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Update 2nd March: Entries are now open

Welcome!

The RSGB are hosting three days of open ARDF competition in the spring of 2014. There will be Sprint, 2m and 80m Classic ARDF Courses


In addition the 10th British ARDF Championships will be contested.



The events will be located in the West Midlands, close to Birmingham and East Midlands Airports.


We are taking expressions of interest and even entries. Please register your interest now by emailing the organiser on...

To enter please send:

Given Name, Family Name, Callsign, Club/Association, Country, SI Chip Number or "hire" If you wish to borrow a chip for the event, class entered and days entered.

If you wish to borrow receivers - either 2m or 80m - please let us know now - we have a limited number of each. Entry fees will be collected on the morning of the competition.

The Weather Forecast


The BBC have some funky maps and their data comes from the UK Met office and has been corrected for local terrain: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2655781





The Competitions


Day 1 - Friday (evening) 9th May - Sprint Style ARDF on the 80m band

Fast open heathland with patches of runnable forest.  Close to Womborne

Day 2 - Saturday (afternoon) 10th May - Classic Style ARDF on the 2m  band

Wyre Forest to the west of Bewdley.  Hills and valleys and lots of trees.  Some brambles (boo!)


Day 3 - Sunday (morning) 11th May - Classic Style ARDF on the 80m band

Sutton Park, Birmingham:  Very fast indeed - I can orienteer round here at under 6mpk and I am an M50.

The Location

The competition areas are all within 40km of Birmingham, West Midlands




Travel


It may possible to get to the Friday and Saturday venues by public transport - a bit of walking or cycling will be necessary however. Use the UK Transport Planner to check out possibilities.

If you have your own plane you can fly direct to the sprint race (http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/)

On Saturday  you could travel by steam train (Severn Valley Railway) - but they have special events on 10th and you would need to book ahead.

For Sunday - there is a mainline railway station next to the competition area, with connections to and from Birmingham Airport

As is standard practice in the UK competitors will be responsible for their own transport

Given prior notice we may be able to organise transport to and from the competition forests to local hotels or rail/bus stations. This is not guaranteed. Please contact the organiser to discuss well in advance of the event.

Accommodation

As is standard GB practice competitors will be responsible for their own accomodation arrangements.

There are plenty of hotels! Chains such as PREMIER INN, TRAVELODGE offer good deals if you book early.

Bewdley and Kidderminster are the best places to stay if you are an overseas visitor.
  

You will also find caravan and camping sites close by.

Entry Fees

This year we may have to pay to use one or more of the areas (these belong to the government and are free open access but there is a charge for organised activities).  Fees will be fixed once we know how much we must pay,

For guidance only the entry fees last year were:

Day 1 - £5
Day 2 - £10
Day 3 - £10

and we don't expect the 2014 fees to be much different.

Entry fees will be payable, in Cash (GBP) and in full upon arrival at Day 1 registration.

There will be a reduced price for Junior competitors - to be confirmed.

To enter please send:

Given Name, Family Name, Callsign, Club/Association, Country, SI Chip Number or "hire" if you wish to borrow a chip for the event, class entered and days entered. If you wish to borrow receivers - either 2m or 80m - please let us know now - we have a limited number of each.
Weather
(Information For Overseas Competitors)

'Hasta el cuarenta de mayo no te quites el sayo'*





The weather in May can vary between 25 degrees, dead calm and sun (hooray!) and 6 degrees, rain, sleet, hail and gale force winds (boo!).

Normally it is warm and sunny but please come prepared! If the weather is really bad the organisers may require competitors to carry a waterproof raincoat (aka cagoule)


*'Don't leave off your coat till May 40th'

Celebration Meal

Please note will be a meal not a hamfest - no need to dress up!

We hope that this will be somewhere in the Bewdley-Stourbridge area.

The Small Print

In the case of cancellation or curtailment of the competition the organisers accept no liability for competitors personal committed or incurred costs. We reserve the right to retain all or part of any entry fee or other monies paid to cover organisers costs, in the case where these costs cannot be recovered.

Contact

The organiser can be contacted by email using...




Please send an email - to enter, register your interest and to ask any questions that you may have.