This event will comply with British Orienteering’s guidance on Covid, as it is at the time of the event. At the moment, the expectation is that England will be out of lockdown. If so, we welcome newcomers of all ages, but there will still be some requirements in the “new normal”:

  • Numbers are limited.
  • You must pre-enter and pay in advance.
  • You should not come if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or are serving a quarantine period after travel. You’ll get a full refund.
TERRAIN Mainly rough open land, with substantial areas planted with small trees. Isolated areas of ancient woodland.

Many thanks to the Woodland Trust for allowing us to use the forest.

PARKING A grassy field near Heartwood Forest Car Park. No height restriction.

Turn off the B651 at the brown ‘Heartwood Forest’ sign a short distance north of Sandridge on the B651. Entrance at OS Grid Ref. TL172110, nearest postcode AL4 9DQ.

COURSES Courses for everybody from beginners of any age to experienced orienteers.

Course Straight line Distance Difficulty
White 1.5 – 2.5 km Easy – all along paths. Control flags when you need to decide whether to turn.
Yellow 2 – 3 km Fairly easy – navigate along line features such as paths, walls, streams. Some turns with no control flags.
Orange 2.5 – 3.5 km Moderate – start cutting across country, some controls a bit away from line features.
Light Green 3 – 4.5 km Harder – a range of navigational skills needed to find controls on any mapped feature.
Short Blue 4.5 – 6 km As hard as we can make it on the area.
BEGINNERS First timers are very welcome. First timers are very welcome. Look for our greeters in hi-vis jackets who will give you socially-distanced help.
STARTS Entry only via SI entries. No entry on the day. If you have a voucher from a previous HH event, don’t forget to claim it!
You can choose a 15 minute start block between 10:00 and 11:30. Courses close 12:45
FEES BOF members: Adults £4, Juniors £2, HH juniors free.

Dibber hire £1. Charge for lost dibbers £30.

Entries will open tbd at SI Entries. Last date for hire dibbers Thursday 30 Sep 2359. If you have your own dibber you may enter online even on the day.

PUNCHING Sportident punching will be used. SIAC will be enabled but the Start and Finish controls will not be contactless and must be punched.
CONTROL DESCRIPTIONS Control descriptions will be on the map
MAP Scale 1:7,500, pre-marked for all courses on waterproof paper.

In Langley Wood, one of the areas of ancient woodland, you must keep to the paths to protect the local flora and fauna. The affected areas are marked on the map with the purple “out of bounds” lines and in some places they are roped off. Courses are planned so that following paths is the most sensible route.

For map of a previous event see Routegadget.

FACILITIES There are no toilet facilities at the event centre. The nearest public toilets are adjacent to the public car park in Sandridge at TL168104, nearest postcode AL4 9DA.
DOGS Dogs permitted under control throughout the area. Please clear up any mess and deposit in a poo bin.
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.

You should abide by the British orienteering Covid-19 Code of Conduct. In particular:

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, are living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, or have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, you should not come. You’ll get a full refund.
  • Before, during and after your run, maintain appropriate distance from other runners and other park users.
  • Hand sanitiser is available – please use it.
RESULTS Interim results will be published direct to the club website every few minutes during the event. There will be no printed results (apart from your own splits) or WiFi available, so there is no need to hang around.

Full results will be published to the same location and to Routegadget; we aim to do so on the day of the event.

Planner Oliver Bardsley
Organiser Stu Levene
Controlling Emese Svab
The small print

This event is registered with British Orienteering, number 78684.

Orienteering is a great sport for youngsters. If you bring children, please help us to keep to our safeguarding policy and British Orienteering’s photography policy.

Your personal data is used for results and insurance, see our privacy policy.

If you have to cancel for a COVID-related reason, write to entries@herts-orienteering.club and we will give a full refund. If we have to cancel the event we will offer a choice of a full refund or a voucher for use at a future HH event. That choice will be sent to the email address used for the original entry. If you do not reply by the deadline, the default is a voucher.