May 6th: After the rain today, part of the area is flooded. The event is still on, but 2 controls have been removed from the light green and short blue courses. The courses are now 100m and 200m shorter than advertised, with a bit of a ‘dogleg’ back along the same paths.

TERRAIN Runnable parkland with some wooded areas, some with significant undergrowth. Full leg and torso cover required for Orange course and above.
PARKING Fullerians Rugby Club, Coningesby Dr, Watford WD17 3BD.  Please follow the parking marshals’ directions.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Watford Junction station 2.4km, Watford Metropolitan station 1.8km.
Course Straight line Distance Difficulty
White 1.8 km
20 m climb
Easy – all along paths. Control flags when you need to decide whether to turn.
Yellow 2.6 km
25 m climb
Fairly easy – navigate along line features such as paths, walls, streams.
Some turns with no control flags.
Orange 3.2 km
25 m climb
Moderate – start cutting across country, some controls a bit away from line features.
Light Green 4.0 km
30 m climb
Harder – a range of navigational skills needed to find controls on any mapped feature.
Short Blue 6.1 km
50 m climb
As hard as we can make it on the area.
BEGINNERS First timers are very welcome. Look for our greeters in hi-vis jackets who will give you socially-distanced help.

If you’ve not orienteered 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.

ENTRY & FEES Entry now open via SI Entries. You must enter on line. Online entry will remain open until 11:15 on the day, while maps and start slots are available.

Entries up to midnight on Sunday 30 April:

  • BOF members: Adults £4, Juniors £2, HH juniors free.
  • Non-members: Adults £6, Juniors £3.
Entries from Monday 1 May:

    • BOF members: Adults £6, Juniors £4, HH juniors £2.
    • Non-members: Adults £8, Juniors £5.

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

STARTS When you enter, you can choose a 15 minute start block between 10:00 and 11:30.
Courses close 12:45. Allow plenty of time to finish by then.The route to the start and back from the finish are about 1km. Please follow the tapes keeping off the rugby pitches and ensure any children / dogs you are responsible for do likewise.
TIMING SportIdent punching will be used. SIAC is enabled but everyone must punch the Start and Finish controls.
MAP 1:7,500 pre-marked maps for all courses on waterproof paper. For a previous event on the area see RouteGadget
FACILITIES Limited toilets available in Rugby Club (use the Ladies!)  Please bring your own drinks. There is a cafe in the park but it’s over 1km from the Rugby Club, through the competition area.

Toilets also available in the competition area, fairly close to start and finish.

DOGS Keep under control and clear up behind you. No dogs on the rugby pitches please.
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:

  • You should not come if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are required to isolate, are awaiting the results of a non-routine COVID-19 test or are serving a quarantine period after travel. 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.
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.

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

Planner David Saunders
Organiser Mike Bennett
Controlling Emese Svab
The small print

This event is registered with British Orienteering, number 82686.

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 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.