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Sampson's Wood


Sat 11 Sept

Near: Yeovil
Level of event: Activity

Type of event: Training, Juniors

After a season of virtual orienteering, the normal system of pin-punching with SI start/finish returned at this event.

Finley (with a little help from his father, Mark!) planned a set of courses on a map they created during lockdown with help from Jim Mallinson and Bill Vigar.

Jana & Neil Truby provided a core of 30 cubs/scouts from Bishops Lydeard who entertained the local residents near Sampson’s Wood, Yeovil on junior JOG courses while a virtual course around the surrounding streets provided a challenge for the seniors and is still available as a Permanent Orienteering Course to anyone wishing to have a try (map attached).

Karen Lewis set up and ran the Maze course, but the attraction of the fun children's playground distracted many of the Scouts! Many thanks to Karen for making the long journey and attracting many inquisitive local children. Marie Craddock (from NZ, daughter of previous secretary of QO) helped with the event and will be a valuable addition to the admin for this term.

The next JOG is at Broomfield Hill next Saturday with courses planned by Sheila Braine. Please come if you can as the area is close to Taunton and is a mixture of woodland and open areas. We would really like the children to use the junior QR code courses using their smartphones, but normal pin-punching is available.

Roger and Judy Craddock

Event Specifics

The Fox course this week is a hybrid course - some woodland and some urban. With the current permissions situation, this is going to be a GPS punching course.

Hare, Squirrel and Badger will be available in a choice of format: pin punching or QR punching. The latter can help with training as you can review everyone's GPS tracks afterwards.

JOG Autumn 2021 Series Info

Our Junior Orienteering Group (JOG) runs during term-times holding low-key weekly events aimed at juniors, families and all those looking to improve or to train. Newcomers are always welcome.

We have suffered from Forestry England raising its fees and treating juniors as adults in its charging structure. As this happened too late for us to fully replan the series, we have had to do our best to adapt. As a result, we are having to use a mixture of physical and GPS courses at different locations.

Information on the full series for this term is at JOG Autumn 2021.

Non-members are very welcome. If you like it and want to join, read about joining QO here.

Series Contacts

Series organisers: Judy & Roger Craddock 01823 323850

If using GPS or QR Punching

  • See our map printing guidance for best results printing your own map.
  • To load the course of your choice into MapRun, tap on 'Select Event' then go to "UK - Somerset - JOG - Autumn 2021 - event name" and choose the one you want.
  • Then tap on 'Go to Start'.
  • The PIN is printed on the map.
  • Full guide here.
  • For those taking part on the Sunday, you will receive an email with the map link shortly after 1630 on the Saturday.

Code of Conduct

Please make sure you have read and comply with the Participant Code Of Conduct and Parent Code Of Conduct.

Course Information

We cater from beginners through to a good club standard. We call the courses Hare, Squirrel, Badger and Fox and these offer a clear progression in the difficulty level. The Fox course incorporates adult training exercises.

Hare to Badger usually have the choice between PIN punching and QR code punching using your smartphone. The latter has the training benefit of the GPS track automatically being added to Routegadget for post-run analysis. Fox is GPS punching and us also automatically uploaded to Routegadget.

JOG courses explained

Entry Details

  • Entry - £1 per person
  • Dibber hire - Free (but if lost you would be liable for the replacement cost of £30)

Please consider buying a pack of pre-entry credits in advance. This costs you the same but saves the club a lot in credit card fees.

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Registration & Start Times

Saturday 1400-1500: pre-enter by 10 September or enter at the event

Sunday: pre-enter by 1600 on 11 September

Saturday Sunday

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Finley Goddard

Controller: Alasdair Shaw

Organisers: J & R Craddock

Photo Gallery

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The Goddard family

The Goddard family

The maze

The maze
Credit: Alasdair Shaw

Out on the Fox

Out on the Fox
Credit: Alasdair Shaw

Freyja cornering at speed

Freyja cornering at speed
Credit: Alasdair Shaw



'I love orienteering. I didn't want it to end.'

'I love orienteering. I didn't want it to end.'

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