Tech Event 1 - Park & Stock Woods

Part of the 2018 Tech Series

Wed 11 Apr 2018

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. 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
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 12 Apr


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Bandrake Head, Oxen Park

Directions / Parking

Parking at Abbot's Park Farm, £1 per car, grid ref. SD313880, £1 per car.

Space is limited, please share lifts if possible.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.00 - 18.15

Runners using their own SI cards should bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and the information accuracy for the results.

Starts will be from 17.30 - 18.30

Inexperienced orienteers should start before 18.00.

There will not be a mass start and runners should not start within 30 seconds of another runner.


Course Information

2 courses will be offered:

  • Long Technical: 5.0km, 160m, 22 controls
  • Short Technical: 3.7km, 145m, 16 controls

The Short course will use part of the Long course but with a cut-off which misses out some controls, with an additional control in the cut-off leg. For the short course please remember to punch the additional control in the cut-off leg, this is typically named 'Short only' on the map.

Park Wood is a new area, recently mapped by Martin Bagness, Stock Wood was used for the Turkey 3 event in January but map updates since then show some windblow.

The short course is mainly on the new map of Park Wood, the long does the whole of the section in Park Wood then takes a loop round Stock Wood as well.

The map scale will be 1:7500 <TBC>.

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: £4 (non-BOF members £6)
  • Juniors & students: £2

Terrain Description

Mainly forest of varying degrees of runnability. At its best it is delightful: some navigating through or round areas mapped green will be required. There is bramble cover and other underfoot vegetation in places, but the worst of this can mostly be avoided. FULL LEG COVER IS ESSENTIAL. Courses will finish briefly across open fields, which will provide a (hopefully welcome?) contrast to the forest.



Abbot Park will offer hot drinks and maybe some cakes.


Since this is a Lake District area in all runners should dress appropriately and must carry a whistle. It may be compulsory to carry a cagoule.

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Dogs allowed?

On a lead in parking area only.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Alan Heppenstall 015395 34793

Controller: Roger Smith (Safety)

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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