Sun 9 JanNear: Taunton Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race
Type of event: Race
We're looking forward to welcoming everyone to a classic forest event on the Blackdowns. Put those New Year's Resolutions of getting out for more exercise into action in this fun environment.
There is a strict limit of 100 participants in the permissions agreement due to the SSSI status of some parts of the area. We apologise that many people have been unable to get a place, but it was either that or no event.
This also means that sadly we will have to refuse entry on the day at this event.
We now have the required permissions from both Forestry England and Natural England. So, unless COVID rules change, we are good to go!
Please be aware that sections of the courses are in SSSIs. These areas are especially important to wildlife, so please treat them with your usual high levels of respect. All control locations have been agreed with the bodies responsible for looking after the area so as to avoid the most sensitive locations but we all need to be careful.
As part of the agreement, we have to take before and after photographs of all control sites. We are aware that clubs in other areas have been asked to do this, but it is the first time for us. We hope it will clearly show the minimal impact we have.
A local event open to all, beginner or experienced orienteer, young or old and there are colour-coded courses suitable for all.
We have six of these events a year and together they form the Forest League (QOFL). The series starts in the Autumn and continues at approximately one event per month until the spring.
Anyone can get a result for an event, but for it to be included in the league scoring you have to be a member of a British Orienteering affiliated club at the time of entry.
Start and Finish 2 minutes from car park/registration.
|White||12||1.2 km||40 m|
|Yellow||13||1.8 km||85 m|
|Orange||12||2.0 km||115 m|
|Light Green||12||2.2 km||125 m|
|Short Green||11||2.3 km||110 m|
|Green||16||3.0 km||165 m|
|Blue||23||4.3 km||230 m|
All courses except the white course pass through areas with grazing animals. These are generally docile but please do not disturb.
Pre-entry closes on 7 January.
Helpers can start from 1045 - remember to get your discount code from your team leader before entering.
Because of grazing animals it is not recommended to take dogs on courses, except for the white course.
|waterproofs||depends on weather|
|U16 accompanied by responsible adult||no|
Organiser: Ray Toomer
Planner: Richard Sansbury
Controller: Adam Fieldhouse
Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event. All participants must report to download whether they finish their course or not.
Privacy: when participating in our events/activities your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports. Read our data protection page to see how we look after your personal data.
Photography: QO has an agreed policy on the taking of photographs at events, based on national guidance. This provides a sensible balance between the benefits and risks associated with the taking and use of images. If you are unsure about acceptable practice, please speak to the event organiser.
Safeguarding: QO is aware of it's responsibilities in safeguarding and child protection. To comply with The Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Relevant Agency (England) Regulations 2018, we now provide an email address for individuals to report concerns to the Lead Safeguarding Officer. This address is firstname.lastname@example.org.