CANCELLED All Wales Scouts Orienteering Competition

Sun 21st Jun - Sun 21st Jun 2020

The Event

The next All Wales Scouts Orienteering competition will be held on Sunday the 21st June 2020. The competition is only open to Scouts and Explorer Scouts. Leaders and Helpers can enter, but obviously their entries will not be included in the competition although times will be given for to anyone completing a course.

To avoid the possibility of a cancellation because of the lack of entries this event will be incorporated with the Welsh League event but run as two separate events.

The location of the event will be The Begwns, which is situated between Hay-on-Wye and Painscastle. This is a beautiful area of natural common land, normally covered by bracken and with a good network of paths.  The area rises up to 1350 ft, and gives outstanding views in all directions.

There will be three courses, Yellow, Orange and Light Green, each progressively harder than the first. The Yellow course is for Scouts only. The Orange and Light Green course can be entered by Scouts or Explorer Scouts. In accordance with normal practice Scouts under the age of 12 must run in pairs as a safety requirement (the only exception being if the scout is a member of an orienteering club). Scouts entering the Light Green course must be experienced Orienteer's and must run on their own.

Prizes will be given to the first 3 individuals with the fastest times on each course with one team prize for the overall team winner of each course. The Orange and Light Green course will have two sets of prizes for both Scouts and Explorer's. Winning teams will be calculated on the fastest accumulative times of the first three runners to finish. Teams will need to have at least 3 runners to be eligible for a team prize.

Orienteering

Orienteering in simplistic terms is like a treasure hunt where you are given a map and compass and then have to navigate to the treasure which in this case is an orienteering control kite. There are several controls (between 10 and 14), which you have to navigate to in the correct sequence. Each competitor will be issued with a dibber (an electronic sensor), which records the controls visited, the time taken to each control and the total time taken to do the course. It also validates that a competitor has not only visited the control but has done them in the right sequence.

The Yellow and Orange courses are mainly on and or just off pathways and do not require any previous orienteering knowledge. But you will need to know how to use a compass in order to be able to orientate a map to the ground. Orientating a map is simply lining the map up with magnetic north; this then allows you to navigate correctly in the right direction. The Light Green on the other hand requires greater navigational skills using a compass as the controls are not on line features (paths, fences and walls etc.)

If you would like to see the map of the area where the competition is taking place and also familiarise yourself with the map legend then go to this link for details: Begwns and click on the map to see full version.

Location

The location of the event will be The Begwns (GR SO161441), which is South of Painscastle.

Directions

Travelling from the south head for Clyro on the A438, grid reference SO213436. Look for a turning to your left signposted Painscastle, which will have a telephone box on the right hand side as you turn into the junction. Follow this road to Painscastle for 6.2kms. The road climbs up over the edge of the common and begins to descend, near the bottom look for a signpost for Llandewifach Church, turn left here. Within 10 metres turn left again and continue along very narrow road, crossing a cattle grid near the top, which brings on to the common continue to the brow of the hill and the assembly area will be on your right.

Travelling from the north you head for Painscastle on the B4594, grid reference SO167462.  Follow the road signposted to Clyro for 0.8kms, as the road bends to the left look for a signpost for Llandewifach Church, turn right here. Within 10 metres turn left again and continue along very narrow road, crossing a cattle grid near the top, which brings on to the common continue to the brow of the hill and the assembly area will be on your right.

Please be careful on the road from the Llandewifach Church junction as this is a single track road with just a few passing places, so be aware of oncoming traffic. Generally speaking this is a very quiet road but does get used more frequently on the weekends by people going for walk on the common.

The assembly area and parking (grid reference SO161441) will be situated just off the right hand side of the road on a grassy but firm area; you will be directed to a parking place.

Entry and Cost

Entry is by submission of spreadsheet available from Form: under the link Downloadable Documents. This needs to be completed for each Scout Group and returned with payment no later than the Monday 15th June 2020 to the following address, Terry Smith, Formosa, Franksbridge, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5SA. Please make cheques payable to Mr. T.B. Smith. The cost per competitor is £7.00, which includes a waterproof coloured map and the hire of a dibber.

No late entries will be accepted as maps have to be printed for each competitor and dibber numbers allocated against each name, which are then entered onto the database. This process is very time consuming and must be done before the competition.

Facilities

As the area is some way from any public conveniences, portaloos will be provided.  Refreshments etc., may be available this will be confirmed at a later date.

Start

The start time will be from 10.30am until 1.00pm, the course will close at 2.30pm. Anyone who hasn’t finished by then must return directly to the finish. These times may need to be adjusted once we know how many competitors have entered the competition. Because there is a minute delay between competitors starting, time slots will be allocated to each group to avoid congestion and unnecessary hanging around at the start. Once we have the spreadsheets back and worked out the number of competitors who have entered, we can then let you have your estimated time slot for your group. To endeavour in helping you with your travel arrangements could you let us know a preferred time (e.g. 11.00-11.15am) slot and if we can, we will fit you in to the nearest slot available.

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the competition; the actual time will be determined by the last runner finishing.

Equipment

The only equipment you will need is a compass. Clothing, as it is a running sport suitable running shoes should be worn ideally with a sole profile suitable for off road running but this not essential. Leg covering (tracksters etc.) must be worn to avoid minor scratches from vegetation and the possibility of picking up ticks in the undergrowth.  

Risk Assessment

A full risk assessment has been carried out and will be updated nearer the time to reflect any relevant changes.

Further Information

If you require any further information please contact Terry Smith at terrybeval@aol.com. There will also be a link available on the Mid Wales Orienteering website  giving further details and any updates.

In addition to the entry form, attached is a set of explanatory notes as to the use of SI cards (dibbers). Dibbers are an electronic device which not only records the controls which are visited but also the time it has taken to each control and also provides the final finishing time for each competitor.

SI cards (dibbers)

Although this is a competition there is no reason why you cannot just come along and enjoy the fun of orienteering, so rather than run it just walk around and gain the experience of map reading at a more leisurely pace.

Download the flyer & share the details within your Scout Groups

THE MAIN EMPHASIS IS TO HAVE FUN