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.
Due to 2013 Big Fun Run in Victoria Park on the same day, the start time has been moved to 30 mins later, now at 11:45. Registration open from 11:00.
Saturday Parks League 2013
A 45 minute score course – Find as many of the approx 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.
Adjacent to the Park Cafe in the eastern part of the park.
Cafe, toilets, playground, skate park and other park activities.
Use local streets. Car park on Roman Rd has max 2 hour stay. Better to park at a rail station and use public transport. Bags can be stored in event tent.
London Overground to Hackney Wick then 1.2 km on foot via footbridge and entrance from Cadogan Terrace.
Central Line to Mile End then proceed along Grove Road.
Number 8 Bus to Old Ford Rd, then entry via Gunmaker Lane.
NOTE CHANGE OF TIMES (UPDATED 9 OCT 2013)
Mass Start: 11:45
Courses Close: 12:45
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. Download the entry form here.
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
Victoria Park, 1:5000. Mainly parkland with good path network. Yellow course suitable for buggies.
Map by Tom Edelsten, summer 2013.
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)