Broompark 18 Jun 22

A ‘Come & Try It’ event 18 Jun 22

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 second in a Summer Series of 3 “Come and Try It” events to be held over 3 consecutive months.

Travel: The area is located to the west of Durham City. Take the A690 from Neville’s Cross crossroad heading SW towards Crook and at the roundabout at the bottom of the bank take the B6360 heading towards Ushaw Moor. After climbing the hill and crossing the railway bridge the entrance to the Picnic area is about 400m on the left. The 43 bus service operated by Arriva (Durham to Esh Winning) stops close to the entrance of the parking area. The area can also be easily accessed by bike using National Cycle routes 14 and 70 as well as the Deerness Valley Way. There are no official bike stands but many fixed items to secure your bike to.

Parking: will be at the Broompark Picnic Area car park, grid ref. NZ250415, nearest post code DH7 7RJ, ‘what3words’ – ///fund.tiles.puddles.

Registration: Opens at 9:45am.

Entry: Enter on the day only. 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.

Starts: Competitors can start from 10:00am. 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: Broompark – Scale 1:4000, 5m contours, produced using OOM. This is an area new to orienteering. It is a reclaimed coal mine and coal storage depot, located on the junction between 3 railway lines which has been transformed into wooded areas with small clearings and an extensive network of paths. The area is popular with cyclists using the disused railway lines and families/dog walkers.

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. The nearest toilets are located at the Deerness Gymnastics Academy, Ushaw Moor, DH7 7LS. 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 – If you require a paper copy of the results, please leave your details at registration with £1 to cover postage.


  • Organiser – Debby Warren, email
  • Planner – Matthew Foskett
  • 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. Full leg cover is recommended for those competitors on the Advanced course. For safety it is recommended that Junior novices should be accompanied/shadowed on the course by a parent/guardian.