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Seaforth MapRun

There are 2 starting locations with different courses/routes: Seaforth shops, and, Balgowlah Oval.

The courses can be found in the MapRun App under: Select Event \ NSW \ Sydney \ Seaforth and Balgowlah.


Safety is important

These orienteering courses are provided for your recreation and enjoyment, offering an important boost to your physical and mental well-being during these challenging COVID restrictions. Bennelong cannot provide any support or assistance during your MapRun, Bennelong takes no responsibility for any injury or misadventure, you undertake the MapRun at your own risk. Please take a mobile phone with you, and, tell someone where you're going and what time you'll be back. In an emergency, please call 000.


Courses starting at Seaforth Shops:

This is mainly a street running map, but it does boast fantastic views of Middle Harbour - it's worth stopping to admire the views while regaining your breath during one of the many steep climbs.

Course Straightline Distance Actual Distance Summary Map Results
Short 2.8km 3.3km Dash around Sangrado Reserve Here Here
Medium 4.4km 5.8km Mainly street, with 2 short cross-country legs Here Here
Long 6.2km 10km Visits the 6 harbour access points Here Here
Score Your choice: 0 - 8.4km Street course, choose your own adventure Here Here
Scatter Visit any 15 controls Street course, choose your own adventure Here Here

Seaforth Shops: Where is the start?

Start location on Google maps.

The corner of Ross St & Sydney Rd (image below). Admittedly not a picturesque or spacious starting location/arena, but... importantly, it's west of the busy roads meaniong no major road is crossed on the course, and it's close (200m) to the only public toilet in Seaforth. 

Parking: there is car park next to the start. Free 2 hour parking at peak periods Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-1pm, unlimited parking outside of those hours.

Seaforth Shops, Public Toilets? There is a public toilet on the corner of Sydney Rd and Kempbridge Ave, right next to Seaforth Piazza / BUPA medical centre. The toilet plays music for you.

 

Seaforth Shops Short Course (3.3km actual distance)

^ on Powder Hulk Bay jetty (control #4), looking at Seaforth sailing club boatshed.

The Seaforth map is a street map, but this short course generates as much value as possible from Sangrado Reserve. The course makes a swift direct approach to Sangrado Reserve, then a mad dash around the reserve punching 6 controls along the bush tracks and jetty. There are minor route choices for the next 3 longish legs, before the steep climb back up Gallipoli Steps to the finish. The map is 1:7.5k scale.

The map is available to download here

Seaforth Shops Medium Course (5.8km actual distance)

For the medium course, you'll be surprised to find that Seaforth shops are not on top of a hill even though you're already high above the harbour. The route climbs to the highest point on the map, and attempts a couple of minor navigation detail challenges. There are a couple of short cross-country routes on old indistinct tracks, making full use of the bush on the map. The map is 1:7.5k scale.

The map is available to download here.

 

Seaforth Shops Long Course (actual distance 10km):

Why not dip a toe in the water? Why not dip a different toe into each one of Seaforth's 6 Middle Harbour access points?

Plenty of ascent and descent on this one. Some possible cross-country routes, and a tiny little wander through open bush to Pickering Point (control 8), just 50m from the jetty.

Map scale 1:10k.

The map is available to download here.

^ Pickering Point Baths in Middle Harbour.

 

Seaforth Shops Score Course:

Choose your own adventure, you have 45 minutes to collect as many controls as possible.

Score Format: This is a different format to traditional orienteering where you must follow a certain sequence. The Score format is more akin to a treasure hunt, where you choose your own adventure and visit the controls in the order you choose. You have 45 minutes to collect as many points as possible (there are 30 controls, worth different points), a maximum of 600 points available, but you lose 10 points per minute late as a penalty. The scoring system is that used at the Sydney Summer Series: Controls numbered 1-10 are worth 10 points, 11-20 are worth 20 points, 21-20 are worth 30 points.
 
All 600 points can be collected in ~8.4km, so a perfect 600 is possible for fast runners.

It is recommended to plan your course beforehand, and then adjust on the run.

The map is available to download here.

 

Seaforth Shops Scatter Course:

Scatter Format: The Scatter uses the same map as the Score course above, but the goal is to collect any 15 controls (checkpoints) in the shortest time. Simple as that, 15 controls, any order, as quick as you can.

It is recommended to plan your course beforehand, and then adjust on the run.

The map is available to download here.

 

 


Courses starting at Balgowlah Oval:

The Balgowlah Oval starting location offers nice running along Burnt Bridge Creek, contrasted against the bustling Seaforth shops/Sydney Road/Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation. The start location also affords a short section of the beautiful Spit-to-Manly walk.

Course Straightline Distance Actual Distance Summary Map Results
Short 3.3km 4.5km Clontarf Beach Here Here
Medium 4.4km 5.5km Burnt Bridge Creek Here Here
Long 7.6km 10.4km Full Seaforth loop Here Here
Score Your choice: 0 - 9.5km Street scatter Here Here

 

Balgowlah Oval: Where is the start?

Start location on Google maps.

Balgowlah Oval, just north of Sydney Rd. The start and finish is the south-eastern floodlight, image below.

Parking: There is free parking on Pickworth Ave next to the pavilion. Parking is restricted to 2 hours, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, but unlimited outside of those times.

Balgowlah Oval, Public Toilets? There are public toilets at the Balgowlah Oval pavilion.

 

Balgowlah Oval Short Course (4.5km actual distance):

This is the short course, but it will feel like a "long short course". The objective is the beautiful bushtrack from Sandy Bay in Clontarf around to Spit Bridge - the cost of which is a steep descent from Balgowlah, but an even steeper ascent up Gallipoli steps in Seaforth.

Map scale 1:7.5k.

The map is available to download here.

^ Fisher Bay on the Spit-to-Manly walk.

 

Balgowlah Oval Medium Course (5.5km actual distance)

This course features Burnt Bridge creek, and is a fairly flat and fast course. The route crosses a busy road (Wakehurst Parkway) half-way around, the control sequence is set to cross the road via a traffic island, but please be careful when crossing. The course finishes by using the tunnel under the Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation road.

Map scale 1:10k.

The map is available to download here.

 

Balgowlah Oval Long Course (10.4km actual distance):

This is a full loop of Seaforth, with plenty of ascent and descent. The course starts along Burnt Bridge creek, up & over Wakehurst Parkway (traffic island) and a steep descent to a small secluded beach on Middle Harbour. There is an up & down to the jetty at Powder Hulk Bay, followed by another up & down to Spit Bridge, with the lovely run along the Spit-to-Manly walk. A final long and steep climb returns to Balgowlah Oval.

Map scale 1:10k.

The map is available to download here.

^ the long course passes Fisher Bay on the Spit-to-Manly walk.

 

Balgowlah Oval Score course:

Choose your own adventure, you have 45 minutes to collect as many controls as possible.

Score Format: This is a different format to traditional orienteering where you must follow a certain sequence. The Score format is more akin to a treasure hunt, where you choose your own adventure and visit the controls in the order you choose. You have 45 minutes to collect as many points as possible (there are 30 controls, worth different points), a maximum of 600 points available, but you lose 10 points per minute late as a penalty. The scoring system is that used at the Sydney Summer Series: Controls numbered 1-10 are worth 10 points, 11-20 are worth 20 points, 21-20 are worth 30 points.
 
All 600 points can be collected in ~9.5km. It is recommended to plan your course beforehand, and then adjust on the run.

The map is available to download here.

 

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