Wildfire Sports, Day 2 – The Murdering Shed

Wildfire Sports
PrimroseSampleSunday, 27 March 2016 – Australian Three Days – Wildfire Sports, Day 2 – The Murdering Shed



National Orienteering League Round 2 – Race 7

Map The Murdering Shed
This is a remap of the Primrose Valley South map that was last used around 20 years ago.  Sample of updated map above.
Old map will be displayed near Registration.
Old map: Primrose Valley South 1981
Map Scale 1:15000 for elite classes  1:10,000 for all other classes
Contour Interval 5m
Mapper remapped by Alex Tarr
Organiser Bryant Allen (Parawanga Orienteers)
Course Planner Liz Abbott (Parawanga Orienteers)
Controller Bruce Bowen
Terrain Classic spur gully terrain in which running is generally better on the ridges than in the gullies/creeks. Areas of thicker vegetation are shown as medium green and are at the slow end of runnability. There are also some very steep sided erosion gullies, which include impassable cliffs  – shown on the map either as thick black lines or brown lines with tags.
Punching System SportIdent
Registration Opens at 8:30am
Start Window 10:00am – 12:30pm
M21AS Sledge reverse chasing starts from 10:00am [Sledge Information]
Travel distance to event It is around 50 kms to the event arena from the centre of Canberra.  Travel time, however, is likely to be around 60 minutes plus because the road after the turn off to Captain’s Flat is relatively narrow and undulated which limits overtaking/passing opportunities. Further, there is around 10 kilometers of dirt road with the last 8 kilometres on a public road that passes through the Woolcara property – there are also 5 stock grids on this part of the road (some of which have blind crests) and care is also needed in passing livestock grazing near the road on the property.
Directions See Location.
Enter-on-the-day Info Available at Registration. More info here: Enter-on-the-Day.
Winning Times As per Orienteering Australia foot rules
Elite race distance Long Distance
Non-elite race distance Long, shortened for multi-day
Mud Map


Day 2 Easter 2016 course lengths and climb

Course No. Class Length (km) Climb (m)
1 M21E 13.9 465
2 W21E 9.4 370
3 M20E 11.1 420
4 W20E 7.0 280
5 M21A, M35A 8.5 300
6 M40A 7.8 280
7 M45A 7.0 280
8 W21A, W35A, W40A, M20A, M21AS, M50A 6.3 270
9 W45A, M16A, M55A, M35AS 6.2 230
10 W50A, W21AS, M60A 5.4 210
11 M65A 5.3 190
12 W16A, W55A, W20A 5.0 185
13 W35AS, W60A, M45AS, M70A 4.6 165
14 W65A, M75A, W45AS, M55AS 4.3 155
15 W70A, W75A, M80A, W55AS, M65AS 3.7 150
16 W80A, W85A, M85A, W90A, M90A, W65AS 2.9 100
17 M14A, M Open B, M Junior B 4.3 185
18 W14A, W Open B, W Junior B 3.3 140
19 W12A, M12A, M/W Open Easy, M/W Junior Easy 2.1 90
20 W10A, M10A, W/M10 Novice, M/W Open Very Easy, M/W Junior Very Easy 1.8 75


Course 1 to 4 to have a 1:15000 scale map. All other courses will be 1:10,000
Courses 1 to 16 are Hard navigation, Course 17 and 18 are Moderate navigation and Courses 19 to 20 are Easy navigation.


Wildfire SportsSponsored by Wildfire Sports

Wildfire Sports are sponsoring Day 2 by donating prizes valued at $1000. Major prizes include GPS running watches and hydration packs. The prize draw presentation will take place as soon as possible after 1:30pm.


The Australian University ChampionshipsAUS logo with white space around small

As set out in the competition rules for Orienteering Australia (5.14), the Australian University Championships Competition will be held on the Sunday (Day 2) of the Australian 3-Days and a Men’s and Women’s class will be offered. Competitors run their usual age class (E, A and AS classes are eligible) and the results are determined by a formula using kilometre rates achieved that incorporates a distance factor. The results are based upon the scores of the best two men and best two women from each university.


Champion Club TrophyAustralian Champion Club

All clubs will be competing for the Australian “Champion Club” Trophy, which was donated by the ACT in 1984. As the name suggests, it is an Inter-club Competition.  Initially it was based on the on the results in Australian Relay Championships, which were at that time for Club-based teams, but when the Australian Relays were changed to State-based teams in 1997, the Australian Long Distance Championships became the basis for determining the trophy.  In 2000 the competition was transferred to the Australian 3-Days.  Points are allocated in all age classes at the conclusion of Day 2 as follows:

Elite & A Classes A Short Classes B Classes
1st 5 Points 4 Points 3 Points
2nd 4 Points 3 Points 2 Points
3rd 3 Points 2 Points 1 Point
4th 2 Points
5th 1 Point


“The Murdering Shed” History

This area was first settled in 1862. It was divided into a number of small parcels of land, many of which subsequently proved not to be economically viable – including this one. The current landowner of the property covered by this map attributes the haunting name to a situation where some sheep held in a corral were lost in a bushfire. He informs us that his grandfather attended a small school later built on the former property area. After the school closed in 1900, his grandfather had to ride a horse to Captains Flat to attend school – but as he was still young when it closed he had to wait 5 years before going back to school to ensure he was old enough to ride by himself!