Devon Orienteering


South West Sprint Championships

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Exeter University

Sun 2 Jun 2019

Info updated: 17th Jun
Type of event: Regional, Sprint
Type of terrain: Urban


Results: Combined Sprint Results

Route Gadget:


Photographs (Courtesy of Steve Rush, BOK): flickr - South West Sprints

Report from the SI Team: Results have been derived by exporting processable.csv files for each stage and adding the times together. 

Additional note 17.6.19: The club has made extensive efforts to produce satisfactory, stand-alone, results for the morning race, for the sake of completeness and for the purposes of BOF ranking points. Unfortunately, for a number of technical reasons, this has not proved possible. We would like to apologise for this shortcoming. The combined Sprint Results are as listed above and the results of the afternoon event have been used by BOF for ranking points. 


Planner's Comments: I hoped you enjoyed the day. The rain stayed away mostly, as did the bees by one of the controls. Planning a sprint at Exeter is tricky, not least because of the very large hill that you couldn’t have failed to notice. Having you run up it is not ideal, which meant there were some distinct restrictions on what we could do with the courses – we tried to keep them predominately downhill. Mostly. The ideal sprint leg has plenty of route choice. That’s relatively easy to achieve with isolated legs, but inevitably the finish of one will be the start of the next, and hopefully there weren’t too many “resetting” legs where we had to take you to a better start point. It’s all the more difficult still when you have six different courses sharing the same control points but not the same control legs. The relatively short distance to work with is also a restriction, especially since courses should be twisting and turning. I was keen to finish the afternoon in front of the Washington Singer building, and judging by the numbers waiting for their clubmates to come in, you enjoyed the location. The morning finished remained difficult to decide upon until late. I had hoped to take the longer courses to the intricate halls of residence area at the bottom of the hill, but the climb back up was just too much to manage.

Thank you to all those that helped, especially Arthur for all the discussions about control placement, Erik for the maps, Alan, Alan and Roger for organising everything else, and Phillipa for the cake. I was impressed by watching the high speed SIAC punches at the last control, hopefully you found this added a further speed element to your sprint orienteering. I look forward to seeing where you really went on RouteGadget.  Damian Wilson

Controller's Comments: On behalf of the competitors, I would like to congratulate the club for staging a SW Sprint Championship worthy of its name.  There were many club members happily helping on the day, but the work done by the planner Damian Wilson; the organiser Alan Knight; and Roger Green on results processing deserves special mention. Well done. Arthur Vince

Pre Event Information

Full event details available  here

This is an urban Sprint event at Exeter University (EX4 4PU ) on a 1:4000 scale map of the campus area. There is a morning “Prologue” and afternoon “Final” courses. The Championship results will be from the combined times for eligible competitors. Contactless controls for SIAC cards can be used as well as standard SI dibbers.

Registration, download, first aid and enquiries will be in the Sports Centre. There are also toilets and changing facilities. Shops and cafes will be open within the University forum. Dogs are allowed on leads in the campus but not allowed on the courses.

Mapper acknowledgement: Please note the map was first produced by Erik Peckett. Latest updates have been produced by Roger Hargreaves and Tom Lillicrap. 


Nearest town: Exeter

Directions / Parking

Free parking is available on the Campus – follow event directions.

Registration & Start Times

Morning Courses: Registration from 9.30-11.00. Start times from 10.30 to 11.30 will be pre-allocated – with seeded entries separated – but punching start. Please indicate any preference for late or early start on your Fabian4 entry.

Afternoon Courses: Start times from 13.00 to 14.00 based on morning results – slowest on course starts first, fastest on course starts last.

Course Information

There are six courses - these are specified in the  final details

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

Entries are now open via Fabian4

Entry on the day will be available subject to map availability.

To be included in the Championship results you must be a current member of a South West Orienteering club, run in your respective age class – or “run up” in a higher class – and pre-enter.

Entry Fees:

Early Entry by 28th April -Seniors £12, Juniors and Senior Students £4, 

Pre-Entry by 26th May -Seniors £14, Juniors and Senior Students £5

Entry on the Day -Seniors £14, Juniors and Senior Students £5

SI Dibber Hire £1

SIAC Dibber Hire £2 (SIAC Dibbers are only available for hire via pre-entry.)

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Damian Wilson, DEVON

Controller : Arthur Vince, KERNO

Organiser : Alan Knight DEVON- 07966 751644 -

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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