WELCOME!

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 at 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 competition 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 and 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 may  be permits for the over-80 competitors and for families with children under 5 if conditions change.  The Assembly field and parking are on the eastern side of the wood; there is a 300m walk to the starts from the Assembly field.

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.  This is at the request of the Farmer.  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 a left turn off the B3135.  You may only approach from the southeast; no right turns will be permitted.  You may not exit 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.

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

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

The Sprint Championships website can be found at found at www.britishsprintchamps.org.uk

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