Keyne-O 1 - Loughton Valley Park

Sunday 3 March 2019

Concrete Cows

Keyne-O 1 - Loughton Valley Park

Sunday 3 March 2019

The first in a series of informal orienteering events suitable for beginners, more experienced orienteers and runners. The courses cover the parkland along the Loughton brook, including Roman remains and the famous Concrete Cows. Longer courses will also have an interesting urban element, taking in some of the surrounding housing estates.

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.

Courses

Amble

2.7km

Very straightforward. Suitable for complete novices, whatever their level of fitness. Does not cross any roads. Please take care through the underpass close to the start of the course, as the footbridge is narrow and dark.

Trot

4.2km

Suitable for confident navigators of all ages. Does not cross any roads. Includes a railway footbridge which may be slippery when wet or icy.

Short Run

5.1km

Similar to Trot but crosses several estate roads and is not suitable for unaccompanied juniors under 16. Includes a railway footbridge which may be slippery when wet or icy.

Run

6.4km

A longer course that is an extensive tour of the area, only suitable for fit and reasonably experienced orienteers. Crosses many estate roads and is not suitable for unaccompanied juniors under 16. Includes a railway footbridge which may be slippery when wet or icy.

Controls and Map

Electronic (SI) timing will be used for start and finish, with mini-kites and traditional pin punches out on course. Please bring your SI card if you have one.

Maps: A4 waterproof maps with overprint. Map scale for all courses is 1:7,500.

Times

Starts from 10.00 to 12.00 for Amble, Trot and Short Run, 10:00 to 11:30 for Long Run. Courses close 13:00.

Entry Fees

  • Members of orienteering clubs £3
  • Other individuals, couples and families £5
  • Groups with more than two adults £10
  • Extra maps £2

Location and Parking

Parking is at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey. Postcode MK13 9AP.

Registration Form

If you want to fill in your registration form before the event, then download and print out a team form or individual form.

Other Information

There will be toilets available close to registration.

Well-behaved dogs are permitted. Please keep them on a lead.

Extreme weather

In case of extreme weather on the day of the event please check the event is still on at www.smoc.info

Future Events

Our next event is on Sunday 7 April in Salcey Forest. A range of nine courses will be available: from a White course which will be shorter and easier than an Amble, up to a Brown course of around 8km.

Our Next Keyne-O is on Sunday 12 May based at Caldecotte Lake.

Keyne-O Collector Cards

The popular Keyne-O Collector Cards will again be available this year. Each Keyne-O run earns you a sticker. Collect stickers to earn medals and prizes.

Helpers

As always our events can't take place with our volunteers. The first 6 signed up SMOC helpers will get free entry so email the organiser now to secure your free run.

Officials

Organiser:  Ros James

Planner: Ian Byrne

Joining SMOC

If you are new to orienteering and wish to join SMOC you can join online via the BOF website here.