Sprint Into Spring is back for a 5th fabulous year! Six amazing races, two brand new maps, and a selection of the best campus maps in the country. Check below for details and locations. All your favourite features return including the Jersey competition, SportIdent electronic timing, Live results, and our three high quality courses.
Special Offer – Sprint Into Spring Blue Jerseys available for limited-time order – get yours now! See Debbie or Margi for details – offer closes November 26. Singlets also available. Both feature our famous Footprint design, and are made by DirtyD in their fantastic fabric. Order online through Eventor.
Primary, secondary and tertiary students and teachers are all invited to enter the Interscholastic Challenge – sign up for your school at Registration. Find out more on Instagram
Victorian Sprint Championships, Monash University, Sunday 26 November
After 10 years, we return to this classic Sprint map – but thanks to years of construction and landscaping, you will barely recognise it. It’s a fantastic venue for the Grand Finale to our Sprint season. Pre-entry is required online, by Wednesday November 22. No late entries, but if you do miss the cutoff, we have some limited enter on the day options. Start lists will be published on Friday 24th. Don’t forget that we’ll have presentations for Sprint Into Spring, immediately after concluding the Champs. Information and Entry Here
Race 6 – Latrobe University, Saturday 25 November
Next week’s courses are Mikkel’s farewell gift to us, and he certainly wants to be remembered! The last race for jersey points will test you on every level (hint). Choose any of the three courses offered, and start any time between 1.30 pm and 2.45 pm. Enter and pay on the day at Registration, from 1pm. $10 adults, $5 juniors (u21), includes loan of electronic timing device. Will and Peter will have a training session afterwards. Follow the university signs to Car Park 6. Toilets are at the nearby Sports Centre.
Race 5 – Royal Park, Saturday 18 November
Who knew we could hold a bush sprint in the heart of the city! Compliments to Fredrik for his detailed mapping of the vegetation, which provided a surprising amount of route choice. The hill climb was certainly just that, with an almost vertical slope. And it seems a few people were a little too relaxed in their approach to early controls, proving once again that you can never get complacent when it comes to sprints. Peter and Will’s post-race training activities gave everyone a chance to brush up on compass and feature recognition skills.
Race 4 – RMIT Bundoora West, Saturday 11 November
We sprinted right past Spring and headlong into Summer, with the first 30-degree event of the series. Courses headed straight into the complex stuff with a number of short legs and direction changes, then some longer running legs in the open, which sapped the energy sufficiently to make the last few legs hard on body and brain. Jersey points are very interesting this week as some classic battles between the contenders continued – check the scores.
Race 3 – VU Edgewater, Saturday 28 October
Courses at Edgewater had two distinctive sections – they began with several straightforward running legs, designed to wear you out before you got to the sprint leg – which was immediately followed by the hill climb. Dodging the wedding parties again, we headed into the campus for the second half. Straight away traps were set, and promptly fallen into. Most notable was the leg from 77 to 78, where many competitors ‘fessed up to being on the wrong level, with no choice but to backtrack. The final loop of short legs had everyone dashing in all directions before the last sprint for the line.
Race 2 – Oxley College, Chirnside Park, Saturday 21 October (new map)
There’s always a buzz when we use a new map, and Oxley College was no exception. We quickly found out what we were in for when course setter Ewen Templeton threw us straight into the north end of the campus, which is full of intricacies. After spinning us around in there, we popped out for a sprint leg across the oval and flipped our maps, only to be faced with a long hill climb which will have seen the true jersey contenders rise to the top. Then it was straight back into the complexity again, before a final loop of very short legs. Another fantastic afternoon of sprint racing at its finest.
Race 1 – University of Melbourne, Saturday 14 October
Excitement was in the air as the first Sprint Into Spring race got underway at the University of Melbourne’s campus in Parkville. A big crowd featured many regular Melbourne park-street competitors ready to take on some of Australia’s top sprint orienteers, mixed with a crop of up and coming juniors, all vying for a Yellow, Green, or Polkadot Jersey. Asha Steer’s courses ensured the action was fast and furious, with constant direction changes and subtle but significant route choices. The 100 metre dash along the finish chute made great spectating, and the instant results on our TV screens created a real buzz at the arena.
Think On Your Feet: Orienteering Victoria’s “Sprint Into Spring” events are short distance, fast paced races held in small, self contained areas with many complex features, such as parks or campuses. Maps are full colour and large scale, with a high level of detail.
Sprint orienteering is about thinking and racing hard simultaneously, focusing on quick decision making. These events are fairly simple to navigate at a walk or slow jog, but the task is more demanding at high speed, especially when faced with multiple legs featuring constant changes of direction and route choice. If you run fast then make sure that it’s in the right direction!
- Races 1-6, and the Victorian Sprint Championships, in Melbourne
- Saturday afternoons in October and November 2017
- SportIdent electronic timing, with starts at 1 minute intervals. Choose your own start time between 1.30pm and 2.45pm.
- Special yellow, green and polkadot jersey awards – thanks to Dirty D orienteering gear.
|Race||Date||Map||Location / Melway or VicRoads
|University of Melbourne||Sports Centre. No parking on campus – park on nearby streets or take public transport (Melway 2B D6)||Results Splits Race Wrap ‘n’ Map Photos Jersey Points|
|Oxley College (NEW)||Old Melbourne Road, Chirnside Park (Melway 37 E6)||Results Splits Race Wrap ‘n’ Map Photos Jersey Points|
|VU Edgewater||Farnsworth Avenue, Footscray (Melway 2S 4F)||Results Splits Photos Race Wrap ‘n’ Map Jersey Points|
|RMIT Bundoora West||Plenty Road, Bundoora (Melway 10 A8)||Results Splits Photos Race Wrap ‘n’ Map Jersey Points|
|Royal Park (NEW)||Lawn 7, Brens Drive, Parkville (Melway 29 D12)||Results Splits Photos Race Wrap ‘n’ Map Jersey Points|
|Latrobe University||Car Park 6 Ring Road, Bundoora (Melway 19 H6)||Results Splits Photos Race Wrap ‘n’ Map Jersey Points|
|7||Sun 26 Nov||Monash University||Wellington Road, Clayton (Melway 70 G12)||Results Splits Photos|
- Races 1-6: Start any time between 1.30 and 2.45pm. Registration opens 1.00pm.
- Victorian Sprint Champs: Pre-allocated start times from 10.30am.
- Enter races 1-6 on the day at Registration. Entry fees $10 adults, $5 juniors (under 21). No pre-entry needed.
- Series tickets on sale at Races 1 and 2. $50 adults, $25 juniors (under 21).
- The Sprint Champs will have a separate entry fee, and can only be pre-entered online via Eventor. Please enter the appropriate Age class. ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN!
Courses: choose any of our three options
- Mo Farah – go the distance; hard navigation, approx 3.5km with 25-30 controls
- Sally Pearson – short ‘n’ sharp; hard navigation, approx 2.5km with 16-20 controls
- Usain Bolt – uncomplicated (suitable for kids and novices); approx 2.5 km with 16-20 controls
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org; 0409 135 020 (Debbie)
Here’s how to find out what features can and cannot be crossed during a race:
SIS rules and scoring – please ensure you read our rules of fair play, and the jersey points scoring system. Jerseys will be awarded to the highest scoring Male and Female on each course, in each category – Overall (Yellow), Sprint (Green), and Hill Climb (Polkadot). In 2017, your best 5 scores from Races 1-6 count.