Downhill Forest 1 October @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
- Planner: Ross Walker
- Controller: Charlie Reid
- Organiser: David Blair
Parking will be in the Picnic Area adjacent to the entrance of Downhill Forest. If all space here is filled then there is additional parking on the opposite on the road – please take care crossing this busy road.
Registration will operate from 11:00am.
Courses Close at 3pm.
Start and Finish are adjacent and are 5 minutes walk from parking/registration.
- Juniors £5 (NIOA members £4)
- OAP/ Unwaged £8.00 (NIOA members £6)
- Seniors £10.00 (NIOA members £8)
- Family £25 (NIOA members £20)
All courses run on a newly updated version of the previous 1:5000 map. Green, Blue and Brown will also get to run on a brand new 1:5000 Downhill North map (see event plan above).
Toilets are available nearby at Downhill Beach car park.
Dogs should be kept on a lead.
The event will offer classic forest orienteering with the original Downhill Forest area now supplemented for Green, Blue and Brown runners with a completely new Forest area Downhill North. Runners on these courses will receive 2 maps printed on opposite side of a single piece of waterproof paper. Control descriptions for the full course will be printed on the front of the map and available loose at registration. The reverse side of the map will have descriptions for just that section.
Runability on the main Downhill map is generally very good and although significant areas of green undergrowth hatching are used – where these feature on courses they generally are made up of ferns and brashings (rather than the thick brambles and nettles previously common in this area).
In the Downhill North there are still large blocks of closed hatched impassible vegetation. Courses are planned to skirt around these and a taped cleared crossing is marked on the Blue and Brown courses where a wide overgrown ride must be crossed.
- Parents should be aware the forest contains a lake and several streams which can rise significantly at times of heavy rain.
- For Green, Blue and Brown , the Downhill North will be accessed via a taped route and a short run along a minor road – please take extra care here.
- There is an area of very steep, slippery, muddy terrain which has been marked with a purple hazard hatching on all maps – please avoid.
- The area contains a number of mountain bike tracks (mostly disused) which generally afford good running but are extremely steep in places.