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Rodings Rally - all night orienteering adventure

  • Nov 16, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Rodings Rally is an exciting all night orienteering event that takes place annually in Epping Forest. We did it last year as a group and it was just heaps of fun! I know I am just a big kid and find many things fun, but this is one of my favourite events. It really takes me back to my childhood and just feels like this amazing adventure, a treasure hunt in a forbidden garden. Ok, there are no actual treasures to be found, just people in tents with the score cards, and Epping Forest is not exactly a garden of Eden, but after the whole night of wandering around the forest and struggling through shrubs and brambles that breakfast just really tastes amazing and the whole night feels quite magical.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early bird fee = £16 includes entry fee, a map per team of four, breakfast and a donation to a charity.

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves walking or running whilst navigating around a course using a detailed map and a compass. The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace. Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. It’s a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Rodings Rally

rodings_rally_logoThe Rally follows a route through Epping Forest along a variety of paths, tracks and trackless scrub, including holly. There is a choice of two events where you will be asked to find either five or ten checkpoints located within the forest. The final checkpoint will be at High Beach Village Hall. Routes cover approximately six or twelve miles respectively, 'as the crow flies'! The route is based on a map (17" x 12") specially prepared for the Rally, which covers all of Epping Forest used on the night; scale 1:20,000. One map for each team is included in the entry fee. Extra copies of the map are available at a cost of £1, either in advance or on the night.

Each entrant should have suitable walking boots, waterproofs and walking attire which must include an item of reflective clothing to be worn when on or near roads. Each team should carry torches, spare batteries, compass, pencil, map (supplied - so remember to bring it with you) and map case. It is also advisable to carry some food and drink. Each team should also have a mobile phone in case of emergencies but please be aware that reception within the Forest is patchy.

Teams must consist of 2, 3 or 4 competitors.

The checkpoints, which may be lit but are more usually unlit, are usually tents, and must be found in the prescribed order, their location being deduced from a clue sheet which is handed to the team at the start point. The Marshall must sign team cards at each checkpoint, excepting any unmanned checkpoints.

A team has eight hours to complete the course, starting from the individual team's actual start time.  Any team arriving at the finish in over eight hours will be placed below teams finishing in less than eight hours, regardless of the number of checkpoints found.  At least two members of a team must be present at the finish before a team result is recorded.

The finish is at High Beach Village Hall, Avey Lane, High Beach, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AB. The village hall tends to be very crowded on the Sunday morning.  We plan to announce results from 7 am, and if the winners wish to remain, trophies will be presented, otherwise arrangements will be made afterwards.  All teams who gain a placing will receive a Rodings Rally certificate.  The decision of the Chief Marshall is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Disclaimer: By signing up to this event you acknowledge that all night orienteering challenge can be a dangerous activity and that you will take care of your own safety and get your own insurance. The organiser will not be liable for any damage or injuries.

Country Code

· Guard against all risk of fire

· Leave all gates as you find them

· Keep dogs under proper control

· Keep to public paths across farm land

· Avoid damaging fences, hedges and walls

· Leave no litter

· Safeguard water supplies

· Protect wildlife, wildflowers and trees

· Go carefully on country roads

· Respect the life of the countryside

 

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  • Kat

    Team 25, Brave lions, came top from your group finding 6 checkpoints in 7.54
    Team 35, Stripy tigers were next best, with 5 checkpoints in 7.40
    Team 45, Curious Cats found 4 checkpoints in 7.40

    These three results combined to give you about 4th best group .

    December 5, 2013

  • Kat

    Best Groups (Ten Checkpoint Teams)
    GROUP NAME YHA Total Chkpoints Total Hours Total Mins
    RAYLEIGH ROCKETS N[masked]
    AAA N[masked]
    SOUTH MIDDLESEX YHA Y[masked]
    CURIOUS CATS ADVENTURE N[masked]
    COCKNEY NIMRODS N[masked]

    December 4, 2013

  • Kat

    57th RODINGS RALLY
    Saturday 16th / Sunday 17th November 2013

    CLUE SHEET - 10 checkpoint event (Correct grid ref. in bold)

    Checkpoints, normally small tents, must be found in the order given. Of the three grid references given for any clue, only one is correct; the answer is deduced by referring to clue, map and general knowledge.

    ANSWERS
    CHECKPOINT 1 Sounds like a religious aircraft. Religious = Church and Plain
    Sounds like ‘plane’.
    (LIT)[masked] correct:[masked]
    M CHECKPOINT 2 Inter trees. Inter = Bury and trees = Wood
    (UNLIT) correct:[masked] [masked] CHECKPOINT 3 Carry timber around to sell. Hawk = carry goods to sell and
    Timber = Wood
    (UNLIT)[masked] correct:[masked] CHECKPOINT 4 You might see an up right bird here. Cuckoo is up to the right of
    the GR.
    (UNLIT)[masked] correct:[masked]

    December 4, 2013

    • Kat

      CHECKPOINT 5 Look for the designer beards. The Stubbles
      (UNLIT)[masked] correct:[masked] TEA POINT[masked] (closes 5am)


      CHECKPOINT 6 Perhaps we should make this checkpoint a habit Great Monk Wood (hence
      reference to habit)
      (UNLIT) correct:[masked] [masked] CHECKPOINT 7 Make sure you’re in the loop. Loop Ride is to south and east.
      (UNLIT)[masked] correct:[masked] CHECKPOINT 8 Sounds like powdered Christmas trees. Furze sounds like ‘firs’ and
      Ground = powdered
      (UNLIT) correct:[masked] [masked] CHECKPOINT 9 This one could give you a funny turn. Near to Comical Corner
      (UNLIT)[masked] correct:[masked] FINAL CHECKPOINT AT HIGH BEACH VILLAGE HALL -[masked]

      December 4, 2013

  • Kat

    Hey guys, I have uploaded the photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.693075104045323.1073741954.517940911558744&type=1&l=111cb7edf6
    Please tag yourselves and please like the page. :)

    November 23, 2013

  • Kei

    Another great year. Thanks Kat! You did a fantastic job organising it. :) But probably the best part was eating breakfast and chatting with everyone at the end. :D

    November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You missed out on our wandering around, making sure Whitehouse Plain was safe for everyone.

      3 · November 18, 2013

  • Janusz K.

    De-zombifying required 12+ hours of sleep :) thanks Kat

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Kat!

    November 17, 2013

  • Philip

    I had a great time walking around in circles with you guys :) will be up for it again next year.

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organising a great night, Kat! Still recovering though! :)

    November 17, 2013

  • Kei

    wake up everyone! :)

    November 17, 2013

  • Kat

    Elana, where are you? Call me on[masked]

    November 16, 2013

  • Maria

    Hi - I missed the oportunity to get a lift from the station to the pub or Forest. If you have a space please call me reply. Many thanks.

    November 16, 2013

    • Kat

      Maria, see Philip's comment below, he would be happy to give people lifts too. Philip, what time will you be there?

      November 16, 2013

    • Philip

      I'll be there 8.10 or a bit before

      November 16, 2013

  • Kat

    Hey guys, the first ones to contact me and secure the space in the car are: Peter, Charlie, Anna and Kei. People who still need lifts are: Rishi, Tom, Maciej and Segen. Is anyone else driving and could give them a lift?

    November 16, 2013

    • Maria

      @philip - Hi spols for the late reply, do you still have a spare seat?

      November 16, 2013

    • Philip

      yeah, no problem

      November 16, 2013

  • Kat

    Hey guys, as one more person gave up their place, we now have only 3 teams, 4 people each. I have reshuffled you and this is the new allocations:
    Team number 25, Brave Lions, 9:18.
    - Janusz Kowalczyk
    - Kei
    - Rishi
    - Tom Team number 35, Stripy Tigers, 9:38.
    - Maciej Dziardziel
    - Anna
    - Maria
    - Elena Team number 45, Curious Cats, 9:58.
    - Kat
    - Peter
    - Philip
    - Charlie

    November 16, 2013

  • Kat

    Hi guys, I have emailed all the information to you now, if anyone has not received it, please let me know.

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kat, where do we need to get on Saturday?

    November 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We parked up close by, and the start point was a short walk away. I'm sure Kat will confirm soon.

      November 15, 2013

    • Kat

      Yes, that's correct. :) the first group starts at 8:56, so I will be waiting for you from 8:30 at the the pub. We can have some food there before the event.

      November 15, 2013

  • Kat

    Hey guys, I have been waiting to see if anyone else signs up so that we can divide teh teams better, but it seems this is not gonna happen... I will be sending more information by email shortly.

    November 15, 2013

  • Frans

    Sorry, cancelled, can't make it. Seems like fun though!

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello... I'm gutted that I can no longer come to this event. Would anyone like to take my spot?

    November 11, 2013

  • Eryn

    If new people are coming can they take our two places and I can get a refund please?

    November 9, 2013

    • Kat

      Sure, no problem. If anyone else signs up I will process the refund.

      November 9, 2013

  • Sara

    Hi. I'm not signed up yet but very interested in coming along. How are teams picked. I may be attending on my own and won't know anyone :(

    November 9, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Sara, don't worry, you will be matched with other people - you won't be alone. If you come on Tuesday to te preparations you will be able to meet others. :)

      November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds exciting! Kat, it would be great to organize some mini-rallies of this kind within our group.

    February 3, 2013

    • Kat

      Hey Nirupam, will you be joining us?

      October 31, 2013

  • Eryn

    Hi all,
    Is there anyone who would like to take my two places as I have already paid for them but can no longer attend!

    October 16, 2013

  • Eryn

    Hi! I am so sorry I willnot be able to come to this event. My husband and I were both looking forward to it. Due to work committments (Duke of Ed weekend scheduled on the same weekend) we are unable to come. If somone could take our two spots I would encourage you to as it will be an awsome event!
    See you all at another time soon, Eryn

    September 22, 2013

  • Kat

    Hi guys, if you would like to see the last year's events, please follow this link: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/events/49077482/

    September 18, 2013

  • Kat

    I'm actually thinking about doing an evening walk in Epping Forest. :) Keep your eyes peeled.

    February 3, 2013

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