Devon Orienteering


Bicton College - Summer Series 3

Sun 8 Jul 2018

Info updated: 08th Jul
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland


Results: Bicton College Score Event  

Four photographs and a short report can be seen below. 


Well, that was quite a hot day! Robin did an excellent job of planning; the Red and Blue format plus the variable scoring set quite a challenge for the majority of competitors who were not able to get round all 30 controls in less than 60 minutes. Likewise, the Grierson family, led by Peter, also did an excellent job of organising the event.

Whilst we could certainly have catered for more participants, it was great to see so many young orienteers and family groups taking part. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at subsequent events; you will be very welcome. Longest journey must have been the family who travelled from Western Australia; hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in the UK.

Particular thanks go to Roger Green who not only acted as the Risk Assessor but also led the SI Team, managed to sort out the scoring and prepared the final maps for the printer. Thanks also to all of the other people who helped on the day.  

Pre Event Information

This is a parkland orienteering event. 

All ages and abilities are welcome. Bicton College is based in East Devon in an Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty, just two miles from the Jurassic Coast. The historic Georgian mansion is set in 200 hectares of open green parkland and rolling countryside, with the majestic house overlooking a beautiful lake. Bicton College is only ten minutes from the sea so you can cool off after your run!

Event flyer


Nearest town: Budleigh Salterton

Directions / Parking

Bicton College is signposted from the main roads and the car park is approximately 500 metres from the main entrance. 

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10.00 – 12.30
Starts 10.30 – 13.00
Courses close at 14.30, at which point we will start to collect the controls in.

Participants should be aware that there could be horse riders in the area. In bad weather a cagoule may be required in addition to the usual whistle, which everyone must carry.

Course Information

At Bicton we have delightful parkland terrain to run on, with a variety of open areas offering good route choice. This is a 1 hour (60 min) score event,  with a “red-and-blue” type score event suitable for all ages and abilities. The “red-and-blue” format has you choosing to visit either controls with only red controls, or controls with only blue controls. At any time (but only once), you can change colour control and switch from visiting reds to blues, or blues to reds. Effectively, you will end up running two “circuits” of the competition area. You’ll get points for each control, but lose points if you fail to get back within the hour, the later you are the more points you’ll lose. Each control will have points allocated, from 15 points to up to 50 points.

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Entry fees: Seniors £8, Juniors £3, Dibber hire £1
If a family is taking part primarily with one junior, and using one map, then the fee is only £3

First Aid is available at registration.  Toilets are located near the cafe. Dogs must be under control at all times. 

Contacts / Officials

Planner:        Robin Carter
Organiser:     Peter Grierson 
Controller:    Roger Green

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. If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns to our national governing organisation, British Orienteering, please email .

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