Monday, 17th January 2022

Tamar Triple

Notes for all 3 days


SI will be used for all courses. Traditional dibbers are available for hire at 1 per competitor per day for one or more days and can be collected from the Registration tent in the assembly area on each day. (Lost dibber fee 30)

The controls will be SIAC-enabled. Clear boxes and SIAC Battery Test boxes will be located at each pre-Start.

Start and Finish controls are NOT SIAC-enabled. In other words, ALL competitors must punch at the Start and Finish.

Please do not forget to download after your run, back in the Assembly field.

SIAC hire via the Fabian entry form.


Dogs on lead throughout the assembly area.

NO dogs on courses. (There are grazing animals.)


Onosh and CompassPoint will be in attendance.

Day 1 Tavistock Urban


You can download a pdf of the full details for Day 1. TT2020 Tavistock Urban event details.


Organiser: Steve Edmonds (Devon)

Planner: Bryan Smith (Devon)

Controller: Roger Hargreaves (Kerno)


Tavistock is an ancient and attractive market town. The town rises steeply away from the north and south side of the River Tavy, beyond the older, central, part of the town towards a range of older and newer housing areas. The Tavistock Canal, the River Tavy and an old railway line, now used as a multi-use trail, all run approximately south-west /north-east.

The town is centred on the paved amenity of Bedford Square, around which are found St. Eustachius' Church and the Abbey ruins, to the west, the Grade 2-listed Town Hall, the disused former Guildhall/magistrates' court buildings, and Pannier Market buildings behind the Town Hall. Abbey Bridge crosses the River Tavy to the south, while West Street and Duke Street, on either side of the north end of the square, form the main shopping areas, with the indoor [Pannier] market running behind Duke Street.

Plymouth Road, the A386 heading west from the centre of the square, is home to much of the town's tourist trade, with many hotels and bed and breakfast establishments, as well as the town's bus station. Between Plymouth Road and the Tavy is the park, known locally as the Meadows, along with car parks, the Wharf theatre, cinema and culture centre, and a public recreation pool. West of the Meadows are found the substantial playing fields and buildings of Tavistock College, reached by an underpass below the A386. Further south along the Plymouth Road/A386 lie industrial estates, supermarkets and other large retail outlets. To the north and east of town lies Whitchurch Down, where Dartmoor begins immediately.

(With acknowledgement to Wikipedia)


The event centre will be at Tavistock Community College.


Course Men's Classes Women's Classes Length (km) Climb (m)
1 Men's Open (M18-35) 6.4 100
2 Veteran Men (M40+) Women's Open (W18-35) 5.1 75
3 Super Veteran Men (M55+) Veteran Women (W40+) 3.9 60
4 Ultra Veteran Men (M65+) Super veteran Women (W55+) 3.3 45
5 Hyper Veteran Men (M75+) Ultra Veteran Women (W65+), Hyper Veteran Women (W75+) 3.1 30
6 Junior Men (M16-) Junior Women (W16-) 3.5 10
7 Young Junior Men (M12-) Young Junior Women (W12-) 2.3 5

NB. Running lengths may be up to 40% longer than straight line lengths

* All details are subject to final controlling

* The event forms part of the Southern England Orienteering Urban League (SEOUL).

* The map is drawn to a scale of 1:5000. (See extract from 2014 event).

* Contour intervals are 2.5 metres.

* The map is not ISSOM 2017, but has been revised from the 2014 version.

* As is usual within urban orienteering, all courses, with the exception of Course 7, may experience vehicle traffic and competitors must take care, for their own safety and that of other road users.

* Where there is the option to use a crossing point, e.g. zebra crossing, competitors are encouraged to do so.

* Courses 1 and 2 have two timed-out crossing points with controls on either side of the crossing. Where there is a zebra crossing one minute will be allowed to cross. Where there is a pedestrian signaled crossing two minutes will be allowed to cross.

* Competitors on Course 6 may come across traffic on minor roads within a housing estate.

* A number of courses will use an underpass, under the A386. To emphasize the need to use the underpass, the road above is shown as an uncrossable boundary.

* All courses may cross the Tavistock Canal or the River Tavy. For safety reasons, the canal and river must only be crossed by one of the many bridges.

* Please be considerate and aware of pedestrians and members of the public. In particular, be cautious in congested or constricted areas of the town and when turning blind corners.

Start times and Course closure

* Courses 1, 3, 5 and 7 will start on odd minutes, Courses 2, 4 and 6 will start on even minutes.

* First starts are 13.00

* Final starts are 15.30

* Courses close at 17.00.

Map symbols

All competitors should familiarise themselves with the map symbols used for sprint and urban orienteering events.

In particular, for reasons of safety, good relationships with landowners and event fairness, competitors should be familiar with the symbols for:

* Impassable wall (Forbidden to cross)

* Impassable fence or railing (Forbidden to cross)

* Building (Forbidden to cross or enter)

* Area with forbidden access (olive green shading)

* Uncrossable boundary

* Out of bounds

Map extract


Dogs on lead throughout the assembly area.

NO dogs on courses. (There are grazing animals.)

Day 2 Leskernick Hill - Long Distance

A newly-mapped area of Bodmin Moor near the source of the River Fowey.

This will be a Level B event and part of the UKOL.


Organisers: Steve Beech & Berni Muir (Kerno)

Planner: Will Hancock (Kerno)

Controller: Nicholas Maxwell (Devon)


Photo of summit of Leskernick Hill courtesy of Rod Allday

West Moor lies in the shadow of the highest peak in Kernow, Brown Willy. But this is no beastly moor with perhaps the jewel in its crown being Leskernick Hill. Leskernick at 329m is notable for its density of archaeological remains and has panoramic views of most of Bodmin Moor. The hill itself has been newly mapped for Tamar Triple 2020 and it is anticipated that all the technical courses will enable competitors to fully appreciate it.

Away from the hill itself the surrounding granite moorland is also very runnable and is a living history of the past 3000 years. There are further archaeological remains including standing stones, peat burning platforms and hut circles. Moving slightly further ahead into more recent times there are also very obvious traces of open cast tin mining (think gullies and re-entrants!) together with a Second World War Tungsten mine that the longer courses will visit. Given the proximity to the Atlantic and the elevation it goes without saying there are areas of bog and associated 'water features' including the source of the River Fowey! We are indebted to the Farmers and Commoners for permitting our access into this very special part of our Cornish Moor - so come see it for yourself.

After your run why not seek sustenance at Daphne Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn just to the west? Or visit Trewint just to the east where Wesley lodged Methodism firmly in Cornwall. Or venture slightly to the north into Arthur Boyt country to visit the wartime airfield at Davidstow with not one but two museums dedicated to the RAF Operations there. Definitely worth a trip west in May!


The area lies about 9 miles west of Launceston, on the north side of the A30.

Parking will be in a field adjacent to the A30. Postcode for the site is PL15 7TD.

It will be signed off the A30 via a slip road and farm track.


Based on the 2012-2015 map of Davidstow Moor by Will Hancock and SUTMAP. The map has been updated in 2019 by Ben Mitchell to include Leskernick Hill. Most courses will use a 1:10000 map with 5 m contours. It is likely that Brown and Black courses will be at 1:15000 given the area used. Printed on Waterproof Paper with Control Descriptions, Course and Legend overlaid.


Based on the BOF Guidance there are nine Colour coded courses; Yellow to Black. Owing to the terrain it has not been possible to prepare a White Course. Competitors should enter a course equivalent to their Age Category. The table below gives the 'equivalent length' of Distance + Climb - exact course lengths and climb will be confirmed in due course.

(Please note that the Black course will depend on having sufficient entries. Otherwise M21 will run Brown.)

Course Age classes for UKOL Equivalent length
Black M21 17.1
Brown M18 M20 M35 M40 M45 W21 14.5
Blue M16 M50 M55 M60 W18 W20 W35 W40 W45 9.6
Green M65 M70 W16 W50 W55 W60 6.7
Short Green M75 M80 M85 W65 W70 5.6
Very Short Green W75 W80 W85 4.8
Light Green M14 W14 5.1
Orange M12 W12 4.3
Yellow M10 W10 3.8


All competitors must carry a Whistle. In the event of bad weather Cagoules may be compulsory. In the event of good weather the requirement for full body cover may be relaxed - ie shorts may be permitted.


The start will be accessed via a taped route from the Car Park and is approximately 1 km away. Given the remote and exposed nature of the start (scenic views!) we will provide a Clothes Dump.

The walk is hilly with around 70 m of climb so allow 30 minutes.


On completion of your course the walk back to the Car Park will be via the outward route to the start.

Total distance will be 1.5 - 2 km. This will involve approx 60 m of climb and will be via the Clothes Dump.


Dogs on lead throughout the assembly area.

NO dogs on courses. (There are grazing animals.)

Day 3 Hardhead Downs - Middle Distance

This area of Bodmin Moor contains numerous pits which were left from historic mining activity.

In an otherwise open landscape this should provide fast and furious competition.


Organisers: Chris Moncaster & Ivor Marshall (Kerno)

Planner: Arthur Vince (Kerno)

Controller: Alan Simpson (Devon)


Parking and assembly will be in a level field at SX164712 Post Code PL30 4HE (courtesy of Mr J Smith of Menabroom Farm).

The walk to the start is 800m (50m climb). Allow 20 mins.

The walk from the finish back is 1000m (30m climb).


The map scale for all courses will be 1:7500.


Course Men's Classes Women's Classes Length (km) Climb (m)
Black M18 M20 M21 M35 M40
Brown M45 M50 W18 W20 W21
Blue M16 M55 M60 W35 W40
Green M65 M70 W16 W45 W50
Short Green M75 M80 M85 W55 W60 W65
Very Short Green W70 W75 W80 W85
Light Green M14 W14
Orange M12 W12
Yellow M10 W10


Dogs on lead throughout the assembly area.

NO dogs on courses. (There are grazing animals.)


Online entry preferred via Fabian4.