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.
The 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.
· 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