CLOK logo Cleveland Orienteering Klub
invites you to a Sprint event at
Coatham Dunes
on Sunday 20th December 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 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 ...... and please make sure that you comply with the current Government and Local Authority guidelines.
  Redcar is currently in Tier 3 of the Coronavirus Local Restrictions, and we expect that it will still be in Tier 3 on the day of the event.  Please comply with all relevant Government guidelines.  You will receive a full refund of your entry fees if you are unable to come to the event for Covid-related reasons.  (Note: It's easier for us to organise a refund if you defer paying off the balance in your CLOK Entry System account until after the event.)

Coatham Dunes are on the North Sea coast just west of Redcar.  Parking will be in the public car park off Majuba Road.  The grid reference of the entrance to the car park is NZ 489142, the postcode is TS10 5BJ and the What3words reference is ///

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.

Please note that there will be no orienteering signs to this event.

We suggest that you park in the western part of the car park, as the competition area is to the west of the car park.

According to the Redcar & Cleveland Council web site, there are no parking charges from October to April.


Coatham Dunes is a newly mapped part of South Gare – a spit of land created in the 19th century to extend and improve Teesport.  Dorman Long – and probably other Iron Masters – dumped lines of slag from the blast furnaces to create the base for the breakwater and the road.

Sand dunes and slag ridges give a very technical relief with a profusion of small hills, knolls, gullies and depressions.  Paths offer fast progress.  Nearly all of the paths are mapped and can be used for navigation, but it's still wise to use other features for confirmation, as dog walkers tend to create new paths quite rapidly.

The sand is quite consolidated on the landward side, but becomes soft close to the beach.  The Marram grass can make running off the paths quite uncomfortable.

Please note that there is some litter and flotsam/jetsam debris hidden in the grass.  There are also the remains of barbed wire fences in the western part of the area, which is visited by the Long and Middle courses, although the courses have been planned to avoid needing to cross them except where there are gaps.

Course  Length    Controls  
Long2.6 km16
Medium1.8 km12
Short1.3 km9
Orange   1.3 km10

The Long, Medium and Short courses all offer significant navigational challenge (TD 4/5).


1:4,000 scale   2.5m contours   The maps will be printed on waterproof paper.

This is a newly mapped area, mapped by Paul Taylor.

Control descriptions will be printed on the map and loose copies will be available at the Start.

Please use the provided hand sanitiser before taking your control descriptions and map in order to avoid any risk of contaminating other people's control descriptions or 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 March 2021 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.
Second run:

You are welcome to do a second run at this event, but you must pre-enter for both runs via the CLOK Entry System.

The second run entries are listed in the CLOK Entry System as a separate event – Coatham Dunes second runs.  As usual, you need to reserve a start slot first and then go back in and put in your actual entry.  Try to arrange things so that you arrive at the Start at the right time for your second run, but don't worry if you're late.  We've got some flexibility to fit people in.

The entry fee for a second run is 50p ...... and, no, you can't do a second run without doing a first run!


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

The entry fees are:
First runs:Seniors:£5.00
 Juniors:   £2.00 
Second runs:    All competitors:    50p

If you are a non-junior student (i.e. W/M 21 or over) the online entry system will charge you the senior entry fee.  Please email the Organiser to request the discount for the junior fee.

Entries for this event will close at midnight on Friday 18th December 2020.

First runs:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Second runs:    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Courses close at 2:30 p.m.

The Start will be about 500 metres west of the car park.


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.


Please note that there will be no toilets at this event.  There are public toilets in Locke Park (1 km) and Moore Street (1.5 km, but a nicer walk along the sea front).  There are also customer toilets in Morrison's supermarket.

No drinks will be provided.  Please bring your own refreshments.

First aid at download (at the western end of the car park).

Junior coaching:

A CLOK club coach – who also happens to be the Planner for this event – is offering Juniors (under 18 on the day of the event) analysis of their runs and advice on how to improve their performance.  Juniors may wish to book a second run as an opportunity to put the advice into practice.

Look for Charles Mayes near Download (at the western end of the car park) between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

There will be no charge for this coaching.

Dogs: Well behaved dogs are welcome at this event and can be taken out on the courses.
Organiser:  Caroline Mackenzie   07973-870529
Planner:  Charles Mayes
Controller:  Duncan Archer
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.

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

CLOK 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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