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Lydeard Hill and Muchcare Wood

QOFL 5

Sun 19 February, 2017

Near: West Bagborough
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race, Juniors

A big attendance enjoyed the penultimate QOFL of the season in lovely early spring weather as we returned to the open hilltop and steep wooded combes of the Lydeard Hill area. We now have a full set of reports documenting the action.

Results

Results and Splits
Routegadget

Ray T won Short Green

Ray T won Short Green

Event overview

For the penultimate QOFL in the 2016/17 season, Spencer Modica planned the courses with Jeff Pakes organising the event.

Graham Hartley won the Green course, and as he is winning the Green league after four events- this should mean that he keeps his lead up. On the Short Green, Ray Toomer came first with an impressive margin of 17:24, with an overall total of 42:28. Upon closer analysis of the splits, it shows that he was winning for the duration of his course, having the fastest time on all of his legs apart from two of them, where he came second to Peter Grierson (Total time: 63:12) of Devon for those two legs. Well done to Ray!

For the Juniors, as there was no JOG on the Saturday, many of them chose to run in the QOFL; the competitive entries on the White course was made up entirely of QO members, many of whom regularly attend the JOG events. Nine-year old Martha Macpherson won the white course. That shouldn't be a surprise as she's been getting plenty of practice at JOG on the Hare course.

Overall the event was highly popular with around 50 club members attending, so the credit goes to the volunteers of team 2 who helped make this event happen.

Tom Hasler

QOFL page, including league tables after QOFL4

Spencer Modica

Spencer Modica

Planner's comments

Speech writers always say “Never start with an apology”. Luckily this is not a speech so I can apologise. Firstly to all those wondering why the courses seemed so much steeper than the advertised elevations suggested. I apologise because my misunderstanding of the guidance for how this elevation should be worked out. led me to undervalue the elevations.

For completeness I have gone now done the job according to the guidance and the elevations are: Blue (255m), Green (185m), Short Green (110m), Light Green (150m), Orange (135m). I should also apologise because I find it difficult to come to terms with the guidance to put controls next to depressions rather than in them. The nature of the courses would have been very different had I done so and I will reflect on this before I fully relinquish my dark side.

Apologies over, I tried to use the area to provide a variety of terrain, leg lengths and route choice for all the higher technical difficulty courses while providing confidence building courses for white and yellow and challenge for those stepping up to Orange and Light green. I hope I achieved this and, after looking through the results, I think that the winning times were broadly where I hoped they would be for such a physically demanding area. The recent cold snap helped checked the brambles a little, so overall I hope that you will be able to think positively of your own course experience.

Spencer Modica

John Trayler

John Trayler


Competitor's view- Green course

John Trayler M70 has been incredibly consistent on the Green course for many years now and up until recent years, regularly finished in the top 3 each season. With plenty of strong runners in attendence, he finished in the top half on Green on Sunday- how does he keep doing it?

Jeff Pakes

I must say that it was pleasant to have it warmer than the Wessex Galoppen last week, although the wind in the car parking field was a little chilling. For Lydeard Hill of course I was expecting climb so to see only 130m climb was somewhat of a relief. Climbing is not one of my strong points.

On the Green the first control looked reasonably straight forward with a vegetation boundary just before a sharp bend in the path as an attack point, if the small path on the right was not easily seen. As it was, the small path was visible and so was the vegetation boundary to the north east. Check compass and go. Unfortunately the white area seemed scrubby and I could not see the earth bank. I returned towards the path and tried again. Found the earth bank and realised I had not found it before as it was not visible until I reached it! Wasted about four minutes.

Green- first and last sections, overlapping

Green- first and last sections, overlapping
Credit: Routegadget

John's middle section- Controls 4 to 11

John's middle section- Controls 4 to 11
Credit: Routegadget

From 2 to 3, attempted to more or less follow a straight line but aborted as the undergrowth looked like it might get thicker. Routes through 4,5 and 6 fairly straight forward as the undergrowth was fairly easily crossable. Leg 6 to 7 gave a route choice contour or a 'down and up'. Chose the down and up, as the only obvious feature on the contour line was the deep re-entrant and traversing the slope can be hard going. Had to zig-zag up the open area and have a rest. Felt it was further than expected from 7 to 8, with the pits seemingly in a gully.

No real problems on the rest of the course but was careful with the network of paths going back up Lydeard Hill. Going to 13, intially hit a small earth bank rather than the one leading to 13 but going in the right direction. Nice downhill finish. Having finished the course felt the 130 metres of climb must have been an understatement. It certainly felt like it! An interesting, physically demanding course.

John Trayler

John sounds like he felt every last metre of that 55m of "lost" height gain! See Spencer's mea culpa above.

Jeff P

Jeff P

Organiser's comments

In what felt like the first weekend of spring, droves of you flocked to a venue we haven't used for a QOFL in five years. Of course, in the intervening time, we've used the area for junior and night events. We even used Middle Hill and Aisholt Common, which the Green and Blue courses ran out onto, at QOFL1 this season. Not that everyone realised!

I was glad at the high attendance of 100+, particularly for the work Spencer had put in as planner and Bill as Spencer's assistant. I thought the bigger event happening in the New Forest would attract more but we had well over 40 of our own at Lydeard Hill, bolstered by a good contingent from JOG. Devon OC turned out in force too bringing a lot of very useful orienteers with them.

Sorry to a few of you who couldn't run your first choice of course- at one stage we thought we were going to run out of maps on the junior courses. Thanks to Jim Pearson for volunteering to help recycle maps at the Finish post. We recycled some maps- if you would like us to email you a replacement, please contact me (see contacts page).

A big thank you to the farmer Mr Warmington for the use of his field, which offered good parking and lovely views across Taunton Deane.

Thank you to all the helpers (all named below), especially those who did more than they were asked to do and those from other teams who volunteered their efforts, including some on the day itself. You made the event run very smoothly. Finally, thanks to Roger and Judy, for their prompts and suggestions in the days leading up to the event.

Jeff Pakes

Credits

Team 2 ran the event, plus some who volunteered to help on the day- thank you!

Here is who did what:

DutiesEarly Late
Equipment transportationJeff Pakes, the Craddocks & Andy Rimes (SI)Jeff Pakes & The Craddocks
MapsBill Vigar (bringing)
Set up (tents etc) / dismantle
09.00 Jeff Pakes, Craddocks & Purnells
SI leader (set up / dismantle)09.30 Mark Maynard
12.00 Chris Philip
SI assistant10.00-12.00 Steve Hopkins
11.30 P Shirvington
12.30 K Hopkins
13.30 A Rimes
Registration
09.30 Hopkins family (set up)
09.45 Mike & Tilda Andersen
11.30 -13.15 Rebecca Hopkins & Issy Modica
Car park
10.00 Stephen Williams & Jenny Tennant
12.00 -14.00 Tony Milroy (help cars leave too)
Start
09.00 Purnells (incl set up), Bill & Spencer 11.00 Pyes
12.15 Mike Crockett (& dismantle)
Finish (set up only. Is 100m from Start)09.00 Purnellsn/a
Control collection & safety searchn/a
14.00+ Brian Pearson
Adrian Edwards

Andy Rimes

Pete Shirvington

Sheila Braine

First Aid Jeff Pakes12.30 Adrian Edwards

The following people let me know they were unavailable- thank you. From Team 2- Richard Sansbury, Roger Dickey. From the SI team- The Pages, Steve Robertson

I didn't hear from the following members of Team 2: Adele Appleby, Nevell family, Martin Longhurst, Gunning family, Will Kromhaut & Elliott Smith, Norman Harvey, P Williams & family.

Pre Event Info

Forest League 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 organise 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 2018-19 QOFL team lists - for members to check which QOFLs they will be helping at

Directions / Parking

Directions

The event will be signposted from the Pines Café crossroads ST207329 and then from Park End ST189331.

Parking

Please do not use the public car park adjacent the Hill and Muchcare Wood.
Our car park location will depend on the weather.

A parking fee of £1 per vehicle will be collected should we use a field. The access and exit point to the two grassy fields we have a choice between are adjacent to Birches Corner. The Corner is a blind one,  so please take great car when entering and exiting. See photos further below.

  • Plan A-  Accessed at the N corner of the field to the S of and adjacent to Birches Corner. This plan depends on water at the field entrance evaporating by Sunday.
  • Plan B- The most likely plan. On the other side of the road to Plan A. The gate and field are immediately to the W of Birches Corner.
  • Plan C- In the event of wet weather, we do not have permission to use a field. In that case, parking for the first helpers to arrive will be on hard standing around the edges of Birches Corner and on the road which most people will use for access immediately to the south east. Everyone else should park behind the previous car to arrive, forming a single row stretching south east alongside 20 Acre Wood towards Park End.

Course Information

Start and Finish

The Start and Finish are 100m apart. Both are adjacent to the public car park 400m NW of Birches Corner. Because the Start is on the way back from the Finish, you may wish to leave extra clothes at the Start. 

Please take care when crossing the car park after you finish.

Walking to Start and back to download from Finish, please walk up the path on the west side of Muchcare Wood. When finishing, re-enter the wood near the Start before heading down through it the way you came up. 

Do not walk along the road. It is very narrow and vehicles sometimes speed up and down it. 

Course details

The Short Green course will avoid the worst of the steep slopes.

There will be a crossing point with barbed wire on the senior courses.

Courses are planned to try to avoid an area with cliffs.

CourseLengthHeight gainScale
White1.4k40m1:5000
Yellow2.1k45m1:5000
Orange2.9k115m1:5000
Light Green3.2k140m1:7500
Short Green3.4k90m1:7500
Green4.2k130m1:7500
Blue5.5k205m
1:10000

Entry Details

You need to join a recognised orienteering club once you have participated at three or more events. Participation as a non-member after three events invalidates that event's liability insurance. Read about joining QO here.

2018/19 event charges

Category of entryMembers

£

Non members

£

Adult710
Junior34
Family*- separate runs1420
Family*- group (up to 3 maps)88
Shadowed junior (2 maps)
56

*The family rates are concessionary rates. Maximum two adults per family.

Dibber Hire (SI) - £1

Additional runs for juniors - £1

Charge for lost dibber - £40

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

Electronic timing

The SportsIdent (SI) timing system will be used but contactless punching (SIAC) will not be enabled.

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

Registration & Start Times

Registration from: 10:30

Start times from: 11.00 to 13.00

Courses close: 14:30

The registration and download tents will be in the parking field. In the event of bad weather, we may put them adjacent to Birches Corner.

Please consider starting early if on a longer course.

Again if the weather is bad, a whistle and waterproof will be required.

Terrain Description

Partly grazed open hilltop with adjoining woods, bound by a perimeter fence for the junior courses. The senior courses will extend out onto steep wooded slopes, hillside, open areas (both grazed and rough) & further pockets of woodland.

Toilets

There will be no toilets at the event however most competitors will arrive and leave via Bridgwater and Taunton, where there are some public toilets.

Refreshments

The Pines Café at the main crossroads at ST207329 offers an opportunity for a convenient comfort stop and drinks with snacks or cooked food. It is open 09.30-16.30.

Helpers

Team 2 ran the event, plus some who volunteered to help on the day- thank you!

Late helpers- can start half an hour earlier than the public, i.e. from 10.30.

Please take your run as soon as possible to this time to allow for a timely handover on your help shift.

Shifts

DutiesEarly Late
Equipment transportationJeff Pakes, the Craddocks & Andy Rimes (SI)Jeff Pakes & The Craddocks
MapsBill Vigar (bringing)
Set up (tents etc) / dismantle
09.00 Jeff Pakes, Craddocks & Purnells
SI leader (set up / dismantle)09.30 Mark Maynard
12.00 Chris Philip
SI assistant10.00-12.00 Steve Hopkins
11.30 P Shirvington
12.30 K Hopkins
13.30 A Rimes
Registration
09.30 Hopkins family (set up)
09.45 Mike & Tilda Andersen
11.30 -13.15 Rebecca Hopkins & Issy Modica
Car park
10.00 Stephen Williams & Jenny Tennant
12.00 -14.00 Tony Milroy (help cars leave too)
Start
09.00 Purnells (incl set up) 11.00 Pyes
12.15 Mike Crockett (& dismantle)
Finish (set up only. Is 100m from Start)09.00 Purnellsn/a
Control collection & safety searchn/a
14.00+ Brian Pearson
Adrian Edwards

Andy Rimes

Pete Shirvington

Sheila Braine

First Aid Jeff Pakes12.30 Adrian Edwards

I didn't hear from

I didn't hear from the following members of Team 2: Adele Appleby, Nevell family, Martin Longhurst, Gunning family, Will Kromhaut & Elliott Smith, Norman Harvey, P Williams & family & Neil Clegg. .

Unavailable

Team 2- Richard Sansbury, Roger Dickey. SI team- The Pages, Steve Robertson

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Jeff Pakes 01823 321900 jeffQO@outlook.com

Planner : Spencer Modica

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.

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