South Powys Primary Schools Championships 2018-19

Image of the Nash Woods map

Date of event: Fri 29th Mar 2019
Level of event: School
Nearest town: Presteigne

The South Powys Primary Schools Orienteering Championships for 2018-19 (will once again be organised by Mid Wales Orienteering Club) and will take place on Friday 29th March 2019 @ Nash Woods, Presteigne courtesy of Natural Resources Wales.

Entries must be received no later than Friday 22nd March 2019 on the Excel spreadsheet,_March_2019.xlsx  to Bill () - entries received after this date will not be accepted. We operate an "all inclusive" policy, so if you have any children with additional needs they may enter and be accompanied by an adult so long as it is declared on the entry form (this will be sent to the schools before the end of term). In the interest of fairness, no Adults will be allowed to accompany any other children.

Entry Fee:  For Primary Schools in South Powys the entry fee is £15.00 and will need to send their £15.00 cheque (payable to “Mid Wales Orienteering Club”) to Bill (email him for address) . This must arrive no later than Friday 22nd March 2019. The £15.00 covers the cost of Loo Hire, Printing of maps on waterproof paper, medals and mileage claims for Terry and Bill.

Individual event: Those competitors on the White to Yellow will be allowed to go around individually, in pairs or at the worst in threes. I have written in to the software that if a control is missed out then a 5 min Time Penalty will automatically be added. This means that no one goes away with "Disqualified" next to their name in the results (unless they forget to Clear before the Start, or forget to Dib at the Start and/or Finish or go around in the incorrect order!), i.e. a positive result occurs.

Those competitors on White or Yellow may go around in pairs or threes.
Year 3/4 - White Course - tba
Year 5/6 - Yellow Course - tba

Team event: As well as an "Individual" Championship, a "Team" event will operate within each colour course. Namely, after the competition has finished then the three fastest times per school will be calculated per course and the school with the lowest aggregate time per course will win that colour course/Year group(s), etc., etc.

Prizes: It is hoped to award medals to the first three pairs on each course in the Individual competition + Team winners for each course.

Equipment used: The Sportident hardware and software (as used previuously at the Cluster and County Champs events) will again be used for this event. Collection of Dibbers will be from Download/Enquiries beforehand (located in the Club Tent); all dibbers must be returned at Download afterwards. Each Dibber costs £40 to replace, so please ensure that the children secure it on the index finger using the adjustable elasticised strapping, otherwise your school will be billed for any losses. See downloadable attachment below for more information.

Map: The map will be a pre-marked (per course) 5-colour map on water-proof paper, with control descriptions on the back of the map. The scale is at 1:5,000 i.e. 1cm on the map represents 50m on the ground. The map was produced by a professional mapper, with updates in 2018 ready for this event.

Clothing: Trainers should be adequate footwear for all courses – there may be a few muddy and/or slippery areas on all courses at this time of year. You are recommended to bring a waterproof jacket, as March can be cold and wet! Please note: We reserve the right to refuse a person(s) from taking part if he/she/they is/are wearing inappropriate footware.

Results: A full set of Individual results and Team results will appear on the Club website ( as soon after the event as humanly possible.

Location & Directions
Directions - Coming into Presteigne from the north, follow the A488 until just before Monaughty turn left onto the B4356 then onto the B4355. When you reach Presteigne continue until you reach the Leisure Centre on your left.
Coming into Presteigne from the south, follow the A44 until you reach Walton turn left onto the B4362, continue until you reach the roundabout take first exit onto the B4355 and then look for Leisure Centre on the right.

There is limited parking at the assembly area where the registration tent will be situated therefore you are advised to use the car park at the Leisure Centre, which is approximately 500m from registration.

Directions from the Leisure Centre - follow Broadaxe Lane which crosses the B4355, continue along lane until you reach the tee junction, turn right on to forestry road until you reach a small car park where the assembly area is situated.

Start Times
10.00am - 2.30pm (write on your entry form whether you prefer to compete in the morning or afternoon – specify a particular time if need be and we will try to keep to that time, unless there is a high demand for a particular time!).

Course information
Year 3/4 - White Course - tba
Year 5/6 - Yellow Course - tba

Joining Mid Wales Orienteering Club (MWOC)
You are welcome to come along and compete at any MWOC event during the year, even as a non-member. See the Events drop-down menu for a list of future events.
At most of our events there will be available Yellow, Orange and Light Green courses. Although, as we cover the whole of Mid Wales, some events will be nearer than others of course, so why not persuade the whole family to come along and try the sport?
However, after a couple of competitions or even straight away, you might wish to join MWOC. Why not download the form below and send it to our Club Membership Secretary (Clive Thomas)? This form is ready for 2019.

Advantages of joining MWOC include:-
Cheaper entry fees; availability of Colour Coded courses as you progress; invitation to go along to Welsh Junior Squad training (many training weekends are run in Mid Wales) with the possibility of representing Wales (Boys and Girls age group teams) at the Junior Home Internationals or Regional Championships for those with true potential.


Location & Directions

Parking - For those who are coming by bus they will need to be dropped off at the Leisure Centre as the access road to the woods is restricted to a single track. The forestry road to the car park is suitable for cars and small mini buses and there will be some spaces available for parking. In the event of a full car park children will have to be dropped off at the top of Broadaxe road at the junction of the road into the forestry and the vehicles driven back to the Leisure Centre car park. The walk from the Leisure Centre is approximately 500m and from the road junction to the woods 100m.

Directions - For children coming from the Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells clusters take the A44 to Walton. At Walton turn left on to the B4362 which is signposted Presteigne and continue until you reach the roundabout where you turn left on to B4355. The Leisure Centre is the second right turn and the access to the Nash Woods is the opposite side of the that turning, which is Broadaxe road. Schools from the John Beddoes cluster should be familiar with the location of the Leisure Centre, which is where there cluster competitions were held.

Course information

There are two courses planned, White for years 3 & 4; Yellow for years 5 & 6.

As an additional safety feature on the White and Yellow to prevent children going down the wrong path, stakes with sad faces attached will be placed on all forbidden paths and forestry tracks.


9.30am - 2.30pm.

Entry Details

Entries in to Bill by Friday 22nd March 2019.
Dibbers with an associated list of names will be available for each school at the Download tent. Would school representatives please pick up these on arrival and hand them out to the relevant children.


  • Planner: Terry Smith
  • Organiser: Terry Smith and Bill Marlow
  • Controller: Bill Marlow

Info for dog owners



There will be one portaloo available at registration otherwise toilets, food and drink can be found at the Leisure Centre.

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Downloadable Documents

Notes on using Sportident Dibbers etc,

Image of the Nash Woods map

About the area/map

Nash Woods

The terrain is mainly wooded with conifer and deciduous trees situated on a hill which runs the length of the area, with steep sections in places. The ridge of the hill runs west to east with the north side in Wales and the south side in England. The conifer areas are covered in brashings (small cut branches), which makes running difficult; the deciduous areas have varying degrees of undergrowth. The area has a number of forestry tracks and numerous paths some indistinct.

Read more about the Nash Woods area and map

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Posted by Bill Marlow