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West Anglian Orienteering Club

Autumn in AngliaBush Heath WoodsSat 09 October, 2021

Near: Mildenhall, Suffolk
Level of event: Regional
Type of event: Race



Organisers' Comments

Well after a misty start, a lovely warm day for our first day of Autumn in Anglia. It was great to catch up with so many of you, and Emma and I hope you all enjoyed your runs. The planner was definitely correct about the high grass- even higher when you fell down a deep hole as well! Still, thanks to Mike B as planner and Phil Halford as controller for giving us some great courses to keep us entertained. As always, thanks to the merry band of helpers from WAOC and SUFFOC without which the event wouldn't have happened.

A bit of lost property - 1 control description holder, one stripey blue towel, and one pale grey well-loved fleece. All will be at Bury for collection.

Looking forward to day 2 and seeing many of you again tomorrow.

Helen Hague (WAOC)

Pre Event Info

Location Info

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

LATEST NEWS 8th October

We will be presenting some of the EA Champs trophies at Bush Heath. Please join us at around 12:30 if you can for this short ceremony. (There will also be a presentation at Bury St Edmunds on the Sunday, as already advertised, for the trophy winners who are not running at Bush Heath).

5 October Entries are now closed. Click here for final details in PDF format


We welcome you to Day one 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. For those of you in the EAOA region, this event also forms part of the EA League.

Information on Day 2, Bury St Edmunds Urban, can be found here.

Entries for both days are now closed. Start lists can be viewed via Fabian4.

Directions / Parking

Parking will be at the Council Offices on College Heath Rd, Mildenhall IP28 7EY.

By car

From south: A11 travelling North to Mildenhall:

From A11, at Barton Mills roundabout take first exit to A1101 Mildenhall. After 1.2 km, carry straight on (first exit) at mini roundabout continuing on A1101.  

From: A1065 travelling South to Mildenhall:

Turn right onto Thetford Road signposted to Mildenhall (just after garage/ car dealership ). [If you miss it just carry on to Barton Mills roundabout and turn right onto A1101 to Mildenhall and see above] After 1 km, carry straight on at mini roundabout continuing on A1101.  

Assembly and facilities

Enquiries and Download will be adjacent to parking area.  Hired dibbers must be collected on the day from Enquiries.

Course Information

Colour-coded courses on offer as follows:


Distance (km)

UKOL/ EA League Age classes










Light Green 



Short Green 


M75, W65, W70, W75



M65, M70, W16, W18, W20, W45, W50, W55, W60




M16, M18, M20, M45, M50, M55, M60, W21, W35, W40




M21, M35, M40

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 at Fabian4 are now closed.

Prior to the closing date, entry fees were 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.

In line with British Orienteering policy, we cannot accept entries for the Blue and Brown courses from juniors younger than age 16 on the day of the event as these courses involve an unmarshalled crossing of a road with fast moving traffic. Otherwise, anyone may enter any course, but most entrants are expected to enter the course corresponding to their age class, as indicated in the table below. In order to be competitive in the UKOL or EAL leagues you must enter the correct course for your class.

Enquiries to

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 27/09/21

Pre-entry from 27/09/21 to 3/10/21

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

Registration will be open from 10:00 am till noon.

Starts will operate from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, but pre-entry start slots for junior courses will be limited to 10:30 - 11:45.

Terrain and map details


The map has been updated for this event. Maps are A4 size, printed on waterproof paper. Map is at 1:10000 scale. White and yellow courses have written control descriptions, Orange course written and pictorial, pictorial control descriptions for remainder of courses. Control descriptions are on the map and loose control descriptions will be in the start lanes.


Bush Heath is a mixture of open heathland and forest blocks of differing maturity and runnability.  Some areas contain brambles, and this is shown on the map by a vertical green line screen.


Clothing and footwear:

Long sleeved tops are advisable and trousers giving full leg cover is compulsory. You are advised to carry a whistle. Please ensure your clothing is appropriate for the time of year. There is a clothing dump at the start- this is close to the finish. Please bring your own bag for your clothes and remember to collect on the way back from the finish.

In extreme weather conditions, cagoules may be declared obligatory and signs will be on display at assembly if this is so. 



  • Please do not go into any area marked as Out of Bounds, indicated on the map by either solid olive colour, or vertical purple stripes or cross hatching. 
  • Avoid the BMX track - this area is marked OOB on the map by purple hatching.
  • There is a single shaft which could potentially be a hazard.  This has been marked off by black/yellow tapes, which should not be crossed.
  • Biosafety- please clean shoes before the event to avoid spread of plant-based diseases.
  • There may be cyclists and pedestrians in the forest: please be aware of them.
  • BLUE and BROWN courses involve an unmarshalled crossing of a road with fast moving traffic. Only those over 16 on the day of the event are permitted on these courses.  

You take part in this event at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety.

You MUST report to download, even if you retire.

Dog restrictions

Must be under close control at all times, must be on leads in the car park area and near roads.


Portable toilets will be provided at the event.

There are no café facilities at the event, although there are some eating establishments in Mildenhall.

Results: Results will be posted on the WAOC website shortly after the event.


We would like to thank the following for their contributions to the event:

  • Forestry Commission for permission to use the area.
  • Everyone from WAOC and SUFFOC who has volunteered to help at the event.


The event is being planned in line with current 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

Deputy Organiser: Emma Jarrett (WAOC)

Organiser: Helen Hague (WAOC)

Planner: Mike Bickle (WAOC)

Controller: Phil Halford (SUFFOC)