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CompassSport Cup Final at Tankersley Wood

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Sun 17th Oct 2021

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The original plans for the delayed 2020 CompassSport Cup final fell through, so at the end of August it was about to be cancelled.  Despite the short notice, we have agreed to run it at Hesley Wood and Tankersley Woods, moving the event that was scheduled to be run in November.   It will be a National Event (B) rather than the usual Major Event (A), but we hope to be able to provide most of the facilities expected. 

A flyer is published above, adjusted 9/9 to include course 10 for super veterans, on 12/9 to clarify that non-competition courses will be Yellow and Light Green, on 15/9 to explain eligibility and on 16/9 to confirm which clubs are competing, how entries should be made, and entry fees. 

It will be fleshed out when more details are confirmed. 


Officials are :                                                                                                 

Organiser:    Paul Bradbury (SYO)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Assistant Organiser   Peter Guillaume

Planner:         Karl Marshall (SYO)

Controller:    Charlie Adams (SYO)
Overseeing Controller: Graham Louth (EAOA)


Because of the long delay between qualification and the final, the Cup & Trophy rules regarding people who have changed club may have a bigger impact than usual.  They are:

To take part in the CSC Final competitors have to be a BOF member of the club they are competing for. If a competitor has changed clubs since the qualifier, but did not run in the qualifying round, they can run in the Final for their new club. If they did run in the qualifier for their old club, they are “cup tied” to that club, so cannot compete for their new club.


Venue Details

Tankersley Woods has a rich industrial heritage and once contained factories and railways during the war when it was heavily bombed. It now contains a wealth of detail with many bell pits, bomb craters and myriad of paths created by local people spread across mixed vegetation comprising natural oak woodland with bluebells through reclaimed spoil heaps with maturing shrubs and young trees.

The area has been worked for coal and iron, which has left complex slopes covered by the scars of hand-hewn "bell-pits" and other earth-works from the 19th century and before. These days the area is used by dog-walkers, cyclists and trail-bikers, leaving a large number of paths. In the most active biking areas the path network is very complex. The mapping of these paths is good, but small new paths can be created quickly.

There are brambles in parts of the area, but most are at ankle-length, are pretty runnable and have no bramble screen. There are some areas of thicker brambles in the far south of the map.

Safety & 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. If a competitor has a pre-existing medical condition that they think should be declared, please complete a medical form at enquiries. The sealed envelope will only be opened in an emergency.


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