Learn a new skill or polish an old one?

Armchair course planning competition

Mon 11 May 2020

Are you an experienced course planner or a novice interested in developing a new skill? Here’s a challenge for you both. Deadline for submissions extended to 7 June.

This Armchair Course Planning competition will use Saxons map of Hemsted Forest. This area was last used for a KNC in January 2019.

The challenge is entirely an armchair exercise. You are not expected to visit the area.

  • The map file can be obtained from Simon at
  • Entries should be submitted to Jean at
  • Closing Date for entries: Midnight Sunday 7 June
  • Courses can be submitted as a Condes or Purple Pen file or preferably as pdf files of the final courses
  • Don't forget to add control descriptions to the courses so that they print out on the course maps OR generate the descriptions as a pdf as well as generating the courses
  • Entrants should submit only two courses, Orange and Blue technical standard
  • All entries will be judged anonymously by qualified Controllers
  • Courses can start and finish where you like but should take into account the location of the car park (marked on the map). Please use the same start and finish for both courses
  • Courses will be judged only on the technical quality of the courses set, not on your ability to 'tidy' the course files
  • Entrants will be split into three categories: M/W20- ; Adult novice (no previous planning experience); Adult Open (at least one colour coded course planned)
  • Prizes will be awarded depending upon the level of entries received


Useful Links…

People who have planned for Saxons in the past will be fmiliar with Condes. Others may prefer to use Purple Pen; Saxons will be transitioning to PP for future events. You can find information about the Purple Pen planning tool here. It is free to download. If you would like any advice on using it watch Simon Errington’s webinar on youtube or check out Neil Crickmore’s guide here
You can find Barry Elkington’s guides to planning different colour coded courses here on the BO website, or Simon Maytum’s version on our website here


Good luck!

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