Panshanger Park

Welcome to one of our Saturday events. This one was originally planned for April 2020 and has been postponed twice so we are hoping this will be 3rd time lucky.

This event will comply with British Orienteering’s guidance on Covid, as it is at the time of the event. At the moment, the expectation is that England will still be out of lockdown. If so, we welcome newcomers of all ages, but there will still be some requirements in the “new normal”:

  • Numbers are limited.
  • You must pre-enter and pay in advance.
  • 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, have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or are serving a quarantine period after travel. You’ll get a full refund.
TERRAIN A combination of open parkland and wooded areas, the longer courses including steep slopes.
Many thanks to Tarmac for allowing us to run the event here.
PARKING Sele School ( SG14 2DG ), 0.4 mile walk to Thieves’ Lane carpark, then 150 m to start. Please do not park in Thieves’ Lane carpark.
Event centre TBA.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Rail: Hertford North station 0.5m.
Coach: Green Line 724 (Sele School) 600m
COURSES Courses for everybody from beginners of any age to experienced orienteers.

Course Straight line Distance Difficulty
White 2.0 km Easy – all along paths. Control flags when you need to decide whether to turn.
Yellow 2.5 km Fairly easy – navigate along line features such as paths, walls, streams.
Some turns with no control flags.
Orange 3.0 km Moderate – start cutting across country, some controls a bit away from line features.
Light Green 4.1 km (with 53m climb) Harder – a range of navigational skills needed to find controls on any mapped feature.
Short Blue 6.1 km (with 85m climb) As hard as we can make it on the area.
BEGINNERS First timers are very welcome. Look for our greeters in hi-vis jackets who will give you socially-distanced help.
ENTRIES You must enter via SI entries. Entries will open shortly after our Chipperfield event on 6 Dec 2021.  If you have a voucher from a previous HH event, don’t forget to claim it!
The cut-off time for entries requesting a hire-dibber is midnight on Thursday 6th January.
Entries will remain open online until 11:15 on the day of the event, so you can enter from your phone or tablet at the event provided there are maps available and starts available for your course and you have your own dibber.
STARTS You can choose a 15 minute start block between 10:15 and 11:30 when you enter.
Courses close 12:45.
Start and finish are 150 m and 300 m, respectively, from Thieves’ Lane carpark.
FEES BOF members: Adults £4, Juniors £2, HH juniors free.
Non-members: Adults £5, Juniors £3.
Dibber hire £1. Charge for lost dibbers £30.
PUNCHING Sportident punching will be used. SIAC will be enabled but the Start and Finish controls will not be contactless and must be punched.
CONTROL DESCRIPTIONS Control descriptions will be on the map
MAP 1:7500 pre-marked maps for all courses on waterproof paper. For a previous event on the area see RouteGadget
FACILITIES Mobile café in Thieves’ Lane carpark.

Toilets – please wear a mask and no muddy or spiked shoes when moving around indoors.

DOGS 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 appropriate distance from other runners and other park users.
  • Hand sanitiser is available – please use it.
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.

Planner Hugh Wiltshire
Organiser Barbara Wiltshire
Controlling Emese Svab
The small print

This event is registered with British Orienteering, number 78687.

Orienteering is a great sport for youngsters. If you bring children, please help us to keep to our safeguarding policy and British Orienteering’s photography policy.

Your personal data is used for results and insurance, see our privacy policy.

If you have to cancel for a COVID-related reason, write to and we will give a full refund. If we have to cancel the event we will offer a choice of a full refund or a voucher for use at a future HH event. That choice will be sent to the email address used for the original entry. If you do not reply by the deadline, the default is a voucher.