Regional Event (Black Park) 18-Nov-18 - Final Details

 

BERKSHIRE ORIENTEERS

BLACK PARK

REGIONAL SCOA LEAGUE EVENT

Sunday November 18th 2018 

FINAL DETAILS

Berkshire Orienteers are pleased to welcome you to our event at Black Park Country Park. Beginners are particularly welcome. The Country Park is heavily used by the local community so please be courteous and considerate to other users of the park, and please take careful note of the safety notices below.

Directions
Grid Reference: TQ005832              Nearest Postcode:  SL3 6DT

The event will be signed from the A412 Uxbridge Road approximately 2 miles North of the junction with the A4. The final approach along Black Park Road is narrow and potholed. Be aware that some satnavs may direct you beyond the park entrance, however this is clearly signed.

Parking

Parking is in the public car park at Black Park Country Park. This is a Pay and Display car park – fees for cars are £3.50 and £8 for Minibuses (Blue badge holders – free). Be aware that the parking wardens can be very active.

Assembly

The Assembly and Registration area is at TQ 009 835, approximately 250m from the car park. Take the major path NW from the car park, passing Go Ape on your left and the refreshment kiosk on the right. After 200m turn left at a major junction and Assembly will be visible on the right. The route will be taped.

Registration

Registration and EMIT Collection: 10:00am - 12:20 pm

1.         If you are pre-registered and have your own Emit card you can go straight to the start.

2.         If you are pre-entered and are hiring an Emit card, collect your card from the enquiries tent before going to the start.

3.         Preferred registration is via Fabian4. There will be entry on the day for all courses, if maps last.

Entries

Online entries are available via Fabian4, www.fabian4.co.uk, until midnight on 14th November.  Please enter online if at all possible.

Entry on the day is available subject to map availability.  Registration for EOD is from 10:00 to 12:00.

Fees:

 

Entry via Fabian4 by 14th Nov

EOD

EMIT hire

BOF Senior

£9

£10

£1.50

Non-BOF Senior

£11

£12

£1.50

Seniors on White, Yellow & Orange

£5

£6

£1.50

Junior & Student

£5

£5

Free

Electronic punching

EMIT electronic punching will be used with a punching start.

Lost EMIT cards will be charged at £45.

Dogs

Well behaved dogs allowed both in the course and assembly, but must be under control at all times and on a lead in Assembly area.

Planners Notes

Black Park is a country park consisting mainly of mixed woodland with a good path network. The area is fairly flat, with little climb on any course. There is a substantial area of open heathland in the NE part of the park - this is out of bounds as it is a SSSI. The tracks within the OOB can be used. The Blue and Brown courses do go along tracks through it to get to the Northern end of the park - please keep to the tracks. There are other SSSI’s within the woods, also marked as out of bounds, most of which are very wet marshes. Please respect all of these - unfenced ones are not taped but are easily avoided by all courses.  

There has been some recent thinning in the northern and eastern parts of the park. The courses have been re-planned to avoid the most affected areas.  In particular, there are very new unmapped extraction lanes and log removal is on-going.  There may be additional information at the start if there are any last minute updates.

Map

Waterproof A4 map. Scale 1:10,000, 5m contours, re-surveyed in May 2018 and updated to ISOM2017 by Katy Stubbs with minor updates in Oct/Nov2018.

The Brown and Blue courses have a double-sided map. On reaching the last control printed on the first side of the map, turn the map over for the second part of the course.

All other courses have a single sided map.

Control descriptions are on the map. White, Yellow and Orange courses use text descriptions; all other courses use IOF symbols.

Special symbols are used on the map: 

 O represents a seat or picnic table

Courses

Course

Length

Climb

Controls

Descriptions

White

1.5km

10m

8

Text

Yellow

2.3km

10m

12

Text

Orange

3.2km

10m

12

Text

Light Green

3.5km

15m

11

Pictorial

Short Green

3.9km

15m

11

Pictorial

Green

4.9km

20m

18

Pictorial

Blue

6.8km

25m

19

Pictorial

Brown

9.6km

30m

21

Pictorial

Starts

Start times 10:30  – 12.30.  Start blocks (30 minute) will be pre-allocated on Fabian4 so please check the start list there.  Blank maps and control descriptions will be available in the start lanes. All starters must check their EMIT card using the MTR0 device as this provides a record of who is in the forest for safety purposes.

The Start is about 400m walk from Registration. The route will be taped. No clothing dump.

White and Yellow course maps can be collected at the pre-start so competitors may review them before starting their course.

Finish

The Finish is approximately 150m from Assembly along a taped route.

Courses close at 14:00. Please ensure that you download even if you have not finished so that we don’t send out a search party.

Safety Notices

The park will be busy on Sunday – please be aware of other park users, in particular dog walkers, mountain bikers and Segway riders, and avoid moving vehicles in the car park. Parents are advised to take particular care of children in the car park, around Go Ape equipment and near the lake. There is also a major road (out of bounds) along one side of the Park.

Full arm and leg cover is required and cagoules may be required if the weather is bad.  A whistle is advisable.

All competitors are advised to check body and clothing for ticks after the event. There have been occasional reports of adders in the Park, mostly on the heath area.

SCOA League Prizegiving  

The SCOA League 2018 prizegiving will take place at 1.00 P.M. at Enquiries

Facilities

Lakeside Café offers both hot and cold meals. Alternatively you can grab a coffee and hot and cold snacks at the refreshment kiosk at the top of the car park adjacent to Go Ape.

You’ll find public toilets at the top of the car park and at the Lakeside Café. 

First Aid

First aid is provided by the charity - Hart First Response team.

The nearest A&E is at Wexham Park Hospital, Wexham, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 4HL.  Tel  01753 633000.

Results

Results will be displayed on BKO website shortly after the event.

Officials

Organiser:       Doug and Annika Greenwood (BKO) events@bko.org.uk

Planner:          Simon Moore (BKO) events@bko.org.uk

Controller:      Neville Baker (TVOC)

 


Competitors take part at their own risk.

The personal data you give will be used by the event organisers and their agents only for the purpose of processing and publishing the event entries and results, for conducting safety checks and to validate British Orienteering insurance cover. Submission of an entry for the event will indicate your acceptance of this procedure. In the event of cancellation we reserve the right to retain some or all of your entry fee to cover expenses.