This is the first HH Saturday Series event to be at British Orienteering’s ‘level C’. So as well as being great for beginners and youngsters from under 10s upwards, experienced orienteers can run a Blue course, with an expected winning time under an hour.
Not all of our Saturday Series events will be at level C, it depends on the terrain and infrastructure available. The next is at Mardley Heath on 11 April.
|Terrain||Ashridge is a fine area of runnable deciduous woodland. It is gently undulating, with a steep scarp slope and some areas of contour detail. The going is fast, apart from a few limited areas of denser woodland and around individual fallen trees.HH thank the National Trust for the use of this area.|
|Parking||Hard standing and firm roadside on the drive leading to the Bridgewater Monument. Follow signs to the Bridgewater Monument, off the B4506 5km north of Berkhamsted. Nearest postcode HP4 1LU. GR SP979128|
|Public Transport||Tring station is ~3km away, Berkhamsted ~6km. There is one convenient bus from near Berkhamsted station at 0950.At a previous Ashridge event Ed Catmur arrived right on last start time, having jogged up from Berkhamsted station. He won the Brown, so clearly taking public transport improves your chance of winning.|
|Courses||Yellow ~ 2.3km (Junior Beginners)
Orange ~ 3.0km (Junior Intermediates & Adult Beginners)
Light Green ~ 3.3km (Adult Intermediates & above)
Blue ~ 6.0km (Experienced Orienteers)
All course lengths provisional.
|Starts||Register from 09:45 to 11:30 or visit http://sat.maptypes.org to reserve map/dibber.Starts from 10:00 – 12:00. Courses close at 13:00, so don’t start the Blue at 11:59 if you might take more than an hour.|
|Fees||Non-HH members: Adults £5, Juniors £2
HH members: Adults £3, Group Juniors £1, Individual Juniors £FREE.
Adults accompanying juniors are free.
|Punching||Sportident punching will be used.
Dibber hire £1.00. Charge for lost dibbers £30
|Map||1:10000 with courses pre-printed on waterproof paper. Start 150m, finish 50m from event centre.For a map of a previous event see http://www.happyherts.routegadget.co.uk/rg2/index.php#149. This event uses the SW quadrant of that map.Maps for yellow and orange courses will be issued at registration, for light green and blue courses will be available on the start line.|
|Facilities||NT cafe (good home made cakes!) and toilets ~400m from event centre|
|Dogs||Dogs allowed on leads in parking area.|
|Safety||No courses cross roads or the entrance drive.
Ashridge is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and has a large population of deer. Please act considerately to both.
Orienteering is an adventure sport. You take part at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety.
|Officials||Planner Richard Freeman
Organiser Mike Bennett, mike.bennett [at] happyherts.org.uk
Controller Susan Marsden
A printable version of the above details is available.