, take the 2nd freeway exit at Goulburn and turn left back to the Braidwood Rd. Follow the Braidwood Rd to Tarago and turn left at the town onto Cullulla Rd. After 3.5 km, turn right into Mayfield Rd and follow it 24 km to the signed turn at the gate and continue as above.
From Canberra: Follow Kings Highway east from Canberra through Bungendore. Continue 31.5 km towards Braidwood and turn left into the Mayfield Rd. Proceed 12 km along the Mayfield Rd to the signed turn into the gate on the right. Once you turn into the gate, it's about 3.5 km along a track to the assembly area . Parking will probably be 1.5 km along this track.
Braidwood and Bungonia are within striking distance. It is possible to camp at the Stewarts Crossing Ford off Stewarts Crossing Road. Note that there are no toilets or water there. But there is a big river to swim in.
We anticipate that Stewarts Crossing itself will be closed. There is another ford (Boro Creek) that has to be crossed en route to Stewarts Crossing from the competition area. This may be uncrossable after heavy rain - approach with care and do not cross if it is unsafe. We recommend using Jock's mountain bike, its got really big wheels.
No camping is allowed on the area.
Limekiln Creek 1:10,000 , by Alex Tarr
Easy and Very Easy courses will use a 1:7,500 map on day 1.
The maps will be printed on Teslin waterproof paper at sizes ranging from A4 up to A3.
Map legends will be available separately, they won't be on the map.
There has been some change in the vegetation since the map was drawn. Green patches in gullies have spread a little wider and longer, particularly around the assembly area. There are also a number of unmapped termite mounds that have been constructed recently. These are generally, but not always, lighter in colour than the older, mapped ones.
Jock Davis is organiser for both days
Entry queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
SL1 (Middle Distance): Planner - Mark Shingler, Controller - Cath Chalmers, with Eoin Rothery as runner.
SL2 (Long Distance): Planner - Greg Barbour, Controller - Simon George.
Mostly good running in gully spur plus some gold-mining. Open eucalypt forests with some areas of low visibility cypress pine. There are some steeper slopes but most of the map is gently undulating terrain.
There are numerous termite mounds throughout the map, some are mapped others are not, these features have been used sparingly for control sites. Please note as a general guide, the mapped termite mounds are “older”, they tend to be darker in colour and more difficult to see in the terrain.
The unmapped termite mounds are new, they are lighter in colour and sometimes quite prominent.
If using termite mounds as navigation aids, ensure that you also use additional information from the map surrounding terrain, such as contours.
If you are renting a SportIdent stick, please collect it from registration and hand it in at the finish each day.
If you are using a different SportIdent number to the one you entered with, please advise at the finish tent before you start.
We do not have a SI-10 or SI-11 series stick to test with, so competitors using these new sticks do so at their own peril. They may not be compatible with either/both the SI control units or the results software. You may deposit your (clearly labelled) SI 10 or SI 11 stick with us and borrow a stick from us instead if you want to be sure that your run counts.
|Hard 1/2||6.1||190||19||M21A, M-20A, M35A|
|Hard 3/4||5.1||160||20||M40A, W21A, M-18A, M45A|
|Hard 5||4.7||150||19||M50A, W-20A, W35A, W40A, M21AS, EOD (Hard)|
|Hard 6||4.3||150||17||M-16A, M55A, W45A|
|Hard 7||3.6||130||14||M60A, M65A, W-18A, W50A, M35AS|
|Hard 8||3.0||110||11||M70A, W-16A, W55A, W60A, M45AS, W21AS|
|Hard 9||2.7||100||9||M75A, W65A, W70A, M55AS, W35AS, W45AS,W55AS|
|Moderate||3.1||110||12||M-14A, W-14A, MopenB, WopenB, EOD (Moderate)|
|Easy||2.0||35||10||M-12A, W-12A, M/WopenC, EOD (Easy)|
|Very Easy||2.1||30||8||M-10A, W-10A, M/W-10N, EOD (Very Easy)|
All hard courses, together with the Moderate course, have a 750m flattish walk from the assembly area. The start for both the Easy and Very Easy courses is adjacent to the assembly area.
Start procedure for hard and moderate courses:
The safety bearing is to head south to the track which crosses the map in an east-west direction. You may also hit the creek that also runs east-west through the assembly area.
|Hard 1/2||10.45||305||14||M21A, M-20A, M35A|
|Hard 3/4||7.8||250||11||M40A, W21A, M-18A, M45A|
|Hard 5||6.5||210||10||M50A, W-20A, W35A, W40A, M21AS|
|Hard 6||5.5||175||11||M-16A, M55A, W45A, EOD (Hard)|
|Hard 7||5.3||165||10||M60A, M65A, W-18A, W50A, M35AS|
|Hard 8||4.7||130||8||M70A, W-16A, W55A, W60A, M45AS, W21AS|
|Hard 9||3.6||100||9||M75A, W65A, W70A, M55AS, W35AS, W45AS,W55AS|
|Moderate||3.5||115||8||M-14A, W-14A, MopenB, WopenB, EOD (Moderate)|
|Easy||2.3||85||10||M-12A, W-12A, M/WopenC, EOD (Easy)|
|Very Easy||1.8||50||10||M-10A, W-10A, M/W-10N, EOD (Very Easy)|
Flat 1 km walk from the assemby area for all courses.
Start procedure for all courses:
For M/W10N, no start times are allocated - other competitors using this start will be starting early in the morning.
No pets - please leave your dogs, cats, crocodiles etc at home.
No fires and again, no camping.
There is no detectable mobile phone coverage in the area.
We didn't really ride Jock's bike across Boro creek.