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OMM have teamed up with BOK (Bristol Orienteering Klub) and NGOC (North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club) to bring you an epic weekend of orienteering races.

Orienteering is a race that doesn’t follow a set route. You are given a detailed map to help you find your own way between a series of checkpoints to the finish.  The winner is the runner who completes the whole course, in the correct order in the fastest time.

With a choice of urban orienteering in the picturesque town of Ross-On-Wye perched dramatically above the river, or Forest Orienteering in one of the most beautiful and interesting forests in the UK, it really is the very best opportunity to try orienteering for the first time.

There will be a wide range of courses available for all ages and abilities from toddlers who can try the string course, (where they may come across some interesting and sweet tasting controls), complete beginners, runners or walkers to people who can easily use a map to navigate. Walkers are welcome, as are pairs of competitors. All courses are colour coded by their length and technical ability, and there will be plenty of people at the assembly and registration to choose the best course for you and help you get started.

If you have a compass, then bring it along, but there will be some for you to borrow at the start.

Weekend camping (4-6 May) for 1 tent / caravan / motorhome is included in the entry fee for OMM & Outdoors Magic competitors. Orienteers and R2T2 competitors are welcome to camp at a charge of £10 per tent BUT you must book in advance here as space is limited.

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

Camping is available at £10 per tent but must be pre-booked here as space is limited.

Friday 4th May Forest of Dean 18.30-19.20pm – Runners & Bike Warm Up (Provided by R2T2)
A 1 hour warm up event for all the weekend activities ahead. Further details here.

 

Saturday 5th May Ross-On-Wye 10-2.30pm
NGOC hosts the UK Urban Orienteering League. Further details at: www.ngoc.org.uk

 

Sunday 6th May: Speech House, New Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean 10-2.30pm
Forest orienteering at its best! The annual Mike Nelson BOK Trot. Full range of courses catered for for complete beginners and toddlers to the most experienced and advanced orienteers. Further details at: www.bristolorienteering.org.uk

Amazing Atmosphere.

Supremely well Organised

Fun for all ages.

Event Details

CAMPING

Camping (1 tent or campervan) is available at the bargain price of £10 for Friday and Saturday night.

SPACES ARE LIMITED SO THIS MUST BE PRE-BOOKED (link here once entries open)

EVENT CENTRE 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.

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

KEY DATES

Key Times for OMM FESTIVAL

Friday 

15:00 Registration, parking and camping opens

16:00 Food and bar available

18:00 R2T2 – Runners and riders 1 hour ‘warm up’ event.

22:00 Catering Closes

23:00 Bar Closes

23:00 Registration Closes

Saturday 

07:00 –  Registration opens

07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast available

08:30 – 10:15 OMM Lite and Bike Starts

10:15 Pre race brief for Marathon/Half Marathon (at the start)

10:30  Trail Marathon/Half Marathon Start

14:00 Food and bar open

22:00 Catering closes

23:00 Bar closes

Sunday

07:00  Breakfast/hot food available

08:00-10:00 OMM Lite and Bike Starts

08:30-10:30 BOK Orienteering registration open

11:00 – BOK orienteering Starts

14:00 approximate time for OMM Lite/Bike Prize Ceremony

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

Race Planner:  BOK

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

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

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