AUCKLAND SCHOOLS RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS – 9 May 2024

2024 Results – Ambury Regional Park

PFD of Results

WinsplitsAKSS – Relay Results

An orienteering relay is similar to a traditional running relay, in that you are organised into teams of three, 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.

Ambury Regional Park

Thursday 9th May, 2024

Lactic Turkey Events on Behalf of North West Orienteering Club will host the Auckland Schools Relay Orienteering Championship 2024 at Ambury Regional Park.

General Information

Organising Club Lactic Turkey Events on Behalf of North West Orienteering Club
Enquiries To Shaun Collins shaun@lacticturkey.co.nz
Location Ambury Regional Park (43 Ambury Road, Māngere Bridge, Auckland 2022)
Event centre Vistors Centre car park – google link…[here]
Course Setter Madeleine Collins
Event Controller Shaun Collins
Map Scale 1:5000
Contour Interval 1m

Entries

Pre-entry is essential.

Entries for Year 7 and 8 will use the entry form…[HERE]

Secondary Schools enter through College Sport Auckland …[HERE]

Entries must be received by 5pm Monday 6th May, 2024.

Registration

Registration will be open from 8:30am.  At registration you will sign in and get given a team number (written on each team members hand).  This is the “bib number” and correlates with the map you will collect from the map line (maps hanging on a fence) and run with.  It’s your responsibility to ensure you collect the map with the same number as written on your hand.  For example team 104 with have maps 104.1, 104.2 and 104.3 with the decimal repsresenting which leg a person is running.  Getting this wrong could mean your team gets disqualifed for not running the correct course.

Starts

There will be mass starts for first leg runners from 10.30am, There will be a briefing for all runners at 10.15am.

Site Plan

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.

Timekeeping

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 $100 each.

Grades

Grade School Year
Senior Year 12 or 13
Intermediate Year 10 or 11
Junior Year 9
Year 7/8 Year 7 or 8

Course Information

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

Grades Technical Difficulty# Estimated
Winning Time
Approx. Distance 
Senior Boys Orange 25 mins 4.4km
Senior Girls Orange 25 mins 4.2km
Intermediate Boys Yellow 20 mins 3.7km
Intermediate Girls Yellow 20 mins 3.6km
Junior Boys Yellow 18 mins 3.1km
Junior Girls Yellow 18 mins 2.9km
Year 7/8 Boys White 15 mins 2.6km
Year 7/8 Girls White 15 mins 2.9km

Terrain

Simple park/farm 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 courses.

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.

Safety bearing

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.