Spring Local Series: 2. Seaton Sluice

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    • Registration opens: 10:00 am closes: 11:00 am
    • Starts from: 10:00 am

    Second of series of low key local Saturday morning events, in and around Tyneside, with a league to encourage participation and competition. Courses suitable for beginners and the more experienced wanting some training competition.

    Terrain: A variety of surfaces, including sand dunes next to the beach, urban-style streetscape and some woodland with earth tracks (some quite muddy). Mainly flat, but Holywell Dene and the sand dunes have some steep slopes which will require care. The best choice of footwear is probably road trainers.


    • From Blyth take the A193 as far as the roundabout in Seaton Sluice.
    • From A189 Newcastle to Cramlington take A192/A1061 to join A193 southbound as above.
    • From Whitley Bay take A193 to the bridge in Seaton Sluice.
    • A190 The Avenue from Seaton Delaval leads past Seaton Delaval Hall to the seafront roundabout.
      In each case then select parking options below.

    Parking: Please consult this map to clarify the text.
    In order of closeness to the start depending on availability:

    • On the side road (The Links) leading past the Melton Constable pub. (1 EV charging point along here). Southbound this road must be entered at the roundabout. No right turn by the bridge. Do not obstruct or use the pub car park, nor turn down to the harbour side (boat owners only) nor park in front of the houses. Thank you!
    • Collywell Bay Road which leaves the main road on the seaward side, south side of the bridge in front of Seaton Sluice Club. Cross the main road safely on foot using refuges.
    • Fountain Head Car Park (300m.) on the seaward side of the roundabout at the A190/A193 junction. Cross safely on foot using refuges and head towards the Melton Constable pub.

    Bus: 308 (Arriva) / 309 (Go NE) Newcastle > Whitley Bay > Blyth
    X7 (Arriva) Newcastle > S. Gosforth > S. Delaval > Blyth. All to Fountainhead (see map)

    Cycle: Coastal route Whitley Bay > Blyth (use approach to St. Mary’s Island turning onto cycle track at first car park, not A193).

    Registration/Start: On the green on the north side of the inner harbour. Descend the steps between the Melton Constable pub car park and the junction with the main road. What3Words ///wrong.fuels.pens

    Entry: Senior £5.00 Junior £2.00 Family £5.00. Entry on the day only.  Please provide exact change.
    Large groups should give prior notice, please.

    Yellow (2.2 km. 45m. climb) ~ Orange (2.7 km. 30m. climb) ~ Long Orange (4.2 km. 50m. climb).

    Road crossings: The Yellow course does not cross any roads and is suitable for young junior men (M12-) and young junior women (W12-).
    Orange and Long Orange competitors please note that the A193 through Seaton Sluice is Out Of Bounds to all competitors.  It can only be crossed at 3 marked road crossing points (pelican crossings) which are shown on the course maps.
    The Orange course has one crossing of the A193 at a mandatory road crossing point (pelican crossing).  The course is suitable for Junior Men (M16- to M12+) and Junior Women (W16- to W12+).  Nobody younger will be allowed on this course unless accompanied and supervised by an adult.
    The Long Orange course has three crossings of the A193. Competitors must use the indicated road crossing points (pelican crossings).  The course is suitable for seniors only (M16+ and W16+).  Nobody younger will be allowed on this course unless accompanied and supervised by an adult.
    Maps ands Controls
    Sites will be marked with a miniature O sign and orange tape secured with a clothes peg. Markers will have a code letter in permanent marker to be written on the control card. Carry a pen.
    Electronic timing will be used for start and finish. All runners will be issued with a loan dibber which will be downloaded off site. Timing tickets will be issued at download.
    100 points for the winner of each course, 99 for second, 98 for third etc. Anyone running in a course above their class will get a bonus of 5 points (10 for 2 courses above) and, likewise, anyone running a course below their class will be docked 5 points (10 for 2 courses below). Three results needed to qualify for Class Leader.

    Facilities: Public toilets at Fountain Head Car Park (see above) and on the green along Collywell Bay Road near The King’s Arms.
    Children’s playground north of Fountain Head Car Park.
    Several Public Houses with meals. Fish & Chip shop with café.
    Usually a coffee stall by Seaton Sluice Club

    Safety: Orienteering is an adventure sport. Risks have been assessed and mitigated as far as possible . However, participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
    Please bring your own requirement of water.

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