Ellenbrook

Welcome to our second event after lockdown!

It will be very limited, in line with British Orienteering’s guidance. In particular:

  • Numbers are limited to 144, HH / BOF members only.
  • You must pre-enter and pay in advance.
  • There will be no on-the-day hire dibbers available just for this event. However, to reduce cross-contamination, HH members can have a dibber for a season (until our event next July) for only £10 + £10 deposit. You can use the dibber at our events or any others you go to. Just select hire dibber when you enter (closing date for this option is 27th September at the latest) . Or you can just buy your own.
  • 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, or have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace. You’ll get a full refund.
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 places the going will nonetheless be relatively slow and leg cover is mandatory.

Cattle may be grazing in some areas. The Short course avoids these where possible.

PARKING To be confirmed, but we anticipate that parking will be in the 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.
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
Course Straight line Distance Difficulty
Short 2.1 km Yellow standard
Medium 4.2 km Light Green standard
Long 6.3 km As hard as we can make it on the area.
STARTS Choose a 15 minute start block between 10:00 and 11:30 when you enter. Courses close 12:45
ENTRY via SI entries – Click here.. (opens in a separate window)
FEES BOF members: Adults £4, Juniors £2, HH juniors free (but note courses available and availability of hire dibbers).
PUNCHING Sportident punching will be used. SIAC will not be enabled.

There will be no hire dibbers available on the day. HH members can have a dibber for a season (until our event next July) for only £10 + £10 deposit. You can use the dibber at our events or any others you go to. Just select hire dibber when you enter. Please do so before 25 Sept so that we can prepare enough dibbers.

MAP 1:7500 with 5m contours, courses preprinted on waterproof paper. For map of a previous event see Routegadget.
FACILITIES We hope to have access to 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.
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. 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 distance from other runners and other park users.
  • You should not need to touch anything except the one map you pick up and your splits printout. When punching at a control, you don’t need to touch the control. Hand sanitiser is available – please use it.

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

Avoid cattle.

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.

OFFICIALS
Planner Dawn Figg
Organiser Stu Levene
Controlling Simon Errington
The small print

This event is registered with British Orienteering, number 77785.

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