CANCELLED:  Marsden Park Micr-O, Sep 22 2018

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Date of event: Sat 22nd Sep 18
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Nelson, Lancs

EVENT CANCELLED - due to non-availability of our registration point and absence of key officials.  Our apologies.


Autumn Series Micr-O event 1 of 3.

Marsden Park has a lot of orienteering features in a small area.  The area comprises fast open running, but contrasted with contoured woodland.  Courses from White to Green, with longer courses being run as a 3-leg one-person relay.   The map is draw to ISSOM (Sprint) format and the courses have fast route choice decisions.   See course table for permitted leg combinations.

Courses are run within the park boundary and are suitable for all abilities from beginner through to expert. 

events location

Location & Directions

Roadside parking in Walton Lane within 150m of Marsden Hall. Walton Lane is quiet and wide, but take care with small children.
Please do not use the public car park within the park as there is only room for about 10 cars, which are reserved for the general public.
Registration close to parking at Marsden Hall.

Nearest town: Nelson, Lancs
Grid Ref: SD878381
Postcode: BB9 8BW
Latitude: 53.83946
Longitude: -2.18564
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)

Course information

Micr-O Course Offer (final):
Course O standard Length Climb Notes:
A Very Easy White < 1.0 km TBA  
B Easy Yellow c. 1.0 km TBA  
C Moderate Orange > 1.0 km TBA  
D Hard Light Green c. 1.5 km TBA  
E Very Hard Green  > 2.0 km TBA  

No loose control descriptions.  They are on the maps.

Competitors may run three legs in combination as follows:
Map exchange at the Finish location.
Only punch the FINISH at the end of your final leg.

One-person relay O-cross courses:
Course O-standard Length Climb Notes:
W-Y-O = A+B+C Up to Orange c. 3.0 km TBA  
Y-O-LG = B+C+D Up to Light Green c. 3.5 km TBA  
Gr-LG-O = C+D+E Up to Green c. 4.5 km TBA  



Registration from 10:00 to 11:30.
Starts from 10:30 to 12:00
Courses close 13:30

Entry Details

EOD only at Marsden Hall.

Adults (M/W21+) £5.00, Juniors (M/W20-) £2.00. First time orienteers FOC.
Dibber hire £1.00 but £40 if lost.


Planner: Gillian Rowan-Wilde PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: N/A
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

No dogs on courses.  Dogs may be exercised under control after your run.


Toilets on site.

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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About the area/map

Marsden Park, Nelson

Marsden Park in Nelson is a well maintained public park which includes a lot of orienteering features.  There are numerous paths and tracks.

Off track, most of the park is fast runnable terrain but there are numerous areas of thicket and hedges that add interest and route choice.  The park is divided by a deep valley with many contour and water features.

The 2013 map is drawn to ISSOM standards at a scale of 1:2500.  There are numerous uncrossable features in the park including hedges, crags, walls and fences.  There are several levels in the park divided by uncrossable walls.

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Posted by George Crawford-Smith