This working Forestry Commission wood is on the Mendip Hills plateau at a mean height above sea level of 900 feet.  The tree cover is mostly coniferous and runnable, with some cleared areas.  The ground features are a product of the rise and fall of lead mining over 2000 years.  This has resulted in extensive areas of old workings – pits, depressions ranging from small to enormous, rock outcrops, long gullies and small hills.  There are some forest roads and an irregular path network.  The most complex parts of the wood demand continuous concentration to achieve accurate navigation.


The map scale will be 1:10,000 with a contour interval of 5m.  Competitors in classes M/W45 and above will use an enlarged scale map of 1:7,500.  Competition maps will be printed on waterproof paper.  The map was redrawn in 2017 by Dave Peel of Peel Land Surveys.

Electronic Punching

This will be a mixed punching event: normal SI cards or SIACs can be used. Controls will be enabled for contactless punching with SIACs.

SIACs will be available for hire with entries (not at the event) for those who do not have one, and must be returned at download after their use. A charge of £60 will be made for lost or non-returned SIAC cards.

SI cards will be available for hire at the event for those who do not have one, and must be returned at download after their use. A charge of £30 will be made for lost or non-returned SI cards.

If an SI unit fails to flash and beep, use the backup pin punch to punch along an edge of the map.


The provisional allocation of age classes to courses will be as per the British Orienteering Middle Distance Rules  https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/rules

Courses will be available for the following range of age classes: M/W 10 to M/W 85.

Start times

Start times are expected to be between 1000 and 1400. Seeded competitors will be in the block from 10.30 - 13.30.

Competitors will be able to state a preference for an Early, Middle or Late start, but the size of these three blocks on any course will be determined by the proportions choosing each block.

Split starts will be available for parents with young children; there is an option in the online entry system to choose this.

Helpers should enter as normal but identify themselves as a Helper on the entry form.

Start times will be published on the SPORTident website at least a week before the event.

Race Bibs

Race bibs must be worn, unfolded and visible, on the chest by all competitors.  Those non-elite competitors who ran in the British Sprint Championships (on Saturday) will re-use their bibs.

When collected please complete your details on the reverse of bib.  Any competitor with a known medical condition that could give rise to a safety risk is strongly advised to complete the medical information on the back of their race number bib.


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