Registration: 10.30 am-12 noon at the tent at the Booths Lane entrance to the nature reserve; Starts: 11 am-12 noon
Directions from M6 junction 7
Go south on the A34 towards Birmingham. At the first (“Scott Arms”) traffic lights, go left onto the A4041 dual carriageway towards Sutton Coldfield. Stay in the right-hand lane. After 700 metres (before you go under the bridge) turn right into Booths Lane. (If you miss the turn, you can turn round at the Asda roundabout 1 km further on.) Once on Booths Lane, after 600 metres the entrance to the nature reserve is on the left and the golf centre is on the right. The road is unadopted and full of potholes so take your time.
Parking: Queslett Park Golf Centre, Booths Lane, Birmingham B42 2RG, and along Booths Lane. No charge.
Courses: White 1 km; Yellow 1.5 km; Orange 2.1 km; Green 3.7 km; Blue (two maps) 5.2 km
£5 for Adults (£3 for Beginners/Members of West Midlands Orienteering Clubs/Members of British Orienteering)
£2 for Children/Students/Unwaged
SportIdent electronic punching. Bring your SI card if you have one, or you can hire one for £1.
1:5000, revised 2011. Maps are not waterproof but issued in an A4 poly pocket. Control descriptions on the map, not issued separately
The nature reserve is an old quarry. The southern part is a mixture of small dense woods and rough open land with a network of paths. The northern wooded area (visited by the Green and Blue courses) has some intricate details; runnability/visibility is quite good but there are quite a few brambles. The area is flat except for the slope up from Booths Lane.
Competitors should carry a whistle. The area is popular with dog walkers – take care if you encounter dogs. Use your whistle if you are in difficulties.
Refreshments/Toilets: available in the golf centre (Please change out of muddy footwear.)
Organisers: Iain Gamlen/Mick Sadler (COBOC) 0121 603 1091
Planner: Adrian Bailey (HOC) 07505 381666
See you there!