Newtown, Llanidloes & Machynlleth Primary Schools Cluster Festival


Date of event: Tue 17th Oct 2017
Level of event: School
Nearest town: Newtown


Full Results

Congratulations to all who took part at this Cluster event. Until I started putting the controls out this morning I wasn't sure whether trees down would cause a postponement of the event following the blustery overnight conditions! My thanks to the ground staff of Gregynog for disposing of one large branch across a part of the White course before any of you arrived. Thanks also to all staff of Sports Development Powys who helped out today, NPTC staff and students, all Teaching staff and to Gregynog for allowing use of their facilities.

I have calculated the Team results by adding the fastest three times per course and school to determine the order of schools.

Hopefully, I will see you all here in February 2018.

White Course (Yr. 3/4):

1st Llanidloes 34mins 46secs

2nd YDT 37-56

3rd Hafren 40-48

4th Llandinam 48-52

5th St. Michael's 49-00

6th YRB 49-58

7th Penygloddfa 63-37

8th Caersws 82-47

Yellow Course (Yr.5/6):

1st YRB 38mins 34secs

2nd YDT 44-07

3rd Llanidloes 44-39

4th Dafydd Llwyd 47-28

5th Penygloddfa 50-00

6th St. Michael's 56-20

7th Llandinam 57-46

8th Hafren 62-26

9th Caersws 64-09


The Newtown, Llanidloes & Machynlleth Primary Schools Cluster Championships will take place at the Gregynog - with kind permission from the interim CEO, Michael Hoch. The timings will be announced at a later date for the competition, but please note that there will be no exercises prior to the competition this year.

Entries: All Primary Schools in the Newtown, Llanidloes & Machynlleth Clusters are eligible to take part. Entries must be received no later than Monday 9th October 2017 on the Excel spreadsheet. 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 - in the interest of fairness adults must not accompany any other children.

Entry Fee: You will need to send your £15.00 cheque (payable to “Mid Wales Orienteering Club”) to your Community Sports Development Officer or Katie Hamer. This must arrive no later than Monday 9th October 2017.

Individual event: Those competitors on the White or Yellow will be allowed to go around individually, in pairs or at the worst in threes (this year we are restricting the number of entries to 8 pairs per Course per School).  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!), i.e. a positive result occurs.

Year 3/4 - White Course - tbc.
Year 5/6 - Yellow Course - tbc.

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.

Equipment used: The Sportident hardware and software will again be used for this event. Collection of Dibbers will be from the Download/Enquiries tent beforehand; 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.

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 mid October can be bathed in glorious sunshine or it can be cold and wet!

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

County Championships Entry Eligibility:
A “selection policy” will be used again this next academic year, namely that the first seven Schools to finish on each course (Yr. 3/4 on White and Yr. 5/6 on Yellow) will be eligible for the North County Championships (6th February 2018 at Gregynog) + any pairs who finish in the first 10 per course at their Cluster but their school did not qualify through the “Team” event. However, School teams that have qualified are restricted to bringing a maximum of 8 pairs per course.
If a school does not enter the Cluster event, then they won’t be able to compete at the North County Champs.

Course information
Year 3/4 - White Course - course length tbc.
Year 5/6 - Yellow Course - course length tbc.

Entry Details
Entries must be received no later than Monday 9th October 2017 on the Excel spreadsheet that will be provided shortly.

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 (Robert Griffiths)? This form is ready for 2018, but will give you the rest of 2017 for free!


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.



  • Planner: Bill Marlow
  • Organiser: Bill Marlow, Terry Smith & Katie Hamer
  • Controller: Terry Smith

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Posted by Bill Marlow