Relay, Tennyson Down - Sunday 3rd March
This event will also be open to the public as a Level D event. Courses available will be Blue/6.8k, Green/5.1k, Orange/3.1k, Yellow/1.7k (Blue is a long relay leg, Green is a medium relay leg, Orange is a short relay leg, Yellow is separate to the relay).
Parking and assembly will be in the Needles Car Park. The nearest postcode is PO39 9JD but do not follow SatNav there, it's not where the car park is!
Start, Finish, Handover, Spectator Runthrough
These will all be about 250m with 50m climb from the south end of the car park. If the weather is not too horrible, spectators can walk about 100m further to where a large proportion of the area can be seen from one place, as well as great views over the sea. In the case of bad weather, wind breaks will be provided in the form of gorse bushes near the handover area.
This map was dated 2001 originally. Vegetation has been updated from a recent aerial photo with a small amount of ground survey. This has given surprisingly good results and the vegetation is mapped really quite accurately.
The maps are in two parts, printed on the same side of paper. The last control on part 1 of the map also appears as the first control of part 2. Control descriptions will be on the map only for the relay. Public courses will have loose descriptions available.
The format is a standard three-leg relay, which will be gaffled, and will be run in the order: Long, Short, Medium (approx 7k/3k/5k). Expect a lot of controls to be located on thickets both on and not on your course - check your control codes! Courses are planned to pass near the start multiple times for improved spectator value. The final spectator control is less than 1km from the end of the courses. The terrain is mostly very fast grass with detailed gorse bushes, although you'll probably encounter a few mild brambles on part of the course.
Mass start at 10:30, with mass starts for legs 2 and 3 at 11:15 and 12:00 respectively. Courses close at 13:00. Mass starts may be delayed if runners are not back. Course closing time for leg 3 will be extended to be one hour after the mass start, if the mass start is delayed.
In the event of bad weather, whistles will be compulsory and hooded, waterproof coats may be required, this information will be available at registration and on this website. Parts of the coastline are not fenced. Don't run off the cliffs and fall in the sea. Be sensible around walkers who will also be using the area. Safety bearing is north until you hit a major path, road, or farmland. If you have any medical conditions you think the organiser should be aware of email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We suggest that whilst you're here, you shouldn't miss out on the view of the needles. It's a short walk from the car park over to the viewpoint (it's the far western part of the map not used on the courses). There's also a museum there about how they used this place to launch rockets during WW2.