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Sunday 16th May 2021

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Monday 3rd May 2021
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Thursday 13th May 2021 at 18:00
Orange; Short Green; Green
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87 Participants
Entry Fees
Senior   £6.00   
Junior / Student   £2.00   
Chris Roberts


A limit of 150 competitors, who must be members of British Orienteering. However we will be accepting a small number of entries from newcomers who should contact before entering on-line. No entry on the day. 

At this time we are not able to hire dibbers to anyone who does not have one (except in the case of newcomers who need first to contact, but any SROC members who do not own a dibber can request - contact Chris Roberts - to collect one at the event and keep it for the foreseeable future.


  • Green 4.7 km 190m climb. The  map will be double sided with the turn over after control 9
  • Short Green 3.1 km 130m climb
  • Orange 2.2 km 80m climb

There are NO loose control descriptions, but they are on the map. Loose descriptions can be printed via this link. Controls (including the finish) are in beacon mode so they can be punched contactlessly if you have a SIAC.


Knots Wood was last used in 2011. The map has been fully updated and brought up to the current mapping specification.

Map Scale: 1:7500

Knots Wood is an area of open woodland with some areas of dense rhododendrons and has few footpaths and some vehicle tracks. There are numerous rock and contour features to provide a technical challenge. The dense green stripes represent rhododendron brashings which are a significant obstacle but it is usually possible to pick your way through.


15 minutes start blocks, starts between 10.30 and 12.30.

The Start is about 5 minutes walk. Only go to the start just prior to starting. 

Remember to:

  • Sanitise your hands using the sanitiser provided and keep at least 2m apart.
  • Clear and check your dibber

On a minute shown by the digital clock, physically punch the start and then pick up your map from the box provided (please ensure you only take one).


Please move away from the Finish quickly, and proceed directly to download forming a queue if necessary keeping at least 2m apart. Use the sanitiser provided before you download and take the splits – these are pre cut and you do not need to touch the printer. Please move away from download quickly.

Results will not be displayed on the day but will be on the website in the evening.


Portaloos will be available close to or in the parking field.

First Aid – a first aid kit will be available at download for people to self administer.

Travel Directions/parking:

Parking will be in a field accessed by a rough forestry track which is steep and loose in places and is unsuitable for very low-slung vehicles. Parking fees have been included in the entry fee to limit use of cash and interaction as you arrive. There will be a one way system in and out of the field. No arrivals after 12.00 and no departures before 12.15.

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Google maps link


Planner - Tom Matthew

Organiser - Jo Matthew


If you have any questions prior to the event please contact Jo Matthew.



Please bring a cagoule; if weather conditions are poor, cagoules may be compulsory. If you have a pre-existing medical condition which you think we should be aware of, please notify Jo Matthew in advance or leave a note at download before you start.


  • The usual forest hazards - beware low branches and twigs, dead wood and vegetation on the ground which can trip.

Social Distancing and Other Covid Related Precautions

We will be following BOF’s current COVID guidelines but trust everyone will be using their common sense to ensure that all competitors and the public are as safe as possible. Please maintain social distancing and adhere to the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct reproduced below:

Anyone orienteering using permanent or virtual courses, or taking part in club activities or events, must follow this code of conduct and any additional requirements set out by the organising club to ensure the safety of themselves, other participants, event volunteers and the general public.

Government or local authority guidance takes precedence over this code of conduct. If government/local authority guidance changes at any time, it must be followed with immediate effect, including, if necessary, by stopping any orienteering activity. Personal safety must be the main driver for all decision making.

Personal conduct – Preparing to Attend an Orienteering Activity/Event:

  • Act as an ambassador for the sport of orienteering at all times.
  • DO NOT take part in any form of orienteering
    • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms,
    • Are required to self-isolate under the current government guidance or been contacted by the NHS and asked to quarantine even if you are not displaying any symptoms.
    • If you have returned from any overseas country (except for ROI or one of the exempted countries identified by the government) until you have completed the required self-quarantine period, even if you are symptom-free.
    • If you are awaiting the result of a COVID-19 test that isn’t part of any routine testing you may be undertaking unless you are displaying any symptoms.
  • Ensure you have read, fully understand and follow any information or instructions provided by a club about the event/activity before you arrive at an orienteering course. This will form part of the club’s risk assessment for the activity and may be as a result of restrictions imposed by landowners, local authorities or the government.
  • Observe national government and governing body guidance including any travel restrictions.

Personal Conduct - At the Orienteering Activity/Event:

  • Observe social distancing requirements at all times, including – but not only – when travelling to a course, when you arrive, while on the course (including start and finish areas) and when you leave.
  • Be patient, courteous and respectful of others. Consider how your actions may appear in the eyes of landowners or members of the public.
  • Minimise, as far as possible, contact with others from outside your household before, during and after orienteering and do not congregate in groups.
  • Keep your distance from other participants and members of the public including giving way to other participants and members of the public on narrow paths and at gates or stiles.
  • Only share transport to an event with other members of your household / support bubble.
  • Arrive at an event during the time window that you have been allocated by the organising club.
  • Move quickly away from controls after you have punched – do not stand next to a control looking at your map to work out your route to the next control.
  • After finishing a course, move away from the finish, allow yourself to recover (e.g. by catching your breath and reducing your rate of perspiration), and then move swiftly through download and to your vehicle.

Most important of all - enjoy the outdoors safely.

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