|Terrain||The main college campus consists of an old manor house and formal gardens with a number of newer buildings. Underfoot conditions are mainly hard surface, with some lawns.
The southern and eastern parts of the area consist of runnable open and rough open land and a golf course around the new all-weather hockey pitches. There are some areas of woodland in the west, with variable runnability.
|Parking||Oaklands College, St Albans Campus, Hatfield Road, St Albans. Postcode AL4 0JA. OS Grid Ref TL183078. Access to the college is from the Hatfield Road (A1057) at Grid Ref TL179072, just west of the junction with Colney Heath Lane.
Parking is within 200m of registration, start and finish.
|Public Transport||St Albans City station 2.7km. Several bus routes run along Hatfield Road including 301 602 653. There is an Oaklands College stop on the Hatfield Road next to the main entrance.|
|Course||Standard course lengths for Saturday League events are as below. Due to the campus setting, courses here may be shorter.
Yellow 1.6km (Beginners)
Note that in an environment with lots of buildings you will run much further than those point-to-point distances.
The Blue course has 31 controls. There will be a very limited number of higher-capacity dibbers for hire, but if you can manage it by swapping with a friend or recycling after their run, it would be most helpful.
|Starts||Register from 09:45 to 11:30 or visit http://sat.maptypes.org to reserve map/dibber.
Starts from 10:00 – 11:30. Courses close at 12:30
|Fees||Non-HH members: Adults £5, Juniors £2
HH members: Adults £3, Juniors £FREE.
Adults accompanying juniors are free.
|Punching||Sportident punching will be used.
Dibber hire £1.00. Charge for lost dibbers £30
|Map||Map produced by Simon Errington in Spring 2014 with minor updates for this event. 1:3,000, 2.5m contours. Drawn to the IOF Sprint Map Specification (ISSOM). Courses will be pre-marked on A4 waterproof paper (no bags).
Experienced orienteers please note: scale is 1:3000 not one of the ISSOM standards 1:4000 and 1:5000.
You must not cross boundaries and areas marked as uncrossable. There is a partial key on the bottom of the map showing those.
For a previous map of the area see Routegadget.
|Facilities||All facilities inside one of the buildings on campus, including toilets and hopefully access to showers. Parking close to that building with overspill up to 200m away.|
|Dogs||Dogs are not permitted anywhere in the campus grounds.|
|Safety||Be careful running round blind corners in the college buildings – there are students as well as other competitors on site. Some of the paved areas can be slippery after rain.
All courses Orange and above cross a road that may be used by slow-moving vehicles going to a car park.
Full leg cover is not essential, but recommended for the longer courses which will go into woodland with some undergrowth. Shoes without studs advised – most running is on hard surfaces and mown grass, even the woodland areas are mostly dry.
Orienteering is an adventure sport. You take part at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety.