Sunday 19th March 2017

East Anglian Championships and EA League Event

Level C Colour Coded Event

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SMOC are hosting the EAOA Championships and the third round of the East Anglian Orienteering League on Sunday 19 March 2017.

This level C event will be held at Rushmere Country Park, about 2.5km North of Leighton Buzzard, and easily accessible from the A5 via Heath and Reach. Rushmere and the adjoining Stockgrove Country Parks provide undulating woodland, with longer courses likely to include some areas of more open heathland. A full range of colour coded courses (white to brown) will be provided, with EAOA members able to compete by age band.

Event Centre

The Event Centre is located in the Heron View visitor centre. Please follow O-signs to ensure you enter via the correct door. Toilets, Registration, Dibber Hire, First Aid and Download will be located in the Event Centre. Please remove muddy shoes and spikes before coming indoors.

Help will be available at the Enquiries desk, and at the start, for those new to orienteering.

The Treetops Café at the Heron View visitor centre should be open from 0900 to 1700, serving burgers, baguettes, salads and snacks, as well as fair trade coffee.


Rushmere, and its neighbouring country park, Stockgrove, are undulating areas of woodland, with some quite steep slopes - please take care on these. There are some areas of more open heathland that may be used on longer courses.

Many thanks to the Greensand Trust for use of their facilities.

Some OOB is because it is the mountain biking area. A number of the paths are used by mountain bikes. Avoid the bike path up from the bottom of the valley. Green crosses are brash debris piles. They are described by black crosses in the control descriptions. The more obvious works of art are mapped by a black circle.

Entries and Registration

Online entries via Fabian4. Entries will remain open, subject to map availability, until midnight Friday 17th March. Entry on the day will also be subject to map availability.

  Online up to 17th March and EOD
Seniors 21 and over £9
Juniors up to 21 and students £4
Senior non-BOF supplement £1
SI card hire £1
Lost SI cards will incur a £30 replacement chargeStandard Rushmere car parking fees apply - please pay on exit - you will need £2 in coins

Location and Parking

This event will take place in Rushmere Country Park. The entrance is about 1km southwest of the village of Heath and Reach and 2.5km north of Leighton Buzzard on Linslade Road. There are brown tourist signs from the centre of Heath and Reach. Nearest postcode LU7 OEB (but note entrance is off the road leading to Heath and Reach). Brown tourist signs will get you to the right place. Event grid ref: SP917278. What3words: youthful.overjoyed.wiggling

From the M25 or M1 Northbound, it is easiest to leave the M1 at junction 9 and follow the A5 through Dunstable and Hockliffe to the Flying Fox roundabout (about 14 miles). From other directions, take A5 to the Flying Fox roundabout which is the first one to the southeast of Little Brickhill. Follow the road south to Heath and Reach; when the main road turns sharply left, go forward onto a minor road (Linslade Road) signposted to Old Linslade and Rushmere Country Park. The entrance is about 0.6 miles on the right. From Leighton Buzzard follow the old road to Woburn as far as Heath and Reach; at the bottom of the hill where the road turns right, turn left onto Linslade Road as above.

Parking is £2 for all vehicles - please pay on exit using coins to be let through the barrier. Please follow the instructions of marshals to the area which will be reserved for orienteers' cars. All parking areas are on hard standing.

Public transport

It is possible to get to Heath and Reach on Sundays by public transport. The Arriva service 150 operates hourly between Milton Keynes Central rail station and Aylesbury; the 1020 departure is scheduled to reach Heath and Reach (Sheepcote Crescent) at 1052, which is the only bus from Milton Keynes arriving in time to walk to the event. Buses depart for MKC from 0942 to 1752 from Heath and Reach; those leaving Aylesbury at 0900 and 1000 should allow runners to take part.


Please keep dogs on leads at all times. The area is extensively used by dog walkers. Well-behaved dogs are allowed on courses up to light green.

East Anglian Championships

Please can all 2016 champions ensure that their trophies are engraved and either brought along on 19th March or given to someone who will be going. It is particularly disappointing for the junior winners if there is no trophy for them on the day. If you are aware of any champions who have left the your club it would be very helpful if you could let the EAOA Secretary know. The prize giving will be held as early as possible on the day (weather permitting!)


Waterproof paper. 1:10,000, 5m contours. A4/A3 for all courses. Standard IOF (ISOM). Resurveyed 2016-7 based on an original map by Robert Dove and other SMOC members from 2013.

Punch type

SportIdent punching will be used. SI card hire: £1. Lost SI cards will incur a £30 replacement charge.


Registration will be open in the Heron View Visitors centre from 10am-12pm. Starts will be between 10.30am and 12.30pm. There is one start for all courses which will be close to the Event Centre. Pre-entered competitors with their own dibber may go straight to the start. Control descriptions will be available in the start lanes. IOF pictorial control descriptions will be used for all courses except White and Yellow which will use text descriptions.


All courses finish near to the start. Courses close at 2.30pm. You MUST report to download even if you retire.


Beginners welcome. Help will be available for those new to orienteering. Orienteers can run any course - age guidance is for EA Champs and League only

Course DistanceClimbNo. of controlsAge groups (EAL/champs)Difficulty
White 1.6 25m 11   very easy, suitable for young beginners
Yellow 2.4 60m 10 M10, W10 easy, suitable for confident youngsters
Orange 3.1 75m 11 M12, W12 suitable for adult novices and improving youngsters
Light Green3.2 90m 11 M14, W14 suitable for confident novices
Very Short Green2.985m 11  suitable for experienced orienteers not wanting distance
Short Green3.7 135m 12 M75, M80, W65, W70, W75, W80suitable for experienced orienteers not wanting distance
Green 4.7 140m 18 M65, M70, W16, W18, W20, W45, W50, W55, W60suitable for experienced orienteers
Blue 6.9 175m 20 M16, M18, M20, M45, M50, M55, M60, W21, W35, W40suitable for experienced orienteers
Brown 9.1 225m 27 M21, M35, M40 suitable for experienced orienteers


Organiser:  Ian Byrne

Entries Secretary: Helen Nisbet

Planner: Richard Pownall

Controller: Mike Bennett (HH)


As always our events can't take place without our volunteers. SMOC helpers will get half price entry so email Ian now and get your half price helper code!

Joining SMOC

If you are new to orienteering and wish to join SMOC you can join online via the BOF website here.