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NZ Secondary Schools National Champs 2013

Show Profile  Chris Posted: 29 July 2013, 11:14 AM  
Long distance event on Routegadget is now fixed. It seems Routegadget doesn't like crossing points.

Show Profile  SteveO Posted: 29 July 2013, 12:06 PM  
Michael, I posted the following description of my view of the finish of the Senior Girls Relay on Jamie's blog:

"The chute was a taped route in a paddock roughly 5m wide of about 100m length down a wide shallow re-entrant with the spectators behind another tape about 20m up the true right hillside. The ground underfoot was slippery and getting muddier as more and more runners finished.

Briana entered the finish chute a metre or two ahead of Alice and the noise from the spectators, which had been loud to begin with, rose to such a volume that the sheep in the next paddock stampeded and half Hawkes Bay ground to a halt in amazement. Alice tried to take Briana on the right but was unable to get between her and the tape. She dropped back, tried again on the left but seemed unwilling to trust the underfoot conditions. Finally, in the last ten or fifteen metres she eventually found a gap, darted past Briana and reached the finish banner perhaps half a pace ahead.

There were two finish controls and the girls grabbed one each. They were still at speed at this point and collapsed to the ground in a melee of legs and flags. Both seemed to need two or more attempts before punching successfully.

The obvious lesson from all this is that more attention needs to be given during training to the important skill of punching control boxes, particularly finish controls, at speed.

It could also be said that both girls, whose ladylike tussle down the chute displayed manners that were a credit to both their Mothers and their Schools, might have benefited from a quiet word on the effectiveness of a well-placed elbow in such situations."

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 29 July 2013, 12:35 PM  
So Dio are the winners then

The obvious lesson is know the rules

Show Profile  AlisterM Posted: 29 July 2013, 5:33 PM  
NZOF Rule 23.1 states that "The competition ends for a competitor when crossing the finishing line."
but make no mention of electronic timing.

The obvious lesson is that NZOF needs to keep the rules up to date with the technology used to run events.

NZOF Competition Rules 2008

23.1 The competition ends for a competitor when crossing the finishing line.
23.2 The run-in to the finish line shall be bounded by tape or rope. The last 20 m shall be straight. The finish line shall be at least 3 m wide and shall be at right angles to the direction of the run-in. The exact position of the finish line shall be obvious to approaching competitors. (It is recommended that the approach to the finish shall be marked by a funnel consisting of two suitable tapes or ropes along the run-in narrowing at the actual finish line. Any funneling to keep competitors in single file shall commence after the finish line.)
23.3 When a competitor has crossed the finish line, the competitor shall hand in the control card and, if so required by the organisers, the competition map.
23.4 The finishing time shall be measured when the competitor's chest crosses the finish line. Times shall be rounded down to whole seconds. Times may be given in hours, minutes and seconds or in minutes and seconds only.
23.5 Two independent time keeping systems, a primary and a secondary, shall be used. (The secondary means may take the form of watches synchronised with the finish clock)

Hand in clip cards ??
No mention of electronic timing ??

To be fair to NZOF, the NZOF rules do refer to the IOF rules (but in the section on Control Cards and Marking Devices).

NZOF 20.3 When electronic systems are used the relevant rules of "Competition Rules for IOF Foot orienteering events" shall apply.

which clearly state
IOF 23.10
In competitions with mass or chasing starts, finish judges shall rule on the final placings based on the order that the competitors chests cross the finish line. A jury member shall be present at the finish line.

Show Profile  AllanJ Posted: 29 July 2013, 5:47 PM  
So who won the schools competition then?

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 29 July 2013, 6:18 PM  
Hmmm. Thinking beyond this event to the national relays and international mixed relays in this gender-careful age, we may need a definition of "chest";-)

Show Profile  thomasr Posted: 30 July 2013, 6:27 PM  
Some of my highlights, in the blog at




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