Peter Palmer Junior Relay

Sun 8 Sep 2019

This Junior only event, for juniors M/W12 and above is being jointly organised by Saxons OC and Southdowns Orienteers. 

Entry by Team Captains to the organisers via email please.


Type of event: National, Relay
Type of terrain: Heathland, Parkland, Woodland

Info updated: Sun 11 Aug

Pre Event Info

The Peter Palmer Junior Relays 2019 will take place during Sat-Sun Sept 7-8th near East Grinstead in Ashdown Forest.  Accommodation for competitors and accompanying adults will be based at Michael Hall School in Forest Row.

The weekend follows the usual format: 
- Sat afternoon - training event for juniors on the Enchanted Place area (used for  CompassSport Cup round 2019)

-Sat evening - Registration at Michael Hall School and social time. Tom's burger van will be in attendance

- Overnight  -  In the school accommodation 

- Sunday morning - 6-leg relay starting at 5.00am (in the dark)
                             - 4-leg relay starting at 6.30am (dawn)


Nearest town: Forest Row

Directions / Parking

The training event will be based at Gills Lap car park (TN22 3JD)

Parking for the Peter Palmer Relay will be in the grounds of Michael Hall School in Forest Row.

Registration & Start Times

Registration of teams will be finalised at the school on Saturday evening.

Start times will be at 5.00 am for the 6 leg relay and 6.30 am for the 4 leg relay.

Course Information

6-leg relay starting at 5am (in the dark)
4-leg 'Daybreak' relay starting at 6.30am (dawn)

Individual legs will be planned to be equivalent in technical difficulty to the Yellow to Green colour coded courses 

In the 6-leg relay:

  • The Peter Palmer Trophy will be awarded to the first team where all members are from the same club
  • The Joan George Trophy will be awarded to the first team where all members are from the same club and combined BO ages total 90 or less
  • The Norwich Trophy will be awarded to the first team where all members are either from the same 'small' club (as described by BO) or from 2 'small' clubs forming a combined team

In the Daybreak relay:

  •  A Trophy for the winning team

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Entry through Club Team Captains. Club team Captains to confirm numbers of teams taking part to the event organisers. Entries will close on 30 August. We have a strict limit on overnight accomodation so please book early to ensure you get a place.

Entry fees are £16 per competitor and will include entry to the event, overnight floor space accomodation in school buildings (bring your sleeping bag and camping mat) and breakfast before the race. Fees for accompanying adults will be £10 to include accomodation (as above) and breakfast.

This is a UK event so the British Orienteering O-Safe Guide to Safeguarding Children & At-Risk Adults in Orienteering forms part of the event rules and we expect all teams and those involved to be working to them. 
From section 4.3 of O-Safe, for this (overnight) event, we interpret this as meaning that each team will be accompanied by a minimum of one male and one female adult supervisor who have undergone appropriate checks for criminal records, i.e. DBS/Access Ni/PVG for UK clubs or their own national equivalent for non-UK clubs

The accommodation this year includes some smaller rooms which may mean adults effectively supervising teams overnight in isolation from other adults.

Terrain Description

The terrain to be used is the school estate consisting of parkland and areas of woodland, and the northern part of Hindleap Warren, part of Ashdown Forrest. 


Toilets and showers will be available in the school buildings. Portable toilets will be available near the relay start/changeover on Sunday.

Tom's burger van (seen at many multi day events) will be selling their normal mix of burgers, chilli, baked potatoes etc from 17.00-21.00 in front of the Mansion house. 

Breakfast (included in the entry fee) will be provided before the race starts for competitors and accompanying adults.

Dogs allowed?

No dogs please as we are using school grounds

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Sam Prior >

Organiser: Andrew Derrick >

Planner: Simon Greenwood

Controller: Neil Crickmore

Important Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Insurance: If you have joined an orienteering club, or are competing in one of your first 3 events, then you are covered by our public liability insurance.

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