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Blackborough South


Sun 16 Oct

Near: Blackborough
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race

Forest Glade Caravan Park, Blackdown Hills


Results and splits

Fiona, Roger D & Tony M all had good results

Fiona, Roger D & Tony M all had good results
Credit: Jeff P

Results commentary

An excellent turnout of just under 100 for the QOFL2 at Blackborough. A glorious early autumn morning, plus the facilities of Forest Glade Caravan Park made it a very sociable event. Simon Beck showed the youngsters how to do it, coming 3rd on Blue. Fiona Boyd was first female. On Green; Roger Dickey was 7th and on Short Green Tony Milroy 2nd. Light Green, Orange and Yellow all saw QO victories with Ian Pye, Heather Green and Ben West respectively. Matilda Anderson was 2nd on the White.

Luke S

Luke S

A young competitor's view

Elizabeth Horsler (W14) of Wimborne Orienteers produced a write up of her successful run on the Green course for her club's online magazine, the Waffle.

The Modicas

The Modicas

Organisers Comments

Our thanks to the helpers who pulled the Event off the ‘abandoned’ category when Organiser Chris Hasler had to go into hospital for a major back operation in the previous week. Judy and I really enjoyed the day despite my being restricted to mainly sitting duties with a 4 week old new knee! We appreciated the good spell of weather for the period of the event, although the previous night’s heavy rain made the courses a bit muddy – the soil at Blackborough is not very porous! Bill Vigar’s courses and placement of controls were much appreciated again, and we were very grateful to the management of the Forest Glade Caravan Park for the use of their facilities, catering, and parking field, for which we made a donation of £50 for the Air Ambulance.

Once again the viability of our events relies heavily on support from our regular customers from neighbouring clubs in the South West – only 40% of the entries were from QO. 22 were helpers of which 6 were QO junior members.

Roger and Judy Craddock

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Directions / Parking

-from Taunton: Leave M5 at Junction 28 and take A373 towards Honiton. Turn left soon after the Keepers Cottage Pub on your right, and follow the brown tourist signs to Forest Glade.
A field at the far end of the Caravan site. Please take care passing Registration area and follow the Marshall’s instructions. Please do not use the Caravan parking area. The £1 parking fee per car will be paid to the Park owner who will give it to the Air Ambulance. Toilets are available. Minibuses (or buses) should ring the Organiser for more details.

Course Information

CourseLength (km)Height gain (m)Map scaleDifficulty
Blue5.5 85 1:10,000Very hard
Green4.2 85 1:10,000 Hard
Short Green3.4 100 1:10,000 Hard
Light Green3.3 70 1:10,000 Transitional
Orange2.8 65 1:10,000 Harder
Yellow2.6 55 1:5,000 Easy
White1.5 20 1:5,000 Easy

Loose, pictorial, control descriptions will be available at the start for all courses except Yellow and White who will collect their maps at Registration. All descriptions on the map will be written descriptions.

Entry Details

Senior £8 (£5 BO/QO), Junior £3 (£2 BO/QO),

Family of runners £16 (£10 BO/QO), Family group £6

Registration & Start Times

Registration/Download will be in the garage opposite the site office from 1030hr. Entry on the day only. Starts 1100-1300hr. SI dibber hire £1. Courses close at 2.30hr after which controls will be collected in.

Distance to near start from Registration 200m, level route. The finish will be manned and is close to the Start. Report any injuries or problems to the Finish official.

Terrain Description

Mixture of Woodland, scattered trees and some open. The area can be very wet and rutted. The longer courses will need to cross a busy road, please TAKE CARE.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Bill Vigar (QO)

Controller: Sue Gard (QO)

Organisers: Judy & Roger Craddock 01823 323850

Mapper: Bill Vigar

Important Event Information

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