BOK Regional event & South West Orienteering League - Stock Hill, Mendip - Sunday 2nd February 2020

Event Date
Type of Event
Regional Event
Location
ST549511
Postcode
BA5 3AS
Contact Number
07964 220667
Start Times
10:30-12:30

Welcome

BOK welcomes you to Stockhill for our Regional Event and the 6th in the SW League Event series for the 2019-20 season.

Thanks to the Waldegrave Estate and Forestry England for permission to hold the event.

This is a charming woodland which is usually popular and busy on Sundays at all times of year. Please be courteous and respectful to other forest users.

Directions

Entrance off the Old Bristol Road at grid ref ST549511; the nearest postcode is BA5 3AS.

Signed from the junction of the B3134 and B3135. If approaching from Wells, we recommend you do not use the Old Bristol Road as this is very narrow in places and has a potentially hazardous right turn into the event, but instead travel north- east on the A39 and turn left onto the B3135 at the Green Ore traffic lights.

Car Parking

On forest roads within Stockhill plantation. You must NOT use the main public car park; if you do you risk us not being allowed to use Stockhill for future events.

Longer courses cross the forest roads and we are deliberately avoiding parking in these areas. Please follow marshals’ instructions and park only as directed. This is important for the safety of all runners and other forest users.

Driving in the woods

BOK has had complaints about fast and unsafe drivers at previous events here. Apart from the obvious safety concerns, complaints cause unnecessary extra work for club officials and volunteers, while inconsiderate driving damages our reputation and may prejudice our ability to get permission for future events.

Drivers must be alert for orienteers crossing the access road and for other users of the forest, including children, dogs and horses, who do not expect vehicles on these tracks. Also the route to parking goes past the assembly area which could be busy.

Please take extreme caution when arriving and leaving and when parking - max 10mph at all times please.

Terrain

A working forest at altitude of 275m in the Mendip Hills. Tree cover is mostly coniferous and runnable. The ground features are a result of the rise and fall of lead mining, leaving many pits, depressions, rock outcrops, gullies and small hills. There are some forest roads and an irregular path network. Some paths are very muddy especially near the start. Studded shoes are strongly recommended.

Map

Remapped in 2017 by Peel Land Surveys for the 2018 British Middle Champs, with minor corrections since then by Trevor Crowe.

1:7,500 scale with 5m contour interval, printed on A3 landscape waterproof paper. Control descriptions will be printed on the maps and available loose for all courses. Brown and Blue courses have double sided maps.

There are three areas which Forestry England insist are out of bounds - mainly where felling has taken place or is ongoing. These are clearly marked as out of bounds as shown below. This map will be on display in assembly and in the start lanes. Courses have been planned to avoid these areas. There will be no felling work in progress on the day.

Stockhill out of bounds

Entry/ Advance Registration

Advance entry is strongly recommended via Fabian 4 by midnight on Sunday 26 January. After that, online entry is available until midnight on Friday 31 January but costs more and is subject to map availability. The same applies to entry on the day.

Competitors entering on the day must complete an entry form. This can be downloaded here or obtained from Registration on the day. British Orienteering number required for discount.

If anyone is bringing a group of 10 or more to enter on the day, please warn the organiser not later than 26 January so that sufficient maps are printed.

Entry Fees: until 26 Jan

  • White and Yellow courses: £3

Orange & above:

  • Juniors up to M/W20 and students: £5 Senior BOF members: £10
  • non-BOF members: £12.

Entry Fees: online after 26 Jan or on the day

  • as above +£1 for Juniors/Students or +£2 for Seniors.

Punching

Combined SI and SIAC (‘air’) electronic punching.

Dibber hire £1.50 (free for Juniors and Students). Charge if lost: £40 (standard), £60 (SIAC).

Courses

Brown, Blue, Green, Short Green, Light Green, Orange, Yellow, White.  

COURSE

Length km

Climb m

Controls

Brown

8.2

135

27

Blue

6.3

110

20

Green

4.5

85

18

Short Green

2.8

50

14

Light Green

3.3

60

16

Orange

2.4

35

11

Yellow

2.3

25

10

White

1.7

15

13

 

Precise details remain subject to amendment during final controlling.

Helpers with ‘Ask Me’ bibs can help beginners to choose an appropriate course and provide advice.

There is no String Course.

Start/ Closure

10:30am – 12:30pm with queuing start. Courses close at 2:00pm.

Assembly

Registration, Download, Toilets and First Aid located on wide ride just off forest access road.

There is space for some tents. If bringing a tent, please let the organiser know in advance and we can reserve a space for you.

There are no traders or caterers. Please bring own drinks. Distances:

  • from Parking to Assembly – between 50m and 700m. 
  • from Assembly to Start - 320m.
  • from Finish to Assembly – 160m.

If you wish you may leave clothing near the Finish (just off the route to the Start). It will not be supervised.

Safety

Competitors take part at their own risk.

There are some steep sided crags, depressions and gullies. Please take care.

The area is high on the Mendips; it can be very cold and wet, especially in early February. Please wear suitable clothing and bring a change for afterwards. Leg cover is compulsory. Running in shorts will not be allowed.

Please check for ticks after the event.

Whistles are compulsory for Juniors and recommended for Seniors. Juniors’ whistles will be checked at the Start.

If the weather is poor, cagoules (preferably with a hood) may be required.

In the event of very bad weather leading to cancellation, pre-entered competitors will be advised by email. Others should check the BOK website 24 hours before the event.

Brown, Blue and Green courses cross the forest access road twice. Runners may cross at any point. Crossing points are not marked or marshaled. Optimum crossing points should be free of parked cars. Please cross carefully checking for traffic before doing so. Runners should not run along this road.

Parents or carers should ensure that children do not play on any forestry machinery or on any stacks of logs.

Dogs

Dogs are only allowed in the Parking Area and must be on a lead AT ALL TIMES during the event. If you wish to run with your dog, please do so after courses close at 2pm. Please clear up after your dog.

This is a popular area for members of the public to walk dogs. Unfortunately there have been several instances at previous events here of uncontrolled dogs confronting, jumping at or chasing runners. If possible, avoid surprising a dog.

We are posting notices to warn dog-walkers (and others) of our event, which hopefully may encourage them to walk elsewhere, or later that day, but orienteers, particularly children and their parents, need to be aware of this problem.

Officials

Organiser: Simon St Leger-Harris, simonaslh@hotmail.co.uk, 01398 361790 On the day 07964 220667

Planner: Jackie Hallett

Controller: Mark Dyer (BOK)

Local Attractions

Nearest pubs are: Hunter’s Lodge Inn 1k south of the exit from the forest and the Castle of Comfort 2k north. More pubs and shops (open on Sundays) in Wells (which also has large supermarkets), West Harptree and Blagdon.

Data Protection:

Your personal information provided for this event or obtained from registration databases will be used to process your entry, publish results, check for missing runners and trace missing SI cards.

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