October Odyssey – Day 2 Morpeth

    • Date:
    • Location: Morpeth Town Football Club, Craik Park

    Followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Club – 2:00 p.m. Details.

    Morpeth Aerial
    Aerial picture of Morpeth copyright and courtesy of skyfilming.com

    Venue Morpeth Town an exceptional area with a mix of quiet residential estate with pockets of open spaces including the common which is a relatively flat rough open area with many dog-walkers’ paths and a few patches of woodland. All courses will use some non-paved paths.  Courses 1, 2 and 3 climb or descend one steep slope which could be slippery.  However a path with steps is an available route choice. There are a few busier roads which require care when crossing. Longer courses will pass through Carlisle Park.

    Entries On SiEntries only. £10 per adult. £5 per junior. Closing date midnight 25 September.

    Start Times 10:30 – 12:30. Timed punching start. 15 minute start blocks.

    Courses Close 14:00

    Hired Dibbers On the day dibber hire is available for £1 – choose this option with SIEntries. You’ll need to pick up your hired dibber from Enquiries before you go to the Start. If you lose the dibber you will be charged £20.

    Parking/Enquiries/Download Craik Park (Morpeth Town F.C.), NE61 2YX

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    Start 5-10 minutes walk from enquiries/download.

    Finish 5-10 minutes walk from enquires/download

    Facilities Toilets in football club house. Tea and coffee will be available in the  club house @ £1 as catering van  not available. 

    Punching SPORTident electronic. SIAC contactless is enabled on all controls, except the Start and Finish.

    Courses Distances are measured according to the optimal route and are not straight line distances.

    1Men Open (M18-35), Veteran Men (M40+), Women Open (W18-35)8.1 km.190m
    2Super Veteran Men (M55+), Veteran Women (W40+)6.6 km.155m
    3Ultra Veteran Men (M65+), Super Veteran Women (W55+)4.6 km.105m
    4Junior Men (M16-), Junior Women (W16-), Ultra VeteranWomen (W65+)4.4 km.70m
    5Young Junior Men (M12-), Young Junior Women (W12-)2.9 km.30m

    Map: Scale 1:4,000 to ISSPrOM 2019-2. Original survey and cartography by Adrian Barnes, 2000. Latest 2022 map is by Fred Miller

    Directions By Vehicle: 

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    From the South: A1 northbound to the Morpeth exit. Follow B1337 (old A1) past the County Hall roundabout. Left onto B6524 (“Belsay”) NZ198848. After 1 km. turn right just before the bypass overbridge. (“Mitford” & “Morpeth Common”) at O-sign NZ187842 Craik Park 500 m. on the right.

    From the North: Note there is no exit at the south end of the Morpeth bypass for southbound traffic. Consider leaving the A1 at the northern exit for Morpeth (A192), and B6343 (“Cambo”) right on approaching the town centre. After the river bridge at right angles 600 m. further take the left (unsigned) up the hill (Beware runners). Craik Park on left beyond houses. Otherwise travel through the town centre. Leave on B1337 (old A1) and take the right turn into B6524 as above.

    From the West: B6524 from Belsay & Whalton. Turn left after the bypass overbridge and as above.

    Public Transport from Newcastle Haymarket to Morpeth Golf Club at the B6524 junction above.:X18, X15, X14. Then walk 1.5 km. on old railway bridleway. Exit onto the moor before the overbridge is reached. Bus journeys from other parts. Rail: 2.3 km.

    Orienteering is an adventure sport.  A comprehensive risk assessment for the event has been prepared and identified risks have been mitigated, however please be aware that participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

    All courses cross Morpeth Common, and there is likely to be a small herd of cattle grazing on the Common.  The cattle are very docile, and accustomed to being around people, and are very unlikely to bother orienteers though as usual it’s best to give the cattle some space if you need to go past them.

    Planner Martin Edney (NATO)

    Organiser Katherine Brown (NATO): crosbybrown@hotmail.com

    Controller Allen Banister (NN)

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