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2015 Katoa Po

Show Profile  Taupoite Posted: 20 October 2014, 5:41 PM  
The 2015 Katoa Po will be going ahead. There is a lot of the Rangitira map people haven't been on yet. Duncan Morrison and Darren Ashmore are each organising extra events to make the 14-15th March a complete O weekend. Good training for the Nationals and NI Secondary Schools. Provisionally, it will be a middle distance length on the Saturday, Katoa Po Saturday night and a rogaine on the Sunday. All close to Taupo township. Details are still being finalised but the website (designed by Duncan)should be up soon with the details.
Make your travel plans and start looking for a team.

Show Profile  Taupoite Posted: 17 January 2015, 7:09 PM  
There is now a website giving information about the events.
http://www.katoapo.com/
More info will be posted as it comes to hand


Show Profile  Taupoite Posted: 1 February 2015, 6:16 PM  
Details of the Sunday Rogaine are now up on the website.

Show Profile  Taupoite Posted: 7 March 2015, 5:20 PM  
The courses are set. A really good mixture of orienteering for the weekend and appropriate training for the Nationals. The Middle mainly in clean forest, Katoa Po in Taupo gullies on farmland and an urban rogaine.
Updated information will be on the website soon

Show Profile  darren Posted: 11 March 2015, 2:03 PM  
Remember if you are planning to do the NavQuest rogaine after Katoa Po on Sunday you need to register by tonight in order to guarantee a map. There will be very limited on the day entries. http://www.hillaryoutdoors.co.nz/navquest/

Show Profile  Taupoite Posted: 13 March 2015, 3:15 PM  
The controls are out. Great views of the town and lake from event centre. Most of the grass is short but the recent rain has started the new growth so it's slippery in places. Weather forecast is for rain during the early legs but then clearing. Bring your wet weather gear. Both Darren's and Duncan's event should be dry.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 15 March 2015, 6:28 PM  
Nice event. Think it was NWOC winning the 7-person race and AOC the fives. Rain wasn't a big deal and was over by the time leg 1 was finished.

Show Profile  Neil K Posted: 18 March 2015, 7:07 PM  
Great event. Views over Taupo whilst running the long leg were very romantic.

Website is great (Duncan?), heard a few comments about this when I asked why people had come this year (and not last year). It gives a great first impression of a professional fun event. This is important.

Can't wait till results/splits are uploaded. Let me know if this is an IT thing that clubs need training in...I'll set a workshop up.

Show Profile  nick Posted: 19 March 2015, 3:42 PM  
Many thanks to Taupo for another excellent Katoa Po event. Enjoyed it immensely.

Already excited about next year!;

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 19 March 2015, 7:06 PM  
Route gadget is up so you can at least get some idea of the results http://www.routechoice.co.nz/gadget/cgi-bin/reitti.cgi

Show Profile  rob.g Posted: 19 March 2015, 7:57 PM  
Great event, but there is one job left for organisers after an event, and that is results!!!

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 19 March 2015, 9:33 PM  
The thing that really stood out for me wasn't the relay but the day event. In Taupo's heyday we had loads of championships and multi-days, and you don't need darkness or even forest to make this terrain a challenge. (Whereas night vision is a bit of a prob now.)

Now I know that Taupo is a tiny club, but you are ideally situated to attract Auckland, Wellington and Hawkes Bay people to a two-day. Offer your great maps to other clubs, squads, fundraisers etc to run events on. And then all 7 of you can enjoy your own terrain.

Show Profile  Taupoite Posted: 20 March 2015, 7:05 PM  
Michael

The club has only two maps - The Rangatira block (which admitted is big) and Whakaipo Bay. Karapiti, 99 Hills and Waihora are now dairy farms. Opepe, Huka and 99 Gullies are Maori Trusts that don't allow access to anyone, not just orienteers.
In several years time, then all those trees to the north of Scoria Road will be great, but the only access will be from Scoria as the forest has deer fencing on the other three sides.
It would be nice to have more maps, but that needs more members to justify them.

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