Copse Wood - Four Colour Local Event

Sunday 6th February

Entries close Sunday 30th January

Copse Wood (near Marlborough/Hungerford)
Four Colour Local Event - Access is by kind permission of the Hillbarn Estate

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BLUE 6.6km 90m climb
   Entered: 5
Suitable for experienced orienteers only

GREEN 3.5km 65m climb
   Entered: 10
Suitable for experienced orienteers only

ORANGE 2.9km 60m climb
   Entered: 1
Suitable for all orienteers

YELLOW 2.2km 40m climb
Suitable for beginners

Entry Fees
    Entry Fee: £4.00
    Entry Fee Chip hire: £1.50
    Senior: £8.00
    Senior Novice: £4.00
    Senior Chip hire: £1.50
    Junior: £2.00
    Junior Chip hire: £1.50

Juniors are under 21 on 31st December.

Students are competitors over the age of 21 still in full-time education (50% Discount - please enter STUDENT as discount code)

Helpers are entitled to 50% discount on entry fee (please contact Organiser for discount code)

Novice Courses for Seniors are Yellow & Orange.

If you wish to enter as a family group please select FAMILY from the pull down list at the top of the form when you enter and choose the Yellow or Orange Course. You will be charged a single fee of £4.00 no matter how large your group is and will receive 1 map. Don't forget to hire a dibber if you do not own one. For insurance purposes please could you provide the names of the people in your group when collecting your EMIT card. PLEASE ONLY ENTER ONE OF THE NOVICE COURSES AS A FAMILY GROUP.

Discounts do not apply to EMIT hire (lost card charges £50)
Event Information

Travel Directions
Copse Wood is located between Hungerford and Marlborough. It will be signed from the A338 between East Grafton and Shalbourne. Parking is at Grid Reference SU 282 618. The nearest postcode is SN8 3SW. (What3Words link: conforms.helpless.animals).

There will be a £1 charge per entry for parking. This will be matched by NWO and the landowner. All proceeds will go to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Parking will be on hard standing but is limited. Please park sensibly and do not obstruct access. Large vehicles eg camper vans to be avoided.
Please car share where possible and follow the guidance from the Marshals.

  • Start and Finish will be approx. 200m from the parking / assembly area.
  • Start Times
    Start times: 11:00 - 12:00
    Courses close: 14:00

  • Starts will be in 15 minute blocks to control the number of competitors congregating at any one time, but we will be flexible.
  • It will be a punching start.
  • Facilities

  • No toilet facilities are provided
  • First Aid kit available
  • Entry
    On-line entry only - open until 23.59 on 30th Jan. 2022.

  • You can only amend your entry to change Start Time or Course before the closing date.
  • If you have entered as a Senior Novice (Y/O) please do not change to one of the more difficult courses as the fees are higher.
  • Timing System
    EMIT card

  • Competitors with their own EMIT cards can proceed directly to the start
  • Hire cards can be picked up from the table next to download
  • Map
    Scale 1:10,000, 5m contours. Minor updates made Dec. 2021.
    Overprinted with course on waterproof paper with control descriptions on the front. Yellow and Orange courses will have written descriptions; Blue and Green have pictorial descriptions. Loose control descriptions for all courses will be available at the start.

    Mature broad leaved woodland with open areas and some conifer plantations. Some areas have dense bramble cover. Courses have been planned to avoid the worst of this. However, gaiters are recommended.

    Results, Splits and Routegadget will be available on the North Wiltshire Orienteers website as soon as practicable after the event

    Please make yourself aware of and abide by the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct.

    Clothing and equipment

  • Full leg cover MUST be worn.
  • Whistles MUST be carried and will be checked at the start.
  • In adverse weather we may ask you to wear a cagoule or similar waterproof top
  • Bio-security
    Please come to the event with clean and dry shoes and clothing. Before leaving the event check your clothing and equipment and remove any mud, soil or leaf litter. Once home thoroughly clean your footwear and clothing and leave it to dry for as long as possible. Please take any litter home with you.

    Dogs are not permitted at this event.


  • Please be aware of the risk of ticks and Lyme disease.
  • Timber stacks may be present and should not be climbed on.
  • Dog walkers and horse riders also use the area, so please be respectful and cautious around their animals
  • Safety

  • All competitors MUST report to Download even if retiring from the event.
  • Lone competitors are recommended to leave car keys at Information/Download.
  • Participants to bring their own water and ensure adequate hydration pre and post event. Hand sanitisers will be available; however, we encourage participants to bring their own.
  • Orienteering is a physically challenging sport, and competitors take part at their own risk.
  • The nearest A&E Hospital is at Swindon Great Western Hospital SN3 6BB.
  • A minor injuries unit is available at West Berkshire Community Hospital, Thatcham RG18 3AS by appointment only (01635 273508).
  • Insurance
    The British Orienteering insurance policy provides public liability cover. Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events and have not joined an orienteering club that is a member of British Orienteering, then you are not covered by this insurance.

    Medical Conditions
    If you have a high risk medical condition you want the organisers to be aware of please download and complete this form and place it in a sealed envelope with your name on it. This can be left at registration. Envelopes will only be opened if required for a medical emergency. Unopened envelopes should be collected after the event. Any unclaimed envelopes will be destroyed after the event.

    Prior to the event, if you display symptoms (or test positive) for COVID-19, or are required to self-isolate then you must not attend. Refunds will only be given to those unable to attend for this reason.

    Event Officials
    Organiser: Antonia Holt (NWO) (07740 101590)
    Planner: Neil Fraser (NWO)
    Controller: Ken Stimson (NWO)

    Personal information
    The personal data you give when you enter will be used by the event organisers and their agents, but only for the purpose of processing/publishing entries/results, conducting safety checks and as required by our insurers to validate our cover and managed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

    Cancellation Policy
    NWO will make every effort to ensure the event goes ahead as planned. However, should the event be cancelled, NWO reserves the right to retain part of the advance entry fees to meet costs already incurred or committed.

    Event webpage
    Start List
    BLUE Club Start window Hiring Age Category Discount
    Rupert Aspey 11.00 - 11.14 Yes M60
    Dan Brice NWO 11.00 - 11.14 Yes M45
    Stuart Fisher NWO 11.00 - 11.14 No M45
    Paul Lane BAOC 11.00 - 11.14 No M65
    Sam New NWO 11.45 - 12.00 Yes M21 HELPER
    GREEN Club Start window Hiring Age Category Discount
    Chris Barrington Brown BAOC 11.00 - 11.14 No M60
    Greg Birdseye TVOC 11.00 - 11.14 No M75
    Nigel Britton JOK 11.00 - 11.14 No M70
    Katharine Dyer BOK 11.15 - 11.29 Yes W70
    Mark Dyer BOK 11.15 - 11.29 Yes M70
    Stephen Jackson NWO 11.00 - 11.14 No M65 HELPER
    Andrew Law NWO 11.45 - 12.00 Yes M65 HELPER
    Carol Prosser BAOC 11.45 - 12.00 No W60 HELPER
    Ian Prosser BAOC 11.45 - 12.00 No M65 HELPER
    Ian Tait SARUM 11.00 - 11.14 No M70
    ORANGE Club Start window Hiring Age Category Discount
    Emma Lucas TVOC 11.00 - 11.14 Yes W35