By the time I took over from Liz Carter as the organiser at Calverley a great deal of the organising had been done. To be honest I fell a bit of a fraud claiming much (if any) of the credit for the success of the event. Thanks are due to the planner and controller (Chris & Martyn) and all the other Aire members who helped, perhaps especially those who helped clear the site at the end. The many willing hands meant that we were out of the wood and had everything packed away by 14:30, well before it was dark.
January events are always a bit of a gamble - the weather can be treacherous but we were pretty lucky. There was almost no rain on the day and the heavy rain forecast for Saturday didn’t really occur, which meant that the conditions were not too difficult. Judging by the happy comments at download, competitors had enjoyed the courses; the feedback was pretty positive - though all feedback is welcome and helpful.
Times were quite fast, I thought, which suggests that the mapping was as accurate as we always expect from Chris and the courses well set. The one problem was the route along the canal to the start which was very wet and muddy, everyone will have had wet feet before they started. The only other option was through the edge of the competition area which would have been equally unsatisfactory but for different reasons.
We had 208 finishers, 37 of whom entered on the day. With 201 pre-entered that meant 30 people (15%) were unable to get to the event, presumably largely the effect of Omicron. However the figures suggest that orienteers' appetite for EOD is returning. Food for thought for future organisers.,
Lastly, thanks to all of you who came to the event. It is very good to see the sport coming back to some sort of “normal”. Let’s hope for continuing improvement in 2022.
I'll keep these brief. Thank you to everyone for their positive comments, and for the positive and useful criticism that some of you gave. I hope everyone got some pleasure from their time at Calverley.
Mainly I want to thank the army of Aire volunteers who made my life so easy by gathering in the controls, and especially so to Pete Carter for also putting out a large number of the controls in the hour around dawn. It's folks like you that make orienteering the great sport that it is.
Pre Event Info
See below re Covid and Terrain issues
Directions / Parking
Apperley Bridge Railway Station is 600m from assembly
Buses A2 and 948 pass assembly. Buses 60 and 645 go to Greengates - nearby
Parking and the event base is at Rawdon Meadows Car Park, Harrogate Road, (A658) Apperley Bridge, Bradford BD10 0NN. Beside the bridge over the River Aire. The sign at the Car Park entrance reads "Woodhouse Grove School".
Local streets may also be used as overflow if needed BUT there is NO PARKING allowed on Parkin Lane - the access road to the start.
Portaloos will be site at the entrance to the parking area.
Registration & Start Times
Pre-entry preferred via Fabian. Very limited EOD dependent on maps being available.
Starts from 10.30-12.30.
The Start is approximately 700m walk from Parking and Assembly. The route leaves the parking area by the steps at the SW corner.
The Finish is approximately 400m walk from Assembly and Download, largely returning by the route you followed to the start.
Courses close at 2pm, please choose an early start time if you need extra time. EOD competitors will be allocated a start time when they register and be given a slip with their time. Please do not arrive at the start until 10 minutes before your time. Pre-entries will not be given an earlier start.
£8 for Senior BO members, £10 for Senior non-members and £4 for all juniors/students)
Entry for Juniors on White and Yellow is free, Entry for Seniors on Orange, White and Yellow is £4
Limited EOD dependent on maps being available.
£10 for Senior BO members, £12 for Senior non-members. £5 for juniors/students. Juniors on White and Yellow will still be free. £5 Senior on Orange, White and Yellow. PLEASE NOTE - CARD PAYMENT PREFERABLE - NO GUARANTEE OF CHANGE IF PAYING CASH. NO EOD SLOTS AVAILABLE BEFORE 10.40 - EOD WILL BE ALLOCATED A TIME SLOT. COMPETITORS SHOULD GO TO THE START TO ARRIVE WITHIN 10 MINUTES OF THEIR START.
Entries close at Midnight on Sunday 2nd January
SI card hire: £1
Hired SI cards will be available to collect at Download. A charge of £30 will be made for lost or non-returned hire SI cards. After your run they must be left in a box beside the splits printer.
Controls will be SIAC enabled. But you must dib at the Start and at the Finish.
Competitors with standard or hired SI cards must also dib at all controls.
It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their SI card has registered at the control.
Covid-19 Considerations: Please keep to the British Orienteering Covid code of conduct:
Before attending any orienteering activity all participants should self-assess for Covid-19 symptoms which include: a high temperature; a new continuous cough; and a loss of, or change to, their sense of taste or smell. If you, or anyone you live with, has one or more of these symptoms, however mild, you should not attend the event.
Similarly if you have been informed that you need to self-isolate, then you must do so.
Please try to:
1. Maintain social distancing at all times
2. Make use of the hand sanitiser available at the toilets, pre-start and download
2. Be quiet at the start line
3. Only speak with event officials if absolutely necessary.
4. Minimise the amount of time spent in close proximity to others.
5. Respect other people's personal space.
6. Observe any local and national Covid guidelines when travelling to and from the event.
Middle Distance recommended courses :
Black M18 M20 M21 M35 M40
Brown M45 M50 W21 W18 W20
Blue M16 M55 M60 W35 W40
Green M65 M70 W16 W45 W50
Short Green M75+ W55+
Light Green M14 W14
Orange M12 W12 Good for adult newcomers and experienced young juniors
Yellow M10 W10 Good for young juniors with a little experience
White Good for inexperienced juniors
You may run up or down from your recommended course.
Resurvey 2021 and cartography by Chris Burden
1:5000 5m contours
Mixed woodland, with rock and contour features, and a good path network - muddy in places.
Much of the area has bramble cover. Full leg covering is essential.
There are extensive old quarries, including some dangerous high crags. Only the direct route of the longest courses crosses these crags - and only heading upwards. They are definitely the preserve of rock climbers. Don't attempt to climb any. There are good alternative routes avoiding the crags.
There are some steep sided boulder fields of quarry waste clearly marked on the map. These are also best avoided.
You may also encounter the remains of an old Prisoner of War camp.
Fast running with quick decision making rewarded
On a tight lead please.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Ken Patterson firstname.lastname@example.org
Planner: Chris Burden
Controller: Martyn Broadest
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