This is a series of 4 friendly, straightforward orienteering events in parks in Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Newham and Tower Hamlets suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced orienteers. A great way to learn orienteering or improve the skills you already have. Find as many controls as you can in a 45 minute time limit.
Saturday Parks League 2013
A 45 minute score course – Find as many of the 25 controls as you can within the time limit. You are not expected to locate them all. Most will find between 5 and 15. If you get stuck on one, just move onto the next one.
Your score will be reduced by 1 points scored for every minute or part minute late. Bonus points are available where you complete ALL controls in less than the time allowed – bonus points are 0.25 points scored for every full minute early that you finish.
After you have finished and returned your dibber, you will be given a printout showing your times between the controls. We will aim to announce the winners in various age/sex categories within 15 minutes of the finish and maybe present some prizes.
Experienced orienteers and fast runners who think they can get them all in the time limit will need to run between 5-8 km (straight line distance, actual distance will be greater).
For younger juniors (under 14) there will be a “Yellow” standard course – approximately 10 controls to be visited in a specified order. Under 14s may enter either the Score or Yellow courses, depending on ability.
Registration, start and finish shall all be located adjacent to Tea Hut, Wanstead Park, entrance via Northumberland Avenue.
Grid Reference: TQ416872
Tea Hut (open all day) beside Start/Finish serving a range of teas, coffees, cold drinks, cakes, snacks & ice creams. Toilets 200m from Start/Finish at The Temple open all day. The Temple, a museum on the history of Wanstead Park is open from noon.
There is some on-street parking in the streets near the park entrance at Northumberland Avenue. There is also a small car park at Warren Road.
Wanstead Tube station is a 10 minute walk away, then walk through the park to the Tea Hut.
Mass Start: 11:15
Courses Close: 12:15
Adults £4, Juniors £1, Family/group competing together £4, Dibber Hire £1, Extra maps £1.
You do not need to pre-enter or be a member of an orienteering club, just turn up on the day, but please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are bringing a group (6 or more) so we can ensure enough maps are available.
Please visit registration between 10.30 and 11.00 to buy a map and to hire a dibber (which records your time electronically) if you don’t already have one.
Update: You can complete your entry details online, below, and pay your entry fee on the day.
Help for Newcomers
Some of CHIGs members will be on hand to offer help to newcomers to orienteering, and will be available to help you understand the map symbols and suggest some tips and techniques before you start.
The points scored at each event will count towards the league. So if you get all 25 controls you earn 25 league points. The best three events (from four) count towards the 2013 league.
Map & Terrain
Wanstead Park, 1:10,000. Updated Summer 2013 by Tom Edelsten.
Mixture of park and some wooded areas with a good path network. No road crossings required (we will not be using the adjacent Bush Woods).
Bring a compass if you have one, some may be available to borrow. Wear some old trainers (in case it is muddy) and it wear full leg cover rather than short. If wet bring a waterproof jacket.
Sign up here for the League email list for news about the event schedule and league standings.
Planner: Alan Brett (CHIG)
Organiser: Alan Brett (CHIG)
Results & League Standings
Results will be available after the event at www.chig.org.uk.
The league standings are available here: Link to Follow