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29th Feb & 1st March Welsh Championships – Merthyr Common

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Day 1 Welsh Middle Distance Championships

Saturday 29th February 2020, Merthyr Common

General Information As an informal competition there are no prizes for the Welsh Middle Distance Champions, but winners will be able to see who they are from the results. The event is open to all, but to be eligible for the titles, you must be a current member of WOA as at midnight on Sunday 23rd February 2020 and comply with at least one of the following criteria: •             Birth – either self or one parent born in Wales •             Residence – at least one year’s current permanent residence in Wales.  

Entry to the championships is by age class and only that age class will be considered when determining championship results. 

Cwpan Y Ddraig: The event includes the inter-club competition for juniors in Welsh clubs. The club that wins Cwpan Y Ddraig goes forward to the final of the National competition for juniors, the Yvette Baker Trophy.

This is also a Welsh League 2020 event
Travel From the A465 take the Ystad Pant / Pant Estate turn off north of Merthyr (also signed for the mountain railway and hospital) Nearest postcode is CF48 2DD (Pant village) Grid Ref: 160/SO064089
Enter Online Entries Pre-entry via Fabian4.co.uk
Senior members £11, Senior non-members £13 Junior/Student members £5,    Junior/Student non-members £6
Seniors (newcomers) on Orange/Yellow/White pay Junior fees
Si Hire: Seniors £1.   Juniors/Students Free  
Late entry fees from 00:00 on Monday 24th Feb, including Entry On the Day (EOD): Seniors +£2.    Juniors/Students +£1
Late entry and EOD subject to map availability.  
Pre-entry closes at midnight on Wednesday 26th Feb.  
Parking A mixture of on-street and off-street parking near Pantysgallog primary school
Assembly in Car Park on Heol y Bryniau, near Pantysgallog Primary School. Enquiries, Entry on the day and  first aid at Assembly. (Location of toilets to be confirmed)  
Safety   The moor is very exposed and in strong wind gets cold quicklyWaterproofs may be compulsory even if not rainingIf the weather is bad (snow or gales) the event made need to be postponed, so please check the SWOC website  
Start times Starts from 12.30 hrs until 14.00 hrs. Courses close at 15:30 hrs.
Starts About 1km walk to the start up a gated road and then track. Some shelter (a club tent) will be available adjacent to the Start.
Finish The finish is close to the start. Clothing can be left nearby Start/Finish. Download will be by the Finish.
Time keeping SportIdent     Hire dibbers from enquiries
Maps All courses 1:7,500 except brown 1:10,000, 5m contours, on waterproof paper. Control descriptions printed on map, plus separate control descriptions will be available in the start lanes.  The map was updated and converted to ISOM 2017 in 2019.
Courses Level C event.
The courses on offer are:
Brown              M18 M20 M21 M35 M40 M45 M50 W18 W20 W21
Blue                  M16 M55 M60 W35 W40
Green               M65 M70 W16 W45 W50
Short Green       M75 M80 M85 W55 W60 W65 W70 W75 W80 W85
Light Green
Orange             M14 W14 M12 W12
Yellow              M10 W10   
Trophy return At Assembly between 11.30 and 3pm on Saturday
Dogs With respect to the graziers, we regret dogs are not permitted on the terrain because of sheep grazing freely.

Officials

Organiser Anne May and Peter Ribbans, SWOC
Planner Nigel Ferrand, SWOC
Controller Peter Ribbans, SWOC


Day 2: Welsh Championships, Long Distance Race

Sunday 1st March 2020, Merthyr Common

Information about the event This event is the Welsh Long Distance championships. The event is open to all, but to be eligible for trophies and mementoes you must be a current member of WOA as at midnight on Sunday 23rd February 2020 and comply with at least one of the following criteria: •             Birth – either self or one parent born in Wales •             Residence – at least one year’s current permanent residence in Wales.   Entry to the championships is by age class and only that age class will be considered when determining championship results.   

This is also a Welsh League 2020 event.  
Travel From the A465 take the Trefil turn-off east of Merthyr (also signed Tredegar A4048).  Follow north through Nantybwch to Trefil Nearest postcode is NP22 4ET, (Tafarn Tý Uchaf public house) Grid Ref: SO118131
Entries Enter Online Pre-entry via Fabian4.co.uk – limited Entry on the Day
Senior members £11,
Senior non-members £13
Junior/Student members £5,   
Junior/Student non-members £6
Seniors (newcomers) on Orange/Yellow/White pay Junior fees
Si Hire: Seniors £1.   Juniors/Students Free  
Late entry fees from 00:00 on Monday 24th Feb, including Entry On the Day (EOD): Seniors +£2.    Juniors/Students +£1
Late entry and EOD subject to map availability.  
Pre-entry closes at midnight on Wednesday 26th Feb.  
Parking Linear parking on the moorland track
Assembly Adjacent to Parking Enquiries, first aid, trophy return, download, toilets are all located at Assembly.  Welsh Junior cake stall will be in the assembly area.
Safety   The moor is very exposed and if the wind blows gets very cold, very quickly.  Waterproofs may be compulsory even if not raining. Whistles compulsory.If the weather is bad(snow or gales) the event made need to be postponed, so please stay up to date with the latest information on the SWOC websiteSafety bearing: head EAST until you hit the road.  
Start times Starts from 10.30 until 12.30. Courses close at 15:00.  
Starts 1.5 km walk to Start.  
Finish The Finish is adjacent to Parking. Download adjacent to Finish
Time keeping SportIdent,      Hire dibbers from Enquiries.
Maps All courses 1:10,000, 5m contours, on waterproof paper. Control descriptions printed on map, plus separate control descriptions will be available in the start lanes.  The map was updated and converted to ISOM 2017 in 2019.
Courses   1  Black                      M21
2  Brown                    M35  M40
3  Short Brown           M18 M20 M45 M50 W21
4  Blue                       M16 M55 M60  W35 W40
5  Short Blue               M65 W18 W20 W45 W50
6  Green                     M70 W16 W55 W60
7  Short Green            M75 M80 M85 M90 W65 W70
8  Very Short Green    W75 W80 W85 W90
9  Light Green             M14 W14
10  Orange                 M12 W12
11  Yellow                  M10 W10
12  White     
Trophy return At Assembly between 10.00 and 12.30pm on Sunday
Dogs The area has sheep freely grazing. Dogs are permitted in the car parking area and Assembly but must be on leads. Our continued use of the area is dependent on our good relations with the graziers.
Prize-giving We aim to commence at approx. 14.00.
Welsh League 2019: winners will be presented with their prizes at prize-giving.
Officials Organisers: Anne May and Peter Ribbans, SWOC Planner: Kevin Bush, SWOC Controller: Chris Kelsey, BOK

15th Feb SWOC League Park Penallta, Ystrad Mynach

15th Feb  SWOC League Park Penallta, Ystrad Mynach

Saturday event with courses for all ages and experience levels

Not sure what course to enter have a look in the FAQ for a guide to the different options

Full details to follow

If you plan to attend please reserve a map in advance to help us guess how many maps to print. If you forget come along anyway we always have extras. Map Reservation form here: https://forms.gle/3FCpJ1C8wPpBUKSWA

19th Feb MapRun – Cardiff Bay & Penarth

Using Free MapRun App 


Venue

 The Oystercatcher, Terra Nova Way, Penarth CF64 1SB https://goo.gl/maps/7ayE4spWxpnkMksq5

Parking is in the pub carpark . Easily accessible from Cogan Station.

Time

 Registration from 6.30 – starts before 7.00pm.

Entry Fee

-£3.00.  U16s (£1.00) are very welcome to take part but must be accompanied by an adult.

Bring – phone, torch, pen and hi viz to wear.

Format

  • You have 60 minutes, and a map with 30 checkpoints to visit.
  • Your goal: to score points by visiting checkpoints. Score as many points as you can, and get back to the start within the time limit.
  • You can choose which checkpoints to visit, in any order, via any route.
  • Checkpoints may be a mixture of road junctions, lamp posts, fire hydrants and other urban features and have between 10 and 50 points awarded. Controls 1 – 10 are worth 10 pts, 11 – 20, 20 pts , 21 – 30 are 30pts, 31 – 36 are 40pts . The control sites will not be otherwise marked on the ground.

Speed is an advantage, but the fastest runner won’t necessarily come out on top. It’ll take smart planning to find the shortest route worth the most points.

How does it work?

Your route is recorded by the free Maprun app, available for Android and iPhone. If you don’t have the App you can use a paper answer sheet as usual.

  • The app automatically records each checkpoint you visit: it will bleep to tell you it has registered.
  • Although you can use the map provided on the app to navigate with it is better to use the paper map and store your phone away.
  • Once you’ve finished, the app will upload your route, so you can compare your results with everyone else.

What you need to do in advance

  • Download and install the App from Google Play or the Apple App Store
  • Enter the small amount of personal information required to identify yourself in the results.
  • You should also check that your phone is correctly set up for maprun. Click here for guidance on phone settings for the maprun app.
  • Start the app, Tap Select Event. You’ll need to scroll down to the MP UK then Wales then South Wales folder.
  • Select the Llanishen Event. Wait for the course and map files to download.
  • You won’t be able to see the map or course until you are given a PIN number just before the start of the event.
  • Make sure you go to the start point and that your phone beeps to confirm that you have started.
  • Do not go to the finish before you want to finish your run or the app will finish you prematurely.

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