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Version 5 - January 27, 2018
for each Route Card must be plotted on the supplied maps. These
will usually be based upon Internet Ordnance Survey's 1:50000
scale or Street View maps. You will be able to download a PDF
map of the the plotting area for printing on an A4 sheet of
Note: The PDF map will only be at a scale of
1:50000 and shrunk to fit on A4 paper; it will not be of
sufficient quality for very detailed plotting.
Other map sources such as paper maps or Google maps may be
consulted but the solution for the Route Cards must be based
upon those supplied.
2. Map Solutions
When you have plotted the route
solution you will be required to mark this on a web browser
version of the map - follow the procedures and guidance given in Marking a Route. You
will be able to save your solution and revisit to make changes
as many times as you wish.
When you are happy with the result
you can submit your solution for marking. Your number of marking
submisions will be limited.
The marking will take place automatically and you will receive
immediate notification of your penalties.
3. Route Cards
Each event will contain 12 Route Cards
of varying difficulty. The easier Route Cards will use common
road rally navigation - tulips, herringbones, spot heights, map
references, grid squares etc - to define the required route. The
harder Route Cards will use cryptic puzzles. Broadly there will
be four "Novice Level" Route Cards; four "Expert Level" and four
Each Route Card will start at TC1 and finish at an End of
Regularity (EOR), and along the route there will be undisclosed Passage
Controls (PCs) and Time Controls (TCs) to be visited. Penalties will be applied for not
visiting PCs or TCs
"Time" penalties may be applied for taking a shorter
or longer route than
necessary between TCs.
To correctly visit a control it must passed through with the correct direction of approach and
departure, and be visited in the correct order.
Competitors should attempt all Route Cards. However, the two
(rounds 1 and 2) or single (rounds 3 nd 4) highest total penalties for each Route Card will be discarded in
calculating a competitor's overall penalties.
Route Cards are standalone i.e. the route on a Route Card will
not necessarily link to the previous or next.
The Route Cards must be answered in numerical order (although
certain Route Cards flagged as Redo may be revisited
times) and at any time between the opening and
closing times of the competition.
Not attempting a Route Card and the maximum penalty on a Route
Card - 100 marks.
For each PC incorrectly visited (missed, incorrect approach or
departure) - 5 marks
For each TC incorrectly visited (missed, incorrect approach or
departure) - 10 marks
Taking a hint(s) on a Route Card -
penalties vary up to a maximum for of 50 marks for each Route
Sections between TCs are termed Regularities, "timed" to the
second and you will be penalised for "early" or "late" arrival.
"Time penalties" will be applied
at TCs by comparing the distance of your
route from the previous TC with the distance of the ideal route.
For every whole
second you are "early/late" at TCs you will be penalised
It is assumed that you will abide by UK road rally rules and
"drive" at an average speed of 30 mph. So, if the
route on a Route Card (between TC1 and TC2) is, say, 10 miles, you
shold "take" 20 minutes.
Suppose you made a mistake with your marked route
solution (perhaps you went round an unnecessary loop) and the
distance you travelled was 11.15 miles instead of 10 miles. At 30 mph your journey
take 22 minutes 18 seconds. Being timed to the
second you would be 2 minutes 18 seconds late and would be
penalised 2:18 marks (expressing the penalties conveniently as mins:secs).
Note Timed to the second, you are
effectively allowed a tolerance of 0.0083 miles difference from
the master route before being penalised. This allows your
plotted route to be slightly different from the master route
Note On a Redo route card, if you see you are
more than a few seconds late, check your route closely to ensure
you don't have any "off-routers" or "straight-liners".
Final event positions will be decided on decreasing overall penalties.
Ties on total penalties will be decided by the "furthest
cleanest" principle and then by the least time taken.
Competitors will be divided into separate experience classes: Masters,
Experts and Novices; and there will token class awards in each event
and the overall Championship.
Any competitor that has competed on previous Internet Table-Top
Rallies as a Master.
Any competitor that has competed on previous Internet Table-Top
Rallies as an Expert and has won their class on an event or has
finished in the top three places of the Experts Championship.
Any competitor who has never competed on a postal or Internet
All other competitors not covered by Masters or Novices above.
6. Route Card Plotting
Unless otherwise stated each
Route Card should be plotted using only the given information
and in the order given, implied or necessary to solve the Route
Card. The shortest route (unless otherwise stated) consistent with this information
should be plotted between each successive point (a point being a
specific location on the route, with or without directional
information) subject to any
constraints imposed by the map boundary, earlier route, or the mapping software e.g. one-way streets
or unmarkable roads. For example: "Go via
A B C" means take the shortest route from A to B, then the
shortest route from B to C; NOT the shortest route overall from
A to C via B.
If the abbreviation LWR (Long Way
Round) is used as an instruction, the longest valid route should be
taken between the previous instruction and the following
Where a particular map feature is used solely on the Route
Card, e.g. spot heights, then all other similar features must
Features which are to be avoided will be enclosed in brackets
The following PDF files provide OS
legends, symbols and abbreviations which may be referenced on
Additional 1:25000 Symbols
7. Single Use of Roads
No junction (including
crossroads) or section of road may be used more than once.
8. Permitted Roads
The route only uses
defined on the map legend as
. Paths, and roads under construction,
are to be ignored unless otherwise stated.
(aka PROW) are to be ignored unless otherwise stated.
Only roads and paths that are visible and
navigable by AutoP(i)lot on
the OS 1:50000 scale maps will be used in the navigation and on
the route solution, unless otherwise specified. However, lower
scale maps may be used to mark route refinements such as the
course through indistinct junctions, to eliminate "off-routers"
and to force AutoP(i)lot to use coloured roads on CRO sections.
When passing through junctions you will
be expected to mark a point somewhere before and
junction to guide AP where to go, not at the junction. If AP
takes SWR or LWR at the junction, "triangled" or otherwise - let
it, that's what was intended. If you force an unnecessary SWR or
LWR you may incur unwanted time penalties.
9. White/Coloured Roads
White coloured roads (defined as
Other road, drive or track on the OS legend) including green
sections through woods and those that follow the course of
Public Rights of Way (PROW) may be used on any Route Card
except where the section specifies Coloured Roads Only (CRO).
White roads, where it is not possible to mark their use with
AutoP(i)lot, shall be deemed impassable.
Paths and PROWs may not be used unless specifically
Coloured roads are defined as Blue (Motorway - M), Green
(Primary Route - P), Red (A), Orange/Brown (O/B) or Yellow (C).
10. Dual Carriageways
A dual-carriageway as defined
on the map legend, is to be regarded as two separate roads and
cannot be used in the wrong direction (Note to foreign
entrants: we drive on the left hand side of the road in the
UK). Entry to, or exit from dual carriageways, where the line
of the road is unbroken is not permitted. U-turns through gaps
in the central reservation are permitted.
All these manoeuvres are subject to those permitted by
Roundabouts are to be treated as you
would normally (in the UK) i.e. travel clockwise. Roundabouts
are defined as any circular or elliptical island in the centre
of the road.
12. No Through Roads (NTR)
All roads leading off the
edge of the map or defined plotting area are no through roads
(NTR). They should be ignored in the navigation unless specifically instructed to the
contrary. However, Route Cards may start
or finish on a NTR.
All roads passing through buildings shall be regarded as no
through roads. All roads that are broken by lettering or
bridges (but appearing the other side) should be treated as
continuous. All gates, should be ignored, i.e. assumed to be
Roads that lead into permanently overprinted areas on
maps (like the name of the event, Route Card or
Ordnance Survey notices and logos - typically top left or bottom left)
should also be treated as NTRs.
If a Route Card implies that various points on the map
are to be avoided, these don't "break" the road and make it a NTR.
13. Parallel Roads
Roads running parallel with no
broken connecting line shall be deemed to not connect.
14. Spot Heights
Spot heights are defined as being
part of the route only when the actual spot (or circle) is
the road. In particular note that some Cycle Network symbols on
more recent maps will have hidden an original spot and these
will not be referenced in the navigation. Those on the central
reservation of dual-carriageways are classified as being
off-road. Triangulation Pillars are only used when specifically
14A. Grid Lines
Grid Lines are deemed to have been
crossed if both tramlines of the road cross the line.
Where reference is made to
bridges, they only count where at least one side of the bridge
symbol is actually shown. Bear in mind that over a cutting or
embankment, the bridge symbol often delimits the extent of the
cutting or embankment. Footbridges count as bridges. A viaduct
is defined as a bridge with two bridge symbols.
Where reference is made to fords, they only count where the
word 'Ford' is present.
16. Map Segments
When the Route Card is presented as a set of map segments to be
found and plotted between, you must use all roads shown on each
map segment, unless a road shown is a NTR.
A junction is determined as a crossroads or staggered crossroads
when a continuation of any road culminating at the crossroads
would intersect with a road on the opposite side.
18. Compass Bearings
All compass bearings are based
on grid North unless otherwise stated.
As well as the legend on the map
abbreviations (and others for you to discover) may be used
on the Route Cards.
20. World Ranking Points
World ranking points will be allocated based upon an overall
The organisers reserve the right to
appoint an arbiter should there be any dispute over a section. or
cancel or amend any section should the need arise.
Specific queries concerning the
routes/Route Cards cannot be answered, but general enquiries
will be answered via the appropriate
Do not expect instant answers since the organisers have lives
outside of running table-top rallies.
23. Rule Changes
Any material changes to these rules
will be annotated here, and shown in a
Bulletin, Forum or Notice Board.
24. Individual Effort
The competition is open to
individuals and their individual effort. Group or joint entries
will not be accepted. Enlisting the assistance of another
person or competitor to help solve the Route Cards is not
permitted and may lead to a competitor's exclusion from the