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West Anglian Orienteering Club

Autumn in AngliaBury St Edmunds UrbanSun 10 October, 2021

Near: Bury St Edmunds
Level of event: Regional
Type of event: Race, Urban

Location Info

* Postcodes are not very precise in some areas, so don't rely on them for an exact location.

We welcome you to Day two of our two-day event - Autumn in Anglia 2021 - held jointly with our friends at SUFFOC. Both days are part of the national UK Orienteering League. This event forms part of the EA Urban League and also the SE Urban league.

This is a chance to orienteer in varied urban terrain in the Suffolk market town of Bury St Edmunds. Starting and finishing in the vicinity of the historic Abbey Gardens, you’ll be planning routes via streets, alleys and pathways to find controls in both the historic and the modern areas of the town. This event will be part of the 2021 UK Orienteering League (UKOL), the 2021 Southern England Orienteering Urban League series (SEOUL) and the 2021 East Anglian Urban League (EAUL).

On-line entry for both days is now open via Fabian4. Information on Day 1, Bush Heath Woods, can be found here.

Directions / Parking

Parking will be available at the Ram Meadow Long Stay Car Park, postcode IP33 1XP.  Enquiries and Download will be based in Abbey Gardens, 150m south of the Ram Meadow Car Park, adjacent to the Finish. The route from the Ram Meadow Car Park to the Enquiries/Finish Area will be marked. The Start is on the western side of the River Lark, 100m to the northeast of the Ram Meadow Car Park and 250m north of Abbey Gardens. The route from both will be marked. (If you are pre-entered and do not need to collect a hired dibber, you may, if you wish, proceed directly to the Start.)

Course Information

This event will offer the usual range of urban courses for senior classes, together with junior courses for those aged 16 or younger, and aged 12 or younger.   Course information below is provisional.



Length /km (see note)

Climb /m


Course 1




Men’s Open (M16+)

Course 2




Women’s Open (W16+), Men’s Veteran (M40+)

Course 3




Women’s Veteran (W40+) Men’s Senior Veteran (M55+)

Course 4




Women’s Senior Veteran, Men’s Ultra Veteran (M65+)

Course 5




Women’s Ultra Veteran (W65+), Men’s Hyper Veteran (M75+)

Course 6




Women’s Hyper Veteran (W75+)

Course 7




Junior  Female (W16-), Junior Male  (M16-)

Course 8




Young Junior Female (W12-), Young Junior Male (M12-)

Lengths given are "as the crow flies", and so shortest feasible routes will be somewhat longer (typically 20-30% longer) due to the need to navigate round buildings and other impassable features.

In line with British Orienteering policy, we cannot accept entries for Courses 1-6 from juniors younger than age 16 on the day of the event. (These courses all require competitors to cross several roads.) Junior courses (7-8) are mainly set in The Water Meadows and Abbey Gardens but include some sections in quiet residential areas, a pavement run alongside a busier road and a timed out road crossing. Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult and we urge parents to use their discretion for older juniors.

To ensure adequate safety requirements, start times for courses 7-8 are available only in the range 10:30-11:45.

Otherwise, anyone may enter any course, but most entrants are expected to enter the course corresponding to their age class, as indicated in the above table.   In order to be competitive in the UKOL, SEOUL or EAUL leagues you must enter the correct course for your class. 

Course controls will be set up in beacon mode, allowing non-contact punching for those with SIAC dibbers.

Entry Details

On-line pre-entry is essential. Although current (July 21) BO guidance for England removes all restrictions on numbers entering and participating, we will not be able to accept entry on the day.

On line entries are now open at Fabian4, and are at a reduced rate until midnight on Sunday 26th September 2021, with final entries closing on midnight 3rd October 2021. No entries will be accepted after this deadline.

Entry Fees

N.B. Reduction of £1 per individual will apply to total cost of entry when entering both days of Autumn in Anglia.

Pre-entry before 27/09

Pre-entry from 27/09 to 3/10

Senior club members of WAOC and SUFFOC volunteering to help on the day



Senior BO Member



Senior Non-BO Member



Junior under 21/Student in full time education


SportIdent card hire (electronic chip timing) £1

SIAC hire £3

Loss of a hire dibber will incur a charge of £30.

Junior fees apply to those aged under 21. Student rate applies to those in full-time education irrespective of age.

Registration and Start Times

Hired dibbers must be collected from Enquiries.

Start times will be from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm for urban courses and 10:30 - 11:45 for junior courses.

There will be a punching start. We will not be calling up or enforcing exact start times. Please plan to arrive in time to start at your allocated start time but not too early, to help us avoid congestion at the pre-start.

Please observe the start lane notices, and any verbal advice given by the start officials.

Terrain and map details

Course maps will be 1:4000 scale and will be printed on waterproof paper.  Map size will be A3 for courses 1-6  (double-sided on courses 1 and 2) and A4 size for courses 7-8.

Courses pass through town centre and residential areas, with some park and other open space, including Abbey Gardens.

Dog restrictions

Not suitable for dogs.

Toilet facilities

There are public toilets at Ram Meadow Car Park; at Bury St Edmunds Bus Station ( St Andrew Street North, IP33 1TZ); and in Abbey Gardens.


The event is being planned in line with July 21st BO guidelines relating to Covid19.

Before attending this event, or any other orienteering activity, orienteers, including officials, volunteers and coaches,should self-assess for symptoms of COVID-19. These are:

  • A high temperature.
  • A new, continuous cough.
  • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.

If you, or anyone you live with, have one or more of these symptoms you should not attend the event, even if your symptoms are mild. You should follow NHS guidance on testing and self-isolation.

If you have been informed that you need to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace (or are required to self-isolate in relation to travel), you must do so. You should not leave your isolation location in order to participate in sport and physical activity. You can find more information in the NHS guidance on how to self-isolate.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Peter Haynes (WAOC)

Planner: Sarah Mansel (SUFFOC)

Controller: Mike Capper (WAOC)

Important Event Information

Safety and Risk: A risk assessment is carried out by the organiser in advance of each event, 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 participated in three orienteering events/activities and not joined an orienteering club that is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance.


WAOC process entrant information on the basis of legitimate interest to produce competition results, to provide participation and results information to British Orienteering, and we retain details for a period to meet our insurance requirements.  Published results may include (but not limited to) name, any club affiliation, race times and age group. Read our data protection page for further information about how we look after your personal information.

Taking Photographs:

In line with the policies of British Orienteering, the organisers of this event request that any person wishing to take photos or videos showing children should register their details with event volunteers before taking any such photos or videos. The event organisers reserve the right to ask people to refrain from taking photos or videos and may, if such warnings are ignored, refer the matter to the police.

Club's use of Images:

We may sometimes publish photographs of event participants in news items or publicity.  At events where we have arranged for photography we will advertise this at the event and in advance in the event details.  

We aim always to obtain the permissions of parent or responsible adult before we publish any picture showing a junior participant as the main focus. Although we cannot guarantee that an event photographer will not take photographs of any given individual, we will do our best to avoid publishing images of individuals who have told us they do not wish to be photographed.

Read our data protection page for further information about our policy on photography and use of images.