Mutter’s Moor, Sidmouth
Devon League Event 6
Sun 04th May 2014
Info updated: 08th May
Type of event: District-(C)
Type of terrain: Forest
23 great pictures, taken by Adrian Weavin are added below (8.5.14).
Congratulations to Devon Juniors for winning this qualfiying round of the Yvette Baker Trophy -and also well done to QO for raising a team and attending the event today. Four photographs below.
Updated YBT Results (6.5.14): Please note the YBT winners were DEVON with 898 points. QO have 674 points and not as the earlier published results show below, as generated by Autodownload.
Organiser's Report: What a lovely day – the answer to every organiser’s prayer. Sunshine and virtually no wind allowed us to have a cake stall in the open, and ideally situated between the car park and registration/download. Even without any other junior teams from south western clubs bar QO, we had a good turnout, and our strong team fully justified their place in the Final of the Yvette Baker Trophy – well done! John Pearce faced far more revisions to the map than expected due to the winter storms, and Carol planned both junior and senior courses to be a fair test for the competitor – they deserve our special thanks. I shall pass on to the landowner our surprise at the late disappearance of the knoll (control 47).
Thanks also to Tessa Stone – my absent assistant – who had prepared a full roster of jobs for our local members, who rose to the occasion magnificently. Apologies for the shortage of Yellow course maps – it’s always difficult to predict demand for junior courses, and thanks to those who returned their maps for recycling.
My main concern prior to the event had centred round the capacity of the car park. Even though we had a reduced turnout for the Yvette Baker Trophy, there were still over 140 cars to park, including local visitors walking around the area. 40 of these were across the road in the large field, where the access is not good. Memo for future organisers – the exit from the field is totally blind in both directions, so guidance there is necessary throughout the event. John Dyson
Planner’s Comments: I was very happy with the outcome of the event and people’s reaction to their courses. I knew that the undergrowth was pretty awful, and the hills were a bit steep. Thank you to competitors who said they had enjoyed the challenge!
My original set of armchair-drafted courses had to be binned, once we saw the scale of both the winter storm damage to the mature trees and the gorse thinning on the plateau. My husband John did an amazing job, revising virtually the whole map – for which I and the Club are enormously grateful. Of course what we didn’t bargain for was The Strange Case of the Disappearing Knoll; competitors on the Orange course had a control feature that had been bulldozed during the week before the event! I thought it was quite funny.
Winning times were OK, though maybe the Blue could have been done more quickly. I thought the Green would have been won in about 45-50 minutes but didn’t bargain for the young legs of the two M18s who demolished it. Congratulations to all the Devon OC youngsters who made such a strong showing in the Yvette Baker Trophy. I wish them all success in the Final.
My thanks to John for his tremendous support throughout the process; also to daughter Helen and her husband Ian who helped John and me put out the controls. Also to the Devon members who helped bring them all back in. I am grateful also for the thoughtful input of Controller Bill Vigar (QO), and for the organisational support of John Dyson. It meant that there was time in the middle of the event for me to take my one-year old grandson round his first White course! Carol Pearce
Controller's Comments: There is not much I can add, Carol has said it all. I never did like the knoll anyway!
I think this is the first event I have ever been involved with where the highest number of competitors was on the Yellow course. Perhaps the doom and gloom about falling attendances is overdone. Bill Vigar
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Pre Event Information
This is the 6th Devon League event of the 2013/14 season and a British Orienteering ranking event. This event also incorporates a Preliminary Round of the Yvette Baker Trophy. Everyone welcome!
Map: 1:10000. Survey and cartography by John Pearce in 2012 with revisions.
Facilities: Toilet. Further toilets available at the bottom of the hill in Connaught Gardens. Excellent café there too.
Dogs: Permitted with responsible owners, preferably within 200m of car park.
Yvette Baker Trophy Preliminary Round:
Clubs wishing to enter a team should contact the Match Co-ordinator not later than Sunday 20 April, giving the contact details of their team manager.
Match Co-ordinator: Roger Green:
or 01392 278512
Nearest town: Sidmouth
- Grid Ref: SY109873
- Latitude: 50.67805
- Longitude: -3.26355
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
Directions / Parking
Turn right at Sidmouth Sea Front and follow the coast route westwards past Connaught Gardens on left and up the hill. Car park at the top. From Budleigh and Exmouth, approach via Otterton. NB Road is narrow in places – take extra care.
Registration & Start Times
Registration: 10.00 to 12.30
Starts: 10.30 to 13.00
Colour coded courses:White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Green, Blue, Brown
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 Fee: £7 adults, £2 juniors.
SI Card Hire: £1; Lost card £30
Contacts / Officials
Controller: Bill Vigar QO
Planner: Carol Pearce DEVON
Organiser: John Dyson or 01395 51241601395 512416 up to 10pm.
Safety and Risk
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