On behalf of British Orienteering and the South West Orienteering Association, the Clubs in the South West welcome you to the 2018 British Middle Distance Championships being held in Stockhill Woods, south of Bath

The event is a Middle distance race in intricate woodland in an old mining area. We have an excellent Assembly field, right next to the competion area with the access to the Start about 300m away.

The map has been completely updated by Dave Peel and the run in for all courses can be easily viewed from the Assembly area with space for Club tents all along one side of the run-in. There will be two catering outlets and Ultrasport will be attending. Andy Munro and his team will be providing the usual commentary. The event will use SportIdent controls with contactless dibbing enabled for speedy racing. SI or SIAC dibbers may be used - SI & SIAC dibbers are available for hire with pre entries but only SI dibbers will be available for hire on the day.

Key information for planning your weekend is:

  • Start times will be allocated based on rankings and will not be changeable. Starts will be between 10.00am and 14.00pm with courses closing at 15.00pm. We hope to start all seeded competitors before 13.30pm so that we can have prize giving at 14.30pm.
  • Split Starts are available to parents - they will both have an Open start time, unless they are seeded. Helpers will be given Start times - it would be helpful if they could try to keep to these.
  • There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for non-Championship runners with entry on the day or in advance.
  • Parking for cars will be in the main field, right next to Assembly - so long as we have had a dry August! There will be permits for the over 80 competitors and for familes with children under 5. Access is into a field on the eastern side of the wood.
  • Currently all camper vans will be parked on nearby woodland tracks with an approximately 800m walk to Assembly - this may change if the ground is very dry. Their access is on the west side of the wood. Please note that there is no parking anywhere for Coaches.
  • Entrance to the Assembly/ parking field is left off the B3135 and will only be allowed from the South; exit will not be allowed until after 13.30pm and you will then need to turn left only. This is because the entrance is off a narrow very fast country road. Stockhill Wood will effectively be a large anti clockwise roundabout!

There is a wide range of accommodation available in Bath and the surrounding area and there are also many things to do before or after your orienteering. Further details are on Bath's Official Tourism Site.

The previous day the British Sprint Championships will be held at Bath University.

Entries are now open at SiEntries. Entry fees will rise after Sunday 15th July and will close on Sunday 12th August 2018.