Wormley Woods YBT Final

Herts Orienteering have the honour of presenting the final of the Yvette Baker Trophy, the premier junior inter-club competition for English and Welsh orienteering clubs, at Wormley Woods.

Clubs from across the country competed at regional heats in spring 2016 to qualify for this final. There are open courses in the morning for those bringing juniors for the final in the afternoon – or for anybody else who fancies a run in pleasant woods.

Open this flyer for a printable version of the information below.

Latest: the blue course is now full and there will be no Entry on the Day. 


Travel Directions and Parking Parking for cars and mini-buses is at Paradise Wildlife Park Car Park D, a grassy field.  It is in Pembridge Lane –follow the brown Paradise Wildlife Park signs from the A10 at the Broxbourne/Turnford, then at the approach to the park follow O signs to parking.  Coaches will be directed into Car park B, through the main entrance to Paradise Wildlife Park in White Stubbs Ln, Broxbourne EN10 7QA. If bringing a coach please inform the organiser.

Nearest public transport is to Broxbourne station, 4km away.

Event Centre The event centre is in the car parking field. Enquiries, registration for open (EOD) courses, YBT enquiries and download will be found in the marquee.  There will be toilets here, or you can use the PWP toilets in the main car park. Wi-Fi results will be available. First aid will be available in the marquee and near the finish.

There will be a designated area for club tents. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the car park and event centre (on lead please).

YBT Courses The Yvette Baker Final courses are only open to juniors from clubs which have qualified.

YBT Course Length (km) Climb (m) Controls
Yellow M 2.4 60 13
Yellow W 2.3 70 13
Orange 3 85 11
Light Green 3.6 95 12

On both Yellow courses, the route between controls 1 and 2 follows an indistinct path. This is taped (with intermittent red & white tape) for the entire distance between the two controls. There is a similar taped route between two controls on the Orange course.

Open Courses The Open courses are available to orienteers from any club.

Open Course Length (km) Climb (m) Controls
Light Green 3.6 100 10
Green 4.3 110 14
Blue 6.1 170 16

The Open courses are quite different from the equivalent YBT courses. There will be control descriptions on all maps, and loose descriptions at start -3 minutes.

Registration Registration for open (EOD) courses will be open from 10.00 – 11.30.  Because of the limited time window available before the start of the YBT final, there will be no Blue Open available for Entry On the Day (EOD).

If you are hiring a dibber please collect it from registration.  For EOD, register and collect a token from registration to hand in at the start.  If you have pre-entered, proceed directly to the start.

Terrain Wormley Wood and Bencroft Wood.   Mostly natural deciduous woodland.  Runnability is mostly good.  Courses are designed to avoid competitors having to go through the few areas of bracken (marked “Undergrowth – slow run”) or brambles (marked “Undergrowth – walk”).
Map Scale 1:10,000 with 5 metre contours on waterproof paper.  Size is A4. Revised in June 2016.  For simplicity, many small paths and mountain bike tracks are not shown on the map.  Earthwalls and ditches running alongside paths are not shown.  Earthwalls often run alongside gullies or ditches.  Usually only the more obvious feature is mapped.

The Blue Open course map is double sided.

Safety The safety bearing is North. This will take you to the road running East-West at the top of the map. Turn right to reach the crossing point back to the Event Centre. Whistles are advised for all YBT competitors.

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

Starts The start is approximately 1.5km from the car parking. The taped route to the start is mostly on footpaths, but includes a short section on a quiet public road, which will be marshalled. There is also a marshalled road crossing and junior competitors must not attempt to cross at any other point.

Starts times  for the Open courses are from 10.30 – 12.00.  These are not  allocated.    In order to maintain the integrity of the Yvette Baker Competition there will be no open starts after 12.00 and all competitors should start at a time such that they have finished their run by 12.30.

Yvette Baker Courses start between 12.30 – 2.00.  There will be no EOD for Yvette Baker courses, and team managers will have the start lists.

YBT starts are timed, so it is essential that competitors are there for the -4 min call-up.

 If you are late, you will be sent to a late start lane and will be started as soon as possible.  However you will be timed from your allocated start time. The call up will be at -4 min.  Loose control descriptions will be in the -3 min box.

Clothing  There will be an unsupervised clothing dump on the route to the start.
Finish Maps for all courses, including the open ones, will be collected at the finish.  These will be returned to club captains after the last start.  Runners on the open courses who cannot collect their map after 2pm can make a request at Enquiries to have the map posted to them.

There is some room at the finish for spectators and club banners, but not sufficient space for club tents.

 Wi-fi results will be available at the event centre, where the prize-giving for the top 3 teams will be held as early as possible.

Fees In advance through clubs. Team managers will receive a spreadsheet from Susan Marsden with start times allocated to their club. They should include adult runners on their list. Individual EOD will be subject to map availabilty

Juniors £6.00, Adult BOF members £8.00,  Adult non-BOF £10

Punching Sportident punching will be used.
Dibber hire £1.00. Charge for lost dibbers £30
Paradise Wildlife Park Many thanks to the helpful people at PWP for use of their car park and facilities on the day.  Everyone involved in the YBT event can visit PWP for the discount price of £5 per person (adults or juniors).  Just tell them that you’re with the orienteering, at the ticket office. If you prefer, you can take up this offer on Saturday instead of Sunday.

Your car park fee (collected with your entry fee) will be donated to wildlife charities.

Planner Hedley Calderbank
Organiser Frances Goldingay      hgoldingay <at> aol.com
Controller  Jenny & John Collyer (SOS)
Jury  To be confirmed

Event registered with British Orienteering (64676).