Killerton (National Trust)
Come-and-Try-It and Devon League Event No. 2
Sat 25 Oct 2014
Info updated: 30th Oct
Type of event: Local-(D)
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Results: Results October 25th 2014 Killerton
Route Gadget: Routegadget October 25th 2014 Killerton
Splitsbrowser: Splitsbrowser October 25th 2014 Killerton
Organiser’s and Planner’s Comments: As Killerton is not very big as orienteering areas go we decided to adopt the Middle Distance Format. The courses tend to be shorter than the Long Distance Format but with plenty of controls. It was a pity that the more interesting controls were set about with undergrowth and made for hard work getting to them. There were some comments on the accuracy of the map in particular the vegetation. This really only affected the technical courses. The courses for newcomers would not have been affected. Well, this map needs updating like most of our maps to varying extent. It will have to wait for its turn. We were asked to put on an event at this venue, especially by the National Trust, so we tried our best with what was available.
Thanks go to all the helpers and especially to Tessa as we sort of sub-contracted the Symbols Race to her and her assistants.
Roger and Jill Green
Controller’s Comments: This event was billed as a Come-and-Try-It as well as a DEVON OC League event. We were delighted to see a lot of new faces, as well as the old timers. We hope you all enjoyed your day out in the beautiful Killerton Park. Thank you to the National Trust for hosting us, and thanks to Jill and Roger Green for Planning and Organising respectively. There was a little bonus adjacent to the registration tent, a quick competition to help you learn your map symbols. Thanks also to Tess Stone and her helpers for arranging this.
Techy Stuff: DEVON OC Committee has recently taken the decision to try and put results up on the Internet more rapidly after the event, and to include SplitsBrowser and RouteGadget (with Roger Green’s help). Here is a snapshot of the faster runners on the brown course in the SplitsBrowser graph. The graph may be a bit small. If so, do have a look on-line using the link in the results.
I do like SplitsBrowser. I think it is a superb piece of software because it works so well. Having chosen a course you can select and deselect runners at will, and the vertical scale adjusts automatically to fill the screen. Basically it displays the time lost on each leg compared to the best time for that leg. Look at the figures on the right hand side showing time lost, or won if negative. If you are not very good at graphs, this one is actually not difficult. If you took a nosedive on a particular leg, then you made a mistake. Splitsbrowser is good to tell you that you actually lost five minutes on a particular leg, when you guessed it was only about three minutes! It is good for the controller too to spot legs which may have been flawed. Here leg 8 – 9 is in the spotlight.
Why did the last three very competent orienteers all lose time on this leg? Well, I think generally the map is a bit tired. The technical bit of the terrain around leg 8 – 9 is challenging to map at the best of times, and it is certainly more green than it used to be. Now we have LIDAR, it will be interesting to see what LIDAR makes of the contours.
SplitsBrowser is at http://splitsbrowser.org.uk Enhanced security protecting you against dodgy websites may prevent you viewing the graph. You need to tell Java that it is OK, by listing it on their Exception Site List. The list is well hidden. Try http://www.java.com/en/download/help/win_controlpanel.xml
Or if you get a screen saying Java needs your permission to proceed, right click and say yes to “Run the Plugin”.
Pre Event Information
Important! Final details for the event:
Come along and have a go at Orienteering!
Orienteers to bring dibbers to avoid National Trust entry fee. Also bring NT cards if you are a member.
Nearest town: Killerton (National Trust), Near Exeter
- Grid Ref: SS977001
- Latitude: 50.79157
- Longitude: -3.45235
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
Directions / Parking
Grid Reference SS 977001
Follow brown signs for Killerton National Trust to car park.
Registration & Start Times
Registration from 12.30pm
Starts from 1pm -3pm
Course Closure 4pm
There will be 9 courses to choose from including a Red and a Short Green as well as a free, maze type, course.
(Middle Distance Format)
Help is available for newcomers
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.
Cost: Seniors £7, Juniors (under 21) £2
In the event of bad weather, a whistle and cagoule may be required.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Roger Green
Phone: 01392 278512
Planner: Jill Green
Controller: Alan Simpson
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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