ChelwoodSun 22 Jan
South East Long Championships and SE League
National level event
What does this mean?
Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun6 App.
Terrain type: Forest
I really hope you enjoyed your course today. We were blessed with a beautiful day. It was not very cold during the event; after -5 degrees at 8:00 am. The semi frozen ground did mean you did not get wet feet quite so often! During my planning visits, I saw a wide range of conditions: warm sunshine, heavy rain for 2 hours when the marshes became streams and 50 mm of snow falling in 40 minutes.
I planned a long leg on the longer courses. I overheard a lot of discussion regarding the Blue course. Options were the longer route with the most climb, keeping low to follow the path network or try to stay on the "white" in between. Please use Routegadget to compare the alternatives.
We are grateful to the Ashdown Forest Conservators for using the area. One thing I enjoy is seeing the wildlife. I disturbed a woodcock; which I have never seen before.
All seemed to go like clockwork from the organisational perspective due to a strong contingent of committed DFOK volunteers as acknowledged in the post-event email to all entrants, helpful advice from David as planner, wise tips from our two Controllers and aided by the weather.
Final Details are here.
We hope to provide Live Results during the event.
SEIL certificates for 2022 will be presented at this event.
The list of certificate winners is here.
The full SEIL results for 2022 are here.
Near: East Grinstead Lat,Lng: 51.05483,0.02137 Postcode: RH17 7TT
Map / Terrain
A mixture of heathland with bracken (flattened at this time of year) and gorse, areas of runnable forest, several streams and ditches and many earth features.
The area slopes to the south down to a valley through which Mill Stream flows then rises on the south side of the stream.
The map is 1:10,000 on A3 or A4 waterproof paper, depending on the course you choose. Details of the size of map is in the final details.
A range of courses to suit all ages and abilities from White to Black
See racesignup up for details of the fees.
"Standard entry" is available to 15 January and, subject to map availability, "late entry" at a premium from 16 January onwards.
When entering the event you will be asked to state whether you are eligible for the South East Long Championships, which is open to all orienteers who are members of the South East Orienteering Association. You can participate in your age class or can "run up" by selecting an age category that uses to a longer course than the one envisaged for your age class. You must specify the age class that you wish to be competitive in when entering. Changes will be permitted up to 09:30 on Saturday, 21 January and the full start list will be available on racesignup by 10:00 on Saturday. Please keep to your allocated start time.
Registration and Start times
Start times are 10:30 to 12:30
Parking will be a mixture of hard standing and grass which drains reasonably well.
Toilets are in the building being used as our Event Centre at Cats Protection (no spikes or muddy shoes please). Look for the tall dark blue DFOK sail banner.
The cafe at Cats Protection is undergoing renovation hence will not be open but Toms's will be serving hot and cold drinks, cakes and hot snacks near to the Event Centre.
Dogs are permitted at the event centre and on the courses but MUST be under control and on a short lead at all times
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Andrew Evans
Planner: David Dawson
Controller: Neil Crickmore (SO) Alison Howe (Saxons)
Assistant Controller: Alison Howe (SAX)
Nearest A&E Hospital
Take particular care when you are near horses and when entering rides from areas of poor visibility to avoid spooking horses.
Conservation of the Forest
Ashdown Forest, as many of you will know, is a very special place. It is managed by the Board of Conservators of Ashdown Forest, an independent body. In recognition of the ecological importance of Ashdown Forest and to ensure its protection, it is designated as a European Natura 2000 site and as a Site of Special Scientific Interest under UK legislation. Ashdown Forest is also within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Conservators have duties laid down by statute which include the following:
- To regulate and manage the forest as an amenity and place of resort
- To conserve it as a quiet and natural area of outstanding beauty
The Conservators are keen to raise the public's (and hence our) awareness of their legal duty and, within this, their aim of balancing the interests of all users of the forest.
Please have particular regard therefore to the other users of the area, including all walkers, dog walkers and riders, all of whom are also seeking to enjoy their activities peacefully. Slow to a walk, keep especially quiet and keep a wide berth at any point where you meet horse riders.
This event is possible through the kind permission for access to the area from the Conservators of Ashdown Forest, Mr and Mrs A Brown and senior management at Cats Protection, all of whom we are most grateful to.