CLOK logo Cleveland Orienteering Klub
invites you to a Virtual Orienteering Event in
South Burdon Wood
on Saturday 26th September 2020
CLOK logo

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 (if SI punching is being used) 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, and you are welcome to have a drink and/or a snack in Platform 1 after your run (maybe in the beer garden if the weather is nice) but please comply with the Government guidelines on social gatherings – no more than two different households indoors and no more than six people outdoors.  It's vital that orienteering events are not seen to be causing large social gatherings – and not just because of the £10,000 fines for the organisers of such gatherings!

Parking will be in the Platform 1 pub car park. See this aerial photo  The grid reference of the entrance to the car park is NZ 341141.  The postcode is DL2 1JT.

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.

The Start is approximately 1 km from the car park.  See this aerial photo. Walk (or jog) along the path that leads northwards from the NW corner of the car park and turn left on to the old Stockton-to-Darlington railway line, which is now a bridleway.  700m after passing under the A67 you'll go under some pipelines.  Immediately after the pipelines, turn left off the old railway line and follow a small path up the bank.  If you're using your smartphone, the MapRunF app will show you a 'red beetle trail' leading to the Start.  (After you pass through the Start the app will stop showiing your location!)  To help people using GPS watches rather than smartphones, orienteering kites will mark the locations of the Start and the Finish.


The competition area is a new forest plantation with blocks of semi-mature trees. There is a complex path network, and the area is bisceted by an old railway line.  There is some contour detail, especially around the numerous ponds.

Please note that:-

  • The area has been used for cattle grazing, and the rough open areas are covered in hoof prints and wheel ruts.
  • The routes through the hedge/stream combinations are steep and deep.
  • The fight on either side of the old railway line is passable in places but these are not mapped.  The more obvious crossings are shown on the map.  The one under the pipelines is difficult to see but it is there!
Course   Length    Map scale   Controls   
Long 7.8 km 50m 21   Map     Descriptions  
Medium 5.7 km 40m 17   Map     Descriptions  
Short 4.1 km 30m 14   Map     Descriptions  
Beginners   2.7 km 15m 12   Map     Descriptions  

In the MapRunF app, Select Event and look for your preferred course under UK / County Durham / Darlington / South Burdon VOC.


This event is using a brand new orienteering map created by Paul Taylor and Dennis Hooton during the Covid-19 lockdown.   1:7,500 scale   2.5m contours.

Paper maps will be available at the event.  The courses will be overprinted on the maps, which will be printed on waterproof paper.
Note: Though it is, in theory, possible to use the map displayed on your smartphone, the advice is to use a paper map.  Apart from considerations of size and resolution, smartphone displays don't tend to work very well in bright sunshine!

The control descriptions will be printed on the maps, and loose copies will be available at the event.

The maps and control descriptions – and the washing line for the safety slips – will be in the Platform 1 beer garden (adjacent to the car park).  Please use the provided hand sanitiser before taking your map and control descriptions in order to avoid any risk of contaminating other people's maps or control descriptions.

Punching system:

This is a Virtual Orienteering Event.  There will be kites marking the positions of the Start and the Finish, but apart from that there will be no kites, SI boxes or pin-punches (remember those?) in the terrain.  Instead, you can use either the MapRunF app on your smaprtphone to record your progress around your course or use your GPS watch to create a track of your route and, after the event, upload the track to the MapRun web site for checking.  Follow this link for more information about Virtual Orienteering and the MapRunF app.  If you have any more questions, please ask the Organiser, either at the event or beforehand.

IMPORTANT: As this event is not using SI punching, we will not be able to use the event management software to check for missing runners.  Instead, we are using a version of the safety slip system that people use when they go out walking in the mountains.  Each participant needs to fill in a saftey slip, peg it to the "washing line" in the pre-start area and – importantly – pick it up again after they finish their run.  If anyone's notification slip is still there after the courses close at 5 p.m. we will treat that person as a potentially missing runner.

To help with this process, the online entry system will provide you with a set of safety slip(s) when you put in your entries.  You can print these off or, if you prefer, you can use this blank safety slip (Microsoft Word format).

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.
Starts: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.         Courses close at 5 p.m.

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

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

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


The Platform 1 manager has given permission for orienteers to use the toilets in the pub.  Please be courteous towards the pub customers and maintain social distancing.

No drinks will be provided.  Platform 1 will be selling sandwiches (served with salad, soup or chips) and a selection of deserts.

Dogs: Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in South Burdon Wood.
Organiser:  Caroline Mackenzie   07973-870529
Planner:  Phill Batts
First Aider:  Caroline Mackenzie

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.

CLOK recommends that you carry a whistle at this (and every) orienteering event.

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

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