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Ham Hill

Devon vs QO

Sat 15 Jun

Near: Yeovil, Somerset
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race, Relay, Social

A re-match of the friendly competition between Devon OC and QO.

Sign up to 2x2 Relay Ham Hill

The format for this year is a 2x2 relay - teams of two who each run two legs each. The legs are colour coded and fairly short (with approximate winning times of 20 minutes).

A team can be made up of two participants who compete on different courses - so you can be in a team with a partner, or a parent can team up with their child. Each competitor just does their usual colour course and as the win times should be the same, everyone competes equally.

(for example, a M45 and a W12 can form a team - the M45 does their usual Brown and the W12 does their usual Yellow)

A team where both members are either in Devon or QO, will score for the overall Devon vs QO competition, but we welcome any teams from other clubs who want to take part. You can also enter as an individual and we will pair you up with someone.

The 2x2 format is a regular of Swansea Bay at their Weekend on The Gower - it is a very social format as everyone attends the full event and half the participants are socialising at the start / finish cheering on their teammates.

Ham Hill is a quarried parkland on a hill top looking out across Somerset. There are complex detailed contour features and areas of dense vegetation (that will be avoided on the courses). The map has been updated with recent surveys of vegetation in the competition area.

View map of the area

Directions / Parking

The main car park for the event (labeled 'Car Park' in the image above) is on Ham Hill Road (50.9459, -2.7421 - Google). You can also use the Norton Car Park or Lime Kiln Car Park. The car parks are not for our exclusive use, so please park responsibly and considerately. The 'arena' is a short walk from the car parks and will be tapped as per the red arrows.

(There is a more direct route from Norton Car Park to the arena that is not recommended!)

Please note that the A303 could well be busy on a Summer weekend, so please allow enough time if there is traffic.

Course Information

Most courses for one of the legs will have two staffed mandatory road crossings (with a control before the crossing). Please take care when crossing and listen to instructions from the marshal - STOP, LOOK, LISTEN.

Courses available are: Yellow, Orange, Short Green, Green, Blue, Brown

(There is no Light Green - the nature of Ham Hill and a 2x2 relay means that Short Green will not be much more technical, and Orange will not be much shorter, so pick what fits your age and experience)

Entry Details

  • £5 adult (+£1 if you are not a member of an orienteering club)
  • £3 child (+£1 if you are not a member of an orienteering club)
  • Free dibber hire (limited SIAC and standard dibbers)
Sign up to 2x2 Relay Ham Hill

Each participant needs to enter separately. As well as the usual details you will also give us a) the name of your partner (leave blank if you want to be paired with someone), b) your preferred legs (1st/3rd or 2nd/4th), c) your team name (optional).

If you do not have a partner, we will pair you up with someone with preference given to them being from the same club.

What course do you enter? This event is for fun and is inclusive for all abilities, so enter the course you would normally run that would be reasonable for your age and ability. It is a local event and we all know each other, so we will all know if you do otherwise!

Entries close on 9th June with no late entries or entry on the day.

Registration & Start Times

Briefing for all participants at 10:30am with a mass start for leg 1 runners at 11am.


Dog restrictions

Although Ham Hill is very dog friendly, the arena is quite cosy with people eating lunches so dogs are discouraged.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Phil Sorrell website@

Planner: Mark Goddard

Organiser: Rosie Wych events@

Si: Andy Rimes

Controller: Bryan Smith (Devon)

Photo Gallery

Mass start at the SBOC 2x2 relay 2022

Mass start at the SBOC 2x2 relay 2022
Credit: Phil Sorrell

Ham Hill start - QOFL 2022

Ham Hill start - QOFL 2022
Credit: Phil Sorrell

Ham Hill View From

Ham Hill View From
Credit: Eugene Birchall

standing stones at Ham Hill

standing stones at Ham Hill

Millenium stone circle, Ham Hill

Millenium stone circle, Ham Hill
Credit: Derek Harper

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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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 safeguarding@britishorienteering.org.uk.