Hatfield Urban

During the 1930s the DeHavilland Aircraft Company set up in the town and produced aircraft such as the Tiger Moth biplane, the Mosquito bomber and the Comet, the world’s first civilian jet. The town was designated a New Town in 1948 and has grown to become a town of over 40,000 inhabitants; since 1952, it has been home to what is now the University of Hertfordshire with around 32,000 students.

Many thanks to UH for permission to use the campus and to WHDC for permission to use the town.

Event Centre

The Forum, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, AL10 9AB.

 There will be toilets, enquiries and download, plus a room provided to leave bags and clothing.

Directions From London and M25 (East): exit the A1(M) at junction 2  for Welham Green and turn left at the roundabout onto the A1001. After 900m, at the first set of lights, turn right, signposted The Forum. The car park is 75m on the right.

From the North: exit the A1(M) at junction 3 and turn left at the roundabout onto the A1001 (signposted Welham Green and University). After 400m, at the second set of lights turn left (signposted to The Forum). The car park is 75m on the right.

From A414 (North Orbital Road) for M25 (West) and M1: proceed to the A1(M) junction 3 roundabout and turn right onto the A1001 (signposted Welham Green and University). After 400m, at the second set of lights turn left (signposted to The Forum). The car park is 75m on the right.

Parking Parking is free of charge and will be at the university multi-storey car park in Roehyde Way, Hatfield AL10 9EJ.  This is 150m S of the Event Centre.
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Public Transport Hatfield station is served by Great Northern trains between London Kings Cross & Cambridge, and London Moorgate & Welwyn Garden City. The station is a 2 mile walk to the event centre, or a 10 minute bus ride.

Uno Buses 602 and 653 run between the rail station and the Forum (outside the event centre), and also St Albans (centre and City station), Watford (High Stree) and Welwyn Garden City.  Services are hourly on Sundays.

Green Line 724 (Harlow to Heathrow Airport) and National Express 737 (Oxford to Luton and Stansted airports) coaches stop at Hatfield Galleria which is a 15 minute walk from the event centre.

Terrain The university campus is a mixture of woodland and grass with a dense path network and buildings comprising of university administration, faculties and student accommodation.

South Hatfield is predominantly part of the new town with a typical layout of housing with multiple greens and paths providing complex urban terrain.

Courses There will be 7 courses:
1. Men Open
2. Women Open, Men Veteran (M40+)
3. Women Veteran (W40+), Men Super-Veteran (M55+)
4. Women Super-Veteran (W55+), Men Ultra-Veteran (M65+)
5. Women Ultra-Veteran (W65+), Hyper-Veteran (M/W75+)
6. Junior (M/W16-)
7. Young Junior (M/W12-)Senior courses: university campus plus streets and public areas of South Hatfield – only for those over 16 on the day of the event.Junior courses will be entirely within the university campus. You may run alongside roads but do not need to cross any road.
Beginners First timers are very welcome. Go to the event centre for help.
This is an event in an urban area, which is more accessible for beginners. Dark grey blocks are buildings, which are more obvious than the variations in vegetation we use for “forest” maps.
Entries & Fees Entries will open in Spring 2024
Starts Start and finish are close to the event centre.
Punching Sportident punching will be used. SIAC (contactless) will be enabled but you must punch start and finish.
Control Descriptions Control descriptions will be available in the start lanes
Map 1:4000 pre-marked maps to ISSprOM 2022 for all courses. Contour interval 5m.

The event will use a brand new map:

  • paths in open areas are generally marked as dashed black lines. In the urban area they are shown as paved areas
  • there aren’t the number of ‘edges of paved area’ lines you’d expect on a sprint map
  • in the urban area, individual trees are not mapped. Groups of trees are only mapped if they would be ‘green’ rather than ‘white’ forest.
  • we have tried to make uncrossable objects clear. In some cases that has meant using double tags and blobs on high fences and walls respectively
  • large electricity pylons are mapped as 4 small black squares, showing where the feet are
Clothing Flat running shoes or light trail shoes are advised – no spikes, studs or bars under any circumstances.

Shorts and vests are allowed.

Facilities Toilets, clothing dump, tables and chairs in Event Centre.

We hope that the café will be open.

Dogs Please keep dogs under control and clear up behind you. Dogs on courses would be a nuisance unless you are walking with them on a short lead. They are not allowed 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 has been carried out.

The senior course involves crossing roads and car parks. In some places the area used by vehicles is barely distinguishable from that for pedestrians (both have brick paving), so watch out for traffic at all times.

Runners on the junior course should not need to cross any road but may run alongside them.

Keep out of all bodies of water, they may be deep.

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).

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

Planner Stu Levene
Organiser Adam Leaf
Controlling TBA
The small print

This event is registered with British Orienteering, number 84158.

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