Ellenbrook Fields

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

TERRAIN Open land with some woodland and contour detail. Little remains of the old airfield.  The open areas are becoming overgrown with grass and scattered trees.In the southern part of the area, there are sections of very long grass with some occasional patches of nettles and brambles. Courses have been planned to avoid the worst of these but in the early parts of the longer courses, the going will nonetheless be relatively slow and leg cover is mandatory.

Cattle may be grazing in some areas. Junior courses avoid these where possible.

PARKING Main car park of the de Havilland site of the University of Hertfordshire.  Enter Mosquito Way from the roundabout / traffic lights on the A1057, turn left at the first roundabout and follow the signs.  Please note the carpark is shared with leisure centre users and is likely to be particularly busy until Parkrunners leave c. 0930-1000.Registration will be off Albatross Way directly opposite Club de Havilland (postcode AL10 9EU) at the western end of the carpark.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Hatfield railway station ~2km away, bus station 900m, several buses between Hatfield and St Albans pass within 300m of assembly: search on http://www.intalink.org.uk/timetables/ for Ellenbrook, either stop S or T.
COURSES Courses for everybody from beginners of any age to experienced orienteers.

Course Approx. Distance Difficulty School Years*
White 1.8 km Easy – all along paths, control flags whenever you need to decide to turn. Up to Y4
Yellow 2.7 km Fairly easy – navigate along line features such as paths, walls, streams. Some turns with no control flags. Y6
Orange 3.6 km Moderate – start cutting across country, some controls a bit away from line features. Y7-8
Light Green 4.1 km Harder – a range of navigational skills needed to find controls on any mapped feature. Y11-13
Short Blue 6.2 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 09:45 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.
PUNCHING Sportident punching will be used.
Dibber hire £1.00. Charge for lost dibbers £30
MAP 1:7500 with 5m contours, courses preprinted on waterproof paper. For map of a previous event see Routegadget 2.
FACILITIES Toilets and light refreshments in Hertfordshire Sports Village and (from 11:00 am) in Club de Havilland – no spiked or muddy shoes allowed in the buildings.
Please note there will be very limited water available at the Finish. Please bring your own.
DOGS Please keep dogs on leads in the restricted areas and clear up behind you.   Beware of cattle!
SAFETY Orienteering is an adventure sport. You take part at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety.

Courses are planned to avoid ponds, some of which are deep, and to cross the main stream by bridges.

Avoid cattle.

A full risk assessment will have been carried out.

Planner Richard Watkins
Organiser Stu Levene
Controlling TBA
The small print

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