Park Race 3 - Kendal Castle

Part of the 2017 LOC Park Series

Sat 30 Sep 2017

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

Info updated: Wed 4 Oct


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Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Kendal

Directions / Parking

Parking and registration will be at LA9 7BN (SD524924) this is off Castle Drive on the East Side of the castle grounds. There is some off road parking next to the football pitches and plenty of on road parking close by if required.

Public Transport Options

The area is close to the  centre of Kendal.

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.

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

Course Information

The map is 1:3000, surveyed and drawn by Martin Bagness – updated in 2014. There is no legend on the maps but this information will be available at Registration if required – please ask.

Control descriptions will be printed on the maps only.

The courses offered are:

  • A Mini Park Race - 1.6km/65m
  • A sprint race made up of 2 courses - 2.0km/85m and 2.2km/115m

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

The grounds around Kendal Castle are predominantly fast running rough and smooth pasture with patches of coarser scrub, trees and thickets (some impenetrable) but these obstacles are easily avoided. The slopes and steps on the western side of the hill are very steep in places, recent rain has made them very slippery – this area (particularly the steps) must be tackled with care!!
Sprint course 2 also visits a small area adjacent to the Castle grounds and runners will negotiate a short stretch of road (~150m), it is a quiet, no-through road with a pavement but parents of small children may wish to limit them to the “Mini” or “Course 1” which stay within the Castle grounds.

Footwear with good grip on soft ground is essential for all courses, trail or fell running shoes are recommended. Shorts will be permitted but all courses might encounter brambles or nettles (avoidable with care).

The Mini Park Race can be completed with an all-terrain pushchair but note this may be challenging due to some sections of muddy path and steep slopes.


There are no facilities at the park. There is a children's playground close to the Registration/Start.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are permitted in the park under control. 

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner: Mark Simmonds

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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