River Dart: Devon League Event 4
River Dart Country Park, Ashburton
Sun 20 Mar 2016
Info updated: 21st Mar
Type of event: District-(C)
Type of terrain: Woodland
Planning here is getting trickier each year with the gradual “bramble greening” of Hembury woods and the Park’s insistence that we only cross their boundary wall into Hembury woods at the gate by the river. Both of these factors seriously inhibit planning choices and some on the longer courses may be surprised to hear you went through the better areas. The second factor pushes up the climb as well. I think we will have to question the sort of events we run here in the future.
I was fairly happy with the shorter courses up to Lt Green until I heard about problems with control 59…. the stream source. Going out to check its position it became apparent that the control had been moved a considerable distance from its correct place which is why some of you had problems finding it. It’s the one thing you really don’t want to happen and I’m sorry it affected many of you. After discussions and to be fair to all runners who visited that control on the day we propose to void that control in the results.
Hopefully despite these problems you enjoyed your run. It was good to see so many enjoying a coffee afterwards which is one of the nicer things about the Country Park.
The terrain varies markedly between the parkland in the north and the woods in the south, resulting in us printing maps at three different scales, which we hope was appreciated by the less experienced. It was a pleasure to welcome some students from Stover School.
Steve’s comprehensive orienteering knowledge left me making only a few minor suggestions for change, and the team of helpers, mostly boys and parents from Torquay, covered most of the tasks needed.
Thanks to all for a good event.
Pre Event Information
Results and reports below.....
Come along and have a go at Orienteering. Just turn up between 1000 and 1200.
In bad weather a whistle and cagoule may be required. Help available for Newcomers.
Dogs must be under control at all times.
Nearest town: Ashburton
Directions / Parking
Follow the brown signs for the River Dart Country Park from the Ashburton junction of the A38.
Toilets and café on site. Car share if possible as parking is £4 for three hours.
Registration & Start Times
Registration times: 10.00 until 12.00.
Starts 10.30 to 12.30. Courses close at 1430.
Choose from one of 7 colour coded courses (approx. 1.5km to 7km).
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 £8, Juniors (under 21) £2
Punch type: SI Hire fee: £1.00
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Tom Lillicrap
Tel: 01803 406500 or 0781 8654165
Planner: Steve Perrelle
Controller: Alan Simpson
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