Saturday Event (Bucklebury Common) 9-Jan-21

Saturday Event (Bucklebury Common) 14-Nov-20 - Final Details

Saturday 14th November 2020

Bucklebury Common near Mortimer

Saturday Event

Final Details   ***Draft only at this time***

Berkshire Orienteers welcome you to the event!



Parking and assembly is on Chapel Row Village Green, opposite the Bladebone Inn.  

Please comply with covid-19 guidelines, do not share transport, travel only in household bubbles.  This is a good sized parking field and cars will be parked at a reasonable distance from each other so you can maintain social distancing.

Entrance is via Grid Ref: SU57136965 nearest Postcode: RG7 6PD (what3words: mankind.breed.seducing) 

There is no charge for parking  



There will be toilets in the assembly field.  

There will be no water - please bring your own.

PPE - please bring your own PPE if you require it.  Hand sanitiser will be available.



This event is pre-entry only - there will be NO ENTRY ON THE DAY


Start times are between 10:30 and 12:00.



You should not enter or attend:

  • If you are unwell with a cough, fever or other respiratory symptoms
  • Have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 and are within the self isolation period
  • If you have returned from a non-exempt overseas country in the last 14 days (and are within the quarantine period)
  • Currently undergoing Covid-19 testing, until you have received a negative result and are symptom free
  • Been told to isolate by the NHS Test and Trace due to having been in contact with a known Covid-19 case
  • If you have been advised to stay at home by a Health Care professional
  • Those who are at a higher risk to pay particular care in making a decision whether to attend
  • Over 70's are to be aware that they are at higher risk.


A full refund will be given if you are unable to attend for any of the above reasons after an entry has been made.



Emit Card

Issue and


Competitors hiring Emit cards should collect them from Enquiries before going to the start. Hired Emit cards will be collected at download. A charge of £45 will be made for lost cards.

NOTE Regarding use of EMIT:

It is the competitor’s responsibility to check that their EMIT card has been registered, including on the back-up card, at each control and the Finish. Reinstatement for missing electronic punches will only be made on visible evidence of the correct pin punch on the back-up card. Hire cards will include back-up card on collection. Spare back-up cards will be available at Registration.



Road Crossings





No. controls





 14 Controls Pictorial

Light Green

4.1km 60m 14 Controls Pictorial




 16 Controls





22 Controls Pictorial







Course Close

Courses closes at 13.30


There is one finish for all courses.

ALL competitors must report to the DOWNLOAD tent  even if they retire.







Scale 1:10,000, 5m contours, updated 2019. Courses and control descriptions will be over printed on waterproof paper

Note that seasonal bracken is not mapped.


Areas of heathland and mainly deciduous woodland interspersed with dwellings - all with a complex path and track network. Some detailed contours and features on the north side of the map. It is 10 years since most of the area has been used for an event.

There are some extraction lanes, seasonal and animal tracks which are not on the map.

Bracken will be  encountered  on the Brown, Blue, Green, Short Green and Light Green courses.  Most can be avoided as there are numerous small paths dotted about the area.


Bio Security

Please come to the event with clean and dry shoes and clothing. After your run please follow the guidance that helps protect our precious environment:

·         Check

·         Clean

·         Dry

Before leaving the event check your clothing and equipment and remove any mud, soil or leaf litter.

Once home thoroughly clean your footwear and clothing and then leave it to dry for as long as possible. Many invasive non-native species are able to survive in damp corners for very long periods of time, but are less able to survive if the equipment is thoroughly dried.


The club has designated photographer(s) and details are available from registration. Photographs from the event may be used by the club and made available on the internet in accordance with British Orienteering guidelines. Please speak to a club official at registration if you have any concerns



- Please take care when crossing and walking along Forest roads.

- There is public access to Bucklebury Common , please respect the rights of others, particularly the horse riders.

- Please report to download even if retiring as this will ensure we can check you have returned safely. Competitors travelling alone are encouraged to leave a set of keys at registration.

- Competitors are advised to carry whistles.

- Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.


There will be a BKO First Aider present.

Nearest Accident and Emergency unit :

Royal Berkshire
NHS Foundation Trust
Centre Block
Craven Road

0118 322 7020


Planner: Glyn Thomes (BKO) aided by Mark Saunders (BKO)

Organiser: Steve Waite (BKO)


Controller: Mark Foxwell (BKO)


  • Competitors take part at their own risk
  • The personal data you give will be used by the event organisers only for the purpose of processing/publishing entries and results and as required by our insurers. Entry details will be stored in a computer. Submissions of an entry for the event will indicate your acceptance of this procedure.
  • In the event of cancellation of the event, part, or all of your entry fee may be retained.
  • The club has designated photographer(s) and details are available from registration. Photographs from the event may be used by the club and made available on the internet. Please speak to a club official at registration if you have any concerns.