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Culm Davy


Sat 26 Jan

Near: Wellington
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race

Including report from first-time course planner Karen Lewis


Results and Splits

Karen at the 2018 SW sprint champs, Taunton

Karen at the 2018 SW sprint champs, Taunton
Credit: Steve Rush

Planner's comments

Well that is my first QOFL planned and I can honestly say that I could not have done it without Bill’s assistance. I am extremely grateful for his patience and all that he did to help make it a success. Yes the courses were mine but tweaked and coerced into reasonable orienteering by Bill’s experience.

The planning has been a learning curve and much much more work than I ever expected. Familiarity with the area that you are planning is definitely the key to success.

Bill V- planner's assistant

Bill V- planner's assistant
Credit: Mark Lockett

I hope that all the entrants enjoyed the courses. It is unfortunate to have areas of the ground out of bounds. These areas meant that in order to get runners back into the woods I had to lead them to an acceptable crossing point. This did mean a bit of a ‘boring leg’ (sorry Steve). However, it did mean that you were not all funnelled down the long track. Which I believe would have been a poorer choice.

The area is diverse and offers some pretty good orienteering challenges. This was the first time for a while that we were able to make use of the northern part. There were a great many pits and depressions to make use of and a slope with many features that could be made use of in the future.

I tried not to be too ambitious on my first experience. I had to remember that I had to find the control sites again in order to mark them!! I kept the courses within my ability and when planning I tried to take different routes to each of the sites to ensure it worked for all.

I made a few school boy errors, but Bill caught them and I have taken on board where I went wrong.

You definitely need two days (or perhaps that is just me) to get the controls out and checked.

Anyway, thank you to those that turned up and had a go. Onwards and upwards.

- Karen Lewis

Roger C

Roger C

Organiser's comments

Many thanks to Team 1 and some of the new members of the club for putting on the event.

Our usual parking arrangements were denied by the new owners of the approach road to the forest so we had to use the field next to the main road. The wet weather leading up to the event meant we had to put tracking at the entrance to the field - many thanks to Pete Akers and his team for the physical assistance they gave getting cars in! Mike Laver arrived early and helped set up as well as the doing the pushing!

Pond on Blackdown Common, Culm Davy

Pond on Blackdown Common, Culm Davy
Credit: Nilfanion

The registration and download areas worked well although the need to renumber and reprogram the SI boxes was a lengthy job for me.

It was good to welcome back some previous members and a minibus-full from Wellington School, who made good use of the junior courses. The numbers were disappointing however, probably caused by adverse weather conditions and major events nearby the following day.

It was a long day for all the officials, but we are grateful for the support given during the anxious period of waiting for the return of a lost competitor, especially from the Pearsons, Jim and Graham, and their help in packing away.

I think this is the last event Judy and I will organise as team leaders as we are becoming too old and infirm to unbury tracking from a muddy field!

- Roger Craddock

Forest League (QOFL) Series Info

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.

Link to QOFL team lists - members, please check which events you are down to help at

Directions / Parking

The event will be signposted from:

- Rockwell Green junction on the A38 at ST123193 and

- the crossroads at TA21 9QH / ST128167, at the W end of the Blackdown Hills ridge spine road

Parking is likely to be very tight so when you arrive please park as close as you can to other cars.

Course Information

Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Course lengths and climbs:

Blue 6.2 km160 m
Green 5.3 km80m
Short Green 4.3 km70 m
Light Green 4.0 km80 m
Orange 2.3 km40 m
Yellow 1.9 km40 m
White 1.2 km20 m

Colour coded courses explained (with thanks to Berkshire OC)

Entry Details

Category of entry


Beat the Trail
Family*- separate runs16n/a
Group (1 dibber and up to 2 maps)8n/a

*The family rate is a concessionary rates. Maximum two adults per family.

SI card (dibber) Hire - standard is £1, contact-less is £2 (only if contact-less mode is activated)

Additional runs (for all)- £1 each

Charge for lost dibber - £40 (SI), £65 (SIAC)

Filling out a Registration form (link) in advance will quicken up the entry process on the day.

The non-member premium has been dropped for 2019/20.

Electronic timing

The Sportident (SI) timing system will be used but contact-less punching (SIAC) will not be enabled, unless stated otherwise.

Those of you who have your own SI card please bring it to registration to speed up the registration process.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from: 10:30 (helpers from 10.00)

Start times from: 11.00 to 13.00 (helpers can start from 10.30)

Courses close: 14:30

Terrain Description

Woodland with extensive network of earthbanks, adjoining plateau with rough and runnable sections and pockets of contour detail.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Karen Lewis

Planner's assistant: Bill Vigar 01823 680679

Organiser: Roger Craddock 01823 323850 chair@

Photo Gallery

Culm Davy, 28.1.17

Culm Davy, 28.1.17
Credit: Adrian Edwards

Important Event Information

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