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West Anglian Orienteering Club

Huntingdon UrbanSun 25 April, 2021

Near: Huntingdon
Level of event: Regional
Type of event: Race



Organiser's Comments

I hope you all enjoyed your runs in Huntingdon. Thank you for your positive comments at download. The day went very smoothly from an organiser's perspective, and this is as ever due to the combination of well planned courses (for which thanks to Oliver and Jeff Baker as planner and controller respectively), good weather, and the efforts of the helpers on the day.

A small number picked up the wrong map, and so perhaps my signs indicating the class/course should have been more prominent. Apologies if that was the case.

We look forward to seeing you again soon, whether at one of our monthly Park-Os, or regular events.

Peter Woods (WAOC)

PS - 27 April

One runner has been disqualified on their own request, as they have realised, looking at the results, that they gained significant advantage on one leg by (inadvertently) failing to take notice of the OOB area marked on the map corresponding to the main shopping street. This request has been granted, and I applaud the honesty shown by that individual in coming forward to "own up" to this.

Pre Event Info

Location Info

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

UPDATE 19 April:

Entries now closed.

UPDATE 17 April:

Final Details issued. Control descriptions available as PDF. Start lane notices available to preview.

UPDATE 19 March:

Entries are now open via Fabian4.

UPDATE 12th March 2021:

We expect entries to open later in March, with entry limited to WAOC members for the first week, and open to all thereafter.

If you are willing to help on the day, you will be able to enter at a reduced rate. Details will be sent to club members in advance of entries opening.

UPDATE 24 Feb 2021: We are currently intending to proceed with this event as planned, with appropriate coronavirus social distancing measures in place, expected to be similar to the measures used in our events in September/October 2020.

No entry on the day will be possible. See below for details of pre-entry (not yet open).

This web page will be kept up to date as we finalise course details and entry arrangements.

Directions / Parking

In order to help maintain social distancing, please plan your journey in line with the following:

Enquiries, Finish for all courses, and the Start for junior courses 6 & 7 are all in Riverside Park.  The Start for urban courses 1 - 5 is in the town, several hundred metres from the park.

If you are travelling with juniors, or if you need to collect a hired SI dibber, then we recommend you use the Riverside Park Car Park (free on Sunday) - Nearest Postcode PE29 3RP.

If you and your passengers are running the urban courses, and do not need to pick up a hire dibber, we recommend that you park at Bridge Place Car Park, also free on Sundays, (PE29 2AB), and walk from here directly to your start.  The urban start will be signposted from the car park.

Please do not aim to use other car parks in the town.

Course Information

A range of urban courses are on offer for those aged 16 or older on the date of the event. 

Courses suitable for juniors are also available.  Details of all courses is given in the following table.

Courses 1-5 are all of medium technical difficulty and are predominantly on urban terrain.

The M12- and W12- course (7) is intended for juniors aged 12 and under, and is equivalent to a yellow (Easy) colour-coded standard.   This is set in parkland and does not involve any exposure to roads or traffic. Course 6 is equivalent to Orange/Light Green standard and is also set in parkland.  This course does encounter one minor road.

CourseLength (see note)
ControlsMen's classesWomen's classes
Course 17.5 km
Men's Open (M16+)
Course 26.4 km
Men's Veteran (M40+)Women's Open (W16+)
Course 35.7 km
Men's Super Vet (M55+)Women's Veteran (W40+)
Course 45.0 km
Men's Ultra Vet (M65+)Women's Super Vet (W55+)
Course 53.5 km
Men's Hyper Vet (M75+)Women's Ultra Vet (W65+); Women's Hyper Vet (W75+)
Course 6
3.2 km
Junior male (M16-)Junior female (W16-)
Course 7
1.9 km
Junior male (M12-)Junior female (W12-)

Lengths given for urban courses 1-5 are "as the crow flies", and so shortest feasible routes will be somewhat longer due to the need to navigate round buildings and other impassable features. Lengths for courses 6 and 7 are representative of actual distance travelled.

In line with British Orienteering policy, we cannot accept entries for the urban courses 1-5 from juniors younger than age 16 on the day of the event.  

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

Entry Details

Entries are now closed and there will no EOD. Start times will be posted on the Fabian4 website.

Please note that overall numbers of entrants in each start block period will be limited in order to comply with coronavirus guidelines.

Entries will close one week before the event date, ie 18th April, or earlier if the event becomes full. There will be strictly NO entry on the day.

Entry fees

Senior club members volunteering to help on the day£5
Seniors (BOF members)£8
Seniors (non BOF)/ Group£10
Juniors /Students£2
SI Card hire
SIAC hire£3

Registration and Start Times

You must register in advance for this event: Pre-entries only, no entry on the day. This is so that we can ensure start times are spread out in compliance with coronavirus distancing guidelines.

Starts will operate from 10:30 - 12:30. When you enter, you can select your own 15-minute start window, subject to availability.

Dibber collection / enquiries will be open from 10:00 to about 12:15.

Please try to arrive in time to start in your allocated start block period, and take note of the code of conduct issued by British Orienteering.

We will operate a "quiet start" so you will not be briefed verbally by start officials. Please observe the start lane notices, which you can preview here.

Terrain and map details

Course maps are A3 (courses 1-5) or A4 (courses 6&7) size, pre-printed with courses, and printed on waterproof paper.   Maps are at a scale of 1:5,000.

Control Descriptions

We will NOT be providing loose control descriptions at the event. A PDF version is available here, so that you can print your own control descriptions at home before you travel to the event.

Dog restrictions

This event is not suitable for dogs. Dogs are not allowed on urban courses.


Two portable toilet units will be set up in Riverside Park near to download/dibber collection. There will not be any toilets at the urban start. Please go before you arrive!


People should NOT attend any this or any orienteering event:

  • If they are unwell with a cough, fever or other respiratory symptoms.
  • If they have been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 until they have completed the prescribed quarantine period, even if they are completely symptom free.
  • If they have returned from any overseas country until they have completed the self-quarantine period for 14 days, even if they are symptom free.
  • If they are undergoing COVID-19 testing, until they have received negative results and are symptom free.
  • If they have been advised to stay at home by a health professional.

If you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, do not exercise outside your own home or garden and do not exercise with others. We also advise competitors who fit within the higher at-risk groups to take particular care and/or make decisions on attendance with due consideration to the risks associated with COVID-19.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Peter Woods (WAOC)

Planner: Oliver Hague (WAOC)

Controller: Jeff Baker (LOG)

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Competitors should beware of feral sculptures which have invaded the town during lockdown

Competitors should beware of feral sculptures which have invaded the town during lockdown