Haytor: Devon Galoppen & Moorland League Event 1
Sun 12th Nov 2017
Info updated: 13th Nov
Type of event: District-(C)
Type of terrain: Moorland
Congratulations to all those that made it round successfully. In fact, congratulations to all who made it to the start line! The day started with a rainbow, which didn't really foretell the painful precipitation that was to follow. I was out checking the White course hadn't blown away at the time, and I'm slightly surprised that everything held firm, including the registration tent. At least you had a downwind run in to the finish line. I hope the longer course runners enjoyed the foray south of the road. It's not used much for orienteering, but offers some very challenging mine-working features. They were even more challenging to find with the summer bracken, and we did redesign the courses to give you some easier approaches. Hopefully we got the difficulty balance right with these.
N.B. Apologies that two controls (33 and 66) were not recording properly and therefore the split times are not recorded. This will be followed up in due course, but does not affect the results for this event. Postscript: It transpires that Controls 40 and 51 were not adjusted from BST to GMT and were therefore one hour fast.
The weather on Dartmoor can be unpredictable, as Sunday showed. A couple of miles down the hill in my garden there was a gentle breeze, but nothing too worrying. Life up at Haytor on the edge of the open moor was rather different, with strong gusts making event set up very challenging! While we did not have to face the extreme winds that colleagues in Cornwall battled with at the Caddihoe Chase this year, nevertheless, there were moments on Sunday morning when I thought the registration tent was going to collapse on the helpers inside. In the end we tied the tent down to the Visitor Centre and rigged up an internal arrangement that kept the event running. We were unable to erect the refreshments tent, so had to provide tea and coffee al fresco. Thanks to Tim for the refreshments, and Anne for the cake.
Orienteers are certainly a hardy bunch! Not many were deterred by a passing wintry squall, and it was pleasing to hear complimentary comments about Damian’s courses. Peter Morton was a calm, reassuring controller. Thanks to all the many other helpers who contributed to a successful event, despite the weather. Registration and SI team, start team, car parking team, First aid team, control collecting team – you all know who you are.. Simon Lee (Dartmoor National Park local ranger) was very supportive before and during the event – even to the extent of providing a welcome hot cup of tea at 8.30 am in the morning! Having access to Visitor Centre facilities and the Coach Park was much appreciated. The Moorlands Hotel generously allowed us to use much-needed parking space.
Pre Event Information
Nearest town: Haytor
- Grid Ref: SX766771
- Postcode: TQ13 9XT
- Latitude: 50.58142
- Longitude: -3.74480
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
Directions / Parking
Car parking will be close to the Haytor Visitor Centre, where there are toilets. Please follow the parking marshalls' instructions, as the main road can be busy at times.
Registration will be adjacent to the Coach Park, north east of the Visitor Centre
Registration & Start Times
As this is Remembrance Sunday, we will be observing two minutes silence at 11.00
Courses close 14.30
Courses available: Brown, Blue, Green, Short green, Light green, Orange, Yellow, White.
The longer courses (Green, Blue, Brown) cross the main road. Runners are asked to take particular care crossing this road, as vehicle traffic and cyclists can be travelling at 30-40 mph down the hill.
In the event of poor weather, cagoules will be compulsory. You will be informed of this when parking/registering. It is recommended that you carry a whistle.
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.
Seniors £8, Juniors £3, SI hire £1. Pre-entry via Fabian4 welcomed - closing date 9th November.
Dartmoor National Park parking fee £1 per car (collected on the day) As there are livestock in the area, dogs must be kept under close control at all times, and wormed within 3 months of the event.
Join us at the refreshments tent after you have downloaded for a cuppa and some cake. Bring a mug!
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Rob Parkinson ()
Planner: Damian Wilson
Controller: Peter Morton (KERNO)
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.
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