Photo Trail bike O

Sat 13 Aug 2016

Type of event: Local, Street

Info updated: Wed 17 Aug


Event Report

Saxons Cycle Photo Trail was a very successful fun activity held on

Romney Marsh on Saturday 13th August. 36 people came, some riding on

their own and others in teams of two or three. They set off at timed

intervals to visit 20 locations and match up the photos.


Maybe an elite orienteering cyclist could have visited all twenty

controls in the available time but our highest scoring riders visited 19

locations scoring 19 points with no time penalties. One team even had

time to call into a pub for refreshments and still get back with 15

points and no time penalties.


The sun shone; there was a gentle breeze or a stiff wind depending which

direction the riders were going and everybody seemed to have a great time

Pre Event Info



Nearest town: Romney Marsh

Registration & Start Times

Starts from 10am till 11am

Cost BOF member £4.00 Juniors £1.00 Non members +£1.00

Note: These fees include £1 on-the-day BMBO insurance (mandatory for this event). BMBO members will pay £1 less.

Course Information

There are 20 circles drawn on this 1:50,000 scale map.   Each circle has a letter from A to T
On a separate sheet there are 25 photos each with a number.
Ride to a circle on the map and identify a photo that matches what you see at that location.
On the answer sheet underneath the photos, against each letter of the location write the number of the photo which you consider matches. Don’t guess, since we have included five decoy photos as you might have spotted
You will be given your map 5 minutes before you start in order to plan your route. Don’t forget pen or pencil for answers; we are not using dibbers and a stopwatch for accurate timing
Then go to Starter for sheet of photos and start time. You have 2 ½ hours to identify as many of the photos as possible.
Each correct answer will gain you a point, but for every five minutes, or part of 5 minutes late you will lose a point.
So 5 minutes = 1 point lost.                5 minutes and 34 seconds = 2 points lost
And 10 minutes = 2 points lost          10 minutes and 1 second = 3 points lost, so try not to be late.

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

Please note that for added safety the parking and start position have been changed. The location is now the short North - South minor road east of A2070 at GR TR010 310.   Nearest postcode TN26 2QL          
‘O’ kites will warn you as you approach from north or south.

Terrain Description

Bring your own bike for a ride around the lanes of Romney Marsh matching up 20 control circles on the map with photos taken in the area.

Helmets are essential.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Heather Brown

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.

If you have pre-existing helath issues that you feel the organiser should know about please fill in this medical form.



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Please move away from the map box after collecting your map.

At control sites do not touch the control, and move through quickly.

Do not congregate at the Finish.

At Download please get your breath back and recover before downloading.

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