Park Race 4 - Barrow Park

Part of LOC Park Race Series

Sat 29 Oct 2016

The final event of the LOC Park Races, with the prize giving for the series.

The final details for the event are attached here.

Type of event: Local, Other
Type of terrain: Parkland

Info updated: Mon 31 Oct


Event Report

Summary of Winners

Open - Sam Yates (LOC)
Women - Rebecca Rooke (SROC)
Veteran - Richard Lecky-Thompson (LOC)
Veteran Women - Johanna Cleary (LOC)
Junior - Connor O'Hara (IND)
Junior Women - Isobel Kelly (IND)

A total of 117 competitors over the series, with 23 completing three races and 6 managing all four.

The Sam, Rebecca, Richard and Johanna all won at the final race, but the junior winners had been leading from the start. Johanna pipped Louise Dunn by a single point! Well done to all the winners, and to those who completed the series.

Thank you everyone who took part and helped out, particularly John Pullin, Lizzie & Rob Browne and Harry Scott for planning races and Dave Walton for sorting out the IT.

I have the prizes for the winners who didn't stay for prizegiving. Please email to arrange collection.

Keep an eye out for details of Park Series 2017.

Matt Rooke (Series Coordinator)

Pre Event Info

The best three of the four races will count with the winner being the person with the highest number of points after the fourth race.

200 points will be awarded to the winner of each race, 199 for second, and so on.

Prizes will be awarded to top male and top female in each of the following classes using British Orienteering age classes:

  • Open
  • Veteran (50+)
  • Junior (16-)
  • Prizes will also be awarded to the best family group (consisting of at least one adult 18+ and one child 16-) and the best independent (not a member of an orienteering club). Independent eligibility will be determined by the competitor’s status at the first race in which they complete. They may join a club after their first race without affecting their ability to win this prize in the 2016 series.

The Series prize giving will take place as soon as possible after 11:30 and the location will be announced at registration.


Nearest town: Barrow

Directions / Parking

Barrow Park is next to Abbey Road and is adjacent to Furness College. Parking is accessed through the Park Leisure Centre parking (SD209696), with registration at the Bandstand in the park.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be at the Bandstand in the park and will open at 9.45.

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

These races will use a time trial start. Go to the start after registering once the start is open and you will be started at intervals. Just over the start line you will collect your map which will be pre-marked with the course.

Starts will be from 10.00 - 11.00.

Course Information

After registration go to the start, and these races will use a time trial start. Just over the start line you will collect your map which will be pre-marked with the course. You must visit the controls in the order shown on the map. The person who completes the course with the fastest time wins.

Controls are marked with red circles, and the start with a red triangle. The race ends at the finish which is marked with double red circles.

The courses will be approximately 3 km including a maze with a 20 minute estimated winning time.

Butterfly loops or similar will be used to break up competitors on the course.

The map is 1:3500 ISSOM

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

Entry on the day only

Seniors - £4 (there is no surcharge for non-BOF members)
Junior & Students - £2

Terrain Description

Typical town park with paths, grassed areas, some vegetation, gardens and a lake. The lake is out of bounds.


Toilets in the park.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Harry Scott

Series coordinator: Matt Rooke 07969402851

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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