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Quantocks West

Long O, Day 1 (score)

Sat 30 September, 2017

Near: Crowcombe nr Taunton
Level of event: D

Type of event: Score

Quantock Orienteers extend a warm welcome to all at our annual weekend of orienteering. We hope you enjoy a challenging but safe run in an areas of outstanding natural beauty. There is a new scoring format to add extra spice.

Article: long score 2013, Quantocks

Online entry on Fabian 4

This page is printable. Final details in condensed format for both days

Long score Series Info

The long event is ideal training for the mountain marathon technical "score" courses.

Link to our Long O section

Series Contacts

Organiser: Rosie Wych 01823 400744

Directions / Parking

From the A358 Taunton to Minehead, turn off to Crowcombe village from where the event will be signed. See map above. Please park as directed and be considerate of other users of the area. 

Course Information

A technical score event. Score format designed to allow a good variety of routes and controls even in one hour.  

Course lengths

There is an option of three course times - one, two or three hours. Those not pre-entered, should select your time when registering.

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.


There will also be a selection of courses suitable for juniors during the afternoon- see separate event listing. 

Some SI controls relating just to the junior JOG event will also be in the area from 14.00 which shares the same start and finish with the juniors.

Closing time

Courses close at 16.00 you must return and download by this time.

Scoring Method

There are 20 controls in two sets - blue (131-140) and red (141-150) worth 10 points. 

Competitors can start with either colour but once the change is made cannot swap back. 

Controls 131 and 141 are the “bonus” controls each worth 30 points. Additionally, all controls of each colour set then visited have their points value doubled to 20. 

Controls are shown on the map and the control descriptions, in different colours for clarity. 


Lateness Penalty

A deduction of three points will be made from your score for every minute, or part minute, that your time exceeds the time you have chosen to run. However, on all courses, (but in practice, on the long course only), if you excel, a three points per minute bonus will be added for achieving the maximum score of 440 points in less than the allocated time!

A Tip

Having a piece of string with knots indicating how far you expect to run in an hour could be a useful accessory in selecting your route. Those who have run score courses on mountain marathons will appreciate the benefits of the simple aid!

Entry Details


Pre-registration on Fabian 4 preferred (deadline: 25 September).

A limited number of maps will be printed for entry on the day.

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

Participants may run as a pair.


£8 (plus £2 for non BOF members). Juniors £3.

Dibber hire (SI) is included in above prices.

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

Electronic punching

Both events will use SportsIdent (SI) punching.

Dibbers issued for day 1 will be collected and re-issued for day 2. Lost hired dibbers will be charged for.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 11.30.

It will be clearly visible by the large QO flag. It is a very short walk to the start and finish from here.

Car keys may be left at registration (recommended for sole car occupants).

Details of mobile phone number, emergency contact number and car registration will be collected at registration

Starts between 12:00-13.00

There are punching starts for both days, so no start times will be pre-allocated.

An official at the start will organise a queue if necessary.

Terrain Description

The area consists of a mixture of rough open and woodland with steep sided coombes crossed by many tracks and paths. In good weather the area is popular with mountain bikers and horse riders.

Dog restrictions

Well behaved dogs under close control are allowed


All three course options use the same map.

Scale - 1:15,000 with 5 metre contours.

A map without controls will be displayed at registration.

Areas mapped as “Open” can be very overgrown with seasonal bracken and it has been difficult to fully survey this. However some areas of high seasonal bracken are indicated on the map. Controls have been placed to avoid this as long as a sensible route choice is made.

Control descriptions are on the map. There are no loose sheets available.


Whistles mandatory and waterproofs if the weather is inclement.

Those running for 2-3 hours should consider carrying water/emergency food.

Good studded footwear is recommended for the steep valley sides.

Ticks are common and areas have some gorse/heather covering, so lower leg cover is strongly advised.



Request for volunteers

Could you lend us a hand? We need more people to help us organise the event

Click here for a message from the organiser

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

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Judy Craddock 01823 323850 fixtures@

Planner: Rosie Wych 01823 400744 secretary@

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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 and not joined an orienteering club that is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance.

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