Devon Orienteering


Haldon Forest Park

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Summer Series Event 2

Sun 24 Jun 2018

Info updated: 24th Jun
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Forest


Results: Haldon 24.6.18 




There were some tired and hot people walking back to the download tent at Haldon today! High temperatures, a good deal of climb and a range of challenging courses provided quite an orienteering test, especially when combined with recent vegetation growth. 

Well done to everyone for taking part. It was great to see so many new and young faces; hopefully we will see you all at future Devon events.

Our next event is at Bicton College, in East Devon, a score event, suitable for all comers. Note also that the following event, the Devon Relays, includes the option of taking part as an individual and running a course suited to your ability and interest. As usual, all ages, all abilities, all welcome!

Dawn and Paul did a great job organising today's event, as did John who not only updated the map but was also today's planner. Many of you will have identified the signature long leg, so often a feature of John's planning. Thanks also to all of the helpers, including the SI team, who contributed to making the event go so smoothly. 

- and four photographs can be seen at the foot of the page from today's run in the sun!

Pre Event Information

This is a forest orienteering event. All ages and abilities are welcome. In addition to this event, there are many facilities available for a great day out. A cafe is on site. 

The map has been extensively revised in 2017 and further updated in 2018 by John Pearce following a period of windblow and more recent felling. (The map shown here is an older version.)

SIAC Dibbers: NB. Please bring your SIAC (contactless) dibber to Haldon if you have one, as the SI team would like to test their use at this event as a practice for the British Middle Distance Championships. (See details below). Otherwise, you can ignore this note!

This event is taking place at Haldon Forest Park, a Forestry Commission  site with well marked tracks. Participants should be aware that there will be mountain bikers in the area.

The terrain is classic forestry commission woodland, with a range of forest tracks and paths, with the addition of those used by mountain bikers and other recreational users, some of which are well signed and marked, others of which are less established. The more well established paths and tracks are mapped. The area tends to slope from north-east to south-west, steeply in places. There is good variation in climb or descent and vegetation, both affecting runnability. The whole area offers excellent route choice. 

Facilities: First Aid will be available at registration.  Toilets are located near the cafe.

Dogs must be under control at all times.

In bad weather a cagoule may be required in addition to the usual whistle, which everyone must carry.


Nearest town: Exeter

Directions / Parking

Travelling by car on the A38 turn off at the exit for Exeter Racecourse (there are no slip roads for this turning). Follow the signs for Haldon Forest Park, approximately 2km from the A38.  The Haldon Forest Park car park is signposted further along the road on the left.  The event car park is approximately 100m further, on your right. 

There is no charge for car parking in the event car park.

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10.00 -12.30

Starts 10.30 -13.00

Courses close 14.30

Course Information

The following colour coded courses will be available:

Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue, Brown

  Distance Climb  Controls
Yellow 2.2km  70m 11
Orange 2.4km 75m 10
Light Green 3.0km  90m 13
Short Green 2.9km  95m   8
Green 3.9km 155m 12
Blue 5.3km 200m 14
Brown 7.4km 285m 21

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!)

For SIAC Dibber Owners: We are experimenting today with the control stations programmed in “Beacon” mode. This means that, if your SIAC Dibber is itself in Active mode, it will register a “punch” when less than 50cm from a control station, ie you don’t need to dib, but can fly past at high speed, saving valuable seconds.

Please check the battery status of your SIAC dibber here at Registration using the three controls:- Clear, Check, and SIAC Test. This also switches it into Active mode.

At the Start, proceed through Clear and Check station as normal. We will be using that Check station for the electronic record of Starters. So please don’t bypass it.

The Start and Finish controls are programmed in conventional mode. So they need a dib, not a fly-past.

For traditional Dibber Owners: Everything should work as normal!

Alan Simpson

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Dawn Williamson, 07557 330577 

Planner:    John Pearce

Controller: Bryan Smith

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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