The Sands Street-O, 22 May

Local Street-O Series No. 1, Wednesday 22nd May 2024

Provisional Details

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!

Travel: The area is located centrally within the City of Durham, with start, finish and registration on the East end of the field at the Sands, at grid ref NZ278430, nearest postcode DH1 1JY, ‘what3words’ – //////taxi.smooth.mash, google maps

Durham station is approx. a 15 minutes walk (1.2km/0.7 miles) from registration.

Parking: There is plentiful on street car parking (free after 6pm) available in the vicinity of registration, but please be considerate of local residents. 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.

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

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

Fees: Seniors – £3.00, Juniors – £1.50. Please bring correct change if possible.

Start: Starts will be from 18:30 to 19:00, same location as registration.

Punching: There will be no punches at controls, although it is planned that SI will be used to determine start and finish times – please bring your own SI if you have one (also available free of charge to borrow, lost or non-returned SI cards will be charged at £30).

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.

Map & Area: The Sands and surrounding areas – Scale 1:5000, 5m contours. Open Street Map produced using Open Orienteering Mapper.

Terrain: A hilly mixture of residential housing, city centre and college campus, depending on route and controls chosen. More distant controls may take participants near or across busier roads.  

Control descriptions: Control descriptions will be on the reverse of the map in the form of questions or clues (e.g. ‘lamppost number’) – there will be NO loose paper copies available on the day.

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

Safety: Area is an urban area. All competitors that have registered to start must report to registration after they finish (even if they do not wish their score/time to be recorded). Competitors are welcome to carry a phone when they compete. There will be a first aid kit and first aiders at registration.

The course will involve road crossings so Juniors aged under 16 should be accompanied/shadowed on the course by a parent/guardian. Competitors crossing the A690 must only do so at bridges, underpasses or pedestrian crossings, which have been marked on the map. Use bridges to cross any rivers (no swimming!). 

Dogs: Dogs will be allowed but under close control – please clean up after your dog.


  • Organiser – Tom Dutton,
  • Planner – Meg Baker
  • Controller/Series Organiser – Matthew Foskett

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

10 points per control. 10 points penalty per minute (or part of) late.

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.

Will be uploaded here after the event.