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Jan Kjellstrom Festival of Orienteering

Competition nameJan Kjellstrom Festival of Orienteering
Start date20130329
End date20130401
CountryGreat Britain
Race typeInternational
Nearest place or cityReading
Club/organizerSouth Central Orienteering Association
Region of countryChilterns
Number of competition days4
Expected number of runners2000
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Event descriptionEvents take place during Easter weekend. Day 1 is Sprint. Day 2 is Middle Distance (for Elites) or Classic (long distance) event. Day 3 is Classic (long distance) event. Day 4 is relay. No event centre.
Terrain descriptionDay 1 Whiteknights (University of Reading's campus) - university campus includes conservation meadows, a rare tree collection and a large lake as well as a multitude of typical campus buildings, both modern and more traditional. The mixture of fast open areas and complex buildings provides an ideal location for a sprint race. Day 2 Hambleden (near Henley) - classic Chiltern-style undulating slopes, some steep, with a complex path and track network. The area is covered in mature beech, mixed deciduous and conifer. The woodland is open and very runnable. Day 3 Cold Ash (west of Reading) - undulating slopes containing a mixture of deciduous and coniferous woodland which offer fast running. The area has many smaller features with some more complex contoured areas containing vague natural regenerated vegetation. Day 4 Hambleden - as for Day 2.
Holiday activities,nature,hiking etc.This area of South East England is ideal for tourism and holiday activities. It is close to Oxford (old university town), Windsor (castle), Henley (rowing) and London (where does one start?). The Chilterns and the Thames Valley are full of opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. Transport links to the area are excellent. All four London airports are close by - Heathrow and Luton are closest, but Stansted and Gatwick are within 100km. London has excellent rail links, and the area is 30 minutes by train from London. Coming by car, the M4 and M40 run close by.
Street address of navigation pointShinfield Road, Reading
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