Welcome

Yorkshire and Humberside Orienteering Association welcomes you to Leeds for an exciting weekend of sprint orienteering.

Welcome from the Chair of British Orienteering

On behalf of British Orienteering, it gives me great pleasure to welcome everyone to Leeds for the British Sprint weekend.

We are here to celebrate an exciting two-day festival of sport in the company of members of all ages from throughout the United Kingdom and those who have travelled from further afield to test their skills in these sprint races.

This event starts the build up to the Sprint World Orienteering Championship in Edinburgh in 2024 over 12-16 July where the world’s best orienteers will be competing. The organisers will also offer a series of events for juniors, masters and non-elites. For further information please visit the WOC24 website.

Orienteering is a rewarding pastime and an important life skill. Orienteering opens up opportunities to the outdoors and opens the door to a lifetime of possibilities, building resilience, strength and stamina, and contributing to the health of people of all ages.

As we applaud the achievements of our athletes this weekend, we acknowledge also the sterling work of the coaches and volunteers across the country who support our sport in our clubs and associations.

Events such as these do not happen without a huge amount of planning and preparation. We are most grateful to the teams from Yorkshire and Humberside Orienteering Association, Airienteers, Claro and all the volunteers for their support who despite all the challenges they had to face, have persevered to make this event happen. On behalf of British Orienteering and all the competitors a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers.

Finally, I sincerely hope you all enjoy the competition and technical challenges of the campuses of Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds and wish you all every success in the Championships.

Drew Vanbeck, Chair

Introduction

This section is about general information which applies to both the British Sprint Relay Championships on Saturday 11 June and the British Sprint Championships on Sunday 12 June. There are then sections which are specific to each day. Please be aware that there are two universities in Leeds. The British Sprint Relay Championships are being held at the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University and the British Sprint Championships are being held at Leeds University nearer the city centre. Please make sure that you get to the correct place.

Covid-19

Covid-19 has not completely gone away though at the moment, there are no official restrictions in the UK. Should there be any new regulations from British Orienteering or the Government, competitors must follow them and event organisers may need to put extra measures in place. There is a British Orienteering Code of Conduct with sensible advice to minimise risks.

Competitors must not come to the event if suffering from any Covid symptoms.

Dogs, Club Tents and Banners

We are sorry, but these are not permitted at either event. University campuses and buildings are not suitable for dogs. Tents and banners cannot be erected because of limited space and/or places to anchor them and/or underground cabling.

Clothing

Full body cover is not required, shorts may be worn. Metal studded shoes are not permitted. Shoes suitable for running on grassed and paved areas are required.

Bibs must be worn where they can be clearly seen on the front of running tops.

Punching system

Sportident punching will be used, in standard and touch free modes.

Shadowing

No shadowing is allowed on any championship course.

Commentary, Results and Radio Controls.

Commentary is being provided by Katherine Bett and Mary Fleming

Results service is being provided by Eddie Speak.

Radio controls are being provided by GPProducts.

Safety

Comprehensive risk assessments have been carried out by the organisers. Copies will be available at Enquiries.

The Day Information pages have specific safety notes relevant to their competition areas.

General to sprint orienteering in urban areas, care should also be taken at corners, narrow walkways and pedestrian barriers where other runners and members of the public could be encountered. Please give way to pedestrians and move quickly away from control sites.

Competitors accept the hazards associated with participating in the event, and that they take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.

All British orienteering members entering are covered by the British orienteering public liability Insurance policy. Other than the organiser’s liability for causing death or personal injury by negligence, Event Officials will not accept liability for any injury, accident, loss or damage to the competitor or their property that may arise before, during or after the event as a consequence of participation in the event.

There are spaces for your contact details and medical information on the back of bibs. Please complete this both for your own benefit and to assist the event officials in the case of an incident.

First Aid

First Aid cover is being provided by First Choice Medical Services and their location will be in the event day information. Anyone with a known medical condition should complete the information on the back of their bib.

The nearest A&E dept is Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3EX : 0113 243 2799

Maps will be available at Enquiries.

Photography

In accordance with British Orienteering Child Welfare Policy and Procedures, we request that any person wishing to engage in any video, zoom or close-range photography should read and comply with Section 4.8 of British Orienteering O-Safe Policy. Organisers reserve the right to challenge anyone who is giving cause for concern. If anyone has concerns about inappropriate or intrusive photography, they should raise them with the Organiser, contactable via Enquiries.

Official photographers are required to register with the Organiser. Anyone who does not wish to have their photo taken should obtain a form from the BOF website and hand it in to Enquiries. You will be identified by your bib number.

Wendy Carlyle of AIRE will be an official photographer.

Complaints and Protests

Both events are run in line with the British Orienteering Rules of Competition. These can be located on the British Orienteering website at: https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/rules.

If you are not happy about something, please discuss your concerns with the day’s Planner, Controller or Organiser (via Enquiries), dependent on the problem.

If this does not resolve the issue then a complaint in writing should be registered with the Organiser via Enquiries. If the complainant is not satisfied with the Organiser's response, a protest should be made, in writing, again at Enquiries. This will be considered by the Event Jury. A protest must be made within 10 minutes of receiving a response to a complaint. The event jury’s decision is final.

British Orienteering Rules state "Complaints can be made by anybody in writing. They shall be made "as soon as possible" after the problem is recognised. The Organiser decides whether a complaint has been made in time or not." For these events, "as soon as possible" means within 15 minutes of the last result being displayed in assembly.

Embargoed areas and competitive runs

We have had several queries from potential competitors who know, or have been in, the embargoed areas. We published the restricted areas a year ago on the British Orienteering website.

If you think you may have an advantage over other competitors because of your knowledge of the competition area, we strongly urge you to do the following:

For the British Sprint Championships

Either withdraw from the event – in which case we will refund your entry fee;

Or declare yourself non-competitive – in which case you can run in the qualifier races as normal, but we cannot give you a place in an A final as this could prevent a competitive runner from taking one;

For the British Sprint Relay Championships

Your team will be non-competitive and so your club should seek another runner.

For either event, if you are unsure, you can submit a summary of your knowledge of/involvement in the embargoed area to us, saying why you think you do not have an advantage over others who do not know the area. In this case, we will decide, in conjunction with the relevant Controller, whether or not you can run competitively. If we say you cannot and you disagree with our decision, we will refer your case to the BO Events and Competitions Committee for a ruling, in line with the Rules.

The deadline for dealing with these cases is the entry deadline on 29th May as we need to allocate the individual heats then.

The relevant rules can be found on Page 29 of the rules, Appendix A. https://bof2.sharepoint.com/Competitions/Competitions%20%20Events/Forms/AllItems.aspx?id=%2FCompetitions%2FCompetitions%20%20Events%2FRules%2FRules%202015%2FRules%20of%20Orienteering%2020200101%20v3%2E9%2Epdf&parent=%2FCompetitions%2FCompetitions%20%20Events%2FRules%2FRules%202015&p=true&ga=1

In essence, the rules place the onus on the competitor to decide if s/he might have an unfair advantage.

As additional guidance, we do not regard running without a map on Woodhouse Moor, taking part in the Park Run there, visiting Beckett Park, West Park playing fields, or Leeds Beckett University athletics track only as providing an unfair advantage. However, working, studying in, or running in the embargoed part of Leeds University or the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University within the last 12 months would constitute an unfair advantage.

If you don’t declare yourself as non-competitive and you have breached the embargo, giving you - in our opinion - an unfair advantage, you, or for the relays your whole team, will be disqualified.

Please contact tonythornley@btinternet.com for the Sprints or mike.cope1800@gmail.com for the Sprint Relays if you need us to make a decision on your eligibility.

Cancellations and changes

British Orienteering and Yorkshire and Humberside Orienteering Association reserve the right to cancel or curtail the event whether for operational reasons, Force Majeure, or other reasons, in which case YHOA reserves the right to retain all or part of the entry fees. In the event of cancellation or curtailment, British Orienteering or YHOA will not make any payments for compensation of losses incurred by the entrant e.g. for accommodation and travel costs.

The normal Fabian4 Competitor Terms and Conditions for entrants will apply.