Devon League Event 2: Holne Moor
Sun 25 Nov 2018
Info updated: 26th Nov
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Moorland
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Someone somewhere must have been very good bearing in mind the almost tranquil weather we experienced today. To them... thank you.
Holne Moor is a mixture of good , ( some very) and not so good areas. The difficulty in planning though is that the best areas are the ones furthest away from the only places you can park and have registration. For those especially on the longer courses I hope you enjoyed it, be it the challenges of Ringleshutes mine or the vaguer areas off to the side. Be thankful it wasn't misty. As always the shortest courses are a challenge as although there are line features many are rather vague. I was a bit worried over the yellow course wondering whether it was too difficult . The younger generation proved they were up for it and it was nice to hear the comment that " it was a lot more interesting than just running on paths"
My apologies for anyone who became entangled in the areas of low level gorse. A year ago we had to cancel the event and I felt that although it was thicker now in places the routes, ( and printed maps) were still usable. Hopefully that decision was correct.
My grateful thanks to Matt for controlling the event with a light touch and Tim for the organising. Finally, thanks to the excellent control collectors who were so efficient that we were all driving off by 3.30 p.m. Steve Perrelle
With a good team of helpers we were able to make this event smoothly. We had dry but cold conditions in a beautiful location next to Vennford Reservoir. This event should have run last year but was cancelled owing to bad weather. This year, many cars were squeezed into a small car park and the registration tent made ready. The club refreshments set up allowed a hot drink and even some cake provided by Mrs Thomas. As always the helpers made the event function including control collection. Please think if you can help out with any future event as this is essential to the maintenance of our programme. Thanks to everyone. Tim Gent
After having to cancel this event last year due to bad weather it was good that we were able to go ahead ok this year. The heavy rain forecast for the Saturday and the fog forecast for Sunday didn't really materialise. In the end it was dry but a bit chilly with only a bit of mist on the hills.
Nearly 100 people is a pretty good turnout, I hope you all enjoyed it! Well done to Steve for planning some challenging courses and setting them all out twice, once last year and again this year! Thanks also to Tim for stepping in to cover the organiser's role. Matt Atkins
Pre Event Information
Join us for the 2nd Devon League event of the 2018-19 season on Holne Moor, an interesting area of moorland, with many technical features linked to former tin mining activity.
Nearest town: Ashburton
- Grid Ref: SX689709
- Postcode: TQ13 7SS
- Latitude: 50.52232
- Longitude: -3.85216
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
Directions / Parking
Car parking will be in the Venford Reservoir Eastern car park (SX689709) with overflow parking in the Western car park (SX685713). If travelling from the A38, leave at the Ashburton turning (Peartree Garage) following the signs for Two Bridges. Follow signs from the Holne turning (SX721705).
Registration & Start Times
Courses close 14.30, at which point we will start to collect in the controls.
We ask that all competitors carry a whistle, and in the event of poor weather a cagoule may be required. Dogs must be under control at all times. There will be a portable toilet close to registration.
There will be a full range of courses from YELLOW to BROWN so this event is suitable for most ages and levels of experience. The nature of the ground does not support a white course. There is a 750m walk to the start… mainly uphill.
Course Distance Climb Controls
Yellow 2.5 km 30m 12 see separate note below
Orange 2.6 km 80m 12
Lt Green 3.4 km 85m 11
Short Green 2.9 km 80m 9
Green 4.4 km 140m 14
Blue 6.3 km 200m 15
Brown 8.5 km 300m 20
The longer courses experience the challenge of the numerous gullies and pits in the remains of the Ringleshute tin mine. There are many leats. The major ones marked as full blue lines on the map use the stream symbol in the pictorial descriptions, and generally contain running water. The minor leats marked as dashed blue lines on the map use the ditch symbol. These are mostly dry at this time of year. The black crosses on the map are vertical stone boundary posts, which might come in handy as a navigational aid in the mine workings ! Black circles on the map are hut circles which are not that obvious on the ground.
The yellow course uses ALL types of line features and a sheet detailing them will be available for the less experienced runners. A copy of this information can be downloaded here.
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 fees: Seniors £10, Juniors £3, Dibber hire £1
Punch type: SI
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Tim Gent ()
Planner: Steve Perrelle
Controller: Matt Atkins
Safety and Risk
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