The next in our series of informal orienteering events suitable for beginners, more experienced orienteers and runners.
If you haven't tried orienteering before, someone will be available to explain the basics and point you in the right direction.
Entry is on the day so no need to pre-enter. No special equipment is needed - just wear whatever you would for a walk or run in the park.
There are a number of temporary art works currently being installed in both Manor Park and Stonepit Fields. The installation process is ongoing so they won't be shown on the map, and may even change as the event progresses. There should be no restriction on either access or route choice. Expect the unexpected...
Controls are mini-kites with pin punches. Map scale is 1:5000 for all courses. Maps will be A4 for Trot and Amble, A3 for Run and Short Run. We will be using electronic timing to determine your run time but you must still use pin punches to record visits to controls.
Note that due to the predicted continuation of the current spell of hot weather courses are significantly shorter than usual.
A straightforward course which visits the Manor Park and Stonepit Fields. Controls are generally sited on or near the path keeping well away from roads. Limited choice of routes and simple navigation. Suitable for beginners and families with young children.
A similar style of course to Amble but longer. One minor residential road is crossed and the course goes along the side of another. This course is suitable for those wanting a longer walk or looking to try something a little more stretching than the Amble.
This course visits both the parkland and the residential estate, with longer legs and some less obvious control sites. There are numerous road crossings - therefore this course is only suitable for runners who are 16 or over.
An extensive tour of the parkland and built estate, suitable for fit runners over the age of 16.
Starts from 10.00 to 12.00 for Amble, Trot and Short Run; 10 to 11:30 for Run.
Courses close 13:00.
Members of orienteering clubs - £3
Other individuals, couples and families - £5
Groups with more than two adults - £10
Extra maps - £2
At Great Linford Manor Park, MK14 5AS. The event will be signed from Marsh Drive, please do not park in the Memorial Hall car park but continue straight ahead and park on the grass as directed.
Well-behaved dogs are permitted. Dogs are only permitted in Parks Trust grounds if on a lead at all times.
The path under the canal bridge to Stonepit Fields (and the canal bridge itself) are closed for repairs. Courses have been planned to avoid this path (marked with a purple cross on the map.) Please follow all signs and instructions about temporary closures.
In case of extreme weather on the day of the event please check the event is still on at www.smoc.info. Water will be provided at the course finish.
The popular Keyne-O Collector Cards are again available this year. Each Keyne-O run earns you a sticker. Collect stickers to earn badges and other prizes.
If you have a medical condition that you would like our first aid team to know about in an emergency, please download and print the British Orienteering medical form. Fill this in and place it in a named, sealed envelope marked ‘medical form’, and hand it to registration before your run. Any envelopes not collected by their owners after the event will be destroyed.
Organiser: Ric Brackenbury
Planner: Steve Hardy
As always our events can't take place without our volunteers. SMOC helpers who sign up in advance will get free entry so email the organiser now to secure your free run.
If you are new to orienteering and wish to join SMOC you can join online via the BOF website here.