Sun 14 AprNear: Staple Fitzpaine Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race
Type of event: Race
Well done to all who took up the challenge that is Staple Hill for QOFL5. The weather was kind if somewhat chilly in that breeze....all right once you were moving.
There were some issues with some courses - demolished hides, suspect crossing point position (Green, Blue) and a path junction covered on the map by course closing information (Short Green)....apologies for this and I hope it did not impede your progress too much.
At the other end of the scale of comment was one that thought the early controls were lovely pleasant woodland running, building into a crescendo of technical and physical difficulty at the end....dramatic but nice!
What a support team.... thanks to Pete Akers (controller), Angela Modica (organiser) and her group of volunteers, Bill Vigar for maps, Roger and Judy Craddock for essential help and advice and all others who had an input.
Thanks also to the control collectors who are a great help at the end of an event. If you are an improver or experienced and have the time and energy, collecting can be a great addition to your day....perhaps try the other route choice, spot that feature you missed, or visit an area of the forest that your course didn’t.
- Tony Hext
I was always taught to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. My team of helpers did their best and I’m grateful. Asking Roger to bring the JOG printer to the event was preparing for the worse.
- Angela Modica
Besides the main action, we had a presentation to mark achievements at JOG (our junior group) this year- see some of the photographs in the gallery below taken by Jim Pearson.
A local event open to all, beginner or experienced orienteer, young or old and there are colour-coded courses suitable for all.
We have six of these events a year and together they form the Forest League (QOFL). The series starts in the Autumn and continues at approximately one event per month until the spring.
Link to QOFL team lists - members, please check which events you are down to help at
Alongside forest road. Please follow the signs and the instructions of the parking marshals. Please do not use the Forestry Commission car park (which you pass on the way in).
If you are part of a large group (e.g. scouts) or intend to bring a minibus, please inform the organiser in advance of the event, preferably a week ahead so sufficient maps and suitable parking can be arranged.
Suitable for all ages and abilities.
Course lengths and climbs:
|Blue||5.3 km||200 m|
|Green||4.1 km||155 m|
|Short Green||3.1 km||110 m|
|Light Green||3.1 km||110 m|
|Orange||2.9 km||110 m|
|Yellow||2.6 km||60 m|
|White||1.6 km||15 m|
Map scale is 1:7500 for all courses except White and Yellow, which are at 1:5000.
Courses have been planned to avoid the steepest climb and fenced areas - please use crossing points where available.
Other users, walkers, dogs, cyclists will be present especially on the plateau in the Start and Finish areas, so please be courteous and not alarm them unduly.
Planner Tony Hext says:
The terrain is the usual mix of coniferous plantation, deciduous woodland and open with gorse to almost meadow, beautifully runnable to downright messy....enjoy!
|Category of entry|
|Beat the Trail|
|Family*- separate runs||16||n/a|
|Group (1 dibber and up to 2 maps)||8||n/a|
*The family rate is a concessionary rates. Maximum two adults per family.
SI card (dibber) Hire - standard is £1, contact-less is £2 (only if contact-less mode is activated)
Additional runs (for all)- £1 each
Charge for lost dibber - £40 (SI), £65 (SIAC)
Filling out a Registration form (link) in advance will quicken up the entry process on the day.
The non-member premium has been dropped for 2019/20.
The Sportident (SI) timing system will be used but contact-less punching (SIAC) will not be enabled, unless stated otherwise.
Those of you who have your own SI card please bring it to registration to speed up the registration process.
Registration from: 10:30 (helpers from 10.00)
Start times from: 11.00 to 13.00 (helpers can start from 10.30)
Courses close: 14:30
Mixed wood, steep scarp in places with areas of semi-open
This is an area we used for JOG and it's a great area to try one of our Forest League events.
You can run a similar standard of course to the ones your run at JOG, or try a selection of harder and more technical courses.
A presentation will be made to mark achievements at our spring junior series, probably at around 2pm.
We will have some ‘special’ JOG badges for any junior who completes a QOFL course today!
A great area and the day after our Blackborough event, making a brilliant local double-header.
The deadline for the 'early bird' entry fee is this evening.
After that, prices increase by £2.
Organiser: Angela Modica 01823 451647 buddyinfo@
Planner: Tony Hext
Controller: Pete Akers
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