Try Orienteering at Roding Valley Meadows!

Try Orienteering
Roding Valley Recreation Ground


Sunday 23rd September 2018

  • An excellent opportunity to try a new sport or to have another go at an activity you have tried before.
  • A range of courses suitable for all ages and abilities Especially suitable for families and groups.
  • You can run, jog or walk a course to suit you.
  • Unless it’s very wet, the shorter courses will be suitable for pushchairs.

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Location: Loughton Athletic Club, South View Road, Loughton.

  • Car parking: Please use the car park at the south west end of Roding Road – close to the junction with Avondale Drive.
  • Grid Reference 429952.
  • Approximate postcode IG10 3BS.

Follow the path approximately 200m to the clubhouse. Please park considerately.

Public Transport: The event is approximately 10 minutes walk from Loughton Underground Station. Various buses stop at Loughton Station. Bus 167 stops close to the junction of Roding Road/Oakwood Hill/Valley Hill.

Courses: We are providing the following courses .We would suggest that newcomers try an easy course first and progress to a more difficult course if they feel confident enough.

Instruction and coaching will be available for newcomers so if you’re not sure what to do, please ask.

  • Easy Course (approx. 1km): Uses simple linear features like paths, fences and streams. It is suitable for under 12’s and family groups. Please note that it is not suitable for young children unless they are part of a group or are trailed by a responsible adult. Much of the course is easily visible from close to the clubhouse. Parents/guardians are responsible for making sure that children have sufficient skills to complete the course or that they are suitably accompanied.
  • Moderate Course (approx. 2km): Involves basic use of a compass and route choice. Ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Training Courses (approx. 2km and 3km): These will be “sprint” style training courses for experienced orienteers. They are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty increases and it uses simple contours and ‘point’ features.

Entry: On the day. Simply turn up and register. Entry Fee £2 including hire of the electronic card (see below). £1 for those with their own card. We would appreciate being advised beforehand if anyone is bringing a large group. Free for CHIG club members.

Start Times: 10:30-11:30. Courses close at 13:00.

Facilities: The clubhouse has basic toilet facilities. We hope to be providing drinks and biscuits.

Terrain: The Roding Valley Recreation Ground consists of a number of fields separated by hedges and areas of
woodland. The fields are mown grass and are generally flat.

Map: 1:4000. 5m contours. Updated 2018 by Tony Maycraft. All maps will be pre-marked with the course.
Plastic bags will be provided if required. Control descriptions will be on the front of the map. All courses will have text descriptions and IOF descriptions.

Electronic Timing: In order to complete a course you will need to carry an electronic card (known as a ‘dibber’). These used along with an electronic unit, which is placed at each control, in order to record your progress
around the course. You will be provided with a printout of the times when you have finished. Dibbers
will be available for hire for £1 each at Registration.

Safety: All competitors travelling alone are advised to leave something of value that they will not forget at the event centre, e.g. car keys, together with name, club and emergency contact. All competitors are advised to carry a whistle. In the unlikely event of extreme weather on the day, cagoules may be compulsory and this will be advised at registration.

Park Etiquette: The Roding Valley Recreation Ground is used and enjoyed by members of the public. Please show them consideration. Dogs are permitted if kept under control.
Thanks: To Loughton Town Council and Loughton Athletic Club.
Organiser: Tony Maycraft. E-mail:
Cancellation: In the unlikely event of cancellation or postponement, a notice will be posted on our website,
Competitors take part in this event at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety

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