Night Urban 1 - Kendal Central

Part of 2019/2020 Night Event Series

Wed 6 Nov 2019

Event one of the Urban Night Series, point to be awarded over the series with the best four to count towards the final standings.


A reminder from the SI Team - please ensure you download on completion of your course, even if retiring to avoid us initiating a search for you.

Type of event: Local, Night, Urban
Type of terrain: Urban

Info updated: Tue 12 Nov


Event Report

A friendly reminder from your SI and Organising Teams - Please, please do remember to download on completion of your course, even if retiring. This is a safety requirement to avoid us potentially intiating a search for you at the end of the event. 


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Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Kendal

Directions / Parking

The start will be on the upper, open air, level of Booth’s car park, the same location as last year’s event. The nearest postcode is LA9 4DG.

Parking is free after 6pm.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will aim to be available from 17:30 as and when the planner & SI team are ready.

To streamline the process please bring your SI card to registration, those without will be able to hire one.

Open start times will be available until 18.30. Runners should start at least 30 seconds apart. Runners who will find it difficult to start by 18.30 should contact the organiser (Dick Towler on '').

Courses will close at 19.30 and you must return to DOWNLOAD as soon as possible even if you retire to avoid the event team having to initiate a search at the end of the event.

Expect kites to be collected from 19:30.

Junior runners (M/W16-) must be accompanied at all times by an adult.

Course Information

The following courses will be provided:

  • Long Course - 4.0km
  • Short course - 2.8km

The Short course will be a cut off version of the Long course, follow the dashed line from the cut-off point (named Short Only) to the control where the courses recombine.

Note that for the urban events runners will be using streets where there will also be pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, runners should be considerate and carry some visible reflective material for safety. Traffic and other usage should be light at the time of the event but please be safe and courteous and when running around blind corners, slow down and run wide to reduce the risk of a collision.

A suitable headlamp/torch must be carried and a spare one is strongly recommended.

Runners should be aware of and comply with the map symbols for ‘not-to-be-crossed’ features and out-of-bounds areas.

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

  • Seniors: £4
  • Junior & Students: £2

Hire dibbers wil be available, free of charge but with a £30 charge if lost.

Terrain Description

Competitors will be running on the usual urban surfaces including pavements and roads but also some cobbled and very smooth sections and the Long course has 3 controls in Serpentine Wood, where paths and steps are currently covered in fallen leaves. The lighting level will be variable from normal street lighting to darkness.

Please take care when running down steps or over cobbles or other smooth surfaces, particularly if wet, as they can be very slippery. 


Urban orienteering carries a high risk of either a collision with a vehicle or the creation of an accident involving one or more vehicles. Please take great care when crossing roads. Don’t run out in front of any vehicles, including bicycles, which may be poorly lit.


Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Dick Towler

Important Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser.

Runners MUST download even if they retire so we can be sure everyone is back and that we do not need to start a search and rescue.

Participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Help and Information: Anyone needing any advice about Orienteering should talk to the Organiser.

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