Ashridge SE Nights

The SE night championships are at Ashridge, using the SE part of the forest. Why not come to get practice in before the Southern Night Championships a week later?

Final details:

Starts Registration 17:00-18:30, starts 17:30-18:45.

Route to start:  the route from the car park to the clothing dump will be marked with red / pink luminescent markers and the route from the clothing dump to the start with blue luminescent markers. The clothing dump is visible from the finish.

Courses close at 20:30.

Parking  Hard Standing and firm roadside on the drive leading to the Bridgewater Monument.  Follow signs to the Bridgewater Monument, off the B4506 north of Berkhamsted. HP4 1LU.  GR SP979128
Public Transport  You can walk or cycle in from Tring or Berkhamsted stations
Terrain Bracken in some of the rough open areas has recently been mown, making them akin to fully open areas – and very fast underfoot.

The last parts of the navy and chocolate courses pass through areas where the brashings have been cleared into discrete piles, making for fast running, but creating mounds of branches that look like additional knolls in the dark.

We would like to thank the National Trust, and Ashridge Estate in particular, for access to this excellent forest.

Courses There will be 3 championship courses (Chocolate, Navy and Olive: TD4/5) and a beginner’s course (Ochre: TD2).

Medals will be awarded to the first three SEOA runners in each of the categories below.

1 Chocolate 7.1k 80 m M20-40, M45/50
2 Navy 5.5k 60 m M18, M55/60, W20-40, W45/50
3 Olive 3.7k 25 m M16, M65+, W16, W18, W55/60, W65+
4 Ochre 2.5k 25 m Novices

Ochre course: After the first control on the ochre course there is a brief section following an earthwall, which is sometimes a little indistinct on the ground. There will be some yellow luminescent markers along this stretch of earthwall.

Fees Seniors £8, Juniors £3, HH juniors free.  Sportident dibber hire £1.00 Charge for lost dibbers £30.00.

Entry on the day (+£2)  and subject to map availability.  Advance entry through Fabian4  is now Closed.

Entry queries to Susan Marsden

Punching Sportident punching will be used. Dibber hire £1.00. Charge for lost dibbers £30
Map  1:10000 on waterproof paper
Facilities  Toilets, water / squash at finish
Dogs Permitted in the car park on a lead.
Safety information All the courses cross or follow forest roads. Traffic, if any, will be very infrequent, but take care. None of the courses cross public roads. On the chocolate, navy and olive courses, these are marked as forbidden routes and should not be followed by competitors to avoid startling motorists.

Competitors are strongly recommended to carry a spare torch.

Orienteering is an adventure sport. You take part at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety.

Officials Planner      David Saunders
Organiser  Frances Goldingay, hgoldingay <at>
Controller  Roger Moulding