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 The Onkaparinga Hills Orienteering Club was formed in 1978 and we have approximately 30 individual, family and social memberships. John Such is the President and is supported by a band of enthusiastic club members.  Members are generally (but not exclusively) from the Mitcham and Mitcham Hills area.

Each year the club runs about several events and a team effort results in a well run event with courses to suit different ages and navigation abilities. Events are local Adelaide suburban events through to major events further from Adelaide.

The club also has training activities, and can offer new members training (at an event or evening training sessions).  Contact Robin Uppill (8278 3017 or 0419 037 770) for more information.  Many of our members also participate in Tuesday and Thursday eventing fitness training - contact Bridget Anderson for more information (0432 511 836)

During the year a number of social events are held. Specifically, there are BBQs at some events, there is a popular annual dinner and, the AGM is a social event with only a short formal interlude.

A number of committee members hold important roles on the state body (OASA) committee. Robin Uppill is OSA Technical Officer, Adrian Uppill is Mapping Coordinator, David Tilbrook is publicity officer, and Bridget Anderson coaching coordinator.

In elite competition, Simon Uppill runs in the South Australian Southern Arrows team in the National Orienteering League, and has represented Australian in both Junior and Senior World Orienteering Championships.  Bridget Anderson, recently moved to SA from Queensland, has also run in JWOC for Australia, and is currently coach of the Junior Southern Arrows Squad.

For more information contact Club President : John Such     Mobile 0438 795 338 (08) 8379 5338 

OHOC will subsidise the OSA memberships fee for new members who join OHOC and OSA.  For more details contact Robin Uppill (8278 3017 or 0419 037 770) 

Current OHOC Committee


NOL and SA Championships in the Flinders Ranges

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The 2 SA Championship events doubled as National League events with the second event the annual Ultra Long event sponsored by Wildfire Sports of Queensland.

The events attracted a number of interstate orienteers, elites and other age classes, keen to try orienteering in the outback terrain of the Flinders Ranges as well as enjoy the magnificent scenery.

The weekend commenced with Tintookies Orienteers presenting the SA Middle Distance Championships on northern Manawarra on Saturday afternoon.  This was a very late location change because the Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources did not process the event application for the use of land in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park in a timely manner.  Many thanks to Bob Smith and Gil Hollamby for creating a completely new set of courses in a few days in order for the event to proceed.  This necessitated a review of the courses in the field during the week, and emailing the course details back to Adelaide for map printing at Snap Hilton.

Results of this event are here.

Craig Colwell and Fern Hillyard at the last control

The courses all provided fast running in the subtle spur gully terrain, with areas of thicker native callitris pines slowing competitors at times.  The short time frame to prepare for the event led to one control misplaced to an adjacent gully, however most competitors only lost a small amount of time as a result.

On Sunday the action moved to Prelina – Manawarra for the SA Long Championships and Wildfire Sports Ultra Long presented by Onkaparinga Hills Orienteering Club, with a start near Pugilist Hill.  A walk of about 1 km from the car parking enabled a new assembly area to be used with start and finish in close proximity.  The elite courses were ultra long with the following lengths:

M21E – 28.2 km – winner was Leon Keely in 151:36 just over the planned winning time of 150 mins.  Local orienteer and member of the Southern Arrows Simon Uppill was second.  Kerrin Rattray and John Nieuwenhoven also completed this challenging course for the Southern Arrows.

W21E – 18.3 km – winner was Belinda Lawford in 121:52 min, a few minutes over the 110 min winning time.  Natasha Key led until the later part of the course, where some errors gave the lead to Belinda.  Vanessa Round, Bridget Anderson and Olivia Sprod represented SA in this class.

M20 E – winner was Matt Doyle in 106:47, just under the 110 min winning time.  Three Junior Arrows ran in this class, Will Kennedy, Angus Haines (still an M16 so running in a higher age class) and Nicholas Congedi.

W20E – winner was Lanita Steer in 82:17, somewhat under the expected winning time of 95 min as their course did not include some of the physically tougher terrain used on the longer courses, so their running rate was faster than anticipated.

Each course had a mass start of 3 loops with competitors passing back through the start area to collect the map for the next loop.  Each loop contained some splitting with a butterfly section near the end of the 3rd loop, requiring concentration to be maintained to end. The following files shows all the loops and splitting for elite courses (only one version of the butterfly loop is shown on the final leg).

The map change area prior to the elite Mass Starts

 M21E courses.pdf
W21E Courses.pdf
M20E Courses.pdf
W20E Courses.pdf

Route map for two competitors who complete the score event: ScoreMapRoutes.pdf

All the results for the elite courses as well as the SA Long Distance Championships are here.

Thanks to all who presented this event from OH incluing course planner Robin Uppill and controller Jenny Casanova. 

Some of the challenging legs on C6 - M45A

Monday’s event was planned by the Saltbush Club from Whyalla using the Rawnsley Park map.  A range of courses up to 7km in length offered the SA and visiting orienteers a final opportunity to orienteer in the Flinders Ranges.  Again all results are available. Courses were planned by Adrian Watson and the event was organised by John Patterson.

More photos are available for viewing on the SA Facebook page. 


Also a big thanks to those who supported the clubs by working on the SI finish over the weekend, in particular Trevor Diment. 




Latest Club News
NOL and SA Championships in the Flinders Ranges Tuesday, 26 April 2016 The SA Middle Distance and SA Long Championships, and a middle distance event were held in the Flinders Ranges over the Anzac long weekend
Blackwood Score Event Sunday, 22 April 2012 A 3 hour score event organised by Onkapringa Hills club was held today in the Blackwood area and surrounds
Australian Three Days Report Thursday, 12 April 2012 A contingent of SA orienteers travelled to SE Queensland for the Australian Three Days Orienteering
Saturday Afternoon Junior Series Concludes Sunday, 5 July 2009 The last event of the series was held at Belair National PArk on July 4th
Welcome to the new Onkaparinga Hills Website Friday, 19 June 2009