When I checked control sites in early April, the ground was perfectly dry with little vegetation, - a world away from today's wet bluebells and wild garlic turning the forest floor to teflon. To make things worse, wet stone paving and cobbles meant that even the urban section was slippy. A lot of people came back quite muddy, but no injuries (as far as I know).
I tried to plan the courses to make the fastest route be straight through the woods, with a hilly start tiring you out to make the urban section harder, before a final hill to finish off. The urban section had a couple of route choices which I hope made you have to think a bit, and keeping good direction on the slope was necessary to avoid time losses.
Well done to everyone who turned out despite the weather - hopefully we'll have a nicer day at Middleton next week.
Pre Event Info
Long, Medium, Short and Junior Courses
Directions / Parking
Please where possible use public transport.
Parking is roadsde on roads North of Woodhouse Lane. Please take note of any parking restrictions, and park considerately in respect of local residents.
Assembly is in a semi-open area on the north side of Woodhouse Street
Start and Finish are nearby.
Only share private vehicle transport to and from the event with other members of your household or social bubble, as defined by current NHS guidelines.
Please maintain social distancing of 2m throughout and ensure you do not gather in groups, however small.
Registration & Start Times
No EOD. Start time pre-allocated 11.00-12.00. Select your start time when you enter.
Please maintain 2m social distance. Avoid coming to the start too early, and avoid gathering in groups, before or after your run.
Currently there may be 2 starters per minute.
Hand sanitiser will be available at the start/finish.
Pre-entry only. Entries close at 21.00 on Wednesday 5th May
Please pre-enter using the following link. Entry Form
Seniors £4. Juniors and Students £2 SI card hire £!
Covid-19 Considerations: Please do not enter or attend if:-
Those who are at higher risk to pay particular care in decision to attend. Over 70’s are to be aware that they are at higher risk.
Map: Orienteering Sprint map 1:5000 Updated in 2020.
Long: 5.6k 120m
Medium: 4.7k 100m
Short: 3.8k 80m
Junior: 2.4k 30m
The courses are roughly half and half urban/in the woods, and the slopes will be slippy if wet. The fastest route will go direct through the woods, although there is generally a slower path option. Competitors intending to run off path are recommended to wear shoes with good grip and long trousers.
Remember that you must download even if you retire from your course.
Urban and woodland
Under tight control please
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Paul Pruzina
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