WRE Bulletin #2

WORLD RANKING EVENTS – CANBERRA, AUSTRALIAIOF

25 AND 26 MARCH 2016

BULLETIN NO. 2 

Two World Ranking Events are being organised in Canberra, Australia, as part of the 2016 Australian 3-Days Orienteering Carnival. In the elite classes for the 3-Days, the final placings for the overall competition are based on the total times of the three individual days (the first day is a WRE) plus the Prologue (WRE).

Program

World Ranking Events:

Friday 25 March. Prologue

Saturday 26 March. Australian 3-Days Day 1

Non-WRE events:

Sunday 27 March. Australian 3-Days Day 2

Monday 28 March. Australian 3-Days Day 3

Please refer to the 3-Days Program for directions to the events (including parking) and other general information. All WRE competitors are expected to arrange their own transport to the events.

Further specific information relevant to the World Ranking Events is as follows:

World Ranking Event Details

Prologue. Friday 25 March, University of Canberra

Type of competition: Sprint.

Terrain: University buildings and grounds, including some controls in bushland.

Map: 1:4000, 2.5 m contours (view previous map)

Course details 

M21E/M20E: 3.8 km (shortest practicable route), 23 controls, dimensions of control description list 160 x 50mm.

W21E/W20E: 3.1 km (shortest practicable route), 20 controls, dimensions of control description list 135 x 50mm.

Start lists

The starting order is based on IOF World Sprint Rankings as of 1 March 2016, with competitors starting in reverse order to their rankings. The order of competitors without ranking points was determined by random draw. 21E and 20E competitors are interspersed in the same start list.

To view the start lists:
Prologue WRE Men Start List
Prologue WRE Women Start List

Advice for competitors

Quarantine. You should go directly from the parking area to quarantine. You should initially follow the same route as other competitors but, about 100 metres from the parking entrance you should turn left to the quarantine area. It will be signposted. The left turn to the quarantine area will be before you reach the toilet bock. If you go to the arena, you risk disqualification.

The quarantine area will be open from 10.15. You are encouraged to go well before start time. You will register in the quarantine and your chest number will be in the registration pack. There will be water in the registration and shelter from sun or rain. There is also plenty of room to warm up on a grassed area.

For the Elite Prologue event the SPORTident AIR+ system will be used. Elite competitors will be provided with a SIAC card for use in the Elite Prologue if you do not have your own unit. These will be provided at registration in the quarantine area.

The first elite start will be 10.50. The last start will be 12.25. You must wear a chest number. You will not be able to return to the quarantine area until after the last finisher unless there is an earlier announcement.

The toilets are adjacent to the quarantine area. At least two toilets will be reserved for elite competitors. These will be taped off. Do not go beyond these tapes or you risk disqualification.

Please note that you must wear rubber soled shoes.

There will be no clothing return. If it is wet, the clothing and registration bags will be placed in a sheltered area. You will not be able to return to quarantine until after 12.25. If you need warm clothing before then, you should provide it to a non-elite competitor to take to the arena.

Start: There will be a pre-start at the quarantine area. After you pre-start, you will need to follow tapes to the actual start. At the end of the taped route, you will need to go down stairs. There will be an official there to direct you. You should turn left as soon as you reach the bottom of the stairs to go to the actual start. You will be given 2 minutes to go from the pre-start to the first start box but you must keep moving. The distance is about 250 metres. Your pre-start time will be 4 minutes before your actual start time. You will be called up just after the previous group has started.

Clear and check will be available in the quarantine area. After you reach the start box the procedures will be as follows:

At 2 minutes prior to your start time:

• Proceed to the control description box as directed by the start officials, and

• Collect a copy of your control descriptions from the table. It is your responsibility to ensure that you take the descriptions for the correct course.

At 1 minute before your start time:

• Move up to the start area and stand behind the correct map box for your course. Each map box will be labelled with course number and the classes assigned to that course.

• Write your name or start number in a legible manner on the back of the map.

• On the sixth beep of the start clock, competitors may turn over their map and commence their course.

• All competitors must pass within 5 metres of the start which is marked in the field by a stand and a control flag. There will not be a start control unit.

Warnings. There are a number of spectator controls. Routes will not be protected by tapes so there may be spectators close to the route you are taking. They will be advised periodically to stay out the way of runners but please take care.

The normal precautions for a university campus should be taken especially, if there are wet conditions and pavements could be slippery. There will be some road crossings. Although traffic is expected to be light, care should still be taken. Special care should be taken around the many construction sites which will be indicated on the map by the usual out of bounds hatching. Other out of bounds areas, such as gardens, will be shown with the usual symbols. Competitors observed entering any out of bounds area will be disqualified. Although it is Good Friday, there will be resident students using the campus on the day of the Prologue. Please take care especially when rounding corners particularly in the area of student residences.

Finish. After you finish, you must stay in the Arena until after the last elite finisher unless there is an earlier announcement. If you need to go to the toilet before then, please advise an official. Also, please get someone to take a bag with warm clothes to the Assembly area for after the race.

Drinking water will be available at the finish but you will not be able to go to the catering outlets. If you need food before the ‘all clear’ is given, you can arrange for a non-elite competitor to get food for you.

GPS devices. You are reminded that IOF Rules forbid the use of GPS devices unless there is no display and no audible signal.

Maximum running times. The maximum running time for an official result is 1 hour.

Last time for complaints. Any complaints relating to the WRE Sprint event must be lodged with the Organiser as early as possible and no later than 1:15 p.m.

Jury

The Jury for the WRE Sprint event will consist of Christine Brown (AUS, Tas.), Kathy Liley (AUS, Vic.) and Paul Prudhoe (AUS, NSW). The Jury will be chaired by the IOF Event Adviser, David Hogg.

Contact for further information

Dennis Trewin (+612 6251 3026, dennistrewin@grapevine.net.au).

Three-Days Day 1. Saturday 26 March, Isaacs Ridge

Type of competition: Middle distance

Terrain: Eucalypt and pine forest, steep in places, no exceptional hazards.

Map: 1:10,000, 5 m contours (view previous map)

Course details

M21E: 6.8 km, 220 m climb, 17 controls, dimensions of control description list 150 x 60 mm.

W21E: 5.6 km, 170 m climb, 17 controls, dimensions of control description list 150 x 60 mm.

Start lists 

The starting order is based on IOF World Middle/Long Distance Rankings as of 1 March 2016, with competitors starting in reverse order to their rankings. The order of competitors without ranking points was determined by random draw.

To view the start lists:
2016 AUS 3-Days Day 1 W21E start list
2016 AUS 3-Days Day 1 M21E start list

Advice for competitors

Quarantine. No quarantine arrangements will apply to this event.

Punching system. The normal SportIdent punching system will be used.

Start. The start is located 1.3 km from the arena with a climb of 120 m, of which the last 400 m is the steepest (75 m climb). Water will be provided at the start.There will be a single clothing return after approximately 12:30 p.m.

Warnings. Full body cover is recommended.

GPS devices. You are reminded that IOF Rules forbid the use of GPS devices unless there is no display and no audible signal.

Maximum running times. The maximum running time for an official result is 2 hours 10 minutes.

Last time for complaints. Any complaints relating to the WRE Middle Distance event must be lodged with the Organiser as early as possible and no later than 2:45 p.m.

Jury

The Jury for the WRE Middle Distance event will consist of Christine Brown (AUS, Tas.), Barry McCrae (AUS, Vic.) and Paul Prudhoe (AUS, NSW). The Jury will be chaired by the IOF Event Adviser, David Hogg.

Contact for further information: John and Ann Scown (+612 6292 5012, scownja@gmail.com).