Newton Hall 25 Aug 22

A local Street-O event on Thursday 25 Aug 2022

Newton Hall  25 Aug 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: This event will be a 45 minute Score event – simply visit as many controls as you can in 45 minutes by running, walking or jogging. Suitable for all abilities!


The area is located on the north side of the City of Durham, at Newton Hall, with registration situated to the east of Lumley Rd, just off Carrhouse Drive at grid ref NZ276450, nearest post code DH1 5YY, ‘what3words’ – ///universal.arrow.twitching.

Arriva bus route 64 (Arnison Centre to Sherburn via Durham City Centre at a 30 minute frequency) stops approx. 5 minutes walk from registration (0.5km/0.3miles). Other buses are available from the Arnison Centre (which is approx. a 15 minute walk, 1.3km/0.8 miles). Durham station is approx. a 40 minutes walk (3.2km/2 miles) from registration.

Parking: There is plentiful on street car parking available in the vicinity of registration, but please be considerate of local residents. There is also a small carpark adjacent to the Co-op on Carrhouse Drive (approx. a 2 minute walk from registration). There are no official bike racks in the vicinity, however there are several features which could be used to secure your bike.
Registration will be manned throughout the event so bags etc. may be left here at the owner’s risk.

Entry: Entry on day, or pre-enter using the following form: (pre-entry would be appreciated so that we can estimate map numbers).
Payment should be made on the day.

Registration: Registration will be open from 18:15, with starts from 18:30 to 19:00.

Fees: Seniors – £2.50, Juniors – £1 .50. Please bring correct change if possible.

Punching: There will be no punches, but you will be issued with a control card to record your answers.
Controls will be items of street furniture or similar with a simple question at each control to prove that you have visited (e.g. what number is this postbox?).
Please bring a pen or similar to record your answer.
We will be operating a manual system to record times at the start and finish.

Map: Newton Hall – Scale 1:7,500, 5m contours, produced from Open Orienteering Map in StreetO style (urban background is white, roads appear as black lines, paths as dashed lines).

Terrain: Urban 1970’s housing estate with mostly quiet residential streets and footpaths. There are some very short sections of grass to get to some controls. There are some roads to be crossed that carry heavier traffic – so please take care.

Control descriptions: Control descriptions will be the map – there will be NO paper copies available on the day.

Safety: The area is quite exposed and competitors should come prepared as conditions can change rapidly. A whistle should be carried. All competitors that have registered to start must report to download before they leave the area, even if they have not finished. Lone competitors should leave their details at registration.

Facilities: There will be no toilets available at the event.

Dogs: Dogs will be allowed but under close control – please clean up after your dog especially in the parking area.


  • Organiser – Debby Warren, email – [email protected]
  • Planner – Matthew Foskett
  • Controller – Julian Warren (NN)

Single 45 minute Score course. Visit as many controls as you can, in any order, in 45 minutes by running, walking or jogging.

The course will involve road crossings so Juniors aged under 16 should be accompanied/shadowed on the course by a parent/guardian.

Please give space and be courteous to members of the public.

Participants take part at their own risk.

Full Results here

Planner’s commentsMatthew Foskett
Thanks to all who ran, walked or jogged this Street-O event in Newton Hall. There are 21 separate finishers shown in the results, but several of these were multiple participants and so there was around 30 people in total.
This was the first time we’d tried this format as an event (rather than simply a club night) and based on the feedback this is something that we hope to repeat. It also seemed that the area was a good fit for the event – many said they would like to do an event here again and several people said they
were planning to head out to visit all the controls at a later date. It was noted that there was an area near the allotments where the mapping was slightly unclear – in retrospect I should have hatched over the allotment area to highlight the fact that there was an inaccessible area here.

It is worth highlighting that we do Club Nights each Wednesday in the Durham area and that in the upcoming months there are weekend events by local clubs including NN. For those who cannot make these events there are also several MapRun courses (where you use an app to time you and
confirm you are at a control) and permanent courses. Please see our website for further details. We can also be contacted via Facebook or email ([email protected]).
Thanks to all who helped run this event, both on the day and several who helped with the event administration but were unable to attend on the night.