‘Rest Day’ Urban Event - Ulverston

Part of the North West Urban League

Wed 1 Aug 2018

The organiser's report is attached here.

Type of event: Local, Urban
Type of terrain: Urban

Info updated: Mon 6 Aug


Event Report

The updated results are attached, please send any queries about the resuts to ''.

In the case of some pre-entered runners using hired SI cards there was unfortunately some confusion about the SI cards to be used. We aologise for not making that clearer but If you are informing me about runner changes (name, etc. changes) please provide those details - age class, BOF number (for ranking), club and where relevant course changes.

Pre Event Info

The start list is now attached here, please note that there are a few changes from those on the Fabian website. There will only be only limited EOD on Wednesday and some of the courses may be full, unfortunately requests to reserve maps cannot be supported for this event. Also, time changes cannot be accommodated but please tell the Registration team about changes to SI card number, nd requests for course hange which we will do if it  is possible.

The controls 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.

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.


Nearest town: Ulverston

Directions / Parking

The event Asssembly will be at Ulverston Ford Park House, Ford Park, LA12 7JP

From the east follow the A590 into Ulverston, straight across the first roundabout (Booths supermarket, the event will be signed from here), turn right at the first set of lights into Swan street at the Swan Hotel. Then third right into Ford Park.

Parking £1 per car

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 16.00.

Starts will be from 16.45 – 19.15 (please be aware that start times must be adhered to).

The startup call will be at -4 minutes.

All runners MUST return to Download when they finish, whether they finish or not.

Courses will close at 20.45pm.

The start times for pre-entered runners are available on the Fabian website.

There will be a limited maps will be available for entry on day.

There are two starts which are close to Assembly/Parking.

There is a manned road crossing which is timed, please obey the instructions of the marshals.

Results will be posted near the download (next to the Café).

If the weather is poor and we have to let you park in the town car parks, there will be room to leave a bag undercover.

Course Information

The following courses will be offered: 

  Course Age classes Length (km) Climb (m)
1 Black M18-M35 8.3 190
2 Brown M40, M45, M50, W18-35 6.9 170
3 Blue Men M55, M60 5.3 150
4 Blue Women W40, W45, W50 5.3 150
5 Green Men M65+ 4.2 70
6 Green Women W55, W60 4.2 70
7 Short Green W65+ 3.2 50
8 Light Green M16-, W16- 3.2 120
9 Yellow M12-, W12- 2.3 70

On the longer courses (1-6) there are pairs of timed out controls at the main road crossings to allow safe crossing. Please remember to punch both controls at the crossing in both directions. There will be a marshal at the crossing. 

The map has been partially updated by Martin Bagness 2018.

Courses 1-2:  Double sided A3 map with map scale 1:5000

Course 3-4: A3 map with map scale 1:5000

Courses 5-9: A3 map with map scale 1:4000

There is a child’s small orienteering course within the grounds and maps are available FOC from the registration area, and there is a playground for children.

If you are new to Urban races, there will be a copy of the map legend available at Enquiries.  All competitors should be familiar with the symbols used, in particular the mapping of uncrossable boundaries.  There will be copies of the blank map available to view at Enquiries.

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

Almost all the runners will be pre-entered.

Entry on the Day: Adults £9, Juniors £4.50.

Terrain Description

The area in the North of map includes a grassy, rolling hill-side with Hoad monument standing proud. At the foot of these slopes is the old market town with ginnels and cobbled streets. Moving south into a mix of residential areas and parks.

Please note that in adverse weather conditions, the slopes to the north of the map will get slippery and would therefore recommend wearing shoes with good grip!


Ford Park are a charity and have been very helpful with us allowing us use of their grounds, use of toilets (yes that’s proper flushing toilets) and have given us access to their room terrace with a cover for registration and finish.

They have a very good Café open for light snacks, cakes and drinks until 8.30, on site and have devised a menu for us. Plus they have great variety of cakes and yummy food.  We very much hope you will support them.

There will be first aid officers here they will be parked by Ford Park house.

The local hospital is Furness General, Dalton Lane, Barrow in Furness LA14 4LF tel. 01229 870870. A map is available at enquiries.

If the weather is poor it may be mandatory to carry or wear a suitable waterproof jacket.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Sue Butterfield 01229 582770/07751 873830

Planner: Rob Browne

Controller: Sheila Hobson

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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