Cleveland Schools Orienteering Association|
sponsored by the Tees Forest
invites schools to participate in the fifth event of the 2005-06 league at
Errington Woods, New Marske
on Wednesday, 17th May 2006
|Directions:||Take the A174 east past the chemical works to roundabout at grid reference NZ 609224 on OS Sheet 74 (Whitby). This roundabout is the junction between the A174 and Grewgrass Lane. Turn right at the roundabout and go uphill, across a cross-roads, and look for the sign to the car park on the left just before the road takes a sharp right turn at the top of the hill. The entrance to the car park is at grid reference NZ 617202.|
Start times are available from 2.15 to 5.15 pm. All start times must be
reserved in advance via the Internet entry system on the CLOK web site at
www.clok.org.uk. Telephone Mike to
register a password for your school (01287-624521). Leave a message on the
answerphone if there is no reply.|
It then becomes your responsibility to get runners to the start on time, as it may be quite difficult to re-arrange start times on the day. Typical running times are from 10 minutes (best primary school runners) to 70 minutes (slowest secondary school runners).
|Prior notice:||The entry system is now open. You can use it to reserve start times, and you can enter the names of the runners against the allocated times. If you do not register the runners' names by the Tuesday evening before the competition then they will not appear in results on the day and can only be included in the final results with difficulty.|
|Cost:||£1.00 per runner. This may be paid on the day or invoiced to school each term. Reserved no-shows 50p.|
|Timing system:||This event will use EMIT electronic timing. The use of EMIT cards will be demonstrated. The cost of replacing a lost EMIT card is £20.00.|
There will be three courses. The White course is designed for primary
school runners in years 5 and 6 and generally follows paths. White
course runners may compete singly or in pairs. The Orange course is for
secondary school runners in years 7, 8 and 9 and requires more map reading
ability. The Light Green course for years 10 and 11 requires competence
both in map reading and in route choice. Compasses may be useful on the
Light Green course.|
The map is the usual six colour orienteering map, at a scale of 1:10000 (1 cm on the map = 100 metres on the ground), updated in 2005. This is a different scale from previous events in the league. The maps will be pre-marked with the courses and control descriptions, and placed in plastic folders. Each competitor will receive an EMIT card (pairs will receive one card), which is numbered and allocated to an individual start time. Each school's start list will indicate the name(s) of the competitor(s) using each EMIT card, providing that these names have been registered via the on-line entry system by 5 p.m. on the day before the event. White course runners will also receive their maps. Maps for the Orange and Light Green course runners will be handed out at the start.
On the map, the courses are marked as follows. The start is shown by a red triangle. The controls, which must be visited in their numbered sequence, are marked by red circles. The finish is shown by a double circle. On the ground, controls are marked with red and white kites identified by two letters corresponding to the letters on the control description sheets. At the control there is also a docking station into which the EMIT card should be entered to register the competitor's time of arrival at the control. At the finish the card will be downloaded by the finish team and the competitor will receive an immediate print-out showing the overall time taken and the times between each control and the next.
We would prefer inexperienced runners to run down a course, or run in pairs, rather than have a terrible time on a course too hard for them. It is thus acceptable to run the course designed for the competitor's age group, or an easier or harder one depending on ability.
It is hoped that results will be available on the day. Preliminary
results appear on the CLOK web site on the evening of the event. Either
go to www.clok.org.uk and follow the link to
the Schools orienteering section or go directly to
Competitors' names will only be shown in the preliminary results if they
have been registered via the on-line entry system by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday.
The on-line entry system will remain open until 6 p.m. on the day after the event for the purpose of accepting corrections to competitors' names. The final results -- including the points scored in the inter-schools competition -- will be published on the CLOK web site on the Friday.
There will be certificates for the first three individuals and the first two schools on each course. At the end of the season there will be a league trophy for the first school in each of the three sections and a trophy for the first Redcar and Cleveland school, awarded on the basis of the seven events in the series.
|Scoring:||The winner on each course gains 50 points, the next 49, the next 48 and so on. Those running down a class gain half points, as do those running in pairs on the Orange and Light Green courses. The best six scores from a school count towards the competition. The winning school on each course gains 5 league points, the second 4, and so on. The 2006 Annual League is scored over seven events, two each in the Autumn and Spring terms, and three in the Summer term.|
Injuries - A first aid kit is at the finish, and a trained first aider
is on site. Injured runners should return directly to the finish or, if
this is impractical, stop the next passing competitor or event patroller (who
is equipped with a two way radio) and send him/her back immediately to report
Safety Check - Each competitor (or pair) has an EMIT card linked to name and start time. The return of this card confirms the return of the competitor (or pair). It is important that each pair stays together throughout their run, and all competitors running in pairs should be made aware of this.
General Public - There is no reason for any competitor to respond to members of the general public not known to them, and such responses should be discouraged by the supervising teacher. During the event the competition area will be patrolled by member(s) of CLOK who will have an orienteering map and a two-way radio. They will ensure fair play and deal with any problems.
Hazards - The area is a steep north facing escarpment, with some crags and steep banks. The courses have been designed to avoid the crags, and care should be taken when descending the steeper banks. There are also some stagnant pools which should be avoided. The wood is surrounded by clear fencing and competitors should not wander beyond these boundaries into fields.
Traffic - With the exception of occasional mountain bikes, there is no traffic in the area. There will be dog walkers and other members of the public on the paths, and competitors should be aware of this.
If lost - return downhill to the lowest forest track and and turn left (west) to the start/finish area.
Responsibility - CLOK is organising this schools competition as specialist advisors, and it remains the responsibility of the supervising teachers to be familiar with the risk analysis, to ensure discipline, to obtain parental consent forms and to retain responsibility for the safety and well-being of the competitors under their care. The event is registered with the National Governing Body and as such has third party insurance cover, but the safety of your competitors remains your responsibility.
|Finally:||The team of CLOK volunteers look forward to welcoming you to the fifth event of the 2005/06 league at Errington Woods. Remember to (a) call Mike to nominate your password and (b) use the on-line system to enter in good time!|
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