Bearpark 9 Jul 22

A “Come & Try It” event at Bearpark Colliery Woods, Durham on Saturday 9th July. Suitable for all abilities, and help is on hand for those who have not orienteered before.

Covid-19: This event will be organised to comply with current guidance from the Government and BO with respect to the ongoing COVID-19 problems. Please follow any notices and directions from club officals, but more importantly try to keep in mind sensible social distancing, both in the parking area and also whilst competing.
Additional information is required of competitors to allow NHS Test and Trace if a problems arises from the event. Pre-entry requires entrants to acknowledge that they must not attend if they or a member of their household has COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, and that they will abide by the Participant Code of Conduct at all times.

Info : The event will be the last in a Summer Series of 3 “Come And Try It” events to be held over 3 consecutive months.It is Durham Miners’ Gala so come along to our event and combine it with a visit to the sights and sounds of The Big Meeting.

Travel : The area is located to the west of Durham City at Bearpark. From the A167 north of Neville’s Cross crossroad take the un-named road, signed Bearpark / Ushaw College, just past Sainsbury’s heading west to Bearpark. From the north on the A167 take the un-named road, just past Durham Johnston Comprehensive School heading west to Bearpark. On entering Bearpark village turn right onto Colliery Road at grid ref. NZ242430, nearest post code DH7 7AW, ‘what3words’ – ///, signed Bearpark Primary School and to Bearpark Colliery.The 48 bus service operated by Arriva runs regularly from Durham City centre to New Brancepeth via Bearpark. Nearest bus stop ‘The Insitute’ 2nd stop in the village, just after Bearpark Community Assocation.

Parking : will be at the north west end of Colliery Road at grid ref. NZ238435, nearest post code DH7 7AU, ‘what3words’ – ///binds.panics.escape. Approx 700m after leaving main road, turn right just after Bearpark Primary School and park on the road by the allotments.

Entry : Enter on the day. Please bring the correct change.Those entering the Novice course are welcome to try out the Intermediate course after their first run.

Fees : Seniors – £2, Juniors £1.

Registration : Opens at 9:30am.

Starts : Competitors can start from 9:45am. Last start 11:15am.Course closing time 12:15.

EPS : EMIT electronic punching will be used. E-tags will be available free of charge on the day, but competitors will be charged for any loss. There is no clear station for this system but the E-tag is cleared at the start control and stopped at the finish. There will be a sample control near registration for you to see the E-tag in action and instruction in the use of the system will be available on the day. Lost or non-returned E-tags will be charged at £55.

Map & area : Map: 1.7500 drawn using OOM by Julian Warren in May/June 2022.Terrain: a newly mapped reclaimed colliery site, planted 30 years ago with pine trees but maturing into mixed woodland. Look out for the beautiful array of wild flowers on show at this time of year. The woods have a large network of paths with clearings and the map has been extended to the west to include an interesting contrast of urban orienteering for the advanced course. The trees have been thinned to give very good visibility in the woods, however brashings have been left behind resulting in some areas of slower progress if the direct route choice is taken.

Control desc. : will be on the map. There will be no paper copies available on the day.

Facilities : There will be no toilets at the event. Sorry there will be no water at the finish, please bring your own supply.

Dogs : Dogs will be allowed, but please clean up after your dog.

Results : Full results will be posted on the NN website – you require a paper copy of the results, please leave your details at registration with £1 to cover postage.

Officials :

  • Organiser – Debby Warren, email
  • Planner – Maya Hampshire-Wright
  • Controller – Julian Warren (NN)

Novice (Yellow): a short 1.5 – 2km course with controls located mainly on or just off line features/paths.

Intermediate (Orange): a medium length, more challenging 2 – 3km course with controls accessed from line features/paths.

Advanced (Long Orange): a 5km course making use of all features on the map.For safety it is recommended that Junior novices should be accompanied/shadowed on the course by a parent/guardian.

Results are in pdf format – click below to view.