Park Race 2 - Lakeside YMCA

Part of the 2017 LOC Park Series

Sat 9 Sep 2017

Type of event: Local, Sprint
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Mon 11 Sep


Event Report

The provisional results for the Lakeside Park Race are now on the website (link above), please send any comments about the results or queries to ''.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Newby Bridge

Directions / Parking

Parking will be on hard standing at the YMCA National Centre, Lakeside North of Newby Bridge on the road northwards past Lakeside. There will be a £1 car parking to be used by YMCA in support of the 'Changing Lives' appeal.

Use the North Park Entrance, grid ref SD374898.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be open by 10:00. 

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.

Start times will be from 10.30 - 11.30.

Both courses will have a punching start and there will not be a mass start, runners should not start within 30 seconds of another runner.

Start & Finish will be within 50m of parking/registration.

Courses will close at 12.30, please return to download immediately after finishing even if you retire.

Course Information

  • Two sprint courses (each 2.2km/130m)
  • A Mini Park Race course (1.5km/50m)

The two sprint courses form the main Park Race competition with competitors running both. Competitors completing both courses shall be ranked by the sum of the time taken for each course. The estimated lead time should be about 15 mins per course.

The Mini course is intended for novice runners and juniors and will be easier in terms of navigation (Yellow standard). The estimated lead time should be about 15 mins.

Results will also be published by course and some competitors wanting a shorter run may choose to run only one course.

Competitors must punch the finish for each course completed and must download their SI card prior to re-clearing and starting the next course.

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 fees shall be £4 for seniors (M/W21+) and £2 for juniors (M/W20-) and full-time students.

There is no SI card hire fee, but there will be a charge (£30) for lost cards.

Terrain Description

Runnable lakeland woodland with plenty of contour detail.  There are number of pieces of adventure equipment (climbing frames & zip wires) that are shown on the map as out of bounds areas.  These are marked on the ground with ropes or wooden fences.  Please keep out even if they are not in use.  Most of the site path network is edged with a low wooden fence, they are not shown on the map, it is permissible to cross them and you can do so easily.  There are some large crags, they will not be taped but the courses steer clear of them.  There are some marshes, mapped as uncrossable, stay out of them.   The wood is alongside the lake, parents please keep you children safe and note that the jetties are out of bounds.

The southern part of the area is bounded by a large fence, mapped as uncrossable, we do not have access permission so please keep out.

Safety bearing is north, keep the lake to your right and follow paths north until you reach the YMCA buildings.

Studded orienteering shoes are recommended.  Full leg cover required, there are areas of undergrowth and ticks may still be present.


Toilets are available, please use them instead of al fresco.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Graham Capper

Planner: Rowan Capper

Series coordinator: Matt Rooke

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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