Park Race 1 - Ulverston Leisure Centre

Sat 15 Sep 2018

The 2018 Park Series started at Ulverston Leisure Centre today.

The remaining Park Races will be held at Brockholes and Glaxo Sports Club in Ulverston on the 13th and 27th October, details will be on the LOC website.

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

Info updated: Sun 16 Sep


Pre Event Info

This series of 3 events offers an introduction to orienteering for newcomers but also high speed racing for the experienced. A two part race, each of about 2km, for senior runners and a 'Mini' race aimed at younger children age 12 and under.

There are 3 event in the park series. The best 2 results will count to the overall series results with prize giving at the final event. For the sprint overall result both courses are to be run with total time being used for the standings at each event.

Prizes for the Mini winners M/W12-, and junior M/W16-, veteran M/W50+ and Open M/W on the sprint. There might be a super vet category for a single sprint course if sufficient interest.

The controls, including the finish, will be enabled in contactless mode so that those with SIAC dibbers should not need to physically punch the controls.

However, note that it will be necessary to punch the start and finish controls which will not be programmed in contactless mode.

If you are using contactless punching there is no need to touch the control boxes, and it has been noted that some runners hit them hard enough to knock them out of the ground and potentially damage the control box. Please don't do this because a failed control would disrupt the event results for all the competitors.

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.


Nearest town: Ulverston

Directions / Parking

The parking will be in the main Leisure Centre car park on Priory Road, Ulverston. This will be signed from the A590 (turn off opposite the Swan Pub on the coast road to Barrow).

Free parking but the car park does not open until 09:30.

Alternatively it is a 10 to 15 minute walk from Ulverston railway and bus stations.

Public Transport Options

it is a 10 to 15 minute walk from Ulverston railway and bus stations.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be in the car park near to start (outside the tennis centre) and will be open from 10:00.

Starts will be between 10:30 and 11:30.

Courses will close 12:30.

Course Information

Course options:

  • Short (A or B) – 2.4km / 22 controls
  • Long (A & B) – 2 x 2.4km / 2 x 22controls
  • Mini – 1.1km / 16 controls

The Mini course is intended for youngsters and beginners

For Mini and Short courses:

1. CLEAR, CHECK, START then follow the map as usual
2. Punch the FINISH
3. DOWNLOAD (Course results). 

You MUST download after doing both courses, it is our main safety check method to make sure everyone has finished.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS for the Long courses:

The 2 courses can be run in either order (A then B or B then A)

1st course (A or B):

2. Run the course including control 199
3. Do NOT punch FINISH
4. DOWNLOAD - 1st course results (optional)
The period between control 199 of your first run and control 200 of your second run is timed out.

2nd course (B or A):
2. Collect folded 2nd map
3. Open map at control 200 (control 1 on course), punch then look at map
4. Run the course including control 199
5. Punch the FINISH
6. DOWNLOAD - overall results.

You MUST download after doing both courses, it is our main safety check method to make sure everyone has finished.

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 - £5.00
  • Juniors - £2.50
  • Family £12 (individual entries for two adults and two children under 18 from the same family)

If running both sprint courses you need an SI card that can take 50 punches. If you have a series 5 (number 1-499999) or series 8 (2,000,001 – 2,999,999) card, or none at all, you will be able to borrow a high capacity one at registration.

The SI cards are available for hire, no cost but £40 replacement cost if lost. 

Terrain Description

1:3000 ISSOM. Based on 2007 map by Martin Badness and most recently updated in 2018 by LOC members.

Please make sure you are familiar with the sprint map specification, and in particular what is forbidden to cross. There is a legend on the map.

Ulverston Leisure Centre is a very flat community sports facility. The area consists of grassy sports fields and surrounding rougher land, broken up with sports buildings and pathways. Some pitches will be marked out of bounds.  Do not cross them, even if they appear out if use.


Toilets in the changing block by the astroturf area (access TBC). 

The Leisure Centre has tennis courts and a swimming pool should you want further activity. 

Dogs allowed?

Dogs will not be allowed in the Leisure Centre grounds.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Lindsey Bayles / Sam Yates

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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