Hound Tor: Devon Moorland League Event 3
Sun 25th Feb 2018
Info updated: 28th Feb
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Moorland
Results: Hound Tor 25.2.18
From the positive feedback received at the Finish, it seems that runners from all courses had an enjoyable outing! The shorter course lengths compensated for the higher than average height gains, with the winning times being as expected. The mix of terrain offered by Hound Tor, Holwell lawn, Becca Brook and the slopes of Haytor allowed me to cater for all ages and abilities, though I was sorry not to able to plan a White Course. On reflection, a small maze orienteering course close to the car park could have been a popular alternative.
It was good to see young and old, novice and experienced runners braving the cold to have a runout. Particular thanks to my Controller Alan Simpson who provided valuable advice during the planning phase, physically checked my proposed control sites and then checked their actual siting; a very professional approach. With this kind of support available, I would encourage other budding planners to try their hand at planning a club event – time will tell if I’m a better orienteer for it! Tom McMurtrie
Despite the cold weather some 100 orienteers braved the conditions of the Hound Tor area and competed in this Moorland League event on what turned out to be a dry and sunny day. We had great visibility and the moor had even dried out a bit from the deluges of winter to make the running even faster. There was an excellent contingent of 21 competitors on the Brown course - over 20% of the entire field - and people seemed to find all of the courses very enjoyable. Thanks to the Controller, Alan Simpson and Planner, Tom McMurtie for designing such an entertaining day. Jon Croome
DEVON OC’s new winter Moorland series of league events has not been blessed by the weather. But this was different. It was still winter with the temperature hovering around zero and a stiff easterly wind; but the sun was shining and the tors were glittering like diamonds. Competitors by and large did have enough clothes on not to freeze.
On behalf of the competitors I would like to thank the Organiser Jon Croome for running a tidy ship, and, in particular, the Planner Tom McMurtrie, who really pulled the stops out at only his second go at planning. I take the view that Haytor and Houndtor, studded with potential technical control sites, ought to be an easy place to plan the TD5 courses on, but I did not notice that leg 7-8 on the Brown was a pretty dreary “power walk”. Alan Simpson
Pre Event Information
'Hope you all enjoyed the stunning, clear but cold, conditions. Many thanks to the event officials (Jon, Tom and Alan) and all of the helpers.
If anyone would like to write a brief report of the event, and how you found your course, we would love to see it! (email or )
Please take a look at a few photographs of the event below.
The weather is looking cold but dry for this, the third of the Devon Winter League events of the 2017-18 season. A warm jacket/windproof and extra clothing are recommended, in view of the predicted strong cold easterly wind. Runners are asked to take care as there are some icy patches on the paths, but the running is generally fast as the bracken is down. The area has some fine views from the higher points, interesting tors and a good mix of terrain covering the softer ground of Becka Brook on the longer courses.
Nearest town: Widecombe
- Grid Ref: SX740791
- Latitude: 50.59896
- Longitude: -3.78166
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Directions / Parking
The event will be based at the car park at the end of the minor road system which branches north from the B3387 Haytor to Widecombe Road. Turn onto the minor road (signed Hound Tor 1.5 miles) and then after 250m turn right and stay on this road for 1 km. The car park is situated on the left just after a junction Moretonhampstead. This location is 300m North West of Hound Tor.
Registration & Start Times
Registration 10.00 – 12.00
Starts 10.30 – 12.30
Courses close at 14.30, at which point the controls will start to be collected in.
Portable toilets will be available at the start. All competitors should carry a whistle. One can be purchased from Registration for £1. Cagoules will be compulsory if the weather is inclement.
There will be a range of courses from YELLOW to BROWN. It has not been possible to include a WHITE course. Map scales 1:10,000 for seniors, and 1:7,500 for junior courses
Course Lengths and climb
Brown 7.8km 370m
Blue 6.4km 225m
Green 4.2km 125m
Short Green 3.7km 90m
Light Green 3.3km 75m
Orange 2.9km 85m
Yellow 2.3km 75m
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.
Adults £8, Juniors £3.
Dibber hire £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.
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