Mixed terrain including old town, newer estates and adjacent parks and woodland providing a range of challenges for both new and experienced orienteers, with some climb to test the legs.
The area is urban, largely residential. The start is adjacent to a leisure centre set in grassy parkland, off the east end of the main road through the town centre. The event is on a Sunday when the town is quiet but please do take care while crossing roads.
All courses apart from Yellow also visit woods. The woodland has a path network which will be muddy and slippery.
Travel: Take A695 Gateshead to Hexham road and turn into Prudhoe Town (B6395) main street. Westbound turn in left shortly after fuel station, eastbound turn right shortly before fuel station (signposted). Car park is for Oaklands Health Centre.
Bus: 10/10B (GoNE) Newcastle <> Hexham/Low Prudhoe (to stop “Waterworld”).
Rail: Prudhoe Station (1 mile – up steep hill).
Parking: Orienteering signposts at the entrance to Oaklands Car Park. NE42 5DQ, Grid reference: NZ099629, What3Words: ///pages.beginning.motored
Entry: Online entries now closed (via SiEntries). Entry on the day for Yellow and Orange courses and training only. Seniors (M/W21+): £7 Juniors (M/W20-): £2.
Starts: Allocated 15-minute time slots between 10:30am–12:30pm
Courses close: 2pm
Training: All welcome for a 20-30 minute training exercise any time between 10 and 11am. Please bring a compass if you have one. It is aimed at people who want to progress from Orange to Light Green standard. The focus will be on simple use of a compass to locate a control from an attack point.
Punching: SPORTident electronic (SIAC enabled). Dibber loan with entry or on the day, £1. Dibbers are also available for purchase from £29 upwards from SPORTident
Facilities: Public toilets 500m. west of Oaklands car park opposite Dr. Syntax pub. There are limited toilet facilities in Waterworld leisure centre, one male and one female cubicle. Greggs and McDonalds at the Aldi supermarket site at Low Prudhoe have toilets for customers
First aid: In car park, signposted from the finish
Blue 23 5.8 km 190m Green 19 4.6 km 150m Light Green 15 3.6 km 120m Orange 12 2.4 km 70m Yellow 10 1.6 km 50m All courses except Yellow have compulsory road crossings. Course length (in km) Course climb (in m)
Juniors: Juniors aged under 12 on the day of the event (running unaccompanied) must enter the Yellow course. Unaccompanied juniors aged under 16 may only enter Yellow and Orange courses. All other courses cross a busy road through the middle of Prudhoe. There are mandatory crossing points on this road but these will be unmarshalled.
Yellow follows quieter estate roads and footpaths requiring one quiet road to be crossed.
Orange follows estate roads, footpaths and woodland paths; the course requires a number of estate roads to be crossed. There are two mandatory crossing points on this course at traffic calming locations. These are marked on the map.
All entries are subject to the parent/guardian’s discretion and the competitor’s own risk
Maps: Scale 1:4000. A3 size for Blue, Green and Light Green. A4 for Orange and Yellow. Loose control descriptions available at the start.
Dogs: Under close control
Organiser: Kim Sanderson, sandersonkimAThotmail.com or 07905 600 155
Planner: Mike Broadhurst
Controller: George Hare
Safety: This event will be conducted with regard to Government and British Orienteering guidelines in force at the time. Orienteering is an adventure sport. A comprehensive risk assessment for the event will be prepared and identified risks mitigated. However, please be aware that participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
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