Saturday Parks League: Valentines Park

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14 December 2013 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Valentines Park
Valentines Park
Ilford, Greater London IG1 4TG
Adults & Family Groups £4, Juniors/Extra Maps £1, Dibber Hire £1
Alan Brett

Event Overview

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.

This the first event using this new map!


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 10 and 20. 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 and the winners of the series within 15 minutes of the finish.

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.

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Assembly Area

The assembly area, registration, start and finish are all adjacent to the cafe in the park.



Cafe, public toilets, childrens play area, tennis courts and Valentines Mansion and gardens.

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Car Parking

Parking in the park, vehicle entrances on Melbourne Road, Perth Road and Cranbrook Road. Cranbrook Road entrance shall be signed. Some parking available on local streets. Car parking charges in the park are:

  • Up to 1 hour – 70p
  • 1-2 hours – £1.30
  • All day – £3.00



Public Transport

Ilford Rail Station (National Rail from Liverpool St, Stratford, Shenfield) is 1.2km from the start. Gants Hill Station (Central Line) is 1.1km from the start. Ilford and Gants Hill are both well connected on the London bus network.


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Registration: 10:30-11:00
Mass Start: 11:15
Finish: 12:00
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 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.

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.

League Scoring

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.

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Map & Terrain

Valentines Park. Mapped by Tom Edelsten, 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.

Email List

Sign up here for the League email list for news about the event schedule and league standings.

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Planner: Alan Brett (CHIG)
Organiser: Alan Brett (CHIG)


Results & League Standings

Results will be available after the event at
The league standings are available here.

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