Devon Orienteering


Devon/ Cornwall Night League

Virtuous Lady, Yelverton

Sat 11th Jan 2014

Type of event: Local-(D), Night
Near: Virtuous Lady, Yelverton

Night Event 11.1.14 results


Christmas Novelty Event

Killerton Park, Exeter

Sat 28th Dec 2013

Type of event: Local-(D), Social
Near: Killerton Park, Exeter

Christmas Novelty Event Results  See attached results which in the spirit of a fun event are not ranked.

Organiser's and Planner's Comments

Thank you to everyone who turned up to enjoy this event. We think it went smoothly and apart from the odd controls with the wrong number the event provided a personal challenge for all levels of ability and an opportunity to run off Xmas excesses. Some people even managed to come up with equally valid songs but were not ok what we had linked to the picture clues.  In the festive spirit we did of course allow the point. But please don't question our scoring (or should we say your self-scoring) as we had no appeal process.

We think the clubs' procedures for letting people know of cancelled events have been fully tested after cancelling twice due to strong winds, last year and this. The National Trust seem to have set the criteria of cancel if winds (and gusts) are 45 mph or more. Indeed Killerton Park had been closed to the general public in the Christmas week, at least in areas away from public footpaths, and there were signs of significant tree damage. But it would be good to have a back up plan with at least one person available and able to send out a mass e-mail to all club members in the lead-up to any event, and to recipients of the regional newsletter SINS. As it happened we had to spend a lot of time sending out many e-mails to a few recipients at a time to inform them of the change from Friday to Saturday for this event. Our Orange account eventually was frozen due to the unusual number of e-mails sent.

We would like to thank Denise and others of the National Trust for supporting the event. Thanks too for Roger Green's efforts as Controller and preparing the map and self-scoring reverse side of the map. Finally, thanks to the Griersons for helping put out the controls and Patrick Devine-Wright for collecting some afterwards.

Helen and Adrian Taylor


Devon League Event 3

Ashclyst Forest, Exeter

Sun 08th Dec 2013

Type of event: Local-(D)
Near: Ashclyst Forest, Nr Budlake, Exeter

Results Ashclyst Forest

Route Gadget Ashclyst Forest

-and some photographs of the event below.


What a great sunny(ish) day. Well planned courses by Nick Hockey and controlled by Dave Bramley. My first time as organiser for a league event and it all went very smoothly thanks to my many helpers and all the club members who added their skills. A large turn out with many new faces. A few more members for the club I hope. Access was arranged by Nicholas Maxwell from the National Trust. Dave Bramley has bought 50 whistles which will be on sale at our other events so all runners can carry one for each event (a good idea), only 50p each.

 Anybody who would like to help out the club by organising one of the club events please contact myself or Nicholas Maxwell and we can go through some dates to suit.

Soon be the Christmas event on 27th December!

Tim Gent

Organiser and Fixtures Secretary


Devon League Event

King's Tor, Princetown

Sun 24th Nov 2013

Type of event: Local-(D)
Near: King Tor, Princetown

Results: King's Tor

Great event today. Perfect -if not a little cold -conditions and enjoyable courses. Many thanks in particular to Matt Atkins (Planner), Ella Bowles (Organiser) and Nicholas Maxwell (Controller) and thanks also to all of the other helpers on the day -and to everyone for turning up and running. Three photogrpahs from the day can be seen below.

Planner's Comments:

Having planned a couple of events previously without any major hiccups I was confident that King's Tor would be fairly straightforward. All seemed to be going well until I sent the courses to Roger Green for printing, who pointed out that the background map was a different scale to my course setting file. The significance of this didn't immediately sink in until I realised that all the courses were measuring half as long again as they should be, putting them all over the guidelines!! (more experienced planners, on reading this, will be nodding sagely thinking ' Basic schoolboy error!') Mild panic ensued as I had to reconfigure & shorten all the courses to acceptable lengths. I have to thank Roger & Nicholas Maxwell for their help & advice in doing this.

The general feedback on the day was positive, so I guess the re-ordered courses must have been ok!

The Yellow & Orange courses were still slightly long but I don't think anyone struggled too much. Yellow was also quite a technical course & we thought it may prove quite challenging. However, runners seemed to cope fairly well, getting round without any major problems. The sunny weather & good visibility helped with this.

On reflection, I would advise all potential / novice planners to check carefully that the scale of your background map corresponds with the scale of your course setting file, before even starting your planning, as it really is pretty critical!!

Well done to Ella for making organising look easy!  Thanks also to those who held on to help collect controls at the end.

Matt Atkins

Controller's Comments

Matt's courses gave an interesting tour of the area for the yellow and orange courses and the high start was to help keep the overall  climb down on those courses. There is a large marshy area in the middle and the planning choices are limited if the shorter courses cannot complete a circuit.  On the day  with the frosty conditions I think the walk to the start helped everybody to warm up. 

For this time of year the weather was favourable with great visibility which helped to give some very fast times.

I confess that I was also caught out by the map scale. It is a reminder to all planners/controllers to check this early on.  Thanks to Matt for adapting his courses so quickly.  We will hold a planning course for all prospective and actual planners/ controllers in the Spring and as part of that training on OCAD.

Thanks to Ella for organising the event and setting up in the sub zero biting wind before the sun rose.

Nicholas Maxwell

This is the 2nd Devon League event of the 2013/14 season. The area is typical Dartmoor: open with good runnability, except in the wetter areas, in areas of broken ground, including clitter, and on the tors. Previous mining and quarrying adds to the complexity of contour features.


Uphams Plantation, Woodbury Common

Day event followed by night event

Sat 16th Nov 2013

Type of event: Local-(D), Night
Near: Uphams Plantation, Woodbury Common



51.44      Moira Glen                       W50

62.24  Damien Doyle                       M18  Bicton College

96.40  David Hedges                       M60

GREEN COURSE (NB Amendment 21.11.13 to approximate time and position for Jonty Eaton-Hart)

18.19   Ben Chesters                     M21

36.01   Pete Maliphant                   M55

37.50   Jonty Eaton-Hart                M14  Colyton Grammar School

44.10   Ellie Stone                          W18  Woodruffe

48.56   Robin Carter                       W50

51.03   Guy Balmer                        M40

54.53   Phil Tadd                            M60

59.37   Emily Keenan                      W16  Sidmouth College 

62.12  John Chesters                      M60

69.15  Sarah Tadd                           W50

81.08  Hugh Crawford                      M55

RETD   Tess Stone                          W45


29.10   Alan Knight                          M50

35.16   Barbara Keenan                   W45

47.09   Will Stokes                           M14  Colyton Grammar School

48.50   Dominic Walker                     M14  Kings School 

50.07   Don + Deb                            M50 + W45

58.15   Philippa Bushell                    W50

62.57  Ruth Plumer                          W14  Colyton Grammar School 

64.30  Moira Glen                            W50

78.13  Hattie Ajderian                       W55

104.20  Noah Bodley-Scott               Colyton Grammar School


26.08   Jack Elson                           M14  Kings School 

33.08   Meg Somers                        W12  Kings School 

36.42   Dominic Walker                    M14  Kings School 

37.18   Mary Conway                      W14  Colyton Grammar School 

67.50  Izzy Wright                            W13  Sidmouth College  

72.00  Paul Wright

72.45  Eleanor Duckworth                 W21

72.45  Ruth Carter                           W45


47.42   Ben Andow                          Tipton St John  yr4

48.15   Sophie Andow                     Tipton St John  yr6

48.15   Anna Andow                        Tipton St John

56.47   Archie McGrath                    M8  Lympstone Primary

91.25  Luke Wlasak                         Yr3


32.36   Ryley Gething                      M6  Ottery Primary 

32.49   Millie Gething                      W8  Ottery Primary 

35.47   Harriet Keenan                    W6  Sidmouth Primary

36.00   Rose Ashby                         W6  Sidmouth Primary

36.26   Archie McGrath                    M8  Lympstone Primary

54.15   Garath Milton




41.08   Robin Carter                        W50

45.20   James Jackson                    M40

110.30  Dan Graves                        Colyton Grammar School    missed no. 9


42.00   Grey Grierson                     M16  Kings School 

44.17   Alan Knight                          M50

57.27   Alan Haylock

66.44  James Nicholson                  M16  Colyton Grammar School   missed no.3

Retd.   Nick Aiderian                       M50


21.05   Ben Chesters                       M21

55.53   John Chesters                      M60

66.10  Matt Atkins                           M40

No finish time recorded                    Adrian Taylor  M55

Retd.   Paul Goff                              M40


38.40   Lorraine Croome                 W45

38.58   Dulcie Grierson                   W14  Kings School


19.27   Flurry Grierson                    M12  Kings School


Uphams Plantation 16th November 2013

Organiser's Comments

A beautiful winter's day with another good turnout. Plenty of club orienteers mixed in with juniors and a few new faces. I hope those new to orienteering try out the league events on the Devon club website.

Thankyou to Adrian for planning some great courses and the night events went down very well with orienteers and Hashers alike. Thanks to all my many helpers and a big thankyou to Roger Green for controlling this event. See you all at the next event.

Tim Gent


Devon/ Cornwall Night League

Burrator (Norsworthy Bridge), Plymouth

Sat 09th Nov 2013

Type of event: Local-(D), Night
Near: Norsworthy Bridge, Burrator


1. Steve Edmonds       47 mins

2. Rob Naylor              53 mins

3. Phil Newall              59 mins

4.Mark Lockett            60 mins

Nigel Worsey              Retd


1. Arthur Boyt            81 mins (Amended 24.12.13)

2. Adele Newall           Retd?

3. Sue Boyt                 Retd


Kim Boswijck              16.00

Please note that, as a result of a probelm with Download, the times for the results are only approximate.


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