Park Sprint Race 4 - Lakeside YMCA

Part of the LOC 2019 Park Sprint Race series

Sat 12 Oct 2019

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 for the main Sprint - junior M/W16-, Open M/W 21+, veteran M/W45+, super veteran M/W 55+, ultra veteran M/W 70+.

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

Info updated: Sun 13 Oct


Event Report

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Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Newby Bridge

Directions / Parking

Parking will be at YMCA Lakeside North Camp (postcode as above). Please park as directed.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be at YMCA Lakeside.

Registration, start and finish are within 100 metres of each other close to the parking and will be open from 10:00.

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

Courses will close 12:30.

Course Information

The following course options will be offered:

  • Sprint A – 2.1km
  • Sprint B – 2.1km
  • Mini – 1.4km

Competitors entered for the combined sprint may run the courses in either order - please ensure you download on completing each course.

The Mini course is intended for youngsters and beginners but in this case the course is harder than at the previous spring events. The control features are all reasonably close to paths, but do require some understanding of basic contour features. We will be handing the Mini course maps out at registration. Inexperienced orienteers might want to consider going as a pair, or taking a parent along.

You must download after doing your course, it is our main safety check method to make sure everyone has finished.

'X''s on the map are used for a whole range of features.

There is an aerial walkway, marked on the map as a rope bridge! This can be passed under.

Be careful around activity centre equipment. Try and run round where possible. In particular there are number of low-level rope courses, which can be easy to miss ahead of you, and are at perfect height for tripping.

Please tell children not to use any of the centre equipment.

There are a couple of slippery areas, in particular a jetty [slipping will probably lead to an involuntary lake swim; not visited on the mini-course].

The forested area around the North Camp buildings are a bit more vegetated than might appear on the map [may affect route choice].

There may be YMCA staff + users on site during the race. Please be polite.

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)

Terrain Description

Lakeside YMCA is a fantastic sprint area. A mixture of old and new buildings [including their brand new centre building], lovely runnable woodland, and unusual features [activity centre equipment].

We are using a brand new Martin Bagness 1:4000 ISSOM 2019 sprint map.

Most of the courses will be on terrain, which can be quite wet, so O or terrain shoes best.

Bring a camera. If the weather is good, there are some spectacular control sites, and views, on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Nick Howlett

Series coordinator: John Pullin 01524 781803

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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