CLOK logo Cleveland Orienteering Klub
invites you to Sprint Event in
Hardwick Country Park
on Saturday 26th September 2020
CLOK logo

This event has been CANCELLED because Durham County Council has withdrawn its permission for the event to take place.


This event is being run in accordance with the British Orienteering guidance for resumption of orienteering in England.  In order to participate in this event you must agree to comply with the Participant Code of Conduct.

Key points in the Code of Conduct are:-

  • You must not take part in any form of orienteering if you should be self-isolating under the current Government guidance; e.g. if you or any member of your household have had recent Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Minimise contact with people from outside your household before, during and after your run.  Practice social distancing at all times, including before and after your run as well as when you are out on your course.  Take particular care to keep the required distance from other people in the vicinity of the Start, at download and when passing other competitors or members of the public on narrow paths, going through gates, etc.
  • Do not congregate in groups at the event.
    Note: We realise that socialising is an important part of the orienteering experience, but please don't stay around in the car parking area after your run to eat your sandwiches and chat to other orienteers.  If you do want to socialise, please go somewhere else – maybe a cafe with an outdoor seating area? – and please make sure that you comply with the current Government guidelines; i.e. socialise with no more than one other household indoors and in a group of no more than six people outdoors.

Parking will be in the public car park at Hardwick Country Park.  The entrance to the car park is from the A177 at grid reference NZ 346287 and the postcode is TS21 2DN.

Click on the link to see a map.  You can zoom in (and, optionally, switch to Satellite mode) to see the details of the final approach to the event.  You can also get directions if you specify your starting location.

You will need to buy a parking ticket from one of the machines in the car park.  The charges are £2 for 2 hours or £3 for all day.

The Start will be near the overflow car park (which is beyond the main car park).

Terrain: The main part of the park has a good path network around a central lake with some small sections of woodland and a variety of man-made features.  A tunnel under the A177 leads to an extensive area of open grassland with scattered trees.
Course   Length     Climb     Controls    
Long 6.0 km 65m 20   Control descriptions  
Medium   4.3 km 50m 16   Control descriptions  
Short 2.1 km 30m 10   Control descriptions  

The Short course remains in the main part of the park.  The other two courses go through the tunnel to the grassland on the east side of the A177.


1:6,000 scale   A4 size.  The maps will be printed on waterproof paper.

The control descriptions will be printed on the maps.  Loose copies will not be available at the event, but you can use the links above to download electronic copies.

Please use the provided hand sanitiser before taking your map in order to avoid any risk of contaminating other people's maps.

Punching system:

SPORTident electronic punching will be used.

The control boxes will be activated to enable SIAC cards to operate in touch-free mode ..... but please note that you will need to punch the old-fashioned way at the Start and Finish.

As part of the arrangements to prevent the spread of coronavirus, SI-cards will not be available for hire on the day.  CLOK members without their own SI-cards can arrange long-term hire of an SI-card until the end of 2020 for £5.  If you wish to do this, please contact Marion Archer giving your name and how you would like to collect the card.  Your hire card can be sent by post (supply your address) or you can arrange to pick it up at an event (indicate which event).  The cost will be added to your account in the CLOK online entry system.

Registration: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no Registration at the event.  If you wish to participate in this event you must pre-enter via the CLOK online entry system.

There will be no entry on the day.  You must pre-enter via the new CLOK online entry system.

The entry fees are:    Seniors:£4.00
 Juniors:   £1.50 

If you're a non-Junior student (i.e. M/W21 or older) the online entry system will charge you the Senior entry fee.  Please email the Organiser to request the discount to the Junior fee.

Entries for this event will close at midnight on Thursday 24th September 2020.

Starts: 10 a.m. - 12 noon         Courses close at 2 p.m.

As part of the arrangements to prevent the spread of coronavirus, there will be no results displayed at the event.

Full results, split times, Splitsbrowser progressograms and RouteGadget will be available at as soon as possible after the event.


Toilets will be available in the Visitor Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

No drinks will be provided.  However, the cafe in the Visitor Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Also, if you're going to go on to the Virtual Orienteering event in South Burdon Wood the Platform 1 pub will be serving sandwiches and a selection of desserts from 12 noon until 5 p.m.

Dogs: Well behaved dogs are welcome at this event, but must be kept on leads (park policy).
Organiser:  Joe Trigg   01642-279668
Planner:  Ann & Alan Cranke
First Aider:  Joe Trigg

Please see the Covid-19 section at the top of this flyer.

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the Organiser, but please remember that competitors take part at their own risk.  Orienteering is an adventure sport – your safety while orienteering is your own responsibility.

Please make sure that you download even if you do not complete your course.

CLOK strongly recommends that you carry a whistle whilst participating in this (and every) orienteering event.

If you have a relevant medical condition please inform the Organiser before the event.

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