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Wind Down & Broomfield Hill

QOFL3

Sat 18 November, 2017

Near: Bridgwater
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race

With the lead changing hands frequently on most courses and where a race-changing error was seemingly only a heartbeat away, it was like the Wacky Races

Results

Results and Splits
Routegadget
League table
Handicap League


Adam dibbing at the Start

Adam dibbing at the Start

Review

After the disappointing attendance at Cothelstone Hill and the cancelled event at St Audries, it was third time lucky for our Saturday morning QOFL experiment! There were an unprecedented (in recent times, anyway) 58 individual runs from QO members. Is Saturday now the more popular day on which to have our forest league events?

Hamish Sprinting In

Hamish Sprinting In

Results analysis

tip: click on the course names in green below to see the race 'splits'

Another question is, will the series be won at our next QOFL in January? Back-to-back wins for Devon's Ben Chesters on Blue have given him a commanding lead, which could be unassailable should he add a third win at Orchard Portman.

Yet again the Green course was the most competitive, with its intriguing mixture of up and coming orienteers and very capable super veterans. Matt Carter won his first Green course since joining the club earlier this year. Trailing a University of Bristol (UBOC) student by seven minutes after just a few controls, a series of strong legs saw Matt almost level with a quarter of the race to run. A mistake costing the UBOC lad 10 minutes then set up a straight fight between Matt and Devon's highly experienced Chris Virgo. The lead exchanged hands with Matt getting ahead again only at the penultimate control.

Now How Do I Get To The Control

Now How Do I Get To The Control

Chris Hasler made a victorious comeback on Short Green with what might be a record long winning time, albeit a comfortable one! Taking 95 minutes, Chris traded the lead with runner-up Steve Williams before finishing nearly 20 minutes ahead.

By halfway round the Light Green, Sarah Maynard and JOG's Martin Lewis were practically neck and neck. After that, Sarah's experience told. Eight minutes adrift of Sarah and runner-up was last season's Orange course champion Heather Green.

Erin Chats With Mum After Her Run

Erin Chats With Mum After Her Run

The runner-up to Heather then was Andrew Page. He now has back-to-back QOFL wins on Orange, finishing a clear five minutes ahead of a cluster of runners, one being the 2016 SW League champion on Light Green, Luke Shopland. Luke led, then Andrew, then QOFL debutant Nick Ryles with just two controls to go, before an error from Nick let Andrew in again.

Tate Modica led from the start to the end on Yellow and had a clear three minutes over Will Toomer. Impressive was the large amount of members coping very well on their first season on this course.

No surprise on White where Jacob Shirvington was fastest but new boy Ethan Ryles gave him a run for his money.

- Jeff Pakes


Organiser Ray T

Organiser Ray T

Event team

Many thanks to you all for your great contribution at Wind Down today – excellent team work!

- Ray Toomer

Well done too to Ray for very efficiently organising the event. He ticked all the boxes, from giving the local horse riders plenty of warning to clearing the site by 3.30pm


OrganiserRay Toomer
PlannersMark Maynard (with Rosie Wych)
EquipmentRoger & Judy Craddock
ComputersAndy Rimes, Spencer Modica, Chris Philip, Sam Shirvington
RegistrationAngela & Tate Modica, Judy Craddock, Elaine & Heather Green
Parking Bob Lloyd, John Fisher, John Trayler, Tony Hext
StartJulia Robertson, Robert Green
FinishJenny Tennant, Mike Crockett
Control collectionTony Hext, Pete & Sam Shirvington
Photography / captionsJim Pearson / Judy Craddock
Also helpedStephen Lysaczenko, John Carter, Brian Pearson, Steve Williams...& a few others!

Pre Event Info

Forest League 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 organise 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 2018-19 QOFL team lists - for members to check which QOFLs they will be helping at

Directions / Parking

Free parking on forest roads.

Directions

Those approaching from the north or east use Enmore Road, from Bridgwater. Those from west and south go via Taunton & Kingston St Mary using Buncombe Road. Then follow the signs E from the Pines Café crossroads.   

Signs

Signed from Pines Café crossroads (ST 207 329) and from entrance to woods (ST 221 343).

Course Information

Courses suitable for all ages and abilities. 

Explanation of courses (by Berkshire OC)

There is a road crossing over a quiet road on the Blue and Green. Please take care.   Because of this crossing, only runners older than 15 years of age can run on these two courses.  

CourseLengthClimb
Blue6.0 km210m
Green4.7 km170m
Short Green3.0 km140m
Light Green3.2 km150m
Orange2.8 km110m
Yellow1.9 km60m
White1.4 km10m

Map

Scale - is normally 1:10,000 for courses running onto Broomfield Common i.e. Blue and Green. Shorter courses tend to be at either 1:5,000 or 1:7,500.

Routegadget from last event, New Year's Day 2016

Entry Details

You need to join a recognised orienteering club once you have participated at three or more events. Participation as a non-member after three events invalidates that event's liability insurance. Read about joining QO here.

2018/19 event charges

Category of entryMembers

£

Non members

£

Adult710
Junior34
Family*- separate runs1420
Family*- group (up to 3 maps)88
Shadowed junior (2 maps)
56

*The family rates are concessionary rates. Maximum two adults per family.

Dibber Hire (SI) - £1

Additional runs for juniors - £1

Charge for lost dibber - £40

Filling out a Registration form (link) in advance will quicken up the entry process on the day.

Electronic timing

The SportsIdent (SI) timing system will be used but contactless punching (SIAC) will not be enabled.

Those of you who have your own SI dibber please bring it to Registration to speed up the registration process.

Registration & Start Times

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

From - toDistance
Car park - Registration0 to 400m
Registration - Start150m
Finish - Download300m


Terrain Description

Steep sided mainly coniferous wood used by all courses. An adjoining open hilltop with semi-open parts is used by Blue and Green only. Stout footwear advised: paths can get muddy and churned up by horses. Parents with young children: robust buggies will cope with the forest roads and hence the White course only.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed but must be under control at all times.

Toilets

In nearby Bridgwater: Penel Orlieu TA6 3PF and Blake Garden TA6 3LF, both open 08.00-16.00.

Local cafe

The Pines cafe at the main crossroads 2.5km to the W of the venue along Enmore Road is open 09.30-16.30 for snacks & hot drinks. Toilet facilities for customers.

Event team

Team 3 will be running this event

Club jackets

We've ordered a selection of jackets and hope that they will be delivered in time for those interested to try on at this event.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Mark Maynard 01823 251262 mayn8599@btinternet.com

Planner (on the day): Rosie Wych 01823 400744 secretary@

Organiser: Ray & Sue Toomer 01458 272848 ray@stertdrove.co.uk

Photo Gallery

Alan At The Start

Alan At The Start

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.

Privacy: when participating in our events/activities your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports. Read our data protection page to see how we look after your personal data.

Photography: QO has an agreed policy on the taking of photographs at events, based on national guidance. This provides a sensible balance between the benefits and risks associated with the taking and use of images. If you are unsure about acceptable practice, please speak to the event organiser.

Safeguarding: QO is aware of it's responsibilities in safeguarding and child protection. To comply with The Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Relevant Agency (England) Regulations 2018, we now provide an email address for individuals to report concerns to the Lead Safeguarding Officer. This address is safeguarding@britishorienteering.org.uk.