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The Slades

CompassSport heat

Sun 17 March, 2019

Near: Bridgwater
Level of event: National

Type of event: Race

This prestigious event takes place on classic Quantock terrain with a mix of open heather covered hillside and commercial forest.

The original event of March 2018 was cancelled due to snowfall.

Track off Quantock Drove Rd, E of Will's Neck

Track off Quantock Drove Rd, E of Will's Neck
Credit: Richard Baker

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



Men open

7.8 km

375 m


Short Brown

M20- M40+

5.6 km

275 m


Blue Women

Women open

4.7 km

235 m


Blue Men


4.8 km

240 m


Green Women

W20- W45+

3.4 km

110 m


Green Men


3.4 km

140 m


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


Orange Men


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



1.8 km

50 m



1.3 km

40 m


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*
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 & Orange 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.


Enquiries, download, toilets, catering and space for club tents are all in the parking field. The start and finish are close together but 500m away.

Outer clothing may be left in a tent at the finish.

There will be a first aid station at the finish.

Competing Clubs (TBC)


ClubKnown as
Bristol OCBOK


ClubKnown as
Cornwall OCKERNO
Quantock OCQO
South Wales OCSWOC
Swansea Bay OCSBOC

Link: Background article on other clubs in the South West

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Steve Robertson 01823 430071

Controller: Alan Simpson DEVON

Organiser: Richard Sansbury 01823 288405

Photo Gallery

Looking east, on Aisholt Common

Looking east, on Aisholt Common
Credit: Derek Harper

Aisholt Common

Aisholt Common
Credit: Roger Cornfoot

Compass Sport

Compass Sport

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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