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Show Profile  rob.g Posted: 19 February 2019, 3:20 PM  
Some Australian friends are asking if QB weekend is worth coming over for, and I suggested it wouldn't be, with no pre allocated start times, suggesting enter on the day, probably be course, so no categories. Also a late call for mapping plus no info on the areas. Can someone enlighten me, please?

Show Profile  PaulTS Posted: 22 February 2019, 1:02 AM  
Herewith a preliminary and semi-official reply:

QB2019 will have the same competition level and standards as previous years. It will include the same set of test match, junior regional challenge, selection races and so on as QB events over the last several years.

It will be pre-entry, with entry on the day either limited or not available.

The entry will be by age/grade categories as anticipated for an event of this scale. Categories will look rather similar to those in use last year.

Our mapping call was delayed, but all landowners are now enthusiastically on-board. We have the existing maps which have withstood previous competitions and several high quality bids to be considered by the committee that will deliver maps in plenty of time ahead of the event.

The event terrain will be:
Days 1 (long) & 3 (middle): predominately sand dune pine forest with transitions into farmland dunes for a change of scene and style. The maps are on the Horowhenua coast. We recommend accommodation in the vicinity of Palmerston North. Kaikokopu has been previously used at a QB weekend, and the new map will open up areas that were too sketchy for use in previous competitions. The Whirokino remap will allow use of areas that have not seen competition for a long time (decades?). Neighbouring maps in the area include Osgilliath and Walda/Wanda which should give you an idea of what to look forward to!
Day 2: sprints around school campuses within Palmerston North. More details on the sprint day will follow in official releases but anticipate there being individual sprints and a sprint relay for some competition elements (e.g. test, elite, and/or regional challenge). The inclusion of sprints is a departure from recent previous QB weekends, but will fit well with use of the event in selection. The sprint day is on day 2 as that permits us having morning and afternoon events.

Show Profile  mcroxford Posted: 22 February 2019, 4:41 AM  
Paul, you forgot to mention that the events are on the ONZ events webpage and that there is a dedicated page on the Wellington Orienteering Club website for a while now, also that fliers were circulated at the South Island Champs at the end of January. Similar to previous years really.

Show Profile  PaulTS Posted: 22 February 2019, 5:31 AM  
Thanks, Michael. Yes - all those things!

Show Profile  rob.g Posted: 25 February 2019, 3:10 AM  
Paul thanks for your encouraging reply, but I do suggest the website gives more info and remove the no pre-entry bit.




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