Firstly, thanks to all who competed at Holmbury Hill on Sunday. We were pleased with the many compliments about the courses, although we felt that the Black course was a little short. But as the weather could be bad in February, we approached the planning with “a little too short would be better” attitude. We hope you felt the same. In addition, the bracken died back quite considerably over the last few weeks, making the terrain a little faster than we had planned for.
Having said that, the terrain at Holmbury has undoubtedly become rougher with brashings and bracken in recent years, although the paths are multiplying all the time. We tried to plan the more senior courses in the nicest areas of the woods although the approach to the finish is one of the roughest slopes. Sorry for the hill climb from the last control, but we kept it short 🙂
Control 149 caused a problem for some people with a new (in the last fortnight) unmapped mountain bike track further down the slope. Apologies to those who lost time, but the unmapped path was too close to the very distinct block of fight further down the slope. And we are disappointed to hear that some mountain bikers were shouting at orienteers “you shouldn’t be here” – unacceptable as they don’t have sole use of the Hurtwood forests!
Thanks also to Charlie Turner for his detailed and helpful feedback (despite major ankle surgery just weeks before the event) and Mike Murray (controller and assistant), Charles for calm organisation skills and all the LOK helpers who placed and collected controls with us over the weekend. You made our lives a lot easier.
Our next planning exploit is the British Sprint Relays on Brunel University in September: a totally different thought-process. We may see you there.
Julie & Ronan Cleary
Thank you to everyone for coming to today’s event. We received lots of favourable comments about the courses and I hope you enjoyed the event. My apologies to anyone impacted by the difficult access to the car park. The track up the hill into the car park was resurfaced on Monday so I wasn’t expecting any issues with it; I hope it didn’t impact on your enjoyment of the event and thanks to those orienteers who helped overcome the delays. I would also like to thank all the officials and helpers as well as our controllers for their part in ensuring a successful event.
Finally, if anyone has lost a pair of black Ron Hill gloves please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note the new date for this event, which is a week later than originally advertised.
FINAL details are available as a PDF here.
|Directions||Assembly is at the reservoir just off Radnor Road GR TQ 095437, but all vehicles (except traders) must enter via Hurtwood Control Car Park No 1 at GR TQ 098431, what3words smug.flying.manage. Nearest postcode is GU5 9SZ, but that is on the way to the entrance. Easiest approach is from the North via Peaslake village (postcode GU5 9RW) bearing left up Radnor Road. Linear parking on sandy forest rides. Maximum walk to assembly 1km. The nearest train station is Gomshall, which is 5km from assembly.|
|Courses||The standard recommended South East league courses are offered as follows, but competitors are welcome to enter whichever course they wish. Black M21 Brown M35 M40 Short Brown M18 M20 M45 M50 W21 Blue M16 M55 M60 W35 W40 Short Blue M65 W18 W20 W45 W50 Green M70 W16 W55 W60 Short Green M75 W65 W70 Very Short Green M80 M85+ W75 W80 W85+ Light Green M14 W14 Orange M12 W12 Yellow M10 W10 White|
|Map scale||1:10,000 ISOM Map updated 2022|
|Terrain||An area of mature, moderately hilly woodland, with a mixture of re-entrants, spurs, gullies and depressions which provides a variety of route choice and some fine navigation challenges.|
|Entries||Entries through Fabian4. Seniors £13, Juniors £6 until midnight Sunday 19 February. Additional charge of £2 where not a British Orienteering member. SI dibber hire £1, SIAC hire £2.50. Late entries from 20 to 24 February via Fabian4, subject to map availability with a supplement of adults +£2, juniors +£1. All entries on yellow and white course pay the junior rate. No entry on the day. Entry limit of 320 due to parking.|
|Punching||SPORTident punching. Punching start and finish. All other controls will be in “beacon” mode for SIAC use.|
|Starts||10.30 to 12.30|
|Facilities||Registration, download and toilets at Assembly. There will be catering provided by Tom’s.|
|Safety||Please make yourself aware of and abide by the current British Orienteering Covid-19 Participant Code of Conduct. We will offer a full refund to you if you need to withdraw your entry because you have COVID-19 symptoms. Please contact the organiser to arrange this. Orienteering is an adventure sport and competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer. Your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.|
|Dogs||Dogs are allowed in the area, although you are likely to meet members of the public walking their dogs.|
|Officials||Planners: Ronan and Julie Cleary. Controller: Charlie Turner, SLOW Organiser: Charles Spence email@example.com|