Harlequins Orienteering Club

Club Champs at Clent hills

Venue, Parking and Travel

Event centre on Walton Hill Car Park SO 943802 Nearest postcode B62 0NQ.

Main Entrance to the area is from the A456 Hagley Causeway, following the signs to the NT Nimmings Car Park site but then travelling beyond that.

Terrain

Varied mix of woodland, scrub and open areas. Complex path network. Some steep sections, which can be slippery if wet, with the compensation of beautiful views. Pretty much all the bracken has died down so in most places it is fairly runnable.

Map

A4 size,1:10,000 with 5m contours. Updated by Alison Sloman in October 2018 . Pre-marked on water-resistant paper.

Course

A score event with a 60 minute time limit (45 minutes for juniors).

The rules

This is a Score event. Each control has an equal value of 10 points. The maximum number of points that can be gained is 240. For every minute that a competitor is late in their category a 10 point deduction will be made. If scores are equal after deductions then the finish time will be taken into account. The faster the better. The map is double-sided; start on either side but you can only turn over once.

Every competitor will be ranked in their appropriate age class unless they have previously declared that they wish to compete for an out of age trophy (towards M/W21). There is a handicap competition, but it is a mystery to me on how this is worked out (Go question David Williams for more details ;) ).

Fees

£4 for adults and £1 for juniors

Entries, Registration and Start

Entry on the day only - the event is closed to HOC members only.

Registration: 9:30-10:30

Mass start: 11:00 - with a group walk to the start at 10:40 from Walton Hill car park

Punching

SI electronic punching - bring your dibber to Registration please.

Facilities

Squash and water will be provided at the finish along with the classic Swedish biscuits - Pepparkakor.

Toilets and cafe at the nearby Nimmings Car Park (£2.75 parking fee or free to NT members showing card)

Dogs

Dogs are more than welcome as long as they have well behaved owners ;)

Safety

Competitors take part at their own risk and whistles must be carried.

There are no roads to cross on the course however there is a 450m walk along the road to and from the start/finish. Please take care and walk in single file.

Officials

Planner - Alex Mitchell (07496 056613) (almitch2002@gmail.com)

Organiser (and Controller) Kerstin (07779-252043) kerstin.mitchell@fullsupply.co.uk

Website

For the latest information visit www.harlequins.org.uk

The After-party

To be followed by a Christmas social and raffle at Romsley Scout Hut. Bring food to share and possibly even raffle prizes with all money raised going to the Air Ambulance.