Travel and Parking

Most entrants will access the event from the A41 leaving it near Tring for only a few miles on minor roads. The A41 can be accessed from the M40, M1 and M25.  The event is within 30 km of the Sprint Championships at Milton Keynes on the previous day. Car parking will be in a field. Most campervan/minibus parking will be in the adjacent arena field.

Arena and Finish

The arena and finish will be in a field adjacent to the car parking field.  It is a big field and there will be space for some campervans and helper cars in this field.  Nobody should have more than a couple of hundred metres to get to the finish and all facilities within the arena. There will be toilets, catering and equipment traders, commentary and First Aid on site.
Spectators should have a good view of the finish funnel.  There is plenty of space for club tents and banners.
Limited overnight parking will be possible for some campervans.  Check the Overnight Campervans page for details and restrictions.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed on leads in the car parking and arena fields.  Dogs are not allowed on either the Championship or non-Championship courses.

Terrain

Wendover Woods consists of 2 large spurs in the SW and SE separated by a central valley.  The western slope of the SW spur continues northwards and is dominated by a steep slope.  The woods consist of typical Chiltern woodland mostly deciduous with some conifer (mostly fast runnable) with occasional conifer plantations (usually fight) especially in the central valley.  There are occasional patches of brambles and sapling regeneration (mainly ash).  These have been mapped in detail where they affect the courses.  Courses have been planned to avoid the worst of these bramble patches.

Map

Mark Thompson and Jim Prowting of TVOC have drawn a new map using Bluesky Lidar data. The scale is 1:10000 with a 5m contour interval.  Printed map size for the event will be A4.

Punching

Normal SI dibbers or SIACs can be used.  Controls will be enabled for contactless punching with SIACs.  SIACs will be available for hire for those who do not have one.

Start Times

Start times are expected to be between 1030 and 1300.  They will be extended a little if necessary.  Championship courses will have a timed start.

Starts

There are two starts – east and west.  Both are about 1500 meters from the arena.  The route to them is the same for part of the way. Routes are mostly on easy paths and forest roads with little climb.

Classes available

M/W10 to M/W85 plus orange, yellow and white.  For the middle distance championships there are no A, B or E classes.  Courses have been planned so that most classes should have a winning time of 30-35 minutes. M/W18/20 are planned to have a shorter winning time of 25-30 minutes to make it similar to the winning time for the Junior World Orienteering Championships.

Courses

All course information is provisional pending final checking and controlling.

Course

M class

W class

Start

Length km

Climb m

1

M21

 

East

5.6

225

2

 

W21

East

4.6

180

3

M35/M40

 

East

5.3

175

4

M45/M50

 

East

5.1

165

5

M18/M20/M55

W35

West

4.6

140

6

M60

W40

West

4.4

130

7

M65

W45

West

4.4

105

8

M70

W18/W20/W50

West

4.2

105

9

M75/M80/M85

W55/W60/W65

West

3.5

80

10

 

W70/W75/W80/W85

West

2.4

75

11

M16

 

West

4.3

110

12

 

W16

West

3.4

65

13

M14

W14

West

2.6

80

14

M12

W12

West

1.9

95

15

M10

W10

West

1.9

80

Orange

 

 

West

1.9

95

Yellow

 

 

West

1.9

80

White

   

West

1.8

50

 

Seeding

There will be seeding for all classes except for M/W 10/12.  Seeded runners will normally start in the later time block for their course.
Details are on the Entries page

Other activities

It is hoped that there will be a string course and other ‘orienteering’ activities in the arena field.

Officials

Planners    Mark Thompson and Peter Riches (TVOC)

Organiser    Mike Cope (CLARO) assisted by Freya Askham (SMOC)

Controller    Hedley Calderbank (HH) assisted by Roger Moulding (HH)

Contacts

Organiser:  organiser2017@britishmiddlechamps.org.uk

Entries:  entries2017@britishmiddlechamps.org.uk