Devon Orienteering


Devon League Event

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King's Tor, Princetown

Sun 24 Nov 2013

Info updated: 25th Nov
Type of event: Local-(D)
Type of terrain: Moorland


Results: King's Tor

Great event today. Perfect -if not a little cold -conditions and enjoyable courses. Many thanks in particular to Matt Atkins (Planner), Ella Bowles (Organiser) and Nicholas Maxwell (Controller) and thanks also to all of the other helpers on the day -and to everyone for turning up and running. Three photogrpahs from the day can be seen below.

Planner's Comments:

Having planned a couple of events previously without any major hiccups I was confident that King's Tor would be fairly straightforward. All seemed to be going well until I sent the courses to Roger Green for printing, who pointed out that the background map was a different scale to my course setting file. The significance of this didn't immediately sink in until I realised that all the courses were measuring half as long again as they should be, putting them all over the guidelines!! (more experienced planners, on reading this, will be nodding sagely thinking ' Basic schoolboy error!') Mild panic ensued as I had to reconfigure & shorten all the courses to acceptable lengths. I have to thank Roger & Nicholas Maxwell for their help & advice in doing this.

The general feedback on the day was positive, so I guess the re-ordered courses must have been ok!

The Yellow & Orange courses were still slightly long but I don't think anyone struggled too much. Yellow was also quite a technical course & we thought it may prove quite challenging. However, runners seemed to cope fairly well, getting round without any major problems. The sunny weather & good visibility helped with this.

On reflection, I would advise all potential / novice planners to check carefully that the scale of your background map corresponds with the scale of your course setting file, before even starting your planning, as it really is pretty critical!!

Well done to Ella for making organising look easy!  Thanks also to those who held on to help collect controls at the end.

Matt Atkins

Controller's Comments

Matt's courses gave an interesting tour of the area for the yellow and orange courses and the high start was to help keep the overall  climb down on those courses. There is a large marshy area in the middle and the planning choices are limited if the shorter courses cannot complete a circuit.  On the day  with the frosty conditions I think the walk to the start helped everybody to warm up. 

For this time of year the weather was favourable with great visibility which helped to give some very fast times.

I confess that I was also caught out by the map scale. It is a reminder to all planners/controllers to check this early on.  Thanks to Matt for adapting his courses so quickly.  We will hold a planning course for all prospective and actual planners/ controllers in the Spring and as part of that training on OCAD.

Thanks to Ella for organising the event and setting up in the sub zero biting wind before the sun rose.

Nicholas Maxwell

Pre Event Information

This is the 2nd Devon League event of the 2013/14 season. The area is typical Dartmoor: open with good runnability, except in the wetter areas, in areas of broken ground, including clitter, and on the tors. Previous mining and quarrying adds to the complexity of contour features.

Dogs: Dogs on lead - sheep in area


Nearest town: King Tor, Princetown

Directions / Parking

The assembly area for the event is located on the B3357 Princetown to Tavistock road. Off road and on road parking is available.

Registration & Start Times

Registration is from 10.00-12.30

Starts are from 10.30 -13.00

Course Information

Courses available are:

Brown, Blue, Green, Light Green, Orange and Yellow.

There will be no String Course.

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

Event fees to December 31st 2013: 

 £6.00 for seniors and £1.50 for juniors.  

There is also a family group rate of £6.00.

Hire of an SI card (an electronic “dibber”  which records progress) is £1.

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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