Tom Hasler reviews the action, with the emphasis on a close finish on the Light Green course...
The final QOFL of the season attracted 90 people. On five of the seven courses, the fastest runner was a QO member. On the Light Green course, there was a close gap between the top two competitors, winner Jenny Wood (51:46) and runner-up Luke Shopland (52:13). However, another competitor, Bristol OC's Guy Owen, was in the lead up to and including control 10, where he got the quickest time on the first two controls and on controls 5 through to 8, however he missed the final control.
Given the time between punching the penultimate control and the finish was 2:47, which is shorter than the combined time to go from the tenth control, to the eleventh and then to the finish that all the other competitors got, I suspect he may have ran in a straight line along the path from control 10 to the finish, simply by being not-so-alert, when looking at his map. Back to the top two competitors, Luke was beating Jenny for the first three controls, but this lead over her was soon lost, as they remained in the same positions relative to each other for the rest of the course.
The graphic shows from control 10 to the finish on the Light Green.
- Tom Hasler
Message from the Chair
Thanks to Chris Philip and his team for putting this on, and to Ray Toomer and his helpers for planning and executing the courses.
- Roger Craddock (Chair)
Forest League (QOFL) Series Info
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
Directions / Parking
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.
All measurements are provisional.
|Course||Length ||Height gain ||Controls||Map scale|
|Blue||4.9 km||200 m||20||1:7,500|
|Green||4.1 km||165 m||19||1:7,500|
|Short Green||3.4 km||105 m||15||1:7,500|
|Light Green||3.4 km||85 m||11||1:7,500|
|Orange||2.7 km||80 m||10||1:7,500|
|Yellow||1.6 km||10 m||9||1:5,000|
|White||1.2 km||10 m||8||1:5,000|
|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 & Start Times
Registration from: 10:30
Start times from: 11.00 to 13.00
Courses close: 14:30
The start, the finish and registration / download are all very close to the car parking.
Mixed wood, steep scarp in places with areas of semi-open
Previous events at Staple Hill
Routegadget from 2014
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Chris Philip 01823 252938 email@example.com
Planner: Ray Toomer
Planner's assistant: Mike Crockett