10 Things You May Or May Not Need To Know About The 2015 Poacher Series

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    Peter Harris

      1) This is the 18th Year that this popular Series of Orienteering Events has taken place. 1997 was the first year that Pete Kullich masterminded the format – one of the first (if not the first) midweek Series introduced in British Orienteering. Note in 2001 due to foot and mouth restrictions there were no events.

      2) The format for the first 8 events is : 3 Courses ; Short (1.5 to 2 kms) suitable for newcomers and novice juniors; Medium (3 to 3.5 kms) suitable for intermediates (Lt/Short Green Std); Long (4.5 to 5.5kms) suitable for more experienced  (Green Standard). The last 3 events of the Series are slightly different in that there are 5 courses of lengths of 1,1.5,2,2.5 & 3 kms – competitors then have to complete at least 2 courses – the exact total distance required is dependent on age and gender.

      3) The full Fixtures and Post Race Analysis Venues can be found here.

      4) Entry Fees are Adults £3, Juniors £2, Families £8. Dibber hire is £1. (NB: Dibber Hire is Free to HALO members)

      5) Please note due to Third Party Insurance restrictions British Orienteering has  introduced a policy that non BO members are only allowed to compete in 3 events in any one year. Membership to HALO/BO is possible on the day at each event or online here.

      6) Start times are approximately between 5.45p.m. and 7p.m. – some flexibility depending on light conditions. For the first few events competitors are encouraged to start as early as possible due to the restricted light.

      7) The best 8 Event Scores out of the total of 11 count towards the League titles.

      8) There are trophies for the following : Short Champion, Medium Champion, Long Champion, Masters Champion (Long Course), Super Veterans (Long Course), Ultra Veterans (usually Long Course), Womens (Long Course), Lady (Medium Course), Junior (Medium Course).

      9) Planners are ‘rewarded’ by being able to use a ‘Joker’ at another event, whereby the points gained at their nominated event are transposed to the event that they plan at.

      10) The success of the Series is partly due to the fact that the majority of competitors help in some way and if competitors are not planning or organising it is hoped that they can contribute by collecting kites at the end of an Event. Therefore a Rota has been drawn up and can be found here. 

      Note this is not an exhaustive list and if your name is not included please volunteer whenever convenient. Thanking you in anticipation.

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