Competition

Saturday 28 February – British Orienteering Long Distance Championships and UK Cup and Future Champions Cup Race
Day 1 is also a Veterans Home International Selection Race

Venue

Hampton Ridge and Islands Thorns Inclosure, New Forest.

Terrain

The southern part of the area is dominated by the broad east-west Hampton Ridge which rises 25m from the wide valley bottoms. Its northern side, in particular, is intersected by spurs and re-entrants, with the heathland on top covered mostly in low, runnable heather. To the north of the ridge there are some significant areas of gorse, well-mapped, which would affect straight-line running.

The wide valleys to north and south have extensive areas of marsh, some of which will affect route choice. There are both natural and man-made drainage ditches, the least significant of which (< 1m) are not mapped.

The map includes parts of four Inclosures of mixed conifer plantation and deciduous woodland, the latter being particularly open and runnable. There are a couple of areas of typical New Forest natural woodland interspersed with, and merging into, clearings.

The heathland between the Inclosures was a World War 2 practice bombing range; it has numerous bomb craters that manifest themselves as an intricate area of ponds, wet pits, large and small depressions, as well as lines of knolls.

Generally the whole area is very runnable and high speeds are anticipated, with moderate climb on each course. Throughout there is a network of tracks, large and small paths, which could provide route choice options off the straight-line. However, it’ll be a joy to run across the terrain in the New Forest at this time of year, with the bracken having died and giving little hindrance to progress.

Embargoed Area

The area of the New Forest bounded by the B3078 from Godshill (in the west) to Bramshaw Telegraph (in the east), south to the northern edge of Broomy and Holly Hatch Inclosures.

Classes

British Orienteering Championships

UK Cup and Future Champions Cup

British Orienteering Championship trophies and medals will be presented to the winners of M/W10-16A, M/W35-70L, M75L, W75 and M/W80. The first three finishers in each class will receive mementoes. The prize giving will take place on Sunday after the relays.

UK Cup and Future Champions Cup

For Elite competitors there will be two UK Cup/Future Champions Cup (FCC) races held in conjunction with BOC: planned winning times are 60 minutes for Men and 50 minutes for Women. Any 18, 20 or 21 who considers themselves Elite should run these courses.

UK Cup points are available only on the Elite course. Full FCC points will be available on the Elite course. Reduced FCC points will be available on the 20L and 18L courses. See the FCC website for further details on the scoring.

String Course

There will be a free string course with prizes for all entrants.

Parking

There will be a £2 charge for parking per vehicle no larger than a minibus, payable on the day. Anyone planning to bring a larger vehicle must contact the organiser in advance. Walking time from parking to assembly is approximately 30 minutes.

Officials

Organiser David Bonser (SOC) David
Planners Charles Bromley Gardner (BAOC), Colin Hicks (SOC)
Controller Arthur Vince (KERNO)
Assistant Controller Pat Barclay (Sarum)
Entries Lynne Moore (BKO) Lynne

 

Sunday 1 March – British Relay Championships

Venue

Beaulieu Estate and Beaulieu Heath, New Forest

Terrain

The 2009 British Relay Championships will be held at Beaulieu Estate & Beaulieu Heath in the New Forest. The private estate land, courtesy of Lord Montague of Beaulieu, is new to orienteering. The shorter courses will remain on the Estate land whilst the longer courses will extend onto the heath. The terrain is gently undulating and the vegetation consists of a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees, with areas of rhododendrons and a series of historic fisheries built by the Beaulieu Abbey monks. The heathland is mainly flat and very runnable.

Embargoed Area

The area of the New Forest bounded by the A326, B3054, B3056 and North Lane, Beaulieu incorporating the Beaulieu estate, Beaulieu Heath, Dibden Inclosure and Dibden Bottom but excluding the areas open to the public in the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey.

Classes

Relay Championships

Parking

Free car parking will be provided at the Motor Museum, approximately 10 minutes walk from assembly. There will be a separate designated parking area for coaches and camper vans.

Officials

Organisers Di and Terry Smith (SOC) Di & Terry
Planners Caroline and Ian Moran (SOC)
Controller Hedley Calderbank (HH)
Assistant Controller Peter Robson (SOC)
Entries Stephen Robinson (Sarum) Stephen