Thanks for signing up to the Catching Features knock-out competition! Please read this information carefully, as you risk missing your race if you don’t follow it.
Don’t do the Catching Features stages in Competition mode! Hopefully you already got that 😉
You can find the start list here. Please add your Catching Features username to the start list.
For technical and logistical reasons we’ve made a few changes to the previous information. The information on this page replaces all previous information.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to do a separate junior competition, as the timings didn’t work with the juniors who signed up. However, in Round 1, Heat 3 will be only M/W16s, and Heat 8 mostly M/W16s. Those juniors who progress from Round 1 will then join the open category.
Round 1: 8 heats, with 10 to 15 runners in a heat. The top 4 in each heat progress to Round 2. Round 1 will take place on Friday evening and Saturday morning (UK time), and you can find your start time on the start list.
Round 2: 3 heats, with about 10 runners in each heat. The top 2 from each heat, plus the 2 fastest losers across all the heats, progress to the Final. Round 2 will take place on Saturday afternoon/evening (UK time), and we’ll publish further information at the bottom of this page by 13:00 BST on Saturday.
Final: 8 runners, livestreamed on Sunday night at 20:00 BST.
There is no gaffling/forking in Rounds 1 and 2. There might be gaffling/forking in the Final 😉
Before the race
You need to download this file, and put it in the Catching Features trees folder. Watch our video for instructions on how to do this. The file contains graphics that make the terrain look more realistic. If you don’t put the file into the correct folder then running the race will be more difficult, but probably not impossible.
You will also need to download the map. DO NOT do any other orienteering on this map in Catching Features until after the weekend, as we may use it for other races. This is the link to the map download. You’ll need to download the map and put it in the map folder. Watch our video for instructions on how to do this if you’re not sure.
You need to be in the Multiplayer waiting area in Catching Features before your start time. Please press refresh frequently until you see your race.
We’ll only make the race available shortly before the start time. This is because, once the race is available, it’s technically possible for anyone to join the race – not just the runners who are in that heat. As there’s a limit on the number of runners in a race, the longer the race is available to join, the greater the risk that the right runners don’t make it in. So be there at your start time!
Due to time restrictions, we cannot restart any of the races. If you don’t make it into the race because of technical issues, or if Catching Features crashes as you start the race, then please email us, and we’ll try and add you to another heat. If you just miss the start of your heat because you’re late, then we can’t add you to another heat.
There’s also a 50 minute (real time!) limit on each race, as we have to be ready to start the next heat! If you don’t finish within the time limit, the game will end and you’ll need to contact us about what to do next.
After your race
Remember to note down your time and upload it to the results website. This is crucial because the points you score in the overall competition for each Catching Features stage will be based on your time, and not on far you get in the knock-out competition.
***Update 18:50 BST: if you’re unable to complete your race in the knock-out heats – for example, if your race ends early because of a bad internet connection – then you should to run the course again on your own in Competition mode (the event name is Lockdown-O – Round 1 – Course A).
We’ll put your time and your position when your race ended in the knock-out heat on the start list sheet. You’ll need to take this time and add it to the time it takes you to do the remaining controls in Competition mode to get your total time for the course, and then submit your total time on the results website.
Example: Tom gets to control 10 in his knock-out heat in 20m00s, at which point his race ends because he loses his internet connection. He then runs the course again by himself in Competition mode. He takes 15m00s to get from control 10 to the finish. His total time is 35m00s, which he submits on the results website.
If you have any problems with this process, please contact us.
For those of you who make it through to the next round, we’ll post more information below. If you don’t make it through to the next round ():) then you’ll complete the remaining stages as an individual player in Competition mode on Catching Features.
Don’t understand any of the above? Then send us a message.
If you’ve qualified for Round 2, you need to choose which heat you want to run in by 15:00 BST today. Choose your heat here.
- Heat 1: 17:00 BST
- Heat 2: 18:00 BST
- Heat 3: 21:00 BST
The map file is now available here. You’ll need to download the map and put it in the Catching Features map folder – see the instructions and video above.
The same as for Round 1: you need to be in the Multiplayer waiting area in Catching Features before your start time. Please press refresh frequently until you see your race.
Due to time restrictions, we cannot restart any of the races in Round 2. If you don’t make it into your race in Round 2, then we can’t add you to another heat. You’ll need to complete the stage in Competition mode instead.
After your race
The same as for Round 1: remember to note down your time and upload it to the results website. This is crucial because the points you score in the overall competition for each Catching Features stage will be based on your time, and not on far you get in the knock-out competition.
The Final will take place on Sunday at 20:00 BST. We have sent all qualifiers an email at 10:30 today (Sunday). If you don’t have it please contact us. You need to run Stage 10 normally in CF.