WOLF - Heathfield & Anagach, Middle Distance

There were some issues with controls that meant some people's results showed them having missed out some controls, this has all been corrected.

Sat 05th Sep 2015

Type of event: District Race-(C)
Type of terrain: Forest, Woodland
Info updated: 09th Sep

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Computing report

Apologies for all the results problems.

We had borrowed units from other clubs and whilst I time synchronised them, I didn't check every individual units programming, as I didn't think I needed to, and time was short (lesson learnt).

We had 2 units fail to work (even though they eventually beeped) 178 & 179, and competitors will have been credited with visiting these, but there will be a missing split time. It turns out that they had been programmed as "Readout units" (these can be used to store SI-card downloads if for example you lost computing capability at the event, you could later retrieve the data and import into the event).

We also had 4 controls that were programmed with a different number to that displayed on it.

I'm confident that the results are accurate (albeit missing 2 split times on some courses). The slow punch reaction time on 178 & 179 was the same for everybody, so no one person was more disadvantaged than another.

Paul Frost
Computing and website developer

Pre Event Info

The opening event of the Highland WOLF weekend.

Location

map

Directions / Parking

Car parking, toilets and assembly will all be on the flat field opposite Grantown Grammar School adjacent to the B9120.
Car parking £1 on the day (same location as for the Sprint race, so you only pay once).

Middle distance locations map

Registration, Start & Finish

Start times on oentries.com

Registration: 10:30 to 12:30, adjacent to car parking. Collect hired SPORTident timing chips from here as well as Yellow course maps.
Starts: 11am to 1pm. From the car park entrance turn left (east) and follow the red/white tapes along the right hand side of the B9102. The starts are adjacent to each other and are 700m from the car park entrance. Start for Short Green, Orange and Yellow courses is on the North side of the B9102. Start for Green, Blue and Brown courses is on the South side of the B9102. THERE IS NO PAVEMENT SO COMPETITORS MUST WALK IN THE ROAD. PLEASE KEEP WELL INTO THE RIGHT HAND SIDE.
Finish, Download and Courses close: from the Finish there is a 200m taped walk back to Download which is adjacent to car parking. Please remember to DOWNLOAD. Courses close 2:30pm.

Ticks are present in the area; please check for ticks after your run.

Course Information

Planned winning time is 30-35 mins for the Brown. Course lengths, climb and number of controls below.
Revised on 27th August.

Brown 6km, 140m, 25 controls
Blue 5.1km, 125m, 20 controls
Green 3.4km, 80m, 18 controls
Short Green 2.8km, 60m, 14 controls
Orange 2.1km, 60m, 9 controls
Yellow 1.7km, 40m, 8 controls. Yellow course competitors should collect their map from Registration BEFORE they go to the Start.
 

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.

Entry Details

21 years of age or older (TD5) £7.00

20 years of age or younger and Students £3.00

Adult on Yellow or Orange £3.00

Late entries and entry-on-day + £2

Car parking £1 on the day (same location as for the Sprint race, so you only pay once)

Maps still available for on the day entry

Brown 10
Blue 9
Green 10
Short Green 10
Orange 13
Yellow 10

Hired timing chips (Si-Cards, dibbers)

We provide a free loan of these if you don't have your own, but if you loose it there will be a £30 charge for it's replacement.

Terrain Description

Heathfield & Anagach

Map scale 1:10000, contour interval 2.5m.
Survey 2015, Tim Sands, contours based on LiDAR data. Mappers note: this is my first attempt at map making. I really enjoyed the experience and hope  you find the map both accurate and clear. I welcome all constructive criticism. 

Terrain notes
The map covers two distinct areas separated by the B9102.
All courses (Heathfield, NW of the B9102)
The terrain rises gently towards the NW.  Runnability and visibility is generally good apart from two areas of green. The eastern most is younger fir plantation containing numerous extraction lanes. Brashings will slow progress here both in the forest and along some of the rides. The other area of green is much more mature and contains some interesting rock detail. 
Forest Extraction Lanes  – For consistency extraction lanes are only marked in areas of green. Some competitors including those on the Orange course may encounter prominent unmarked extraction lanes in the West of the area. These should not be confused with paths.
Stone – only stone and rock features that exceed 1m in height are mapped. Some smaller features are marked but only where they are distinct enough to warrant inclusion.
Yellow Screen  – It is very difficult to judge which rough open areas to map particularly in the SE (Anagach).

Green, Blue, Brown courses (Anagach, SE of the B9102)
This is an area of predominantly runnable mature pine forest. It is interspersed with areas of rough open and younger plantation. Visibility is generally good but heather and blueberry will slow progress. The topography is undulating with fluvio glacial sands and gravels of acid rock (quartz-feldspar-granulite) origin, deposited over boulder clays in eskers and moraines. There are large tracts of marsh in the lower lying areas.

Facilities

Toilets will be available in the car parking field.
Grantown has a variety of cafes and ice cream shops; please support local businesses after your run.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs in car park only and on leads at all times. Please clear up after your dog and dispose responsibly.

Contacts / Officials

Weekend coordinator: Lynne Walker

Organiser: Chris Godlington

Planner: Tim Sands

Controller: Paul Duley

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.

Insurance

Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events and not joined an orienteering club that is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance.

Medical Conditions

You have the option of downloading and completing this Medical form. It could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions in the event of an incident. You can leave it at registration/enquires in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.

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