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Park Series Race 1: Roath Park – 16/6/21

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LocationRoath Park, Cardiff, CF23 5NN
Grid Reference ST185792
What3Words: shock.listed.stress
Nearest Post Code CF23 5NN. If you enter the park at the gates near the southern end of the lake we will be down the slope on the grass south of the children’s playground. Look for the sail banner.
Parking
There is plenty of parking around the park. 
Covid regulationsPlease make sure that you have read the following covid regulations before you run. COVID Safe Orienteering
EntriesEntries online only via Fabian4. There will be no entries on the day, entries close midnight before the event. We are limited to 50 competitors. 
StartsStarts will be open between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm. You will need to obtain a start time when you enter.  Starts will be at one minute intervals.

If you are new to the sport and want some initial coaching please arrive early and someone will be there to show you the basics.
CoursesJuniors, under 16, can run the Novice/Junior course but not the Middle or Long due to road crossings. 

Novice / junior course
The novice /junior course is 1.3 km with 12 controls and all within the confines of the Roath Park. We would suggest that all novices try this course first before running one of the longer courses.
Medium
The second course is 3 8 km long (optimal route) and has 19 controls to visit. This course involves a mandatory, manned, pelican road crossing into Roath Pleasure Gardens. The time taken to cross at this crossing will not be included in the race time, so no rush! This will be explained to all running this course on the day.
Long
The longest course is about 7.9 km, (optimal route), with 100 m of climb and has 15 controls and will also visit neighbouring roads.
What to wearNormal running gear is fine. If you intend to walk then stout shoes/trainers will do. You will mostly be running/walking on tarmac and grass but it could be muddy, so come prepared. 
If you have a compass you can bring it but you do not normally need one for this kind of racing. 
Bring a waterproof if it looks like being wet and a drink if its hot.
MapThe map is a special sprint orienteering map prepared at a scale of 1:5,000 for the Novice and Middle courses and 1:7,500 for the Long course.   One centimetre on the map is the equivalent of 50 meters on the ground on a 1:5,000 map and 75 metres on an 1:7,500 map. Courses will be on waterproof paper. 
Children under 10Children under 10 are welcome to take part on the novice course.  However, a responsible person should accompany them.
Cost of runningThe cost to run will be:
SWOC/BO members: Juniors  £ 2.00. (M/W 20 or younger or full time students) Senior £4. Non-members supplement Junior +£1, Senior +£2
Families £10.
If you are accompanying a junior on their course you do not need to enter yourself, just the junior.  Remember you need to enter online as there are no entries on the day. This makes it easier for us to comply with Covid regulations.

If you would like to join SWOC, the local orienteering club, follow the link below stating SWOC as the club you wish to join.
https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/join_online
Membership of SWOC entitles you to the lower (Members’) entry fee for every event on the British Orienteering calendar, regardless of which club organises the event.
ResultsResults and league positions will be posted on the SWOC website.   https://www.swoc.org.uk/
For anyone who has not tried the sport before7 STEPS TO COMPLETING YOUR FIRST COURSE:

1 –  Register at Enquires (the table at the tent) where you will be given a small E-card which you put on your finger and use to confirm you have visited all the controls. 
2 – Ask any questions you may have. One of the helpers will talk you through the novice course and explain what the key symbols on the map mean.
3 -Go to the Start  where you will be given your map and told when you can start. 
4 – Punch the Start control.  If you do not you will not have a time for the race. 
5 – Look at your map and plan how you will get to the first control.  Run/walk as fast as you can to the first control.  Do not run faster than you can navigate. Keep your map orientated (facing where you are going).  Keep track of where you are as you run. Punch the first control with your e-card (listen for the beep).
5 – Complete the rest of the course, remembering to punch at each control and at the Finish. 
6 – Go back to Enquiries to download, get your results and return your e-card. 
7 – Make a note of when the next race is.

Park Series 2021

This is an exciting urban race series with a twist around the streets, paths, alleys and parks. There are no set routes, we provide a detailed map showing a series of checkpoints around the park, you choose your route to get from start to finish as fast as you can. Run or walk it doesn’t matter just get outside and have fun.

DateVenueRegistration location What3wordsFinal Details
16/6/21Roath ParkNear Playground
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Here! (updated 1/6/21)
30/6/21Forest FarmForest Farm Carpark
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14/7/21Hailey ParkRadyr Court Road Carpark
///stars.gets.youth
28/7/21Heath ParkModel Railway Carpark
///humble.worked.blues
11/8/21Ynysangharad Park
25/8/21Bute Park

Information for all rounds

All events are entry in advance only, entries close when full or on the morning of the event.

Starts between 6-7pm. You will be allocated a 1 minute slot when you enter.

COURSES
Note: course lengths are straight line distances between all the checkpoints; you could run up to 50% more than the stated distances.

Easy 2km – Traffic free, great for novice juniors
Medium 3km – Traffic free, for improving juniors or adults wanting a shorter option
Long 6km – Over 16’s only

ENTRY IN ADVANCE ONLY!

Junior members £ 2
Senior members £4
Junior non members £3
Senior non members £6
Families £10 (plus non member supplements £1/£2)
Family groups going round together should enter 1 Senior member only. Extra maps are available @ £1 for other members of the family.

Enter via Fabian4

Enter Online

TERRAIN

Expect to be exploring the parks and woods, it may be muddy! The long course will venture outside the park on nearby streets.

MAP
Pre-printed on A4 waterproof paper, scale 1:5000.

Event will be organised in accordance with the British Orienteering covid safe guidelines. Please arrive ready to take part and leave soon after you finish. There are no toilet facilities or refreshments provided.

Welsh Championships Weekend – Day 1 Welsh Middle Distance Championships Saturday 11th Sept 2021, 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 If you wish to be eligible for the Welsh titles, please pre-enter by midnight on Sunday 5th September.  No EOD 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. 
Travel From the A465 take the Ystad Pant / Pant Estate turn off north of Merthyr (also signed for the Brecon Mountain Railway and Hospital.
Nearest postcode is CF48 2DD (Pant village) Grid Ref: 160/SO064092
Parking There is a small car park (30 cars) outside Pantysgallog Primary School, Pant Rd, Pant, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2AD. Grid Ref: 160/SO064089. The route to the Start will be taped from this car park. (25-30 min walk)  
Once this carpark is full, there is adequate on-street parking in Pant. Please park considerately. We do not have permission to use the Brecon Mountain Railway carpark as an event car park as the railway is open for business over the weekend, though you might be interested in exploring it after your run (or possibly beforehand for those with late starts).  
The way to Registration/Start/Finish is up the lane that goes north-east from the junction of Pant Road with Tai Yr Efail.
Please ensure you close all gates on the walk up to and from the Start area.
Entries Enter Online

Pre-entry via Fabian4.co.uk by midnight on Sunday 5th Sept:.
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    
Assembly/ Start/ Finish/ First Aid These will all be located at the same place, about 1km walk to the start up a gated road and then a track. Some shelter (a club tent) will be available at Assmbly. Start and Finish are adjacent to Assembly. Please take a waterproof up with you to Assembly. Clothing can be left in the tent at Assembly.  
Safety   The moor is very exposed and in strong wind gets cold quickly
Waterproofs may be compulsory even if not raining
Whistles are compulsory
If the weather is bad (snow or gales) the event made need to be postponed, so please check the SWOC website
A Risk Assessment has been carried out and approved by the Controller.  
Start times Starts from 12.30 hrs until 14.00 hrs. Courses close at 15:30 hrs.
The Start will be a punching Start.
Start times will not be allocated.
Start when you ready.  
Finish The Finish is close to the start.
Download will be by the Finish.  
Time keeping SportIdent     Hire dibbers from enquiries
We regret we are unable to offer touch-free at this event.  The control units will not be SIAC-enabled so all competitors must “dib” at every control as well as Start and Finish.  
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 4.8km 17 controls 145m climb
Blue 4.1 km 13 controls 125m climb
Green 3.4km 12 controls 85m climb
Short Green 2.5km 11 controls 60m climb
Light Green 2.1km 10 controls 60m climb
Orange 2.1km  8 controls 45m climb
Yellow 1.9 km 8 controls 25m climb
 
Course Age Group Mapping
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 M14 W14
Orange 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 and possibly other livestock grazing freely.  
Facilities A portable toilet will be in the car park of the Pan Cad Ifor Inn, just 50 m north-west of the beginning of the lane up to the Assembly. The Inn has very kindly given us permission to place a toilet there and is not charging us. They are very welcoming and would be delighted to receive your custom! Drinks, snacks, sandwiches and hot dishes are available.  
OFFICIALS   Organisers: Anne May, Peter Ribbans and Adrian Moir, SWOC
Planner: Nigel Ferrand, SWOC
Controller: Peter Ribbans, SWOC

Day 2: Welsh Championships, Long Distance Race

Sunday 12th Sept 2021, Merthyr Common

General Information This event is the Welsh Long Distance championships. The event is open to all, but If you wish to be eligible for the Welsh titles, please pre-enter by midnight on Sunday 5th September,  No EOD 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.  
If you wish to be eligible for the Welsh titles, please pre-enter by midnight on Wed, 26th Feb. EOD entrants will not be considered for the Welsh titles.     
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. Continue north on Trefil Road to quarry entrance gate.
After you pass the gate, the road to Assembly has many potholes in it so drive slowly and carefully to avoid damage to wheels. Also be aware of possible livestock on or near the road.
Continue up the road and park where directed (linear parking).
Nearest postcode is NP22 4HG Grid Ref: SO119131  
Terrain Merthyr Common provides technical orienteering and is located in the Blaenau Gwent region, to the north east of Merthyr Tydfil and north of Tredegar. It consists of open limestone uplands lying between 420 m and 620 m above sea level. There are numerous pits, depressions and sink holes as well as limestone pavements and other rock features. Runnability is generally good.
With a profusion of pits and depressions on the area, many small ones of diameters of 3-4 meters are not mapped. 
There are the remnants of some industrial activity on the area including the remains of an elevated aerial pulley system that crossed the area.  The cut off bases of the supporting pylons remain in places and are marked on the map with a black cross.
Many of the rocky pits on the area are steep and very deep in places.  Approach these with caution. Do not leap in.  These are marked with black V on the map or with crag symbol.
Many of the paths on the area are vague in parts and where used on the less technical courses taped canes may be used to assist in the vaguest parts.  Some Smilies and Sad faces may be used to designate correct or wrong route from a control on non-technical courses.   In particular a taped route is used early on the Yellow and Orange courses to steer competitors though a rocky area.  Use care traversing this route.  Near the end off to one side there is a precipitous drop which is taped off with black and yellow hazard tape – Do not cross or go near the tape. 
There are also some animal trackways on the ground that are not mapped. This area has previously been used for several major events, e.g. Croeso 2008, Harvester 2009 and JK2014
Crags near to the Start will be marked with YELLOW & BLACK TAPE. Do not cross the tape!
Entries Enter Online

Pre-entry via Fabian4.co.uk
by midnight on Sunday, 5th Sept

Senior members £11, Senior non-members £13
Junior/Student members £5,    Junior/Student non-members £6 Seniors (newcomers) on Orange/Yellow pay Junior fees
Si Hire: Seniors £1.   Juniors/Students Free    
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 Squad 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 are compulsory.
If the weather is bad (e.g. snow, gales, dense fog) the event made need to be postponed, so please stay up to date with the latest information on the SWOC website
Safety bearing: head EAST until you hit the road.
A Risk Assessment has been carried out and approved by the Controller.  
Start 1.9 km walk to Start along a road and up a track. Allow 30 min.
There will be a clothing dump at the Start and the bags will be transported by car down to the Finish at regular intervals.
Please put any clothing you wish to be taken to the Finish in a plastic bag that you can easily identify!  
Start times Starts from 10.30 until 12.30. Courses close at 15:00.
Start times will be pre-allocated and will be available by Friday morning, 10th Sept on http://www.fabian4.co.uk/start/list.aspx?EventID=2563
The Start will be a punching start.  
Finish The Finish is adjacent to Parking. Download adjacent to Finish.  
Time keeping SportIdent     Hire dibbers from Enquiries We regret we are unable to offer touch-free at this event.  The control units will not be SIAC-enabled so all competitors must “dib” at every control as well as Start and Finish.  
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   Course Controls Length Climb Yellow 11 2.0 km 30 m
Orange 12 2.5 km 45 m
Light Green 11 3.4 km 80 m
V Short Green 11 2.7 km 40 m
Short Green 12 3.2 km 55 m
Green 13 4.6 km 75 m Short Blue 13 5.5 km 90 m
Blue 14 6.4 km 110 m
Short Brown 17 8.0 km 135 m
Brown 21 9.7 km 145 m
Black 22 11.4 km 215 m

Course Age Group Mapping
Black M21
Brown M35 M40
Short Brown M18 M20 M45 M50 W21
Blue M16 M55 M60 W35 W40
Short Blue M65 W18 W20 W45 W50
Green M70 W16 W55 W60
Short Green M75 M80 M85 M90 W65 W70
Very Short Green W75 W80 W85 W90
Light Green M14 W14
Orange M12 W12
Yellow M10 W10
Control descriptions Black X is used to denote remains of pylon on map. 
The new ‘map issue point symbol’ is being used on the map.  This marks map issue point on the map (ie Start line) with route to start triangle.  On descriptions this route is marked (110m) and the distance is also incorporated into the course length on the map.  
Trophy return At Assembly between 10.00 and 12.30pm on Sunday  
Dogs There is a herd of Black bullocks on the area.  These tend to be in the road area near the Aneurin Bevin monument in the early morning.   They then tend to gravitate more onto the Llangynidr area to the NE. There are also wild ponies /horses on the area. These stay on Merthyr Common and competitors may encounter near end of courses..  Sheep also freely graze the area.   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.  
Photography Steve Rush is the official photographer for the event. He will post photos on the SWOC Facebook Page via a link from his account on FLICKR. If you wish to request the deletion of any photo please contact him via https://www.flickr.com/photos/144212955@N04/albums  
Officials Organisers: Anne May, Peter Ribbans and Adrian Moir, SWOC Planner: Kevin Bush, SWOC Controller: Chris Kelsey, BOK Jury: David May, SLOW, Peter Ribbans, SWOC, Mark Saunders, BOK.