SE Middle Championships Mardley

Mardley Heath is a small, but complex woodland, mainly regenerating naturally following gravel extraction in the middle of the last century. A small area of open heathland has been maintained in the northern part of the site The area is now a Local Nature Reserve owned and managed by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, who have kindly given us permission for our event.

Gravel working has left this area with complex contour detail, in addition to the already hilly nature of the site. Public access for walkers, horse riders and cyclists has added a maze of small footpaths. Open areas and the mature remnant former woodland offer fast running, whilst the less mature areas provide plenty of route choice where close contact with the map will be required.

Final details for both Sprint events are now available on the attached flyer.


Event Centre  Scout & Guide HQ, Canonsfield Road, Welwyn  AL6 0QA , OS Grid Ref TL242179. Enquiries, Registration, Download, Squash, First Aid and Toilets will be available at the Event Centre
Parking  Parking will be on the road near the Event Centre. Space is very limited and it would be greatly appreciated if as many people as possible can share transport, even if this means meeting nearby to join other competitors. The local lanes are not suitable for parking, so please do not park there. Start times will be spread to try to minimise congestion.Please do not arrive excessively early for your allocated start time and leave as soon as your party have completed their runs. If you intend to come to the Prize Ceremony, but have an early start, please vacate your parking space as soon as possible and only return shortly before the Ceremony.
Dogs  Dogs, under control, are permitted everywhere except inside the Event Centre building. Please clear up any mess and deposit in the poo bins at the main entrances to the wood.
Traders Sorry, we have no space to accommodate traders.
Map 1:5000, 5m contours. Controls will be pre-marked on waterproof paper (no bags).
Courses Courses are being planned as follows. Course lengths indicative only.

Black 6.0 km M18 and M20 to M40
Brown 5.0 km M16, M45 to M50, W18 and W20 to W40
Blue 4.5 km M55 to M60 and W45 to W50
Green 3.5 km M65+ and W16
Short Green 3.0 km W55 to W60 and W65+
Light Green 2.5 km M14 and W14
Orange 2.0 km M12 and W12
Yellow 2.0 km M10 and W10
White 1.5 km Non Championship Course

Course class groupings may be amended to suit demand. Entries will be by age class. Shadowed competitors/pairs not eligible for SE Championship medals. Shadowers may not compete in a Championship course after shadowing.

Prize Ceremony  Medals will be presented to the leading 3 SEOA competitors in each of the above 18 age classes at a prize ceremony to be held in the Event Centre at approximately 14h00. Please come along to support the new South East Middle Distance Champions.
Entries On line entries preferred via . Final Closing: 23h59 Thursday 24 April 2014.By post to Middle Distance Entries, 24, Glen Way, WATFORD WD17 3JL by Saturday 12 April 2014.

After on line and postal entry closure, Entry on Day only.  Entries after standard entry closure at 23h59 Wednesday 16 April 2014, subject to map availability. See on Saturday evening, 26 April 2014 for EOD map availability.

EOD Registration 10h00 to 11h00 only.   Entry queries to

Start options: Very Early, Early, Late & Very Late. Start numbers in each block will be limited to ease parking congestion. Middle starts will be reserved for EOD if available.  First start 10h00. Last start 13h00

NB. An overall entry limit of 250 competitors will be applied. EOD only available if the entry limit has not been reached with pre-entries.

Fees Until 23h59 Wednesday 16 April 2014 – Seniors £7; Juniors £3Late Entry (on line only) until 23h59 Thursday 24 April 2014 – Seniors £9; Juniors £4

Entry on Day (If available) – Seniors £10; Juniors £4. Non-members of British Orienteering supplement – £2.

Dibber Hire – £1.  Lost Dibbers £30. Parking Free

£1 per Adult entry will be donated to the Friends of Mardley Heath, who work with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to maintain and improve this Local Nature Reserve.

Punching Sportident electronic punching will be used.
Dibber hire £1.00. Charge for lost dibbers £30.
Organiser Roger Moulding
Planner Hedley Calderbank
Controller Bruce Marshall (WAOC)

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Event registered with British Orienteering. Competitors take part at their own risk.