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EPIC NAVIGATION WEEKEND.

OMM have teamed up with Bristol Orienteering Club to bring you 3 epic events through the Forest of Dean. Starting at the OMM Festival ground; the course will lead orienteers through forest, over hills and hunt out some techie checkpoint locations for you to test your skills on. Bristol will be running their orienteering courses alongside OMM’s trail based OMM LITE & OMM BIKE courses. You’ll be cheered back into the event centre by the 1000 other competitors competing in the various other activities on offer at the festival.  Book to take part in an event on the Saturday too and enjoy camping for you and your family included in your entry.

Full course description will be available late winter when ground conditions have stabilised.

Location: Forest of Dean
The Speech House Hotel
Coleford
Gloucestershire
GL16 7EL

Date: 6 May 2018

Race categories: To be confirmed

Terrain: Undulating

Start Times from: 10:30am

Amazing Atmosphere.

Supremely well Organised

Fun for all ages.

Event Details

EVENT RULES

More info available soon…

EVENT CENTRE, CAMPING AND TRAVEL

LOCATION

We’re delighted to be in the ancient and historic Forest of Dean in South West England!  The Event Centre will be located near Coleford at the Speech House Hotel, dating back to 1676 and regularly visited by King Charles II the Verderer’s Court still remains in current use.  The highest hill in the area is Ruardean Hill standing at 290m but do not let this fool you, there is lots of climbing to be done!

EVENT HQ

The Event HQ will be located at:

The Speech House Hotel
Coleford
Gloucestershire
GL16 7EL

Access to parking and the Event Centre is clearly signposted into the field at the rear of the hotel.

There will be a big heated marquee with plenty of seating, catering and bar, sports massage, toilets and water. We’ll also have a pop-up shop with a selection of OMM gear and other outdoor supplies.

For any non competitors Gary and team at Pedal a Bike Away will have several bikes for hire, a repair shop, kids skills sessions and a ride out to a picnic spot.  More details to follow.

CAMPING

You can camp next to the Event HQ marquee and can park within approx 100-200m of your tent.

Camping for competitors over the weekend is included in your entry fee

You are more than welcome to bring along family or friends to support you, the only charge is £5 per extra tent for the whole weekend (1 x tent is included in your entry fee), BUT spaces for extra campers are limited so if you are bringing non-competitors along and didn’t let us know on your entry please let us know by emailing emma@theomm.com

If you’d like to sleep in a little more luxury then you are welcome to stay in one of the many B&Bs or hotels in the area.  Lots more information the Forest of Dean here http://www.wyedeantourism.co.uk/.

TRAVEL

By Car.  There is plenty of parking on site, please look out for the signage on your way in as you must not drive into the hotel car park.

Public Transport.

The following is for information only you MUST check with transport provider for current timetables.

By Train.  The nearest Station is Lydney 9.8 miles from the Event Centre by road and you can search the timetable here.  Information for local taxi firms can be found here

By Bus.  Local bus information can be found here

KIT LIST

EACH COMPETITOR MUST WEAR OR CARRY THE FOLLOWING:

More info coming soon…

DURING THE RACE

PUNCHING AT A CONTROL POINT

Each checkpoint will have the standard orienteering orange and white sign with control station attached to it. Each competitor will be issued with an SI-tag. SI-tags are small plastic pegs which have an electronic chip in one end. Your SI-tag should be dibbed into the hole at each control station in order for competitors to register that they have visited the control; it gives an audible bleep and a visual flash to confirm that the dibbing has been successful.

In the unlikely event that the control station doesn’t register, please record your visit on your map by writing the 3 letters shown on the control box into the space provided and report the fact to the marshals and after you pass through the finish.

After finishing on day 1 you will be directed to the download station where you will dib your tag and be given a print out showing the controls visited with points and split times. Please move away from the area THEN check your printout. If anything is wrong or you need to report having to punch manually, proceed to the enquiry point.  Make sure to keep your tag on overnight to use on the second day.   At the end of day 2 you will follow the same procedure and your SI-tag will be removed.

SI-TAG

The SI tag will be attached loosely to your wrist at registration using a tamper proof wrist strap. This must remain attached all weekend and be cut off you either when you finish or if you retire but only at the Event centre. You will be at risk of disqualification if you remove the tag from your wrist. You will quickly get used to carrying the tag on your wrist. Wrists do swell during exercise and providing it has been attached loosely; you will hardly notice that you are wearing it overnight. If you lose, break or take a tag home with you the charge will be £35.00 the use of your own SI-tag is not allowed.

SAFETY

The tag has your team number printed on it and is the only way we can tell who is still out on the course. All tags MUST be returned to the event centre by 17:00 on the Sunday before you leave the competition area: Missing tag = Missing team = Search party.

THE FINISH

The finish point will be shown on competitor’s maps.  Pairs must finish together. Failure to finish as a team will lead to disqualification.  After you have finished, please go immediately to download where you will be given your score printout, then make your way to the food area, show your printout and enjoy some well deserved hot food and drink!

PRIZES & AWARDS

The prize ceremony will follow the hot meal and will be held in the marquee at approx. 14:00 on Sunday.  Details to follow:

KEY DATES

Key dates & Times for Bristol Orienteering Event

Friday 

15:00 Festival Ground Opens

16:00 Food and bar available

22:00 Catering Closes

23:00 Bar Closes

23:00 Registration Closes

 

Saturday 

07:00 Registration opens

07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast available

09:00 – 10:00 OMM LITE & BIKE Event starts open

10:00 Outdoors Magic Trail Race starts

16:00 Food and bar open

20:00 Catering closes

23:00 Bar closes

 

Sunday

07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast available

09:00 – 10:00 Race starts

13:00 Hot food available

14:00 approximate time for Prize Ceremony

FAQ's

More info coming soon..

 

 

ORGANISERS & PLANNERS

ORGANISATION AND PLANNING

The organisation of the competition is conducted by a small army of unpaid volunteer helpers drawn from a wide variety of clubs and organisations, including the many faithful stalwarts who help out every year and without whose experience it would not be possible to conduct such an event.  These teams of volunteers allow us to keep the entry fees as low as possible to benefit you.

The officials listed are the principal organisers and team leaders:-

Festival Director: Stuart Hamilton stuart@theomm.com

OMM Event Coordinator : Emma Gill emma@theomm.com

BOK Race Planner:  TBC

Local Facilitators: Gary and Team at Pedal a Bike Away

Event catering: Matt and Fi, the Old Post Office, Ingleton

Infrastructure & logistics: Simon Peers and team, North Yorks Scouts

SUNDAY 6th MAY

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Camp all weekend with Friends or Family.

£10 per tent, payable at registration.

SATURDAY 5th MAY

Make a weekend of it, arrive Saturday!

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