Park Sprint Race 1 - Barrow Park

Part of the LOC 2019 Park Sprint Race series

Sat 7 Sep 2019

This series of 4 events offers an introduction to orienteering for newcomers but also high speed racing for the experienced. They will be made up of a two part race, each of about 2km, for senior runners and a 'Mini' race aimed at younger children age 12 and under.

The information for each event will be on the LOC website.

The best 3 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.

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.

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

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.

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

Info updated: Wed 21 Aug

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Barrow

Directions / Parking

There is parking at the Leisure Centre LA13 9DT (please note this might get busy). Additional car parking can be found on the streets of Park Drive and Park Avenue, please take note of parking restrictions.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be in Barrow Park in the bandstand and will be open from 10:30 after parkrun has finished and been cleared away (if you're feeling fit why not take in parkrun too!).

Starts will be between 11:00 and 12:00.

Courses will close 13:00.

Course Information

The following course options will be offered:

  • Sprint A – 2.3km 
  • Sprint B – 2.2km
  • Mini Sprint – 1.5km

Competitors entered for the combined sprint may run the courses in either order - please ensure you download after completing each course. The Mini course is intended for youngsters and beginners

You must download after completing any course, 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)

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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