Devon Orienteering


Wheathill Plantation, Woodbury Common

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Devon League Event 7

Sun 8 Jun 2014

Info updated: 17th Jun
Type of event: District-(C)
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Another well attended, enjoyable DEVON event, making the most of the good weather!

Results 8.6.14 Wheathill

Route Gadget now available

Please note the SI team are seeking to amend the blue/brown competitor splits to look meaningfully at #82 and the following one, following problems with this control. 

Planner's comments

The winter storm damage at Haldon forced us to re-locate this event to Wheathill plantation and the surrounding commons at relatively short notice.  Recent changes to the vegetation and new fences and paths in this well used area created some planning difficulties.  The roads crossing the map limit the options, and it is hard to consistently achieve the technical difficulty for the longer courses, although the bracken and gorse help to reduce runnability and visibility on what look like open areas. Judging by the winning times the courses were mostly about the right length, although the blue was perhaps a little long. Orange times were about right, although I would have liked to have extended the course further, but the roads prevented that option.

I hope you enjoyed your run on what turned out to be a lovely day, with the rain only coming in later on as we were collecting controls.  Certainly those returning from the longer courses looked like they had enjoyed the fight with the undergrowth and the boggy bits!  It was great to see so many families with youngsters enjoying themselves, and asking to go round again on a longer course.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the day a success, particularly Mike Wimpenny (Controller), Ella Bowles (Organiser), Andy Reynolds (SI) and Roger Green for considerable assistance with preparation of the maps.


Pre Event Information

This is the 7th -and final -Devon League event of the 2013/14 season. It is also a British Orienteering ranking event. Everyone welcome!


Nearest town: East Budleigh

Directions / Parking

Parking information: Will be charged based on Forestry Commission pay and display rates

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10am until 12pm

Starts 10.30am until 12.30pm

Courses close 2.30pm

Course Information

Colour coded courses: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 Details

Punch type: SI
Hire fee: £1.00

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Ella Bowles

Planner: Rob Parkinson

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