Welcome to one of our Saturday series events which is also part of the club Youth League. Beginners are very welcome and there are courses for all standards.
|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||The 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||Courses for everybody from beginners of any age to experienced orienteers.
|BEGINNERS||First timers are very welcome. Look for our greeters in hi-vis jackets who will give you socially-distanced help.
If you’re not run before, we suggest most people start with yellow. Young juniors, say primary school age, and family groups are better on white. People confident with a map and compass may start on orange.
Note for improvers – if you are not sure which course to choose, best to be cautious. Mardley is a complex area.
|ENTRY & FEES||Entry is now open at SI entries only, there will be no entry at the event. If you have a voucher from a previous HH event, don’t forget to claim it!
BOF members: Adults £4, Juniors £2, HH juniors free.
If you have your own dibber you may enter online even on the day, provided there are maps and start slots available.
|STARTS||You can choose a 15 minute start block between 10:00 and 11:30.
Start and finish are within 150m of the event centre.
Courses close 12:45
|TIMING||SportIdent punching will be used. SIAC will be enabled but the Start and Finish controls must be punched.|
|CONTROL DESCRIPTIONS||Control descriptions will be on the map|
|MAP||1:5000 pre-marked maps for all courses. For map of a previous event see here. Minor updates have been made for this event. The Short Blue map is double-sided, control 12 is on both sides.
Note that some paths are currently fairly muddy and off-path is being gradually populated by brambles. The worst areas are mapped with green vertical lines to indicate general runnability, do not use them for detailed navigation.
|FACILITIES||Enquiries, Dibber issue, Download, 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. For download you need only approach the back door.
|DOGS||Keep on lead 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.
Full leg cover is required.
You should abide by the British orienteering Covid-19 Code of Conduct. In particular:
|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.
The small print
This event is registered with British Orienteering, number 80635
If you have to cancel for a COVID-related reason, write to email@example.com 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.