Wessex/ Wimbourne Joint Club Night 07/ 07/14
The 6’th in the W.S.X summer league series, tonight we visit Slades Farm home of the first U.K outdoor banked 250 Velodrome, the areas parkland backed by Talbot Woods creates a secluded area just 2 minutes away from the main University campus, and the hell of the Wallisdown road…Event tonight will use a new format of Mini- mass- starts. A traditional line course marked on the map will be given a new lease of life by there being 4 runners placed together before the starter blows the whistle- runners will pick up a map, quickly orientate themselves according to which map they take (randomly) then set off in that start direction.
Including areas of open parkland and deep forest with single track trails-you will either be challenged to locate the first loop of mainly yellow urban style running or plunged into forest. Courses are be 3.3 KM long, with 2 loops each runner passing through the start area to allow lots of club mates offering cheering support. As with all Orienteering the difficulty is to run whilst making decisions, taking routes of directional perfection to gain the fastest times. Both our clubs have some fast urban and sprint experts, and also competitors who may not be the fastest but just enjoy the forests and wild places of Dorset. Coaches will be available for help and advice, so if you haven’t tried this before do come along and see what its all about, currently 148 runners in the League. Other O clubs may be pleasantly surprised by the terrain and a visit to the velodrome that is now producing the current era of top talented track cyclists- do pass on these details to running friends.
Event Info-meet at Slades Farm Open space, parking next to Bournemouth Learning centre at BH10 4EP. Approach Slades Farm road from either end of Columbia road entrance. Assembly at from 6.00 p.m onwards, First Mass Starts 6.30. £3 juniors £5 seniors 4 Courses of the same length 3.3 KM, groups of 4 runners all ability will be started together on the whistle, each picking up a different map, then completing two loops of the Velodrome and whole Talbot Woods area. If you want a head to head race stay with your main opponent and start in same 4! No road running on sprint style courses. Sport i.dent, dibbers available for hire. 6th event in the summer series league. Full league placing here– Coaching offered to newcomers. Toilets.