Jan Kjellström
International Festival
of Orienteering 2013
Chilterns, Southern England
29th March - 1st April
Chilterns, Southern England 29th March - 1st April

TrailO results are now available on the Results page.

There are TrailO courses on Days 1 & Day2 only. Each day there are two courses on offer, one at Elite standard and another easier course for TrailO novices. Entry is on the day only on each day. The Entry fee is £9 (for seniors) and £4.50 (for juniors and students) each day. On each day the courses are about 2.0k in length with perhaps 30m climb, subject to final controlling. The time allowance for the Elite course will be about 100 minutes.

The TrailO competition is timed so that competitors can walk round their course either before or after their FootO run at Whiteknights on Day 1 and after their run on Day 2.

On Day 1, Registration opens at 12.00, with starts between 12.15 & 15.30 and on Day 2, Registration opens at 12:45 with starts between 13.00 & 15.00; the course must close at 16:30.

On Day 1, Registration is situated on the marked route between the Shinfield Car Parks and the main Assembly area, near the W. tip of the lake, and about 5 minutes walk from assembly. There is also a small car park set aside for competitors in TrailO who are not also running in the SprintO: to gain access to this parking you must notify the Organisers before the day of the competition. All other competitors must use the main car parking.

On Day 2, there is one car park and TrailO registration will be found near the NW corner of the main car parking field.

On each day, the course is suitable with care for competitors using wheelchairs. As we are very short of helpers, such competitors are requested to provide their own escort if possible. Please contact the organisers if you are unable to do so.

New to TrailO? 

Trail orienteering is a sport offered to people with widely differing physical abilities, including those with severely restricted mobility, who all compete on equal terms. Competitors travel along a track or marked route and study clusters of control markers placed in the terrain. They are issued with a very detailed map, and control descriptions. 

With these aids they must decide which (if any) of the markers relates to the feature depicted by the centre of the circle. Movement up and down the track is permitted but no one may approach the control markers in the terrain. The markers are designated A - E, as seen from left to right while at a decision point marked on the track, and the result must be recorded by marking the relevant box on the special control card. Some controls have a maximum time for this decision making and the actual time taken is recorded to act as a tie breaker for those with the same number of points for correct decisions. 

TrailO is an individual sport and consultation or discussion is not allowed on the course, nor are decisions to be communicated to any other competitor. Competitors in TrailO are not allowed to go into the terrain but must stay on the paths or marked routes.

For those coming to a TrailO event for the first time, before you take part we strongly recommend you read Brian Parker's very informative “Introduction to TrailO” to be found on the IOF website  http://orienteering.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Technical-Introduction-to-TrailO-for-Experienced-Foot-Orienteers1.pdf