05/05/18 – UKUL6 – Ross-on-Wye

A PDF version of this information, minus the location table below, can be downloaded here.

Date Event Signed From Forest Entry Organiser
Sat 5th May
Starts 12:00-13:30
Finish by 15:00
UKUL 6
Ross-on-Wye

SO592240
HR9 6AD/HR9 5JA

SO592240
HR9 6AD/HR9 5JA
Chris and Gill James
01989 562934

We are very pleased to be able to invite you to race 6 in the 2018 UK Urban league, in the picturesque town of Ross-on-Wye. Ross is regarded as one of the founding centres of tourism in the UK, driven by the attractions of the Wye valley, and you can read up a little on this fascinating aspect of its history here. As well as providing what we believe will be a great urban race, we have teamed up with BOK, the Original Mountain Marathon Company (OMM Ltd), and R2T2 to offer a full weekend of orienteering, trail running and mountain bike orienteering. Take time before or after your race to enjoy some of the Town’s attractions, and make it an active weekend by exploring the fabulous Wye Valley and running or riding the Forest of Dean. For more information on the whole weekend, visit the OMM Running Festival page.

For orienteers in particular, you may be interested in the Friday evening warm-up event put on by R2T2 (an NGOC/Rogue Runs/Black Mountains Mountain Biking partnership), and of course the Mike Nelson BOKTrot on the Sunday.

TRAVEL AND PARKING

Parking for the urban race is in the public car park off Wilton Road, Ross-on-Wye. Click on the icons in the table above for route finders and directions. Note that the postcodes are nearest, but not exact. A satnav aiming for the former will tell you you have arrived when still West of the river Wye; the latter is to the East of the sports ground, on the edge of the town itself. If you plan to arrive via the A40 use the latter postcode, and you will see the event signage just before you get to your ‘destination’. If approaching through the town centre use the former, and you will also see the event signage before arriving at your ‘destination’.

There is a £1 parking charge for the car park, collected via the Pay and Display machines, so have change available.

Due to height restriction barriers to the public car park, vehicles over 1.8metres high will be parked in an adjacent field on the right immediately after turning off Wilton Road. There is also a £1 charge for parking in this field. If you are planning to bring a high vehice please email the organisers, to ensure there is adequate parking space for you. If you are planning to bring roof rack mounted bikes this rule will also apply.

Camping

There is no camping at the urban event. However, if you are planning to come down for the weekend, to take advantage of the other events in the Forest of Dean, you can camp at Speech House Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights at a cost of £10 per tent or campervan. YOU MUST PRE-BOOK this via the OMM Festival website here.

Entry Information

Entry to the Ross urban race and the Mike Nelson BOKTrot is via a single Fabian 4 event here. The Friday evening warm up event is entered via the main OMM festival site here. These details deal specifically with the Ross urban race.

This is a regional(formerly level C) event for which ranking points will be awarded.

The standard UK urban league classes will be available, as follows:

Class Full Category Name Age Classes Course number
MYJ Young Junior Men 12- M10 M12 7
WYJ Young Junior Women 12- W10 W12 7
MJ Junior Men 16- M14 M16 6
WJ Junior Women 16- W14 W16 6
MO Open Men M18 M20 M21 M35 1
WO Open Women W18 W20 W21 W35 2
MV Veteran Men 40+ M40 M45 M50 2
WV Veteran Women 40+ W40 W45 W50 3
MSV Supervet Men 55+ M55 M60 3
WSV Supervet Women 55+ W55 W60 4
MUV Ultravet Men 65+ M65 M70 4
WUV Ultravet Women 65+ W65 W70 5
MHV Hypervet Men 75+ M75+ 5
WHV Hypervet Women 75+ W75+ 5

Event Rules

The Ross race is event 6 of 20 in the UK Urban Orienteering League, and is run under UKUL and British Orienteering Rules for urban races.

Runners under the age of 16 on the day of the race may only compete on courses other than Junior and Young Junior courses if accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.

The Junior and Young Junior courses cross no busy roads and may be run by juniors of any age. There will be a marshalled crossing, timed out, on the road through the Meadows.

Runners are responsible for their own safety when crossing roads and using paths and alleyways, and you must be aware of and take care to avoid other users of these routes. Runners must familiarise themselves with the ISSOM map symbology for out of bounds and impassable features. Impassable in this context means that these features may not be crossed, whether or not it is physically possible to do so. Any competitor found to have broken this rule will be disqualified.

Course Details

Course details, subject to final planning, are as follows:

Course Classes Length Ascent Controls Approx running distance % off road Map size
1 MO 8.8km 150m 21 12.5km 15% A3 1:5000 double sided
2 WO MV 6.5km 150m 15 10.4km 5% A3 1:5000 double sided
3 WV MSV 5.3km 105m 12 8.1km 10% A3 1:5000 double sided
4 WSV MUV 4.0km 80m 15 5.2km 30% A3 1:5000 single sided
5 WUV MHV WHV 3.5km 85m 9 4.5km 10% A3 1:5000 single sided
6 MJ WJ 3.0km 35m 12 3.9km 75% A3 1:5000 single sided
7 MYJ WYJ 1.8km 0m 14 2.0km 100% A3 1:5000 single sided

Starts and Timing

We will use SI timing.

There will be a punching start for all competitors. Start times will not be allocated. You can turn up and go whenever you are ready. We suggest that if you do not wish to risk queueing you monitor start preferences on the Fabian entry lists, and avoid the more popular preferences. Broadly speaking, with a 90 minute start window, the Fabian start preferences fall into these time bands:

  • Very Early: 12:00-12:15
  • Early: 12:15-12:35
  • Middle: 12:35-12:55
  • Late: 12:55-13:15
  • Very late: 13:15-13:30

Fees

Seniors £10.00, non British Orienteering members £11, Juniors (under 21) and students £4.00 until 29th April,
Seniors £11 members, £13 non British Orienteering members, Juniors (under 21) and students £4.00 until 2nd May
There will be limited entry on the day, subject to map availability. You may not be able to run your preferred course if you do not pre-enter. Entry on the day incurs a £2 increase in Senior fees, and £1 for Juniors.

Lost dibbers will be charged for at £40.00.

Timings

Registration opens: 11:00
Starts: 12:00-13:30
Courses close: 15:00

Facilities

Toilets are available at the Sports Centre on foot and on Wye Street (public toilets).

Refreshments are available at the Sports Centre and pub and cafe in the Meadows with many other choices in the Town.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed in the car park, at asembly and in the area of the sports field. They are also allowed in the streets, but you are strongly disscouraged from running with one.

Please ensure that you clean up after your dog, and dispose of the waste in the correct bins.

Safety

A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Runners under the age of 16 on the day of the race may only compete on courses other than Junior and Young Junior courses if accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.

The Junior and Young Junior courses cross no busy roads and may be run by juniors of any age. There will be a marshalled crossing, timed out, on the road through the Meadows.

Runners are responsible for their own safety when crossing roads and using paths and alleyways, and you must be aware of and take care to avoid other users of these routes.

Useful Links

There are quite a few links in these instructions. To help you find out more information, and to enter, these are summarised here:
General Information about the OMM festival weekend
Book a camping pitch at Speech House for Friday and Saturday nights
Enter the Ross UKUL urban race and/or the Mike Nelson BOKTrot
Enter the R2T2 warm up run/ride on Friday 4 May
Tell the organisers you are bring a high vehicle (including roof mounted bikes)

The Organising team

Event Organisers: Gill and Chris James, NGOC 01989 562934 or 07798550271/07974021608
Planner: Richard Cronin, NGOC
Controller: Peter Ribbans, SWOC