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The Slades

CompassSport heat

Sun 17 March, 2019

Near: Bridgwater
Level of event: National

Type of event: Race

Organiser's & planner's comments uploaded

Photos by Steve Rush

Results

Results
Routegadget

"Heat map" showing routes and running speed on the Brown course

"Heat map" showing routes and running speed on the Brown course
Credit: QO Routegadget

Planner Steve

Planner Steve
Credit: Steve Rush

Planner's Comments

The courses today were broadly similar to those planned for the cancelled 2018 event - broadly because the map had to be updated for forestry operations and clearance work, then two weeks before the event a Protected Species decided to broaden the search area for its 2019 nest site and an extension of the Out of Bounds area eliminated three control sites.

Unfortunately the late change impacted Blue and Brown courses, reducing the length and climb compared with the original planning. Most competitors seemed to enjoy themselves and certainly the break in the weather helped. You all missed the near blizzard conditions in the open area about four hours before the first starts!

Starting off

Starting off
Credit: Steve Rush


The winning times on some courses were remarkably low - partially impacted by the course shortening and partially by top orienteers running their correct age class rather than their usual course choice.

Another possible impact on times compared to those normally expected on the Quantocks was that in most cases the courses were planned to be as runnable as possible and I admit that some of the route choices involved a choice of forest tracks which in either case favoured the faster runners.

And they're off...heading up Will's Neck

And they're off...heading up Will's Neck
Credit: Steve Rush

Nevertheless I prefer comments that the courses were a bit short compared with complaints that the courses were too long/too tough.

Thanks to Alan Simpson for his Controlling both the cancelled 2018 event and this one - it is all over now Alan! Plus the usual band of QO helpers manning SI, collecting controls etc.

- Steve Robertson


Richard S at the 2018 Compass Sport Cup final

Richard S at the 2018 Compass Sport Cup final
Credit: Steve Robertson

Organiser's comments

Thank you all for coming to our second attempt to hold this race. This time last year we cancelled as there was snow covering the parking field. But today ... well actually at 7am it was snowing, but fortunately not for long, and soon the sun came out. Apologies for the loss of the clothing dump - the tent broke in the wind.

Hope you all enjoyed your runs, and congratulations to BOK and SWOC for your wins.

Scattered runners, on the slopes near the Start/ Finish

Scattered runners, on the slopes near the Start/ Finish
Credit: Steve Rush

Lost Property

One green rucksack including GPS unit and power bank, left at the start - please contact Roger & Judy Craddock 01823 323850

- Richard Sansbury


A junior from the winning Bristol team collects her map

A junior from the winning Bristol team collects her map
Credit: Steve Rush

Team results

Cup

Pos - clubPoints (max 2500)
1 - Bristol OK*2465
2 - Devon OC*2422

Trophy

Pos - ClubPoints (max 1300)
1 - South Wales OC*1279
2 - Swansea Bay OC1273
3 - Cornwall OC1262
4 - Quantock OC1257

* qualifies for final


Photos

Thank you to Steve Rush for the the brilliant photography, a sample of which appears here. Five hundred plus more photos on his Flickr page.

Link to Flickr

Pre Event Info

Compass Sport Cup & Trophy qualifier Series Info

This is the qualifying round for the national annual inter-club competition. Small clubs such as QO compete for the Trophy while bigger clubs compete for the Cup. In parallel with the national competition there will be white and yellow courses for juniors and beginners, and also a light green course for intermediates.

Link: our Compass Sport pages

Directions / Parking

Parking will be in a grass field adjacent to Triscombe Stone car park.

Please approach from the north-east as the road up from Triscombe is signed as unsuitable for motor vehicles.

Parking charge of £1 per vehicle.

Please leave the public car park for other users.

The approach road is steep and narrow and unsuitable for full-size coaches.

Course Information

The Quantocks have a reputation for steepness - course lengths have been adjusted to take the climb into consideration. The stated climb is for the most probable route – for alternative routes the climb may be higher. The competition area consists of a northern forest area and southern open moor with some woodland, primarily in the valleys.

If you would like to help your club team score points, you need to run the course for your age class and be a current member of a participating club.

Compass Sport competition courses


ClassCourseAge classesLengthClimb

1

Brown

Men open

7.8 km

375 m

2

Short Brown

M20- M40+

5.6 km

275 m

3

Blue Women

Women open

4.7 km

235 m

4

Blue Men

M50+

4.8 km

240 m

5

Green Women

W20- W45+

3.4 km

110 m

6

Green Men

M60+

3.4 km

140 m

7

Veterans' Short Green

M70+ W60+

3.2 km

85 m

8AJunior Men (Green)M18-3.4 km140 m
8BJunior Women (Short Green)W18-2.9 km85 m

9A

Orange Men

M14-

2.4 km

95 m

9BOrange WomenW14-2.4 km95 m
10Super Veterans' Short GreenM80+ W70+2.9 km85 m


All of the above courses use a map scale of 1:10000.

All courses use pictorial descriptions only, except Orange which uses both pictorials and text.

Courses 6 & 8A (Green), 8B & 10 (Short Green) and 9A & 9B (Orange) are the same.

Other courses

Courses available for those not taking part in the above competition:

ColourLengthClimbMap scale

Light Green

2.8 km

100 m

1:10000

Yellow

1.8 km

50 m

1:7500

White

1.3 km

40 m

1:7500

Light Green's descriptions are pictorial only; Yellow and White use text.

Loose control descriptions will be available in the start lanes.

Entry Details

Compass Sport competition

All entries to the Compass Sport Competition must be done in advance via your club representative. You must be a BOF member to participate and need to run alone, not as a pair or group.

Entry categoryMembers*
Seniors£12
Junior / student£5
Dibber hire - standard / SIAC£1 / £2

All other entries

If you're not running as part of the team event, you can enter on the day as usual. The following fees apply:

Entry categoryMembers*Non-members
Social or family group, competing together £12 £14
Light Green course £9 £10
White & Yellow courses £3 £4
Shadowed Junior £6 £7
Dibber hire - standard / SIAC £1 / £2 £1 / £2


Lost dibbers will be charged for at their replacement cost of £40 (SI type) and £65 (SIAC) each.

* member = a member of BOF / QO or any affiliated club

Registration & Start Times

Registration & enquiries will be open from 10:00.

Competition courses will have pre-allocated start times allocated by your club's team captain.

For other courses just turn up when you are ready as usual.

Starts 10:30-12:30, courses close 15:00.


Timing system- SportIdent - mixed punching-i.e. both contact and contact-less (SIAC) modes are enabled

Terrain Description

Classic Quantock terrain with a mix of open heather covered hillside and commercial forest. ​Please note there are often wild ponies on the open hillside.​

Dog restrictions

There are no dog restrictions.

Weather conditions

The event centre is at 300m altitude and much of the area is exposed to wind. Waterproofs may be compulsory if the weather is poor. In the event of very poor weather the event may be cancelled.

We would only cancel if the parking field is out of action, the approach road is dangerous or high winds are endangering trees. Such a decision would hopefully be made a few days before and club captains will be informed straight away.

Please check the website before travelling.

The map

There is an east-west fence and earth bank that forms a boundary between the forest and the moorland – there are paths on the north and south sides of this bank and fence. For clarity, the fence is not marked on the map but all gates are shown. The longer courses that use both the forest and moor have been planned to go through the gates and not cross the fence. All of these courses include controls at each gated crossing point - the control kite will be on the side of the gate as the competitor approaches it.

There are patches of gorse and bramble in the open area – where these would impede the progress of the average competitor, they have been mapped. There are areas of bracken that have died back following the cold weather that are runnable and not mapped.

There are a number of mountain bike tracks in the forest area – where these are significant and include MTB jumps they have been mapped. In the open area, tracks and significant paths have been mapped – seasonal animal tracks caused by horses, deer and sheep have not been mapped.

The trig point at Wills Neck (the highest point on the Quantocks) is marked as a boulder on the map and the cairn symbol represents a clearly visible pile of stones – these are generally between 0.4 and 0.6 m high. In some cases the control flag may be visible before the feature.

Facilities

Enquiries, download, toilets and space for club tents are all in the parking field.
From enquiries there is a 500m walk to the start/finish.

In the event of wet or cold weather a tent will be put up at the start/finish where outer clothing may be left.

There will be a first aid station at the finish.

Sorry, owing to the modest anticipated attendance there is no catering, and there are no nearby shops or cafes. Please bring your own food & water.

A photographer will be in attendance (Steve Rush of Bristol OC) and it is anticipated a selection of these will be posted on Flickr after the event.

Competing Clubs

Each club's position at the 2018 final is shown in brackets.

Cup

ClubKnown as
Bristol OC (3rd)BOK
Devon OC (9th)DEVON


Trophy


ClubKnown as
Cornwall OC (didn't attend final)KERNO
Quantock OC (13th)QO
South Wales OC (10th)SWOC
Swansea Bay OC (7th)SBOC


Link: Background article on other clubs in the South West

Another big event soon...

Th JK closing date is Sunday 24 March. If you have not yet entered, don't forget to do so in the next few days. The deadline for entering relay teams is the following Sunday (31 March).

More details at http://www.thejk.org.uk

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Steve Robertson 01823 430071 treasurer@quantockorienteers.co.uk

Controller: Alan Simpson DEVON

Organiser: Richard Sansbury 01823 288405 richard.sansbury@btinternet.com

Photo Gallery

Compass Sport

Compass Sport

UK no.5 and Brown course winner Swansea Bay's Ben Mitchell

UK no.5 and Brown course winner Swansea Bay's Ben Mitchell
Credit: Steve Rush

Had enough?

Had enough?
Credit: Steve Rush

A QO junior in action

A QO junior in action
Credit: Steve Rush

Multiple mountain marathon winner Ifor Powell (BOK)

Multiple mountain marathon winner Ifor Powell (BOK)
Credit: Steve Rush

A good weekend for Welsh sport

A good weekend for Welsh sport
Credit: Steve Rush

2019 03 17 Cs Slades Sr 27

2019 03 17 Cs Slades Sr 27

South Wales OC, the winners

South Wales OC, the winners
Credit: Steve Rush

Kerno OC

Kerno OC
Credit: Steve Rush

A tough uphill slog through the heath

A tough uphill slog through the heath
Credit: Steve Rush

A Devon OC youngster starting

A Devon OC youngster starting
Credit: Steve Rush

A BOK junior at the start

A BOK junior at the start
Credit: Steve Rush

Mike A dibbing

Mike A dibbing
Credit: Steve Rush

A fast downhill finish from a QO junior

A fast downhill finish from a QO junior
Credit: Steve Rush

Swansea Bay's Ben Mitchell gliding across the heath

Swansea Bay's Ben Mitchell gliding across the heath
Credit: Steve Rush

A Bristol OK runner

A Bristol OK runner
Credit: Steve Rush

A Devon runner

A Devon runner

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 you need to join British Orienteering (BOF). After this point, you not covered by BOF's public liability insurance and risk invalidating the insurance cover for the entire event. Read more about joining BOF and QO here.

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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.