JOK Chasing Sprint 2011

The 18th JOK Chasing Sprint

Saturday 12 March 2011
Shotover Country Park, Oxford

Final Details Final details are now available here. Please read the final details thoroughly.
Start Times Prologue start times are now available on on Fabian4.
Entries Entries have now closed. No further late entries will be accepted, and there will be no entry on the day except for the Piglets (orange) course, for which there will be limited EOD at a flat rate of £5. If you have any queries please contact the organiser, Scott Collier, at
Format All the excitement of a chasing start in one day. Competitors run two short courses, the second of which will have starts determined by times in the first - and so the first runner past the post wins.
Location Shotover Country Park and Brasenose Wood, on the outskirts of Oxford. Brasenose is flat, fast forest requiring high-speed navigation, while Shotover is an area of varied wood and grassland on a steep slope, featuring ancient coppice, beautiful oak plantation and hidden valleys. Recent forestry clearance work and the cold winter have left the woods more runnable that they have been in recent memory - if you think you know Shotover, prepare to be pleasantly surprised! The runnable woodland and a complex path network make great terrain for head-to-head racing.
Shotover is also an area steeped in orienteering history, having hosted the first JOK Chasing Sprint (in 1995) and the first ever UK event to use electronic punching (in 1997).
Weekend Part of a weekend of orienteering with the TVOC Southern Championships on Sunday 13 March at Hambleden, near Henley-on-Thames, a 35-minute drive from Shotover.
For those travelling some distance, Visit Oxfordshire have details of accommodation in the Oxford area.
Competitions The Chasing Sprint is the second round of the 2011 UK Cup and the first round of the 2011 Future Champions Cup. Competitors who wish to take part in these competitions should enter the Men's Open or Women's Open classes.
As a chasing start event, the Chasing Sprint is not eligible for British Orienteering ranking points.
Parking Parking will be at BMW Plant Oxford. Please do not park in the "usual" Shotover car park (the public car park on Shotover plain), and do not park at Thornhill Park & Ride. Entrance to the parking will be through the gate at the northern end of the BMW plant, off Horspath Road at SP557045. Access is off the A4142 Eastern Bypass: please take the exit (traffic-light controlled) signed "Horspath Ind. Est." into Horspath Road; do not follow signs for "BMW Group" (which will take you to the wrong entrance). For sat navs, please use the postcode OX4 2RY. Please contact the organiser if you intend to bring a coach or bus.
There will be a £1 per vehicle parking fee, which will be donated to a children's charity nominated by BMW. We are very grateful to BMW for their assistance in allowing us to use their car park.
There will be a walk of over 2.6km from the parking to the assembly area. The prologue start is en route between the parking and assembly, and a baggage transfer service will be provided between this start and the assembly area, allowing competitors to go straight from the parking to the prologue start without visiting assembly if they so wish. The diagram below shows the distances between the parking, assembly area and the various starts and finishes.Parking diagram
A transfer service for club tents only will be available from the parking direct to assembly.
Very limited parking is available at the assembly area. Please contact the organiser if you think you will need to make use of this (eg. families with young children).
Cyclists and those arriving at the event on foot from Oxford are welcome to come directly to the assembly area at SP564062.

Transport Oxford rail station is on the main line between Reading and Birmingham, and is served by frequent trains from across the country. See National Rail Enquiries for details of services. Oxford bus 400 runs from Frideswide Square (opposite the rail station) to Thornhill Park & Ride, from where it is a 1.35km walk south along the Oxford Green Belt Way to the assembly area. Be sure to get the 400 towards Thornhill and not towards Seacourt, which is in the opposite direction.
The Oxford Tube and Oxford Espress direct coach services from London also stop at Thornhill.
Car drivers must not park at Thornhill: the Council have expressly instructed us not to, and in any case it is likely to be full by quite early on Saturday morning.

Prologue Chase
1 Men’s Open 3.6km 145m 3.5km 170m
2 Women’s Open 3.2km 140m 2.9km 175m
3 Men’s 40+, 55+, 16- 3.2km 100m 2.9km 160m
4 Women’s 40+, 55+, 16- 2.3km 95m 1.8km 100m
5 Piglets 1.5km 70m No chase

Course lengths subject to final controlling.

Starts Prologue start times - 11.00 to 13.00
Early/Middle/Late prologue start times can be requested during the entry process, but note that (as this is a UK Cup and FCC race) competitors on the Men's Open and Women's Open courses will be subject to seeding by Elite Competitions Group in accordance with Appendix L.
Chase base times - 14.00 to 14.30
The winners should finish by 15.00, with the majority of competitors finished by 16.00. All competitors will have at least 45 minutes recovery time between the prologue and the chase.

Piglets The Piglets course will be a single orange-standard course. It will operate a punching start (open 11.00 to 13.00) to allow parents to fit their children's runs in whenever is most convenient for them. Shadowing will be allowed on this course, however please note that anyone who shadows or accompanies a junior on the Piglets course will be non-competitive for the Chasing Sprint.
Map ISOM 2000 standard, 1:10000 with 5m contours. The Shotover map has undergone major revision for this event.
Punching SportIdent will be used. SI cards will be available to hire for a fee of £1.
Pre-entry only - Final closing date 06/03/2011 until 20/02/2011 until 06/03/2011
Seniors £11 £13
Seniors members of British Orienteering
(National or SCOA Local)
£9 £11
Juniors/students £3.50 £4.50
SI hire £1 £1

Adults entering the Piglets (orange) course pay the junior/student rate.
Limited EOD is available on the Piglets (orange) course at a flat rate of £5.

Dogs Shotover is a popular venue for dog walkers, and dogs are welcome at this event. Please keep them under control at all times, and clean up after them.

Organiser Scott Collier JOK & KERNO
Planner James Cunnane JOK & TVOC
Controller Susan Marsden HH

Shotover map sample
Brasenose Wood map sample

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