Park Race 4 - GSK Sports Complex (Ulverston)

Part of the 2017 LOC Park Series

Sat 7 Oct 2017

Type of event: Local, Other

Info updated: Fri 13 Oct


Event Report

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Pre Event Info

Prizegiving for the 2017 series will be as soon as possible after 11:30, probably around 12:00. Please stay for prizegiving; you might have won! The bar and playground should keep orienteers of all ages entertained.


Nearest town: Ulverston

Directions / Parking

The parking will be on the GSK site, the Sports Complex is adjacent to the GlaxoSmithKline factory in Ulverston.

If approaching from the east on the A590 turn left down North Lonsdale Road shortly after Booths Supermarket and the canal.

From the west, go through Ulverston on the A590 and turn right down North Lonsdale Road.

At the end of North Lonsdale Road turn left and you will reach a roundabout at the start of the GSK site. Parking will either be in the main GSK car park off this roundabout, or continue down the road to the sports complex car park. Look for signs on the day.

Public Transport Options

It is a 2.6 km (more or less flat) walk from the railway station. A train arrives from Lancaster at 09:44 and from Barrow at 09:07.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be in the sports centre foyer. This will be signed from the car park(s).

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 about 2.5km)
  • A Mini Park Race course (about 1.5km)

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.

The map is 1:2500 ISSOM, drawn in 2017 for this event by Martin Bagness. Only fixed (i.e. with uprights that are buried in the ground) goalposts are mapped. There could be other mobile goalposts on the ground but not on the map. The marked football pitches are out-of-bounds, as is the bowling green.

There will be a legend on the Mini Park Race map. Sprint courses will not have a legend on the map but copies will be available from registration. Please make yourself familiar with the ISSOM "shall not be crossed" symbols if competing on the sprint courses.

Control descriptions will printed on the maps only.

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 GSK Sports Complex consists of playing fields, a few buildings, a grassed slag bank, and several small areas of woodland. The sprint courses will also visit an area to the south of the main complex on another slag bank. This includes a more complex area of woodland and sea shore.

Trail or fell running shoes are recommended. There is very little hard standing and it is rough in places. Shorts will be permitted buut on the sprint courses might encounter brambles or nettles although the worst patches can be avoided but it may involve a small detour. Black and yellow tape will be used to block an unsafe route to the seashore on one sprint course. This is marked on the map and shall not be crossed. A safe access point is marked with a crossing point symbol.

The Mini Park Race can be completed with an all-terrain pushchair.


The sports centre has toilets, changing rooms, showers, a bar (snacks and drinks available), and inside and outside seating. There is a children's playground adjacent to the sports centre.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are not permitted on the Sports Complex. If you have a dog it will need to stay in your car. There is plenty of dog walking opportunity 500m down the road at Canal Foot, which also has parking and a pub. 

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner: 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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