Whitstable Urban Race - UK Urban League

WOW Day 2 in a Coastal Heritage Town

Sun 8 Oct 2017

Type of event: National, Urban
Type of terrain: Urban

Info updated: Mon 9 Oct

Results

Event Report

Whitstable offered plenty of variety, with its quaint streets and smugglers cut-throughs, promenade, shingle beach and Tankerton slopes.

Those hanging controls enjoyed a bright sunny

morning,. and Sarah Howes captured this fine view of the beach huts and 'The Street' promontory.

We hope you enjoyed this historic venue.

MG

 

Planner's comments:

Planning for Whitstable was a pleasure - the profusion of alleyways, coupled with foreshore, harbour, and the 'Tankerton slopes', offered many route choices and challenges. Already, while control hanging, I have found several alternative routes for future events. As often happens with urban planning a last minute surprise is instigated by the local council - at Canterbury it was a food fair - but at Whitstable it was "Tidal Flood Gates"- not a normal event. However most people accommodated them well - there is always something new to learn!
Security of controls in an Urban event led to one being buried more than was desirable - another lesson learned - although most people coped. We had excellent weather, coupled with David's superb map, to add to the delights of a coastal canter.

Mike Perry
Planner

Pre Event Info

Location

Nearest town: Whitstable

Directions / Parking

See Final Details

Registration & Start Times

Registration for Entry on the Day from 10:30am

Course Information

The 2017 UK Urban League categories will be used, eg WV (Women Vet), MHV. Unfortunately we are unable to offer courses for the youngest Juniors MYJ & WYJ within the constraints of the venue; M12-/W12- are not permitted to 'run-up' on the MJ/WJ course. Category Details here: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/ukul/Scoring.cfm

Enter the category in which you wish to participate.

Conventional SI punch system will be used.

Map: New map, scale 1:4000 with 2.5m contour interval and ISSOM 2007 standard sprint symbols.  Familiarise yourself with these symbols at https://maprunner.co.uk/map-symbols

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

Note that we cannot accommodate M12-/W12- entries, unfortunately. See 'Course information'.

Entry on the day (subject to map availability) - See Final Details

Fees:Seniors £12, supplement £2 for non-British Orienteering members.  Dibber hire (SI) £1.

Juniors £5 including dibber hire

Note there is a discount (£3 Seniors, £2 Juniors) for entering both WOW events. Conventional SI punch system will be used.

Start times 10:30am - 12:30pm 

Terrain Description

Town: Pavements, alleyways and promenade; Tankerton slopes are a grassy bank (mown) with beach huts. 

Hard surface >95%, Grass <5%

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Mike Perry

Organiser: Mark Glaisher

Controller: Jim Prowting (TVOC)

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: Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events registered with British Orienteering and not joined an orienteering club which is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance

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

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