Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City

This event will be very limited, in line with British Orienteering’s guidance. In particular:

  • Numbers are limited to 144.
  • You must pre-enter and pay in advance.
  • There will be no on-the-day hire dibbers available just for this event. However, to reduce cross-contamination, HH members can have a dibber for a season (until our event next July) for only £10 + £10 deposit. You can use the dibber at our events or any others you go to. Just select hire dibber when you enter (closing date for this option is 29th October at the latest) . Or you can just buy your own.
  • You should not come if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, or have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace. You’ll get a full refund.
TERRAIN Open parkland with small areas of woodland. Large uncrossable water features.
PARKING Stanborough Park South Car Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City. Nearest postcode AL6 8XF. OS Grid Ref. TL227110.Vehicle access is only available travelling South West on Stanborough Road. From Hatfield and A1(M), continue 700m NE on A6129 to the Gosling Sports Centre roundabout and loop back to the car park entrance. Height Restriction 2.1m.

Car park charge now £6 for 3 hours  (£1.50 all day with a ResidentPass).  The car park now operates with a new automatic number plate recognition system.

The event start is 200m E across the river from the N end of the car park, past the cafe. If you walk, cycle or use the limited on-street parking nearby, enter the S side of the park by the cafe and head E.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Stanborough Park is 1.5 miles from Welwyn Garden City train station, following Parkway and Stanborough Road.
COURSES Courses for everybody from beginners of any age to experienced orienteers.

Course Straight line Distance Difficulty
Yellow 2.0 km Fairly easy – navigate along line features such as paths, walls, streams. Some turns with no control flags.
Orange 2.5 km Moderate – start cutting across country, some controls a bit away from line features.
Light Green 4.3 km Harder – a range of navigational skills needed to find controls on any mapped feature.
Short Blue 5.6 km As hard as we can make it on the area.

Note: we are gradually building up our range of courses as we – and you! – get more used to operating under Covid-19 restrictions. This event has 4 courses compared to 3 at previous events. We hope to include a White course for junior beginners in the new year.

STARTS Entry only via SI entries. NO entry on the day.
You can choose a 15 minute start block between 10:00 and 11:30. Courses close 12:45
Follow red tapes and signs from the car park to get to the Start and Download area.
FEES BOF members: Adults £4, Juniors £2, HH juniors free (but note courses available and availability of hire dibbers).
PUNCHING Sportident punching will be used.

There will be no hire dibbers available on the day. HH members can have a dibber for a season (until our event next July) for only £10 + £10 deposit. You can use the dibber at our events or any others you go to. Just select hire dibber when you enter. Please do so before 29 Oct so that we can prepare enough dibbers.

MAP 1:7500 pre-marked maps for all courses on waterproof paper. For a previous event on the area see RouteGadget
FACILITIES tbd. The cafe and toilets are not currently open.
DOGS Keep on lead and clear up behind you.
SAFETY Orienteering is an adventure sport. You take part at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety. A full risk assessment will have been carried out.

You should abide by the British orienteering Covid-19 Code of Conduct. In particular:

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, are living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, or have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, you should not come. You’ll get a full refund.
  • Before, during and after your run, maintain distance from other runners and other park users.
  • You should not need to touch anything except the one map you pick up and your splits printout. When punching at a control, you don’t need to touch the control. Hand sanitiser is available – please use it.

Only cross Stanborough Road at the underpass marked on the map.  Take care as there is no handrail between the path and the river, and headroom is under 6′ at one end.

Take care near lakes, the water is deep.

RESULTS Interim results will be published direct to the club website every few minutes during the event. There will be no printed results (apart from your own splits) or WiFi available, so there is no need to hang around.

Full results will be published to the same location and to Routegadget; we aim to do so on the day of the event.

OFFICIALS
Planner Matthew Dixon
Organiser David Hodson
Controlling Mike Bennett
The small print

This event is registered with British Orienteering, number 77786.

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