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Croydon Hill Deer Park


Sun 10 February, 2019

Near: Minehead
Level of event: Regional

Type of event: Race

Running towards finish at Croydon Hill 2016

Running towards finish at Croydon Hill 2016
Credit: Steve Winkley

Galoppen Series Info

Every year, each of the nine clubs in the South West region host a Galoppen, a regional league event. These events offer the same range of colour coded courses as our QOFL series but there is also a Brown (extra long) course. There is still a White course but it is not part of any league. The series starts in the Autumn and continues at approximately one or two events per month until the spring.

See our Galoppen pages here

Galoppen season planner

Directions / Parking

Parking at public car park at Nutcombe Bottom and on surrounding forest roads.

Signed from the A396 south of Dunster village.

Course Information

Course lengths and climbs: TBA

Short Green
Light Green

Colour coded courses explained (with thanks to Berkshire OC)

Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Helpers will assist beginners choose an appropriate course and provide advice. Any newcomers/parents wishing to have a go are recommended to try the yellow course.


1:10000 scale (1:5000 for junior courses) 5m contours, extensively updated in 2018. Overprinted courses on A4 waterproof paper.

Loose control descriptions will be available in the start lanes.

Entry Details

Entry fees TBC

Entry typeMembers*Non-members
Seniors £10 £12
Junior/ student £4 £5
Family of runners** £20 £24
Family group (max of 3 maps) £10 £10
Shadowed junior (extra map) £6 £7

* i.e. you belong to a club registered with British Orienteering

** effectively no charge for the juniors in the family

Helpers qualify for a half price run.

Online entries

Via Fabian 4. Closing date 8 February 2019.

Entry on the day (EOD)

This will be available for as long as limited map stocks last.

Please use the registration form here.

It must be checked to ensure it is fully completed. This is important for safety, back-up, and speed of entering details.

This form can also be obtained on the day from parking marshalls.

Electronic punching

SportsIdent (SI) being used.

Contactless punching (SIAC) will be enabled.SIAC users must punch the start and finish.

Standard dibbers can be hired for £1 together with a limited number of SIAC dibbers.

Back up pin punches will be available at control sites.

Lost dibbers will be charged for at the replacement cost of £40 (SI) and £60 (SIAC).

Event cancellation policy

Please note: QO will make every to ensure the event goes ahead as planned. However, should the event be cancelled, the club reserves the right to retain part of the advance entry fees to meet event costs already incurred or committed.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from: 10:00

Start times from: 10:30 to 13:00

Courses close: 15:00

Competitors must download by the course closure time to avoid the organiser initiating a lost runner search, even if you retire early.

Terrain Description

The area is, typically for a QO event, hilly with steep sided mixed forest and woodlands and areas of grazed and rough open moor. There is a good path and track network throughout.

Dog restrictions

Allowed in the car park area (this is a public dog-walking area) but please clean up if necessary. No dogs allowed on courses please.


Nearest public toilets in Dunster village main car park.

Portaloo in event parking area.

Other facilities

The first aid team will be in attendance. There is a children’s play area near the car park.

Full café service available in Dunster


All competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. ‘No whistle, no go’ will be in force for all juniors and recommended for seniors. To call attention in an emergency use 6 long blasts.

Suitable waterproof clothing is recommended in bad weather. In very bad weather cagoules with a fixed hood will be made compulsory for all. Competitors should wear shoes with good grip and full leg covering.

Other users

The area is popular with the public - please take care and show respect to all other users of the area.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Rosie Wych 01823 400744 secretary@

Controller: Andy Reynolds (Devon OC)

Organiser: Andy Rimes 07866 686435 results@

Photo Gallery

Nutcombe, nr Croydon Hill

Nutcombe, nr Croydon Hill
Credit: Simon Beck

Dunster Deer Park - anthills

Dunster Deer Park - anthills
Credit: Nigel Stone

Sunlit Forest

Sunlit Forest
Credit: Steve Winkley

Important Event Information

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.

Insurance: Please note that if you have participated in three orienteering events/activities you need to join British Orienteering (BOF). After this point, you not covered by BOF's public liability insurance and risk invalidating the insurance cover for the entire event. Read more about joining BOF and QO here.

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