BUCS HAS BEEN CANCELLED. A statement from Ed Nicholas is posted below. Please see Facebook page for further information.
BUCS Orienteering - cancellation
My sincere apologies to you all for cancelling this event. This is clearly something we didn't want to do and whilst the area (and assembly/parking) would have supported an event the travel to Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire is clearly a factor that needs to be strongly considered.
We did have conversations with institutions and BUCS about the responsibility and guidance to be given to teams about travelling and there was clear guidance that it didn't sit with us as organisers. That advice clearly now does not sit comfortably with us as organisers. I am mindful that when faced with an important competition people unfortunately make irrational decisions and travelling in these conditions is such a one. We have come to the conclusion that we as organisers are clearly influencing people's decisions by continuing to hold the event and if an issue occurred that issue would sit with us. That is not something I wish to contend with.
In short the gains from putting on the event are now far outweighed by the risks that could happen to teams travelling in adverse weather conditions.
Due to the efforts required to re-host the event (permissions/volunteers etc); the lack of potential opportunities in the British Orienteering calendar and the nature of university terms rescheduling is highly unlikely. A final note will on that will be made next week.