Devon Orienteering


Devon Christmas Novelty

Exeter University Score Event

Fri 30 Dec 2016

Info updated: 30th Dec
Type of event: Local-(D), Other
Type of terrain: Parkland


Exeter University 30.12.16 Results


The mist didn't dampen the Christmas spirit! A really enjoyable event on an interesting area -many thanks to the event officials, Michelle, Damian and Jill for all of their hard work, and also to the team of helpers including those on SI, car park and serving the mulled wine and mince pies! (More photographs below.)

Pre Event Information

Exeter University Christmas Novelty 30.12.16 pdf Flier

Additional Information (28.12.16): We look forward to seeing you at our Christmas event on Friday 30th December. You'll be pleased to hear that the University have waived the normal car parking fee, so parking will be free, although please do share vehicles if you can, so we can fit you all in the one car park without sending you halfway around the campus to a different parking area.

Most of the event will be run on tarmac paths, and the dry weather has meant that where you are off the paths, the ground is reasonably firm underfoot. We advise that trainers are likely a better choice of footwear than O-shoes. Spikes are not suitable.

We have mulled wine, tea, coffee, squash, mince pies and cakes afterwards in the sports centre building. Go through the main doors, turn left and down the steps. We have changing rooms available for us too, next to registration - please do change your shoes before going into the sports centre.

All ages, all abilities, all welcome!

Earlier Information: This is the annual Devon Christmas Novelty event, providing an opportunity to overcome any Xmas excess.  Enjoy a fun post-Christmas Orienteering event around the buildings, parkland and hills of Exeter University. A copy of the flier is above. 

Although the University is not likely to be busy, please be courteous to other users.

Do be careful of the small amount of road traffic in the University site, the courses cross the main vehicle access routes, and crossings are not manned. 

Please join us for Christmas refreshments and mince pies afterwards in the Sports Centre Cafe area! Free!

Please bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. In the event of icy weather the event may need to be postponed as the hard path surfaces will be slippery. Please check the website on the day for any last-minute changes.  

Help available for newcomers.

Dogs welcome on leads. 


Nearest town: Exeter

Directions / Parking

Exeter University Streatham Campus

Follow Exeter University road signs to the main Streatham Drive entrance (not Stocker Road) of the Streatham Campus, Prince-of-Wales Road, EX4 4QJ. SX914935. Car park (at the Sports Centre) and registration will be signed from here. There will be indoor changing available by the sports pitches.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from: 10:15 – 11:00

Starts from: 11:00 – 11:20

Course Closure: 12:30

Course Information

A 1 hour “odds-and-evens” type score event (with a twist!) suitable for all ages and abilities, or a buggy-accessible point-to-point course.

The “Odds and Evens” format has you choosing to visit either controls with only odd numbers, or controls with only even numbers. At any time (but only once), you can punch a transition control and switch from visiting odds to evens, or evens to odds. 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. We’ll let you know about “the twist” on the day....

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

Cost: Seniors £8, Juniors (under 21) £2.

SI hire £1.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Damian Wilson ()

Planner: Michelle Spillar

Controller: Jill 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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