- for small group training - contact coaching coordinator (under Contacts)
    - DIY Map Run event West Parklands - has a nominal event date of May 15th (see  Eventor) but courses can be done anytime
    - DIY Map Run event Belair NP - has a nominal event date of May 22nd (see event calendar and Eventor but courses can be done anytime
    - DIY Map Run event South Parklands  - has a nominal event date of May 29th  (see event calendar and Eventor) but can be done anytime
    - for more information on the MapRun courses see the Mobile DIY Orienteering page
    - other activities in the article below - "Orienteering at Home" including Minecraft orienteering
  • The June edition of the Australian Orienteer is now available online.
  • First SA Champion in Orienteering Dies. The Advertiser on May 9th contained a tribute to Carl Cederblad on page 83. Carl won the very first SA Championships in Orienteering on 9th September 1956 at Mt Crawford.  43 runners competed that day.The news of Carl’s passing was shared with John Lyon by Andrew Jeffries, who was, himself, a runner in that first Championship. Andrew encouraged many students from Marryatville High School to take part in the School Championships until his retirement. Orienteering came to SA from Estonia, via Jess Jarver, who was a fitness Coach with the National Fitness Council. Jess Jarver who has been dead for some time, , Neville Scott (who died last year) and Carl Cederblad all were competitors together back when maps were less accurate.Thanks to these pioneers we enjoy this sport in SA today. Carl was also elected Hon . Secretaru of the newly formed South Australian Orienteering Club late in 1956. Carl died on 4th May and a celebration of this life will be later. 

  •  The Maps for the  permanent courses at Thorndon Park & Para Wirra updated. For information about these and other permanent courses go to About Orienteering -> DIY Orienteering.

Orienteering at Home

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Organized orienteering activities are now all cancelled, however some training groups have now started - for small group training - contact coaching coordinator (under Contacts)

OSA will provide some tips  here on orienteering in or from your home, as well as various activites you can do.

Scroll down to see these activities which include

  • Outdoor orienteering
    • DIY Permanent Courses
    • MapRunF - mobile courses and events
    • various maps of past courses
  • Indoor Orienteering
    • Minecraft events
    • Running Wild
    • Videos to watch to help you plan your training

At the moment the permanent or  DIY courses are available (see video 1 below also), however before undertaking any activity please ensure you are up to date on the Dept. Of Health guidelines and follow all their requirements with respect to soclal  distancing. Also please do not undertake unnecessary travel.

If you did not get to a Twilight Series or Sprint Series events - some course maps as PDFs can found on this page.

You can also try a "DIY" course on your phone - for this you need to install the MapRunF app on your phone and then follow these instructions.

As for the DIY courses this is an individual and not a group activity and as for the DIY courses please follow current Dept. Of Health guidelines. 

MapRunF Events and Courses

1. West Parklands
- as this is listed in the Eventor calendar- it has a nominal date of May 15th - but courses can be done anytime
2. Belair NP - 2 courses one in the park and one on the golf course, see Eventor calendar - event has a nominal date of May 22nd - but courses can be done anytime

For all mobile courses that are easily accessed with MapRunF app, and have PDFS available for download  - go to the page on Mobile DIY Orienteering.

To access these courses, open MapRunF

  • Choose select event
  • Scroll though the list to South Australia and then choose either of the sub-folders listed and choose your course

MInecraft Orienteering - organised by SpurPosting

Did you enter the last virtual Minecraft event at Adelaide University? Well done to Angus Haines and his team who are organising this series. There were over 80 entries from all over the world . Best placed Australian was Jack Marshall who came 3rd The next one will be at 11am (UTC) on 23rd May. We when we will be travelling to Venice, Italy to compete among the islands and canals of the beautiful city. .  To enter or find out more click here.

Southern Arrows in Sweden

Brett Wiehart has startred a new Facebook site - setting some orienteering challenges for us.

Orienteering Coaching Videos

Video 1 by Bridget Uppill (from our Facebook site)

Video 2 - Training Plan - see link below

Video 3 - Interval Training - various

Video 4- Activities you can do at home - see documents below

Video 5 - Using Running Wild - link to Running Wild

See the "Stay at Home 3 Days" Running Wild Events


Day 1 - Middle

Day 2 Long
Elite (requires at least 3 hot cross buns)
Master (coffee recommended)
Junior (best done with chocolate before and after)

Day 3

Documents from video 4:






Activities from other Associations and Orienteering Sites

Puzzles from Scottish Orienteering - keep checking for updates

World of Orienteering - http://news.worldofo.com/ - follow their "Route to O Season" maps – including Day 9 which was a leg from the M20 course at JWOC 2007 – see Simon Uppill’s route

Training plans:

Click here Training_plans_to_keep_fit_and_active.pdf for link to training plans



Final Events in the 2020 Summer Sprint Season in Adelaide

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Training and competition events are available from Friday 21 – Sunday 23rd Feb as the Adelaide Sprint Camp organized by our coach in residence Evalin Brautigam. Adelaide Sprint Camp will be a weekend full of orienteering training and races. We invite everyone to come out for all or part of the weekend. There is a lot happening so if you can’t do it all, then just sign up for the races. This still lets you compete for prizes. The highlight of the weekend is the Knock-out sprint on Sunday which is a series of 4 short races where you shuffle up or down groups depending on how you place. We will also be using SI-Air+ for all the races during the weekend, and even if you don’t have one you will have the chance to rent one for free. Full details in the event bulletin here, with the program as follows:

Friday 21- AM – Training 1 and 2 at Flinders University

Friday 21 – Evening – Final event in the Snap Sprint Series at Stirling

Saturday – AM – Training – Botanic Gardens

Saturday – Early PM – Training – Eastern Adelaide CBD

Saturday Evening – Competition Event – Semaphore Park

Sunday - AM – Knockout Sprint – 4 short races at Trinity College


The following weekend is the final event of the summer sprint season, the SA Sprint Championships at the Waite Campus of Adelaide University on Sunday March 1st. Course setter is Dante Afnan.

And for your assitance - here is the legend for Sprint maps


Snap "Sprint' Series 2020

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The Snap Sprint Series starts on Friday 31 Jan at Flinders University, with events on the following 3 Friday evenings.  The last Friday event on 21 Feb is on a new map at Stirling. All events are listed in the event calendar.

On the weekend of 21 – 23 Feb, additional sprint opportunities are offered. These are a Saturday evening race at Semaphore Park, and with a “Knockout” Sprint at Trinity College on the Sunday morning.  . Plus some morning training activities on the Friday and Saturday.

So what is “Sprint” orienteering – it is a shorter form of orienteering with traditional line courses, generally held on small urban map areas such as campuses and parks, and with a lot of detail. A smll snippet from Adelaide University si shown below.


For the serious orienteer, sprint orienteering is about thinking and racing hard simultaneously, focusing on quick decision making.  The courses are fairly simple to navigate at a walk or a slow jog for the less serious orienteer, but the task is more demanding at higher speed, especially when faced with constant changes of direction and route choice. If you run fast then make sure it’s in the right direction!

Courses are line format, where you must find all the controls in a set order, in the fastest possible time. Course lengths vary from 2 km to 3.5 km, if you choose the best route!  These events use the Sportident electronic timing system which enables you to compare the time it took to get to each control with others on your course.

Entry is by three age groups, and you can choose the short or long course for all age groups.

  • Junior – 16 and under
  • Open – 17 - 44
  • Veteran – 45 and over

However for the less serious you can enter either course, plus a shorter easier course.

To help you get started – here is a full legend for sprint orienteering maps. An small example is hown below. In sprint orienteering some features are forbiddent o be crossed to make the event fairier - these inlcude high fences and walls, and areas that may be temporarily out of bounds due to construction work.  See the legend for all the forbidden symbols.

A new symbol to show two level situations where you can run underneath or on top is shown below.  As well as the traditional canopy/pass through symbol where you run under the "canopy" but not on the top of it.

Sprint Symbols Two Level

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