North Powys Primary Schools Championships 2016-17


Date of event: Tue 07th Feb 2017
Level of event: School
Nearest town: Newtown


Full Results and Splits

Congratulations to all of you for successfully completing your course in muddy underfoot conditions.

The Individual results can be seen by clicking above.

The Team results are set out below (which are calculated by adding up the three fastest times per course per school). Commiserations to Carreghofa on Yellow, missing first place by 14 secs, but many congratulations to both Dyffryn Trannon and Guilsfield on winning the respective Team events.

White Course:

1st Dyffryn Trannon 53mins 15secs

2nd Rhiw Bechan 57-51

3rd Llanidloes 62-38

4th Montgomery 63-47

5th Guilsfield 81-28

6th Buttington Trewern 84-04

7th Carno 132-07


Yellow Course:

1st Guilsfield 66-37

2nd Carreghofa 66-51

3rd Llanfyllin 69-23

4th Buttington Trewern 70-45

5th Dyffryn Trannon 75-51

6th Dafydd Lloyd 82-04

7th Llanidloes 82-53

8th Llanrhaedr 90-56

9th Rhiw Bechan 95-35

10th Llansantffraid 99-30

11th Carno 105-21

12th Forden 249-56


The North Powys Primary Schools Orienteering Championships for 2016-17 (will once again be organised by Mid Wales Orienteering Club in conjunction with Powys Sports Development) and will take place on Tuesday 7th February 2017 @ Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, with kind permission of the interim CEO of Gregynog Hall, Michael Hoch.

County Championships Entry Eligibility:
A “selection policy” will be used again this academic year for the Primary Schools only, namely that the first 3 School teams to finish at a “single” Cluster for a course (Yr. 3/4 on White and Yr. 5/6 on Yellow) and the first 5 School teams to finish from a “double” Cluster day (double cluster applies to the Newtown/Welshpool, Llanfyllin/Lanfair days) for a course will be eligible for the County Championships + any pairs who finish in the first 10 per course at their Cluster but their school (single or double Cluster) did not qualify through the “Team” event. However, School teams that have qualified are restricted to bringing a maximum of 20 pairs per course.
If a school does not enter the Cluster event, then they won’t be able to compete at the County Champs. The only exceptions to this will be an  Estyn Inspection at time of Cluster event + Primary schools in South who may not have had a Cluster Festival, e.g. Ystradgynlais, Brecon, Crickhowell & Gwernyfed.


All Secondary Schools in North Powys are eligible to take part. Entries must be received no later than Friday 27th January 2017 on the Excel spreadsheet (see below for a downloadable copy) - entries received after this date will not be accepted (unless by prior agreement with Bill Marlow).

Entries must be received no later than Friday 27th January 2017 on the Excel spreadsheet - entries received after this date will not be accepted (unless by prior agreement with Bill Marlow). We operate an "all inclusive" policy, so if you have any Special Needs children 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: If you entered the Primary Schools Cluster event for your area you will have already paid a £15.00 fee (which covers all events in this academic year), so there is no further fee to pay. However, those Primary Schools that have still not paid their entry fee for their Cluster events will need to send their £15.00 cheque (payable to “Mid Wales Orienteering Club”) to their respective Community Sports Development Officer. This must arrive no later than Friday 27th January 2017.

Individual event: Those competitors on the White to Yellow will be allowed to go around individually, in pairs or at the worst in threes. Those competitors on Orange may go around as individuals or in pairs. Those on the Long Orange and Light Green may only go around as individuals.

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.
Year 3/4 - White Course - distance - 1.9km, amount of climb - 45m (tbc)
Year 5/6 - Yellow Course - 2.3km,  55m (tbc)
Year 7 - Orange Course - 2.4km, 55m (tbc)

Year 8/9 - Long Orange - 3.0km 100m (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.

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

Equipment used: The Sportident hardware and software (as used at the Cluster events) will again be used for this event. Collection of Dibbers will be from Download/Enquiries beforehand (located under the archway, which leads to the courtyard and cafe); all dibbers must be returned at Download afterwards. Each Dibber costs £30 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 bi-lingual control descriptions on the back of the map. The scale is at 1:5,000 (although the White and Yellow courses may be at 1:5,000, this will be confirmed at a later date), i.e. 1cm on the map represents 50m on the ground. The map was produced in 2006 by a professional mapper, with updates in 2016 ready for this event.


Safety: The Yellow, Orange and Long Orange courses pass near to the old Kitchen Walled Garden. You should be made aware that this structure has been deemed unsafe, so please do not wander into this area. I have marked this area on the map as "Out of Bounds" (red hatching) and there will be an adult positioned there on the day to steer you clear.

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 February 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.

Inter-County Primary Schools event: Selection will be  based purely on the County Champs held at Gregynog in February 2017. Selection for this year (16th June 2017) will follow the same principle, i.e. the first five pairs to finish will get automatically selected + those finishing in 6th & 7th places will act as "reserves" (last year some of the reserves were called upon to run). The good news is that this year (2016) there will also be a White Course for Yr.3/4. This event will take place on Friday 16th June 2017, venue tbc with starts from 11.00am.

Location & Directions
Directions – from Newtown navigate towards Tregynog and follow signs for Gregynog shortly before reaching Tregynon (Grid Ref: SO 085975) for Assembly and Parking, Start & Finish.

Start Times
9.30am - 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 - 1.9km, 45m (tbc)
Year 5/6 - Yellow Course - 2.3km, 55m (tbc)

Year 7 - Orange Course - 2.4km, 55m (tbc.)
Year 8/9 - Long Orange Course - 3.0km, 100m (tbc)

• Planner: Bill Marlow
• Organisers: Bill Marlow, Terry Smith and Katie Hamer
• Controller: Terry Smith

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 2017.


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 and Katie Hamer
  • Controller: Terry Smith

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Useful notes on the use of Sportident in Schools., Map Legend in Welsh, Map Legend in English,

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