Mardley

Newcomers welcome! Look out for our greeters who will be wearing high-vis jackets and they will give you all the help you need to get going.

TERRAIN Mardley Heath is a small but complex woodland, mainly regenerating naturally following gravel extraction in the middle of the last century. A small area of open heathland has been maintained in the northern part of the site. The area is now a Local Nature Reserve owned and managed by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, who have kindly given us permission for our event.

Gravel working has left this area with complex contour detail, in addition to the already hilly nature of the site. Public access for walkers, horse riders and cyclists has added a maze of small footpaths. Open areas and the mature remnant former woodland offer fast running, whilst the less mature areas provide plenty of route choice where close contact with the map will be required.

PARKING Event centre is Scout & Guide HQ, Canonsfield Road, Welwyn, AL6 0QA. OS grid ref TL242179

Free parking on the road near the event centre and around the A1(M) bridge. Space is very limited and it would be greatly appreciated if people could share transport. Many of the local lanes are not suitable for parking, so to minimise congestion please follow marshals’ instructions.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Bus 300/301 from Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Hatfield, WGC and Stevenage stops at the bottom of Canonsfield Road roughly every 20 minutes on Saturdays.
Courses for everybody from beginners of any age to experienced orienteers.

Course Straight line Distance Difficulty School Years*
White 1.0-2.0 km Easy – all along paths, control flags whenever you need to decide to turn. Up to Y4
Y5
Yellow 2.0-3.0 km Fairly easy – navigate along line features such as paths, walls, streams. Some turns with no control flags. Y6
Orange 2.5-3.5 km Moderate – start cutting across country, some controls a bit away from line features. Y7-8
Y9-10
Light Green 3.0-4.5 km Harder – a range of navigational skills needed to find controls on any mapped feature. Y11-13
Short Blue 4.5-6.0 km As hard as we can make it on the area. n/a

*These are the recommended courses for people in these school years who enter the Youth League, however some will be invited to ‘run up’.

You may enter any course and will automatically be entered in the club’s Saturday League unless you ask not to.

STARTS Register from 10:00 to 11:15 or visit http://sat.maptypes.org to reserve map/dibber and skip the form-filling queue.
Starts from 10:30 – 11:30. Courses close at 12:30.
FEES Non-members: Adults £6, Juniors £3
BOF members: Adults £4, Juniors £2
HH juniors free; adults accompanying juniors are also free but will need to pay £1 if they need an extra map.
Card payment is available, subject to mobile phone signal.
PUNCHING Sportident punching will be used.
Dibber hire £1.00. Charge for lost dibbers £30
MAP 1:5000 pre-marked maps for all courses on waterproof paper. For a previous event on the area see RouteGadget
FACILITIES Enquiries, Registration, Download, Water, First Aid, Clothing Dump and Toilets will be available at the event centre.
It has a wooden floor, so no muddy or metal spiked shoes indoors please. There’s a small entrance lobby where you can leave them.
DOGS Please keep dogs on leads and clear up behind you. No dogs in the event centre.
SAFETY Orienteering is an adventure sport. You take part at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety. A full risk assessment will have been carried out.

Some courses cross a lightly used road. Use the marked crossing points.

RESULTS There will be a local WiFi network near download accessible from any smart-phone or tablet providing the following:

  • Live Results and splits updated every few minutes.
  • Live SplitsBrowser also updated every few minutes. Very few events provide this!

Go to network hhresults. There is no password.

Full results will be published on www.herts-orienteering.club and Routegadget; we aim to do so on the day of the event.

OFFICIALS
Planner Kevin Parkes
Organiser Richard Watkins
Controlling
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