Welcome to the November Classic & Southern Championships. There is a lot of information in the Final Details and much of it you will be familiar with from other orienteering events. Here is a summary of the key points we'd like you to be aware of:
The event centre and parking are at Ocknell Campsite, Janesmoor Plain Road, near Stoney Cross in the New Forest. Nearest Postcode SO43 7HH
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Ocknell Campsite is on the north side of the A31 Southampton to Ringwood road, about halfway between the two towns. NB You cannot turn right on to Janesmoor Plain Road from the A31 travelling westbound,
From the M27 westbound
Please do not arrive at the Ocknell Campsite entrance before 08.00
The Ocknell Campsite entrance will be signed with Orienteering signs. Please proceed down the campsite driveway around the one way section and follow the main thoroughfare as it curves round to the right where marshals will direct you towards the parking areas on hard-standing.
Cars will be parked in bays on the left. campervans, motorhomes and other larger vehicles will be parked along the right hand side of the main thoroughfare.
There is ample parking provision. Please park only on hard standing areas and do not drive over the grass.
Take care as there will be a large number of competitors walking to and from the Event Centre.
The assembly area and route to the start will be at the northern end of the parking area furthest from the vehicle entrance.
Enquiries: 0830 - 1430
Hired EMIT card collection: 0830 - 1215
November Classic start times: 0930 - 1230
Courses close: 1430
Southern Championships Prizegiving: Approx 1400
All competitors to be clear of Ocknell Campsite (Event Centre) by 1600.
There is one start for all courses with call-up at -4 minutes.
The Event Centre is within the Ocknell Campsite parking area. The supervised Clothing Dump is 1.25 km NW from the Event Centre along a marked route, and the Start is a further 500m beyond the Clothing Dump,.
Allow at least 20 minutes to walk from the Event Centre to the Start.
Facilities at the Event Centre include
Start and Finish Location
The Start call-up is 1.75km from the event centre at Ocknell Campsite via the supervised clothing dump, and at least 20 mins walking.
The route to the start crosses a minor road. Competitors should use the flagged crossing point.
Please take care crossing the minor road en-route to and from the Start/Finish. Anyone bringing children to the event is expected to take responsibility for them at the road crossing.
The run-in and Finish are some 500m from the Clothing Dump, and 1.75km from the Event Centre. Please follow the marked route back to Download at the Event Centre via the Clothing Dump.
Clothing and equipment
Full leg and torso cover and footwear suitable for the terrain must be worn. Trail shoes or sturdy walking boots are recommended. You are strongly recommended to carry a Whistle for use in case of emergency. Whistles will be available at eTag Issue along with a charity box for The Army Benevolent Fund. Suggested donation £1.
Some parts of the area are moderately exposed and it is possible that competitors will be required to wear a cagoule or similar waterproof top, however these would certainly be recommended in the case of extreme weather conditions on the day. Please make sure you have a waterproof top with you just in case.
The Start Procedure
Start Call-up will be 4 minutes before your start time
The Start is a flat 1.75km from the Event Centre via the clothing dump, so please leave in good time for your call-up.
You may warm up outside the forest gate leading to the start call-up area.
Start times are allocated and you should make every effort to be on time. If you are late, report to a start official. You may have to wait for a start slot on your course.
As you enter the start area your card will be read by an official with a hand-held reader and you will be asked to punch an “Activate control” to register that you are about to start. Please make sure the light on the control flashes. If not, please seek help from a start official.
Competitors on courses 17 and 18 (Yellow and White) will be issued their maps after passing through call-up. An adult may accompany them through the boxes to the start line.
Loose, waterproof control descriptions will be available at -3 mins.
Blank maps will be available at -2 mins.
As you leave the start you must punch one of the START controls. Proceed to the labelled map boxes to pick up your map. Odd courses will be on the left, even on the right. Make sure you pick up the correct map for your course number.
Map to ISOM 2017-2 standard. Area completely re-surveyed by Mark Light 2023 with assistance from Steve Sutch and Terry Smith. All maps are printed on waterproof paper by BML.
The area is used by the general public for leisure, horse-riding, dog walking and cycling - please be respectful of other forest users and their animals.
The area is a mix of open heathland and mostly mature woodland. The majority of the woodland comprises deciduous trees, predominately oak and beech. Some areas include an understory of scattered holly that should not significantly impede navigation or progress. There are many areas of bracken of variable extent. The bracken is now mostly dying back but may hinder progress in some areas. There are some areas of conifer plantation, mostly near the finish, south of the Fritham settlement.
Competitors should be aware that they may encounter fellow orienteers approaching them in the opposite direction. While counter-flow has been avoided on all legs, competitor route choices between pairs of closely located controls may require competitors to look out for and avoid approaching runners.
Riders & dog-walkers The area is popular with cyclists, walkers, dog walkers and horse riders so please be respectful of the general public and their animals, Some courses either cross or follow cycle routes, take care as cyclists may be travelling at speed.
Water Courses There are two stream crossings that may become deep after significant rainfall - these will be roped, should significant rainfall occur.
M21E competitors on Course 1 are advised that the northern-most stream that they need to cross twice is, in places, deeply (2 – 3m) incised with near-vertical banks. The course is designed to provide safe crossing points on the direct routes. Most of this stream is marked OOB. For those taking an indirect route, there is a crossing point over this stream where a bridge has been swept away. There is a significant rootstock a few meters west of the bridge site that could be used to cross the stream and avoid the steep stream banks at this point.
Road Crossings All competitors must cross a minor road en-route to the Start and return from the Finish. Some courses will also cross a minor road that carries occasional light vehicle traffic between Fritham and the Eyeworth Pond car park and adjacent houses. It is a no through road. Competitors are asked to take care when crossing these roads.
Ticks & livestock Please be aware of the risk of ticks and Lyme disease.
The area is frequented by ponies, deer and livestock and the usual precautions to avoid infection apply. Please avoid disturbing or frightening the livestock as best you can. Be aware of the risk of kicks and bites.
You must not feed or pet the ponies and donkeys - this is both dangerous for you and dangerous for them. Unfortunately, some ponies that have been fed previously can be persistent and unpredictable.
Out of Bounds Areas
There are a number of Out Of Bounds (OOB) areas marked on the map, but not on the ground, including many ditches, streams and marshes. These are environmentally sensitive areas that must be avoided, as stipulated by the conditions of our permit from Forestry England. Courses have been designed so that optimum routes avoid the OOB areas. Please respect these OOB areas, and do not stray into nor cross them so that we protect these sensitive areas of environmental importance and may be allowed to return for future competitions in the New Forest.
Other - Please do not pick up litter or unidentified objects in the competition area.
EMIT eCard (Brikke) The charge for a lost hire card is £50.
Backup cards will be available from the Ecard issue point and start.
NB It is the competitor's responsibility to check that their emit card has been correctly activated at the start and a correct punch obtained at each control including a backup pin prick on the yellow backup card. There will only be reinstatement for a missing electronic record of visiting a control if there is visible evidence of punching on the backup card."
On the Course
Give way at controls, be patient.
Download is at the Event Centre, some 1.75km from the Finish. If you have a concern about your result, please raise it immediately with the download team. Please return hired cards to the download team after you have downloaded.
If you retire from the event you MUST report to Download so that we know you are back safely.
Results will not be displayed at the Event Centre. Live results will be posted online at race-results.info
Southern Championships Prize Giving
We hope that as many of you as possible will stay to congratulate your fellow orienteers who have finished in the top 3 of their (E/A/L) class.
We are using the green Brooklyn show trailer near to the traders for the presentation, with space on the top step for class winners to stand and have photos taken. Second and third place runners will stand either side to receive their mementos. Prizes will be presented by SCOA Chair Jon Wheatcroft.
There are trophies for each premium class winner. Some trophies have storage boxes and will have a label on them to remind you. Where relevant, please go to the back of the trailer to collect the box after your presentation. If you are unable to collect your trophy, please arrange for someone to collect it on your behalf: they should report to the back of the trailer and leave their contact details before collecting the trophy.
Southern Championships Trophies will be awarded for premier class winners i.e.
Elite classes for M/W 18-21
A Classes for M/W 10-16
L Classes for M/W 35-70 and M75L
W75, M80 & W80
A unique memento of the event will be awarded to the first 3 in each of the above classes plus M/W 85 and 90
Note that only members of clubs affiliated to SEOA, SCOA or SWOA qualify in the Southern Championships.
First Aid is provided by The Response Group, initially at Event Centre from 8:30 - 9:30, then at the Finish from 9:45 to the end of the event.
The nearest hospitals are:
Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD Tel 02380777222
Distance 12 miles. Journey time 22 minutes.
Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane E, Bournemouth 01202 303626, BH7 7DW (22 miles, 28 mins)
Salisbury District Hospital, Odstock Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 8BJ Tel: 01722 336262
Distance 15 miles. Journey time 32 minutes
Lymington Hospital, Wellworthy Rd, Lymington SO41 8QD – minor injuries unit
(17 Miles, 35 mins)
Please come to the event with clean and dry shoes and clothing. After your run please follow the guidance that helps us protect our precious environment: Check - Clean - Dry.
Please read and follow The New Forest Code. Smoking is not allowed in the Event Centre, on the walk to and from the Start & Finish or in the competition area.
Orienteering is a physically challenging sport. Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.
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.
Before attending any sporting activity you should self-assess for symptoms of COVID-19. You should follow any NHS guidance on testing and self-isolation.
Hand sanitisers will be provided at the toilets and enquiries.
Photography and Safeguarding
Photography is not allowed in the toilets or any "changing area" including the car park. Any concerns with photography or the behaviour of anyone toward any child or young adult must be reported to the event organiser or other official. Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility, play your part, report any concerns and follow good practice.
(For details see British Orienteering O-Safe Policy)
Dogs are allowed in the event centre and must be kept under control at all times on the Ocknell Campsite due to the number of people and vehicles in the area.
Dogs may be exercised in the surrounding area away from the event centre itself and away from the competition area.
Dogs are not allowed on the courses.
Please be aware of the New Forest Dog Walking Code
Planners: Hugh Risebrow / Terry Smith SOC
Controller: Charles Daniel BOK
Organiser: Alastair Moir SOC (Email) / Bob Norley
The personal data you provide will be used by the event organisers and their agents only for the purpose of processing and publishing entries and results and as required by our insurers to validate our cover.
Entry fees will only be refunded, minus an admin fee of 3%+30p, if cancelled at least 7 days before the event when map numbers are decided and printed.
Please contact [email protected] if you have or need to withdraw from the event and would like to request a refund.
Event Cancellation or Postponement
If the event is cancelled, SOC reserve the right to retain part or all of the entry fee to cover committed costs. If the event is postponed your entry will be transferred to the rearranged event. For a limited period you will be allowed to withdraw your entry from the rearranged event and receive a partial refund of your entry fee.