Devon Orienteering


Fernworthy: Devon League Event 2 & SW Galoppen

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Sun 13 Nov 2016

Info updated: 18th Nov
Type of event: District-(C)
Type of terrain: Moorland, Forest


Results 13.11.16




Planner's report

Fernworthy Forest is always physical, with particularly difficult conditions underfoot in many places.  In that respect, it resembles some Scottish Forests we know and love!  Felling has been carried out in the eastern parts of the forest recently, so courses had to be planned on the western area.

I hope you enjoyed your 'run' - although in many places walking was the better option, given the amount of brashings on the forest floor.  I would be interested to see your routes, so please put them up on Routegadget. Winning times were about right on the longer courses, but were perhaps a little short on the orange and light green courses?

Finally, some thanks. Arthur Boyt provided wise counsel as controller. He never complained when I asked him to check controls at the far end of the forest! Tim Gent was a very efficient organiser. Tim Powles (Forestry Commission ranger)  was supportive throughout the event planning process.  Thanks to everyone on Registration/SI team, car parking, starts and first aid. The Torquay Boys did a sterling job collecting in controls - everyone's efforts contributed to a successful and enjoyable day in the forest.

Rob Parkinson


Organiser's report

This Sunday's Devon event at Fernworthy Forest went very well and as organizer I was very pleased with how things turned out. We had a good turnout (about 140 runners) and the weather was dry but cold. Fernworthy is a technical area, which Rob Parkinson used to well, and Arthur Boyt controlled to good effect. Overall the whole event went like clockwork.

Thanks to all my helpers and to the competitors for giving it a good go. We have one item of lost property, which is a water bottle. Please could the owner email Roger Green ( who has it in his shed.

Tim Gent


Controller's report

Pre Event Information

Event flyer: Fernworthy 13.11.16


Nearest town: Chagford

Directions / Parking

Fernworthy Reservoir . Follow B3206 into Chagford . Right then left into Manor Road . Follow brown signs for Fernworthy Reservoir . At reservoir as directed by parking marshalls .

Registration & Start Times

Registration in large wooden Forestry shed by Fernworthy Reservoir .

Registration   10.30am until 12.30pm

Starts             11.10am until  1pm

Courses close   3pm

Course Information

Course          Distance                Height Gained

Yellow           2.1Km                      55metres

Orange         2.3Km                      60metres

Light Green  3.0Km                      85metres

Short Green  3.2Km                     110metres

Green           3.7Km                     120metres

Blue             5.3Km                      180metres

Brown          7.0Km                      260metres

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

Punch type: SI
Hire fee: £1.00

Contacts / Officials

Organiser  Tim Gent  email      phone 07735541751

Planner  Rob Parkinson

Controller  Arthur Boyt

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Fernworthy start,

Fernworthy start

Tom Perry, M12A Southern Champion,

Tom Perry, M12A Southern Champion