Sunday, July 7th 2019 will be the 15th running of the Sydney Metropolitan Turkey Trot, which is the premier point to point event on the Sydney orienteering calendar. There were three courses available: Short (8km), Medium (12km) and Long (20km). Each course has multiple maps. This year the start and finish location is at Stanhope Gardens Reserve, and the course will go traverse The Ponds, Stanhope Gardens, Rouse Hill and Beaumont Hills.
The course standard is moderate, requiring basic navigation skills in map reading and route choice. Non-orienteers will have little difficulty with this standard yet it was still challenging in terms of route choice for the experienced orienteer.
The orienteering maps have a series of checkpoints (controls). Runners decide the best route between controls. All runners carry a SportIdent (SI) electronic timing stick to record control visits and finish times. (Timing sticks are available for hire).
Above is an image gallery of the 2017 Long Course which had four map changes. Click on the images to see a larger version of the map.
In conjunction with the Turkey Trot, three Family Friendly Courses are available for participants to enter on the day.
||Family Friendly Courses
||From 10:00 am
Please arrive at the start location approximately 30min prior to your start time.
The assembly and finish location for 2019 is at 1st Cherrybrook Scout Group, Appletree Dr, Cherrybrook.
The Sydney Metropolitan Turkey Trot was first held in November 2005 and run from Castle Hill to Parramatta Park. Since then it has been an annual fixture on the orienteering calendar and in recent years has found a home on the first Sunday in July. Below are some of the combined maps of the Turkey Trot Long courses.