EAL and SWELL (round 1)
Sun 24th Sep 2017
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Leagues: SWELL, EAL
I would like to thank Philip Cooper for his controlling of the event until the day itself when I took over. We were blessed with good weather and many enjoyed Rachel's challenging courses. Unfortunately control kite 128 was mis-placed on the day and this was not spotted until part way through the event. It was placed on the northern thicket whereas the control site on the map was on a thicket which was 50m further south. My apologies to all that were adversely affected; the legs to and from control 128 have been removed from the results. The tape marking the correct control site, like the tapes for most sites, had been eaten by the herd of several hundred deer that now live in the Park. Unfortunately the deer did cause some difficulties for a few competitors but I hope you all enjoyed your day.
Paul Beckett (HAVOC)
We hope you all enjoyed the courses, despite the misplacing of control 128. Weald Park is a lovely area with great views, and we were blessed with wonderful weather. Paul was not only the on the day controller, but also spent many hours in the weeks leading up to the event updating the map - thank you Paul. Our thanks also go to Phil Cooper who was the controller until the day of the event. His advice and tips on the courses were invaluable. Colin, once again, was a superb organiser supported by many HAVOC members: (Doug McTurk, Barbara Beckett, Graham Batty, Janet Biggs, Tony Biggs, Dale Bennett, Chris Shaw, Mike Muggeridge, Anne Power (LOK)).
Rachel McTurk (HAVOC)
A level C Ranking event incorporating EAL (East Anglian League) and the first 2017/18 SWELL (South & West Essex Local League) fixture.
By virtue of competing at a SWELL event you qualify for entry into that league.
IMPORTANT: Older type SI control boxes will be used for timing at this event. These boxes DO NOT support newer dibbers (SI cards). ONLY the classic SI-card 5, numbered 1 to 499,999 is definitely supported. SI-card 6, numbered 500,000 to 999,999 should work as well but we have not been able to test them. Therefore, if you do not have an SI card (dibber) with a number less than 500,000, you will need to hire one, for free, at the event.
Nearest town: Brentwood
- Grid Ref: TQ570940
- Postcode: CM14 5QJ
- Latitude: 51.62138
- Longitude: 0.26892
- Google Map (aerial)
- Bing Map (OS)
Directions / Parking
One mile from M25 J28/A12 junction at the ‘Cricket Field’ car park, off Weald Road, opposite the junction with Weald Park Way. Grid Ref. TQ 573940, postcode CM14 5QJ. Essex County Council car parking tiered charge of £2 for 1 hour, £3 for 2 hours, £4 for 3 hours, £5 for over 3 hours, "pay & display" (no change given, 5p coins and above accepted including new £1 coins). The car park charges go towards maintaining and improving the park and visitor facilities.
Toilets adjacent to car park. Visitor Centre with light refreshments 500m.
Start and Finish within 150-250m of the car park.
Other attractions: Lake with wildfowl, a deer enclosure and a picnic area. Stick Man play trail for the young and young at heart.
OCAD map of the former grounds of the Weald estate with recent updates, 1:10,000 scale. Terrain is gently contoured and comprises undulating mature woodland, a deer park, lakes, landscaped open and rough open areas. Map drawn to ISOM 2000 standard with the following special symbols:- elongated H = seat; black X = hide; black O = vent or play equipment; brown X = rootstock; blue X = tap or water trough; green O = distinctive tree.
Registration & Start Times
Registration 10:00 am to 12 noon.
Starts 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Courses close 2.30 pm.
A range of colour coded courses: White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue and Brown. Courses will be suitable for beginners, improvers and experienced orienteers. Help and coaching will be available for beginners/improvers (please ask at Registration). Maps will be overprinted on waterproof paper or bagged.
Due to forestry work some paths will be marked with purple crosses ("forbidden route") and some copses with purple OOB. Note rabbits are a problem in the area, keep a look out for rabbit holes. Deer and a small herd of redpoll cattle roam freely, do not approach them and make sure gates are closed.
Explanation of colour courses
- White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
- Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
- Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
- Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
- Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
- Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
- Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
- Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.
Seniors £7 (£2 surcharge for non-British Orienteering members.)
Electronic punching will be used at this event – SI ‘dibber’ hire fee 50p.
Pairs and groups pay one senior fee only but should take only one map.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Rachel Cooper & Doug McTurk
Organiser: Colin Jackson (HAVOC) email
Controller: Phil Cooper (WIM) assisted by Paul Beckett (HAVOC)
Dogs must be kept on a lead.
Safety and Risk
A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
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