Washington Urban

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    • Starts from: 11:00 am

    Update 23/1/22: Pre entry opening and closing added.
    Update 27/1/22: Course combinations & first start time amended. Course notes added.
    Update: 1/2/22: Entries now open.

    A fantastic introduction to urban orienteering for new comers and those experienced in orienteering. Washington comprises a mixture of complex modern housing estates offering a varied network of footpaths, underpasses and green spaces.

    The Covid Conditions of Entry apply to this event. Please read through.

    Travel: From A194(M) southbound, exit Follingsby Interchange (Jct.2)
    Take 1st exit onto Northumberland Way/A195 – 2.1 miles
    At Northumberland Way Interchange take the 3rd exit onto the A1231 slip road (to Gateshead/Newcastle) – 0.3 miles
    Merge onto Sunderland Highway/A1231 – 0.3 miles
    Slight left onto slip road to Washington (centre)/Albany – 0.1 miles
    At roundabout take 1st exit – 0.1 miles
    At roundabout take 2nd exit onto Parkway – 0.5 miles (car park on right)
    From A19 & Sunderland: via A1231 as above.
    Nearest Postcode NE38 7JR. GR:NZ302577 (Princess Anne Park)
    Buses from all parts to Washington Galleries Bus Station (700m.) Walking map.

    Parking: Off road car park, west side of Parkway. Please use limited space efficiently.

    1Men Open, Women Open, Men Veteran (M40+)8.070
    Men SuperVet (M55+), Women Veteran (W40+)6.650
    Men UltraVet(M65+), Women SuperVet (W55+)5.250
    Men HyperVet (M75+), Women UltraVet (W65+), Women HyperVet (W75+)4.040
    Men Junior (M16-), Women Junior (W16-)4.950
    Men Young Junior (M12-), Women Young Junior(W12-)2.440

    Course notes: Course lengths are given as optimal distances avoiding physically impassable obstructions (buildings, uncrossable fences) and ‘out of bounds’ areas NOT as the crow flies.
    Junior courses 5 & 6 include quiet estate routes and one mandatory zebra crossing over a busier road. Please take care.

    Entry: Online Pre entry via SiEntries.
    Pre entries are now closed.
    Seniors (M/W21+): £7.00 Juniors (M/W20-): £2.00
    Limited entry on the day: Three maps per course only will be available to those wishing to enter on the day on a first come first served basis. If you want to guarantee a run then please enter prior to the closing date on SI Entries.

    Map: 1:5000 by Fred Miller. Courses 1 & 2 will use a newly expanded map for this event.
    Note underpass map symbol:

    Start/Finish: Start 50m. from car park.
    Finish 50m. to car park.

    Punching: SPORTident electronic (contactless enabled) on all controls. No dibber loan on the day.
    Dibber hire £1. Order with your pre entry and collect at the event.
    Dibbers are available for purchase from £29 upwards from SPORTident

    Descriptions: Loose at the start and printed on the face of the map.


    Dogs: Under close control.

    Important: Since many competitors may not be familiar with what constitutes out of bounds or uncrossable in urban events, we show below details of the relevant symbols.
    Urban/sprint map symbols are available here.

    Planner: Alex Machin
    Organiser: Jeremy Smith
    Controller: Frank Shillitoe (NATO)

    Safety: Orienteering is an adventure sport. Please take care of yourself. Risks have been assessed and hazards mitigated as far as possible..
    Be aware of urban hazards – traffic, cycles, pedestrians particularly at blind corners. Please take care of yourself and others. See also note below course details.
    Please bring your own requirement of water.
    Please use sanitiser provided at the start.

    Please upload your route to RouteGadget

    Guidance available: “How to upload a route”

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