CLOK logo Cleveland Orienteering Klub
invites you to an Urban Virtual Orienteering Event in
South Park, Darlington
on Sunday 2nd August 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, 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.

The Start and Finish are in the south-west corner of South Park.  Please enter the park through the gate at grid reference NZ 284133.  The nearest postcode is DL1 5TG.

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 should be able to park along Lakeside, Parkside or one of the nearby roads.

Please note that there will be minimal orienteering signs for this event.  You can use the MapRunF app on your smartphone to guide you to the Start, or refer to the map extract below.

Map extract showing the 
locations of the Start and Finish.


South Park consists of varied suburban parkland divided by a small river.  There are several buildings and a large lake in the main part of the park.  An underpass connects to a more open area south of Parkside.

The Medium and Long courses go out of the park into quiet residential areas to the south-east.

Course  Length   Map scale Comments
Long7 km1:5,000 South Park and residential areas 
Medium5 km1:5,000South Park and residential areas
Short4 km1:5,000South Park only

Note: We were planning to offer a Beginners course, but unfortunately a travellers' camp has appeared in the part of South Park that we were going to use for that course.


IMPORTANT: The map of the main part of South Park is a conventional orienteering sprint map, updated for this event by Phill Batts.  Phill has used a satellite image from Google Earth to extend the map into the southern section of the park (accessed via the underpass) and the residential areas.  Please have a look at this map image before coming to the event.  Caroline Mackenzie, who has used the newly-extended map to check control sites, says that the composite map is quite fun and different and that it is relatively easy to swich between the conventional orienteering map and the satellite view.  It is also worth noting that Phill has added some "off the edge of the map" route options at the eastern edge of the map.

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!

Loose copies of the control descriptions will be available at the event.  Please note that the control descriptions will not be printed on the maps (except for the Beginners course).

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 no kites, SI boxes or pin-punches (remember those?) in the terrain.  Instead, you can use either the MapRunF app on your smaprtphon 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.

Please note that, in order to stop people from running the courses before the event, the course download in MapRun will be PIN-protected until 9:29 a.m. on the morning of the event.

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 1:30 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 new CLOK online entry system.
Starts: 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon         Courses close at 1:30 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:£4.00
 Juniors:   £1.50 

Public toilets are available in the park.

No drinks will be provided.  Please bring your own refreshments or use the South Park cafe (which sells very nice ice creams!).  There is also a large Sainsbury's about 10 minutes' walk to the north of the park.  Head north-east along either bank of the River Skerne and turn left at the end.

Dogs: Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in South Park.
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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