AUCKLAND SCHOOLS RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS – 9 May 2024
Below are details from the 2023 event. The 2024 event details will be updated early in 2024
An orienteering relay is similar to a traditional running relay, in that you are organised into teams, and run one after another. Each runner is given a slightly different variation of the map, with several controls placed close together at certain points on the map. This means you need to pay even more careful attention to control numbers than usual. Runners usually complete a course one grade lower than that otherwise relevant to their age grade, allowing schools to create full teams by including less experienced orienteers.
There is a mass start, which is a very different orienteering experience for many, but the runners soon space out. Nonetheless, in most cases, the first of the final leg runners to punch the finish is the winner, making for some extra exciting sprint finishes when the competition is close. Both because of this and the event centre run through when runners pass the baton (in this case the map), relays make for much better spectator engagement than the traditional long events.
Barry Curtis Park
Wednesday 14th June, 2023
Counties-Manukau Orienteering Club will host the Auckland Schools Relay Orienteering Championship 2023 at Barry Curtis Park .
|Counties-Manukau Orienteering Club
|John Robinson email@example.com 021 891165
|Barry Curtis Park Stancombe Road Car park
|Stancombe Road Car park
Entry fee per student $12. Entries will be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org using the entry form…[HERE]. Pre-entry is essential.
Payment is to CMOC bank account 12 3052 0311680 00
Entries must be received by midnight Friday 9th June, 2023.
There will be mass starts for first leg runners from 10.30am, There will be a briefing for all runners at 10.15am
Auckland Relay Trophies
The Top School relay trophies will be awarded to the top Boys team and Girls team who earn the most points across the three grades according to the allocation below.
Points allocation: 1st = 5; 2nd = 4; 3rd = 3; 4th = 2; 5th = 1 for each grade.
Year 7/8 students are not included in the Top School Trophy calculations.
Timing will be done using the SportIdent electronic punching system. Students may use their own SportIdent card, or a SportIdent card may be borrowed for the day if the student doesn’t own one. If providing their own card the number must be given on the entry form. Loan cards must be collected from registration by each school on arrival. Non return of an ecard will be charged at $150 each.
|Year 12 or 13
|Year 10 or 11
|Year 7 or 8
The technical difficulty of the relay courses will match those recommended by Orienteering NZ for the NZSSOC. There is only one difficulty category for each grade
|Approx. Distance *
|Leg 1&3 Yellow, leg 2 white
|2.2km / 2.0km
|Leg 1&3 Yellow, leg 2 White
|2.2km / 2.0km
|Year 7/8 Boys
|Year 7/8 Girls
Typical park land with water features and park tracks .Lots of small trees and a special feature of this park are the rock walls.
Clothing and equipment
Shoes with good grip are strongly recommended for all but the white course
A whistle and compass should be carried by all competitors. The competitors need to know that the whistle is for use in emergencies only when they are injured and unable to continue. The emergency signal is 6 short blasts on the whistle.
Should a competitor become completely lost during the event and need to pull out they should follow a compass bearing North will bring you back to the event centre.
Start and Finish
The start and finish will be in the event centre. All competitors must punch at the finish after tagging their next runner and proceed to the download even if they are not completing their course.