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Doone Country, Exmoor

Long O, Day 2

Sun 1 Oct

Near: Malmsmead
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race

Well done to all those who returned after the exertions of yesterday to complete the two day test! QO's Brian Pearson won the medium course and Pete Shirvington was 5th on the Long. Photos and analysis follows.


Results and Splits

Camping adjacent to our event centre

Camping adjacent to our event centre
Credit: Cloud Farm camping

The winner- James J, Devon OC

The winner- James J, Devon OC

Wessex OC's Jason F

Wessex OC's Jason F
Credit: Mark Lockett

Adrian's running partner Richie

Adrian's running partner Richie
Credit: Adrian E

James (day 2 champion), Robin & Pete discuss routes

James (day 2 champion), Robin & Pete discuss routes
Credit: JC

Cloud Farm in Doone Valley provided the base for a "mountain marathon" experience. The longer courses provided plenty of route choice and lots of good open running.

Couple of wild hours in Lorna Doone country, Exmoor. 14 k enough for me today. Thanks and young Alan [sic] Vigar - super wild area

- Jason Falconer, who retired halfway round the long course (from Twitter)

Link: article from the last time we used Cloud Farm, in 2011

The event was not well attended this year. One factor was fixture clashes, with two other moorland events nearby (Craddock Moor in Cornwall and a mountain bike O event on Dartmoor) plus a national event in the Midlands. Also, many forest orienteers, particularly QO ones, don't seem to find the open moor a great draw. Former long O champion Simon Beck gave us possible reasons why...

I went to the long O in the Badgworthy area (started at Pinkery Pond) a few years ago; it was OK but I thought once is enough. Navigation can be challenging if it's a misty day (as this one threatened to be) and remains so until the courses have closed, but there isn't the feeling of speed and movement one gets when trees are whizzing past as you run through a forest and of course it can become something of a lottery if the mist comes and goes through the day.

Certainly, quite a few only entered on day 1, perhaps reflecting what an excellent part of the Quantocks that area is. Weather did not appear to be a problem, with none of the predicted heavier rain or winds, at least not until it was time to collect the controls in!

Something to add?

If anyone who was there on Sunday has any comments or commentaries on their run or the day, please contact the web manager Jeff Pakes (see contacts page)

Long O Series Info

The long event is ideal training for mountain marathons, particularly the OMM.

Link to our Long O section

Series Contacts

Organiser: Rosie Wych 01823 400744

Controller: Andy Rimes 01823 400744

Planner: Martin Longhurst (Devon OC)

Directions / Parking

The event HQ is at Cloud Farm Campsite, Oare. The campsite is well signposted from the A39 just east of the County Gate car park.

Parking & toilets

Will be available close to registration – follow signs and direction as required.

Course Information

Long18 k580 m
Medium13.5 k430 m
Short7.5 k310 m

Different course lengths can be combined over the two days, although the small prizes on offer are only available to overall winners of the three courses combined over the two days.

Manned control

Will be passed on both the Long and Medium courses.

Will be open from 10.30 to 14.30, when the control will be removed.

Please ensure that your details are given to the official, in addition to using the electronic control. This is for your safety in case a search is needed.

Assistance may be possible to those seeking to retire at this stage.

The manpower will be there until 15.00 but late arrivals will be directed to retire either to the nearest road or the main valley route back to Cloud Farm.


Adjacent to the event centre.

It will not be manned.

Courses close

At 16.30.


If runners retire they MUST report back to the event centre.

Please return directly to the finish if you are out on a course and unlikely to complete by closure time.

Entry Details

Online entries: now closed (link: Start list)

Please contact Rosie Wych before Saturday if you would still like to run so she can reserve you a map.

Entry on the day: a limited number of maps will be printed

Late entries: queries and payments will be dealt with at the registration desk for each event

At other times contact Rosie Wych 01823 400744 (until 08.00 on 30 September) or

Who can enter

Participants may run as a pair.

The event is unsuitable for novices and unaccompanied juniors. These groups are restricted to Medium or the Short courses, at the discretion of the organiser.

Electronic punching type

SportsIdent (SI). Dibber hire is included in prices.


£12 (plus £2 for non-BOF members) on medium and long courses

£9 (plus £2 for non-BOF members) on short course

£6 for juniors

Entry fee includes the traditional home-made soup, bread, cake and hot drinks, served from the tea room.

Helpers entitled to a 50% discount- obtain discount code from the organiser for use on Fabian 4.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be open from 09.00.

Together with dibber hire and late entries, will be located in or adjacent to the tea rooms.

Both start and finish are very close to parking and registration. Please be considerate of other users of the site and walkers on the footpaths which cross the area.

Car keys may be left at registration.

We will collect details of mobile phone numbers, emergency contact number and car registration.

Start times

Starts: 09.30-11.00.

Slower runners on the long course should start early.

The common start/finish will be manned only for the starting period.

Terrain Description

Typical open moorland with steep river/stream valleys. Courses hopefully miss the worst ground but there are rough patches. See extra info further below.

Dog restrictions

May run with their minders, but bear in mind that there are sheep and cows in the area, the dog's

behaviour is your responsibility.



Exmoor is exposed and potentially subject to poor weather and changeable conditions.

If lost the main river valley runs north-south through the centre of the area and can be used to re-locate.

There is an emergency land line number on the map, however mobile coverage in the area is dreadful and cannot be relied upon even on high ground O2 and Vodaphone claim to have coverage on high ground and Three on the Brendon Two Gates road to the west.

Runners on long go close to a minor road in the south east.

Please take your mobile phone but appreciate the limitations.

Clothing & equipment

Please dress accordingly. You must carry a whistle, waterproof tops (with hood) and bottoms, hat and gloves, mobile phone. Some of these items may be removed if conditions on the day are very benign.

Ticks are indigenous in the region, and areas have some gorse/heather covering so lower leg cover is advised.

Those running longer courses must carry water/food for the duration.

Kit check at the start.

Map & terrain: further info

With limited manpower it has been impossible to fully update the large area used with some of this detail and seasonal vegetation.

There will however be a map (and pens for competitors to mark their own map) at the start showing some of the areas we have found it wise to avoid!

Many small animal tracks exist in addition to those paths shown on the map and streams tend to have paths running alongside.

Further information will be displayed at registration if deemed necessary.

Crossing points

Are not compulsory but we have assured the owners that fences will not be damaged.

Some stream crossing points and bridges are shown on the map.

Competitors must use bridges if there is a spell of wet weather.


Most of the crossing points are gates. The default state of all gates is CLOSED. If you find one open please close it behind you. This has been emphasised by the owner of Cloud Farm - his sheep in various fields must not be allowed to mix!


Cloud Farm campsite offers a base in an idyllic, secluded river valley adjacent to the competition area.

Contact number: 01598 741278

Plea for help to QO members!

Putting on this event is quite a big undertaking for the small team who run this event for the benefit of those who are coming from far and wide. We need more people to help us run this event, please click here to read a message from the organiser

If you can help us, please contact the organiser (details below).

Photo Gallery

Alison And Andy Discuss Route Choices

Alison And Andy Discuss Route Choices

Everyone Discussing Route Choices

Everyone Discussing Route Choices

Enjoying the course

Enjoying the course
Credit: Adrian E

Adrian's running partner Richie

Adrian's running partner Richie

Larkbarrow Ruin

Larkbarrow Ruin
Credit: Martin

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. All participants must report to download whether they finish their course or not.

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