Turkey Race 3 - Stock and Park Woods

Part of the Chrismas event series

Sun 30 Dec 2018

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Sun 30 Dec


Event Report

Unfortunately one of the controls failed part way through the course so some runners cannot be credited witth points for going to that control. Since it is a score event I think the only thing I can do to balance the results for everyone is to make that control score zero points, i.e. removing it as a competitive control, if I can identify a better alternative I will do that and update the results.

However, I hope this didn't detract from what I thought was a good event based in an excellent venue.

Pre Event Info

Mel Simmonds will be drawing Ellie’s fundraising raffle at this event - Good luck everyone.

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.

If you are using contactless punching there is no need to touch the control boxes, and it has been noted that some runners hit them hard enough to knock them out of the ground and potentially damage the control box. Please don't do this because a failed control would disrupt the event results for all the competitors.

However, note that it will be necessary to punch the start controls which will not be programmed in contactless mode.


Nearest town: Oxen Park

Directions / Parking

Parking will be at Abbot Park Farm, Bandrake Head, LA12 8HW, near Oxen Park. GR SD313881. Park neatly and tightly please. £1/£2 towards (farmer) Carole's chosen.charity 

Signed from Bandrake Head and Oxen Park.

Registration & Start Times

Registration opens at 10.00 in the tea room by the house.

Discount/prizes for anyone looking like a Rudolph, Santa or a polar bear! 

Download will also be at registration.

The start will be 300m from the farm, open from 10.30 - 11.30, courses close at 12.45.

Course Information

A one hour score event - 30 controls to be visited in any order, 10 points for every control recorded. Suitable for all standards and plenty of scope for families and beginners.

The map will be 1:7,500.

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
  • Junior & Students: £2

Hire dibbers wil be available, free of charge but with a £30 charge if lost.

Terrain Description

A mix of old and young plantation. Forest road, one path! Controls are nearly all in the 'white' and on the road.The green on the map is mainly brambles and ill advised to cut through - remember last year? 


The Tea Room will be open with hot drinks, soup, all day breakfasts and other goodies.

There are toilets on the site.

Dogs allowed?

No dogs on courses, there are lots of deer.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Simmonds Family and Carol McNeill

Planner: Ellie Simmonds and Jess Ensoll

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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