Night Urban - Kendal

The first of the 2016-17 LOC Winter Night Series

Wed 9 Nov 2016

Type of event: Local, Night, Urban

Info updated: Wed 9 Nov


Event Report

That was a good turnout for the first night event of the year.

The mass start was a little short of people, with really only me (Lecky) setting off on my own at 6.30.

Dick Towler found a pair of trainers in the car park.  If you can describe them and want them back, email him at .

See you all next week for the first night terrain event at Cartmel.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Kendal

Directions / Parking

Parking and registration will be in the Abbot Hall Museum car park. This is the further of the 2 car parks at this site [between Abbot Hall Museum and the Museum of Lakeland Life And Industry]. It is Pay and Display until 6pm.

PLEASE NOTE  - The back part of the Abbot Hall Museum car park will be locked at 6pm. So don't park there as your car may be locked in! Assembly will thus be in the first part of the car park.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.30 - 18.15.

Runners under 16 will not be allowed except at the discretion of the organiser.

Runners using their own SI cards should bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and the information accuracy for the results.

Open start times will be from 17.45 - 18.30.

There will be an optional Mass Start at 18.30 for those who prefer that format.

Course Information

There are 2 courses - long (4.7km) and short (2.7km), although competitors will run about a third longer than that on the course. Both courses have butterfly loops, so other runners may not be looking for the same control sequences. 

Courses will close at 20.00 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.

Please 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.

A suitable lamp and preferably a spare lamp must be carried.

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 (with an additional £2 for non-BOF members
Junior & Students: £2

Terrain Description

Complex urban terrain involving the ginnels and lanes of central Kendal, with the longer courses venturing into the surrounding housing estates.

<5% of run will be spent off-road.

Please note that sections may be very slippery, and care is needed.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Nick Howlett

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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