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West Anglian Orienteering Club

RoystonSat 22 April, 2017

Near: Royston
Level of event: Regional
Type of event: Race, Urban



Planner's Comments

SIAC contactless punching was a new venture for WAOC - I hope that it was an interesting experience for those trying it for the first time. Whether the failure of control 64 was associated with the extra power demands of SIAC is as yet not known - the battery had been checked before the event. The box was replaced at 13.00 after finishers reported the issue. Those missing this control have been reinstated. Apologies to those affected. Finish times were on the long side, partly due to those hills and partly due to the convoluted connectivity of parts of Royston adding extra distance. As so often, finding an area suitable for the juniors was the most significant constraint. We did consider putting them on the Heath, but the grazier's electric fences are apt to move, so we settled instead on the estate to the north of the school. A comment from an M12 about his enjoyment of a 'proper urban course' helped justify this decision. Basing the event at the school did mean some less challenging legs through the simpler estates, especially for the shorter vets classes. I wanted to give everybody a chance to enjoy the range of townscapes offered by Royston, and we debated the lengths / climbs in relation to the guidelines. Suggested course lengths do not currently make allowance for climb in urban courses, and after discussion with British Orienteering, I took responsibility for pushing some lengths towards the upper end of the range. This also increased the map size out to a potentially unwieldy SRA3. Comments after the event seemed to be split between navigational challenge and the long run times. The one came with the other on this area, so I hope the tired legs were justified by some more interesting navigation legs. Thankyou to my controller for his understanding of my objective! Thankyou also to all who supported the planning tasks, and especially to Peter Woods who was helping me set controls in the rain at 07.00 before tackling SI issues later in the day. It would have been a very early start with a headlamp for me otherwise.

Peter Duthie (WAOC)

Pre Event Info

Location Info

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


Help available for beginners

This event will offer urban orienteering in the old town of Royston and its surrounding street network, where route choice decisions will involve balancing cut-throughs against contours - (those brown lines which do not often feature in East Anglian Orienteering maps).

Directions / Parking

Royston is easily accessible from the A10 and from the M11 and A1M via the A505.
Royston has a rail station and the journey from London is less than 50 minutes.

Course Information

Entries will be by class in line with SEOULguidelines.

Details of courses are to be confirmed, but the following entry classes will be available:
Mens Open (M16+)
Mens Veteran (M40+) Womens Open (W16+)
Mens Super Vet (M55+) Womens Veteran (W40+)
Mens Ultra Vet (M65+) Womens Super Vet (W55+)
Mens Hyper Vet (M75+) Womens Ultra Vet (W65+)
Womens Hyper Vet (W75+)

Non-League course (open)
Junior male (M16-) Junior female (16-)
Junior male (M12-) Junior female (12-)
The M12- and W12- course is for juniors Under 12.

The Non-league course is recommended for newcomers and for those who want to run out of their age class (run down). However, this course will not be part of the SEOUL league.

Under 16s: It is a requirement of British Orienteering’s Insurance

Policy that anyone under the age of 16 on the day of the competition may only compete in areas with limited and/or speed limited traffic. With this in mind it is important to note that anyone under the age of 16 (and over 12) may only take part in the MW16 courses.

Veteran competitors may run up, i.e. enter a course open to a wider age range.

Courses closing time also to be confirmed, expected to be 2:30pm.

Entry Details

Entries On-line pre-entry will be available via SI entries (details to follow).

Entries received after midnight on 1st April will be subject to a late entry surcharge.

Entries received after midnight on 15th April will be at the same rate as entries on the day.

Closing date for on-line entries will be 11:59 pm on Wednesday 19th April 2017.

Entries on the day (EOD) will be accepted subject to availability of maps.

Fees Until April 1st Until April 15th Until April 19th
and on the day

Seniors (BOF members) £7.00 £8.00 £9.00
Seniors (non-BOF) £9.00 £10.00 £11.00
Juniors (under 21) £2.00 £2.00 £3.00
Students £2.00 £2.00 £3.00

SI Card hire
You will be able to hire a SIAC (contactless) dibber from SportIdent if you want to take advantage of contactless punching at this event. If you already own a standard dibber, this will work as normal and you are free to choose whether to use a standard dibber or use a contactless SIAC dibber.
If you do not need the contactless version, but do not have a dibber of your own, standard dibbers will also be available to loan.

SIAC dibber hire £2.82
standard dibber hire £1.00

Terrain and map details

Mostly urban (hard surfaces).

Electronic Punching

This event will be using electronic punching. SIAC (contactless) dibbers will be available to hire, and standard contact dibbers will also be available.

The control boxes are compatible with all types of SI-card, and this will be a mixed punching event, so you can choose to run with a standard contact dibber which must be inserted into each control box to register your visit, or a contactless dibber which will be detected if it is closer than about 2 ft from the control box.

Whichever type you use, it is your responsibility to make sure you have punched correctly - for standard contact dibbers, the control box will beep and flash to confirm you have punched. SIAC dibbers emit a flash and a beep to confirm they have registered at a control site.


1:5000 ISSOM map created 2016/2017 by Caroline Louth of WAOC. Maps will be printed on waterproof paper.

Map Legend Please familiarise yourself with the map symbols for urban orienteering. Out Of Bounds areas shown by purple hatching must be observed. Any competitor found crossing or attempting to cross a feature marked as uncrossable, or entering an area marked out of bounds on the map, will be disqualified.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Rachel Pocock WAOC

Planner: Peter Duthie WAOC

Controller: Jeff Baker LOG