Summer evening event 1 at Perry Wood

Thu 1 Jul 2021

Type of event: Local, Score
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Mon 12 Jul


Event Report

Great to see the club and friends out again on a warm summer evening. Thanks to Gaby, assisted by Dave, for interesting courses and all the organisation behind them.


Pre Event Info

We are offering a 60 minute score course suitable for both beginners and experienced orienteers.  For beginners, the format is simple, find as many of the controls (checkpoints) marked on the map in any order in the 60 minute time limit. Some will be easy to find, some will be harder. If you can’t find one, just skip and move to the next one. Experienced orienteers will face the same course, but with a few extra rules (2 sets and a changeover control).  The course then works for both the experienced orienteer (who might find them all) and the first time orienteer (who might find about 5). 


Nearest town: Selling

Directions / Parking

Perry Wood car park. Postcode ME13 9RN is just west of the crossroads in the Wood. The car park is a few metres east of the crossroads.

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Public Transport options

Nearest rail station is at Selling 2.3 km from the car park..

Registration & Start Times


Starts will be at 1 minute intervals 6.30pm-7.30pm.  Please keep clear of the Start area until your start window opens.

Control descriptions will not be available in the start lanes on the day but they are on the maps.

If you don’t have a dibber (electronic timing device) we can hire one to you and available to pick up on the night.

When it is your start time, please use the hand sanitiser provided and follow the start volunteer’s instructions. If you miss your start time we should be able to slot you in at a spare minute a little later.

The start will be a self-service affair as much as possible. Please ensure you clear your dibber on entering the start lane by entering it into the clear box, and punch the Check box, (for safety check and also to enable SIAC dibbers). When it is your turn, punch the ‘start’ box and don’t forget to start your watch.

Controls will be SIAC contactless enabled so those with SIACs can swipe, others must “punch” the dibber as normal (including hire dibbers), just push the dibber into the slow. Finish must be punched by all.

Please do not linger at controls, move away once you have punched. Try to maintain the 10/2 rule (stay 10m behind runners on path legs, 2m at controls).

After your run

After your run please don't forget to download: use hand sanitiser provided and follow the instructions on the screen at the event tent. Please remember to return hired dibbers by placing them in the pink container provided

Course Information

Novice/Beginner orienteers: One course, a score course. No set distance, but a 60 minute time limit. Find as many of the 20 controls as possible (in any order) in one hour. Each control is worth 10 points - but beware, for each minute or part minute you are over the 60 minute time limit, you will lose 5 points!

Experienced orienteers: One course, a score course. There will be 21 controls in the forest. The controls will be numbered in two groups (eg 90-99 and 100-109, exact numbers to be determined) with a ‘crossover’ control. Visit as many of the controls within the first group as you can (in any order), then the crossover control, then as many of the controls within the second group as you can (in any order). Alternatively, start with the second group, then the crossover control, then the first group. Score 10 points per control, with a penalty of 10 points per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes

Explanation of Score courses

You don't have to visit all the controls! There is usually a time limit, instead of a set course. Points are scored for visiting controls, and deducted for finishing over the time limit. You decide which controls to visit, and in which sequence. Sometimes controls have different points values. You will need to carry a watch or phone, so you know how long you have been out.

Entry Details

Entry will be in advance via RaceSignUp website only - link here. No entry on the day. Please enter by midnight Tuesday 29 June.  Late entry may be available thereafter subject to map numbers. Once you have entered the event, don't forget to go to the checkout.  Entries will not be completed until payment has been made. You may make multiple entries, (eg other family members) before proceeding to the checkout.  

Due to the current Covid conditions, we will be unable to provide the same level of support and assistance to beginners as normal.  However we are very happy to explain things before the event electronically. Please contact our coaches at  at least 3 days before the event. Or ask questions on our Facebook page 

If you're unsure, or need any advice or assistance in the registration process, please contact the organisers. 

Entry fees

Adult British Orienteering Members: £5.  Adult non-members: £8

Junior British Orienteering Members: £3.  Junior non-members: £5

Group (2-5 participants in total): £10 (British Orienteering Members), £15 (non-members) 

Group (1 senior and 1 junior only): £8 (members), £13 (non members)

The prices above include the loan of electronic timing equipment (aka dibber) if required, and a waterproof map per competitor (yours to keep after the event). Dibbers are expensive and a £35 charge will be due if the dibber is lost.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, who is living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, or who has been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace should not attend this event.

A full refund will be available to anyone who needs to withdraw their entry because they or a member of their household has COVID-19 symptoms, or because they have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

Terrain Description

Mixed forest with a good path network. Some nice hills with great views. Some areas runnable even in high summer, but this is summer so there will be bracken and brambles. The course will be planned to avoid too much hacking through tough stuff.


None (please bring your own water), but there is a nice pub in the woods close to the car park. The Rose And Crown may serve food and has a nice country beer garden, but check first re latest situation re Covid


Dogs allowed?

Dogs welcome but must be on leads.

Contacts / Officials

organiser: Gaby Roch

contact: Sean Cronn

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.



Before travelling to any orienteering event please make sure you are aware of and following British Orienteering guidelines. 

To ensure that we comply with these guidelines and make our events Covid secure and safe for participants and volunteers, all events will be pre-entry and pre-payment only.

During the on-line entry process, you will select your preferred start window from those available for your course. You must then make payment to reserve your start window. Please do not turn up at the event unless you have pre-entered. If you need help with the registration process please contact the event organiser.

On event day turn up for your allocated start slot

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.

Saxons volunteers are very happy to help beginners understand the courses, maps and timing equipment used at our events. To get advice please contact at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page and ask questions there. It may be possible to arrange for somoene to meet you before your start.

For full BO Covid guidance click here

Ticks and Lyme Disease: Ticks are common in areas where we go orienteering, more information about ticks.

Training and help is available from qualified coaches. Please contact the organiser.

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Data Protection: Your personal information provided for this event or obtained from registration databases will be used to process your entry, publish results, check for missing runners and trace missing SI cards.