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.
Date: 6 May 2018
Race categories: To be confirmed
Start Times from: 10:30am
More info available soon…
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!
The Event HQ will be located at:
The Speech House Hotel
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The following is for information only you MUST check with transport provider for current timetables.
By Bus. Local bus information can be found here
EACH COMPETITOR MUST WEAR OR CARRY THE FOLLOWING:
More info coming soon…
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.
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.
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 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!
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 & Times for Bristol Orienteering Event
15:00 Festival Ground Opens
16:00 Food and bar available
22:00 Catering Closes
23:00 Bar Closes
23:00 Registration Closes
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
07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast available
09:00 – 10:00 Race starts
13:00 Hot food available
14:00 approximate time for Prize Ceremony
More info coming soon..
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 email@example.com
OMM Event Coordinator : Emma Gill firstname.lastname@example.org
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
£10 per tent, payable at registration.