Terrain

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.

Maps

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.  Please see the Final Details for more map notes.

Control Descriptions

Maps for courses 1-13 have pictorial descriptions printed on the front.  Maps for courses 14, 15 and colour coded have pictorial and text control descriptions printed on the front.  Loose descriptions will be available in the start lanes. 

Shadowing / Pairs

Shadowing (or competing as a pair) is not permitted on any age class course.  Please note that parents cannot assist their Juniors in the Championship Start lanes.

Shadowing (or competing as a pair) is permitted on the White, Yellow and Orange courses - persons shadowing may only do so after they have completed their own run.

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.

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

It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their dibber has registered at the control or that they have punched in the box on the map.

A charge of £60 will be made for lost or non-returned hired SIAC cards.

SI cards will be available for hire at the event from Enquiries. A charge of £30 will be made for lost or non-returned hire SI cards.

Race Bibs

Race bibs must be worn, unfolded and visible, on the chest by all competitors.  Those competitors who ran in the British Sprint Championships (on Saturday) will re-use their bibsRunners who did not collect their bibs on Saturday, need to collect their bibs from outside Enquiries.  Please try to provide your own pins.

When collected, please complete your details on the reverse of your 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.

Competitor Clothing

As per BOF rules you MUST wear full leg and body cover.  Shorts will not be permitted.

The Organisers may require a lightweight waterproof jacket to be worn or carried if the weather is bad – if so, notices to this effect will be displayed in the Event Arena by Enquiries and at the entrance to the Start.

Strictly No-Whistle, No-Go

This will be checked at the exit from the assembly field and you will not be allowed to start without one – so don’t forget it.

Courses

***Courses 1- 4 will have back to back maps***

Course No.

Course length

Climb

No of controls

Map size

Technical difficulty

Men

Women

1

6.1km

190m

28

1:10000

5

M21

 

2

5.2km

150m

22

1:10000

5

 

W21

3

5.7km

170m

25

1:10000

5

M35, M40

 

4

4.8km

135m

20

1:7,500

5

M45, M50

 

5

4.6km

120m

23

1:10000

5

 

W35, W40

6

4.5km

115

22

1:7,500

5

M55, M60

 

7

4.2km

120m

23

1:7,500

5

M65,

W45,

8

3.9km

110m

21

1:7,500

5

M70

W50

9

3.3km

80m

16

1:7,500

5

M75, M80, M85

W55, W60, W65

10

2.3km

50m

12

1:7,500

5

 

W70, W75, W80, W85

11

4.0km

100m

22

1:10000

5

M16, M18, M20

 

12

3.3km

85m

16

1:10000

5

 

W16, W18, W20

13

3.0km

75m

20

1:7,500

4

M14

W14

14

2.2km

45m

14

1:7,500

3

M12, Orange

W12

15

1.8km

30m

12

1:7,500

2

M10, Yellow

W10

16

1.7km

20m

13

1:7,500

1

White

 

 

GPS Devices and mobile phones

British Orienteering Rules state that "Competitors are permitted to only use a GPS device to record data for use in post-race analysis."  Anyone found breaking the rule will be disqualified.  Mobile phones may be carried but should only be used in an emergency.  Mobile phone coverage in the woods is variable.

Safety notes

  • Please check for ticks after the event as they are in the wood.
  • Be aware of deep depressions and gullies in the wood due to the ancient mine workings – some are very deep!   One in particular (not on any courses) has been taped off.
  • Lone travellers are advised to leave their car keys with emergency contact details at Enquiries (anyone else who wishes to may also use this facility).

 

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