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St Audries

Galoppen & YBT Heat

Sun 08 April, 2018

Near: Williton
Level of event: Regional

Type of event: Race, Juniors

This is our annual South West League fixture and regional junior team heat.

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Routegadget from 2016 Galoppen


Team 2 will form the nucleus of the team running this event.

Bicknoller Post, looking W

Bicknoller Post, looking W
Credit: Sheila Russell

Galoppen Series Info

Every year, each of the nine clubs in the South West region host a Galoppen, a Sunday regional league event. These events offer the same range of colour coded courses as our QOFL series but with the addition of a Brown (long) course. The series starts in the Autumn and continues at approximately one or two events per month until the spring.

See our Galoppen pages here

Galoppen season planner

Directions / Parking

Alongside the forest road in the old deer park. There will be a separate area for minibuses.

Camper vans & mini buses - there should be enough room but it would be appreciated if you contacted the organiser in advance.

Coaches - will be parked at the nearby inn and a route will be marked to registration for competitors. Please notify the Organiser in advance if bringing a coach.

Please follow the instructions of the parking marshall(s).

The entrance will also be used for the exit.

Course Information

A range of courses, suitable for all ages and abilities. The following distance and climbs are merely a rough guideline of what could be expected, i.e. climb likely to be significant on the longer courses.

Brown7.5 km 370 m
Blue5.8 km285 m
Green3.8 km 165 m
Short Green2.8 km 105 m
Light Green3.1 km125 m
Orange3.0 km100 m
Yellow2.4 km80 m
White1.5 km50 m

The maximum number of controls on any one course is 16 (for Brown).

Map issue 

Yellow and White courses maps will be issued at registration. 

Maps for Orange courses upwards are pre-marked and will be available immediately after the start.   

Loose control descriptions will be available at the start.


The map was updated Autumn 2017. 

It is printed on waterproof paper, A3 for Brown and Blue and all others on A4. 

The map scale is anticipated to be 1:10,000 for all courses except White and Yellow, which are expected to be printed at 1:5,000. 

Contours intervals: 5m.

Safety bearing

Heading North will bring you to a perimeter footpath heading West-East along this part of the Quantocks. Following this West will bring you round to the enclosed wood where assembly is. Beyond that and running roughly parallel is an 'A' road. 

There is a minor road to the West too. The rest of the Quantocks extend mainly to the East (and South).

Entry Details

BOF* membersnon BOF
Junior/ student£3£3
Family of runners**£20£26
Family group (max of 3 maps)£15£15

Entry on day surcharge: £2 for seniors

* i.e. you belong to a club registered with British Orienteering

** effectively no charge for the juniors in the family

Helpers qualify for a half price run

Online entries

Via Fabian 4. Open now. Closing date 3 April.

Yvette Baker Trophy entry

Please notify the Yvette Baker Co-ordinator of interest by 25 March (no names required) and enter via Fabian 4 by 3 April.

Entry on the day (EOD)

This will be available for as long as limited map stocks last. Please use the following registration form. It must be checked to ensure it is fully completed. This is important for safety, back-up, and speed of entering details.

Registration form (v 2017.2) - pdf

Registration form (v 2017.2) - Word

This form can also be obtained on the day from parking marshalls.

Electronic punching

SportsIdent (SI) being used.

Standard dibbers can be hired for £1.

Back up pin punches will be available at control sites.

Lost dibbers will be charged for at the replacement cost of £40.

Event cancellation policy

Please note: QO will make every to ensure the event goes ahead as planned. However, should the event be cancelled, the club reserves the right to retain part of the advance entry fees to meet event costs already incurred or committed.

Registration & Start Times

Registration open between: 10:30 - 12:30

Start times from: 10:00 to 12:30.

NB: the above times are half an hour earlier than for our Forest League events

Courses close: 14:30

The Start and Finish are both 200m (a few minutes) from assembly.

Safety note: all competitors must report to download, whether they finish their course or not.

Terrain Description

Open moorland with coombes, enclosures and a former deer park, all partially wooded.

Safety: clothing

Competitors are advised to dress accordingly for the weather conditions on the day. Cagoules may be compulsory if the weather requires.

It is essential that legs are fully covered.


Is by kind permission of the Forestry Commission

Other facilities


A portaloo toilet will be provided near assembly.

First Aid

First Aid cover has been arranged.

There will be a small first aid box at enquiries, but in the event of an emergency the emergency services will be called.

Food and equipment trader

It is hoped a food and equipment trader will be present (see final details).

Club tents

There will not be enough room for club tents in the assembly area.


A results display will be arranged.



There is widespread undergrowth offering varying degrees of runnability. Seasonal vegetation i.e. dead bracken will not be shown. Because it is such an open area, the bracken will generally be visible from some distance. There tend to be animal paths or even quad tracks through the highest remaining areas of bracken.

In some places, the gorse has been destroyed and such areas feature in the direct route choice option on a few legs. It should not impede progress much and will hence be shown as rough open.

Clusters of gorse 2m tall or more will be mapped as thickets.

Large blocks of gorse it would make no sense to try to cross will be given a double undergrowth screen.

Carpets of heather, sometimes with scattered gorse, will generally be shown as "slow run" where above mid shin in height. Below that height and it's shown as rough open.

Ancient earth features

There is an extensive network of shallow earthbanks. Though most of these are not substantial enough to be mapped, indistinct paths (mapped) and animal tracks (not mapped) tend to follow these earthbanks in various places.

Crossing points

Courses start and end in the fenced area (formerly a deer park). All courses from White up to Short Green exit the forest through a gate. All courses re-enter the forest through another gate near the end.

Although fences are mapped as crossable, the fence is high, old and rusty and has damaged parts often with loose wire or protruding pieces of metal. It should only be crossed with caution. Courses have been planned to make climbing the fences unnecessary, other than at two optional crossing points on the Green, Blue & Brown courses. These are at those rare sections where the fence is low. They will be marked by red and white tape.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Jim Nickolls (QO)

Controller: Jim Mallinson (SLOW)

Co-organisers: Roger & Judy Craddock (QO) 07739 629234 / 01823 323850 chair@

Yvette Baker Trophy co-ordinator: Chris Hasler (QO) 01823 338921

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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