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Staple Hill


Sun 23 Apr

Near: Staple Fitzpaine
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race

The area was at it's best with the wild flowers putting on a great show.

It was the final QOFL and many came to boost their league score and hopefully improve their final league position.


Results and Splits

Control 11 which BOK's Guy omitted on Light Green

Control 11 which BOK's Guy omitted on Light Green
Credit: Routegadget

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.

Re-entrant (control 143) on Blue & Green

Re-entrant (control 143) on Blue & Green
Credit: Ray T

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

Roger C

Roger C

Planner Ray Toomer

Planner Ray Toomer

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)

Chris Philip

Chris Philip


OrganiserChris Philip
PlannerRay Toomer
Planner's assistantMike Crockett
MapsBill Vigar
PermissionsBob Lloyd
Equipmentthe Craddocks
Putting out controls Ray & Sue Toomer, Mike Crockett, Jeff Pakes
Car parkBob Lloyd & Tony Milroy
RegistrationAngela Modica, Julia Robertson, Judy Craddock, Tess Stone, Heather & Robert Green
Computers (SI)Roger Craddock (set up), Spencer Modica, John Fisher, Pete & Sam Shirvington, Jeff Pakes
Start West/Wood family (Peter, Jenny & Ben)
Control collectionPete Shirvington, Ray & Sue Toomer, Mike Crockett & Tony Hext

Bluebells everywhere

Bluebells everywhere
Credit: Ray T

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.

Course Information

All measurements are provisional.

CourseLength Height gain ControlsMap scale
Blue4.9 km200 m201:7,500
Green4.1 km165 m191:7,500
Short Green3.4 km105 m151:7,500
Light Green3.4 km85 m111:7,500
Orange2.7 km80 m101:7,500
Yellow1.6 km10 m91:5,000
White1.2 km10 m81:5,000

Entry Details

Category of entry


Beat the Trail
Family*- separate runs16n/a
Group (1 dibber and up to 2 maps)8n/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.

Electronic timing

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.

Terrain Description

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

Planner: Ray Toomer

Planner's assistant: Mike Crockett

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. All participants must report to download whether they finish their course or not.

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