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Hound Tor, Dartmoor

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Devon League Event

Sun 27 Feb 2022

Info updated: 15th Mar
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland

Results

Results: Hound Tor 27.02.22 

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Organiser's report: Finally the long-awaited Hound Tor event took place (after being cancelled twice previously due to COVID restrictions and bad weather)......and what a great turn out we had today with over 120 competitors. It was encouraging to see some new people at the event today; some trying it out for the very first time. We hope that you enjoyed the courses and we look forward to welcoming you back to future events. The next event is being held on Sunday 20 March at Parke near Bovey Tracey and our MapRun series is starting at Cranbrook on Sunday 13 March.

I would personally like to thank all those who very kindly helped out at the event today (Mike and Toria Wimpenny, Rich, Becca and Lottie Jackson, Adrian and Helen Taylor, Alan and Philippa Bushell, Sarah Clough, Beth Woodley, Ky Aizawa, Bryan Smith, Martin Yeo, Steve Perelle and Jill Green) without which the event would not have happened. 

Thanks must also go to Dartmoor National Park, South Devon Moorland Pony Club, the Cullen family and Mr Whitley for allowing us to hold the event and parking. My final word as a 'first-time organiser' is to thank Matt Atkins (planner), Tom Lillicrap (controller), Bryan Smith and Phil Beale for their words of advice and guidance with organising this event. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope you all did too. Karen Baker

Planner's comments: Well, after twice having to cancel this event it was great to finally get the controls out for everyone to have a run round!  You could even say it was worth the wait as we had such lovely weather today.  We were able to use the maps that were printed 2 years ago as the area luckily hadn't changed too much in that time.

I hope you all enjoyed your courses and your muscles don't ache too much from the steep climbs that some of you had to endure!

Thanks to Tom Lillicrap for Controlling and well done to Karen Baker Organising her first event, she made it look easy!

Thanks also to Sarah, Beth & Ky for helping to collect in controls and to everyone else who helped out today. Matt Atkins

Pre Event Information

Final details: Hound Tor

This is the 6th event in the 2021-22 Devon League. This event was originally scheduled for Feb 2020 but had to be cancelled due to bad weather. The event again had to be cancelled in 2021 due to Covid.  Hopefully this will be 3rd time lucky! 

Newcomers are very welcome – please do not hesitate to contact the organiser if you have any questions about the event. 


Acknowledgements: Thank you to Dartmoor National Park, South Devon Moorland Pony Club, the Cullen family and Mr Whitley for allowing the club to hold this orienteering event and for parking on their land.


Terrain:  Moorland terrain with some steep slopes and rocky outcrops.  Quite a lot of the map has areas of bracken, but this will have mostly died back for the winter.  There is also some gorse and brambly undergrowth in places (see Map Notes below).  There is an extensive path network in the area.  The ground can be muddy and wet underfoot in places.  A couple of courses cross Becka Brook to the Haytor side and then recross the brook to return to the Hound Tor area.


Map Notes: We will be using the maps originally printed for the event in 2020.  Fortunately, the area hasn't changed too much over the last couple of years.  However, undergrowth in the area to the North East of Hound Tor rocks has increased somewhat.  This area is marked on the map as slow run but in some places has become rather slower!  The Brown, Blue, Green & Light Green visit this part of the map.  
In other parts of the map one or two paths have become indistinct and other new ones have appeared.  This is not unusual for Dartmoor in general.  As always not all paths are marked on the map so do not rely on them too much when navigating.  
There are a few compulsory crossing points marked on the map e.g. over stone walls & crossing Becka Brook etc.  Please use these as there will be no advantage in crossing in other places.  There is also a large OOB area to the West of Becka Brook marked on the map.  There will be no reason to enter this area so please do not do so.  DNPA have also asked that no one enters the large marsh to the East of Becka Brook.  Again, there is no reason to enter this area so please try not to.


Facilities: Toilet


Safety: All competitors run at own risk and must report to download before they leave the event area regardless of whether they complete the course or not.
Every effort will be made to ensure the event is safe for competitors, volunteers, and the public. We ask that at all times you adhere to the government’s guidance on social distancing and follow the British Orienteering’s Code of Conduct (link here).
Prior to the event, if you display symptoms of COVID, are required to isolate or are otherwise feeling unwell then you are asked not to attend. Refunds will be given to those unable to attend for this reason.
Participants are to bring their own water and ensure adequate hydration pre and post event.
Hand sanitisers will be available; however, participants are encouraged to bring their own sanitiser.
The area is exposed; therefore cagoules may be compulsory if the weather is poor. Running in shorts are not permitted. Devon OC operate a “No whistle, no go” policy.
Participants are reminded that orienteering can be a hazardous sport and all competitors take part at their own risk.
The nearest Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) is at Newton Abbot Community Hospital TQ12 2TS (open from 8am – 8pm 7 days a week).
The nearest A&E unit is Torbay Hospital TQ2 7AA (emergency department open 24hrs).


Dogs: Dogs can be a sensitive issue for landowners on Dartmoor. Dogs:The policy for this event is dogs are permitted in the parking field on leads.Dogs are not permitted on courses. 


Other users of the area / cattle: Participants are asked to respect other users of the area (vehicles, walkers, cyclists, horse riders, wildlife etc). There are also grazing cattle which should be given a wide berth to avoid startling them.

General Information: The personal data you give when registering for the event will be used by the event organiser and their agents for the purposes of processing/publishing entries/results, conducting safety checks and as required by our insurers to validate our cover; and managed iaw the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Location

Nearest town: Bovey Tracey

Directions / Parking

The event is taking place at Hound Tor on Dartmoor. The assembly area and parking will be in the field accessed at the far end (East) of Hound Tor car park. The nearest town is Bovey Tracey.

Parking will be in a field which is accessed at the far end of Hound Tor public car park. The entrance to the farmers field is at What3words: flow.forks.baroness. This has kindly been agreed by the local farmer for a small donation of £2 per car. Please have your £2 ready for collection by a marshal at the entrance to the field.


The recommended approach to the event is from the A38. Take the A382 north to Bovey Tracey. At the second roundabout, turn left onto the A3387. Stay on the A3387 past the National Park Visitor Centre at Haytor. Approximately 3.5km after the Visitor Centre, there is a fork in the road. At this point, leave the A3387 and take the right-hand fork signposted Hound Tor. Travel approximately 3km and you will reach Hound Tor car park.  Signs will be placed to take you past the car park and into a field accessed immediately beyond the car park. 

Drivers and pedestrians using the parking field should understand that Devon Orienteering Club will not be held liable for vehicle damage or personal injury whilst event participants are parked in the field.

Registration & Start Times

Starts are from 1030 -1300hrs. Courses will close at 1430hrs. If you are a slower runner, please choose an early start to ensure that you finish and download by 1430hrs. Controls will be collected from 1430hrs.

Course Information

This is a local event with a range of courses available: Brown, Blue, Green, Short Green, Light Green, Orange, Yellow and White.


Start/Finish.  The start and finish are close to each other. Both are no more than 200m from the parking field. 

Course Details. These are subject to final controlling:

Course Length km Climb m Controls Scale 
White 1.3km 40 8 1:7500
Yellow 2.2km 70 10 1:7500
Orange 3.0km 80 11 1:7500
Light Green 2.9km 100 11 1:7500
Short Green 3.1km 100 11 1:7500
Green 3.6km 140 11 1:7500
Blue 5.3km 250 14 1:10000
Brown 7.7km 370 16 1:10000

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

Pre-entry is via https://racesignup.co.uk. Entries close at 1800hrs on 20th February 2022. Pre-entry is required for all courses though there may be a limited number of maps available for Entry on the Day for the yellow, orange and light green courses.

Standard entry fees apply.
• £10 standard adult
• £3 juniors and students
• SI card (dibber) hire will be available for £1.00. Punching will be using SI. SIAC will NOT be enabled. 

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Matt Atkins
Organiser: Karen Baker 07970 886010 /
Controller: Tom Lillicrap

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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