Devon Orienteering


Knightshayes Score Event -and Bake Off!

SWOA 50th Anniversary

Sat 21 Nov 2015

Info updated: 24th Nov
Type of event: Local-(D)
Type of terrain: Parkland


Knightshayes Score Events Results


Planner's Report

I hope everyone enjoyed their orienteering on Saturday. The format I used was a bit of an experiment but I think everyone seemed to cope with it ok. I was interested to see that several people got 29 controls but nobody managed all 30 & it was also quite satisfying to see that everybody collected controls in a different order!

Thanks to Susan Hateley for being an encouraging Controller & not giving me a hard time about anything!

Well done to Helen for organising, especially the 'Bake Off' which was great.

Thanks to the 'Star Baker' for helping me collect up controls & also Roger & Jill Green & Wilf Taylor for setting up & running the Maze.

Also, I should mention the team of Rangers at Knightshayes who were very accommodating, especially when the high winds threatened to put a spanner in the works!   Matt Atkins

Organiser's Report

A good day was had by all despite the hitches we encountered on the way. With high winds in the morning and the National Trust policy of not allowing people into the woods if the winds are higher than 40 mph, it was a bit touch and go as to whether this event would actually happen. However the later start time fitted in with the weather forecast that predicted the winds would drop at 1 pm. So with a slightly delayed start time all almost went well. Some technical hitches with the SI equipment caused a little more delay but were solved by running a lead from the cricket pavilion.

Everyone really enjoyed the slightly more challenging format for a score event and the grounds at Knightshayes allowed a good run, particularly those who like to move at speed. The maze was very popular with young and old and may lead to a separate league of its own in future.

A big thank you to all those who contributed to the day at Knightshayes in particular to Sue Hateley, the controller and Matt Atkins the planner. Thank you to all the helpers that I had arranged in advance and to the others who were there on the day recognising what needed to be done and getting on with it.

The Bake Off had ten entries, all very different but all delicious in look and taste. A big thank you also to our Mary and Paul for the day (Margaret and Erik Peckett) who took their task extremely seriously with the arduous task of tasting every cake! We had a bit of wait until the final competitor was in before we could present the prizes, the sounds of drooling that could be heard in the cricket pavilion was painful! Once the judges had their say we all enjoyed a cake fest. Thank you to everyone who made cakes for us all to enjoy. Helen Taylor

Bake Off Results


1st Flurry Grierson

2nd Jonty Eaton-Hart

3rd Harriet Keenan and Rose


1st Vivienne Maxwell

2nd Roger Green

3rd Philippa Bushell

Star Baker – Adrian Taylor

Controller's Report 

A big thank you to all of you for coming to the event on Saturday which I hope you all enjoyed. 

Matt had done an excellent job in challenging you to score in a small area and he achieved his aim to make you work hard to get all 30 controls in the 75 minutes.  No one achieved this, but 4 of you managed 29 – well done.  Matt had had a restless night on Friday when he was contacted by the Estate to say that the woods would be OOB because of the forecast wind strength.  On the day the wind warning was in place until 13.00 and we were given special permission to put out the controls in advance!

Helen had organised the event with great imagination and the idea of a social around the Bake Off was inspired.  It was great to see so many of you present enjoying the facilities of the Cricket Club.  Margaret and Erik Peckett (alias Mary and Paul) did a fantastic job judging the entries and to all those who produced some very inspiring cakes – thank you.  There were some very worthy winners.

We must all thank the Knightshayes estate for allowing us to use their grounds.  Their staff have been most helpful and accommodating.  Susan Hateley

Pre Event Information

This will be a score event followed by a social event in the cricket club. For the score event, in a given time you must visit as many controls as possible. Penalties for exceeding given time. Choose your own way around course.

The social is taking the form of a Bake Off competition to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the South West Orienteering Association! See attached information and poster.

Knightshayes Score Course Details

Knightshayes Bake Off Poster

Knightshayes Bake Off Details

Please note the event is on Saturday 21st November.

Dogs must be under control at all times.


Nearest town: Tiverton

Course Information

Physical difficulty of terrain: Easy

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

Registration: 12.30 -13.45

Starts: 12.45 - 14.00

Courses close: 15.15

Punch type: SI
Hire fee: £1.00

Contacts / Officials

Contact: Helen Taylor
Phone: 01395 274152

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