Autumn Intro Series (2/4)Marsden Park, NelsonSat 21 September, 2019

Local level event

Explanation of Event levels

  • Training events are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport.
  • Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Most clubs run some 'mini series' throughout the year as local mid week events.
  • Regional events attract participants from around the local Region.
  • National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away,
  • Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships or the annual JK competition.



Organiser's Comments:

A big thank you to everyone who competed today on, this, the most beautiful day of all beautiful days. Particular thanks to the Ellis family for planning and setting out the courses.

We are grateful to Becca and team for welcoming us to the newly improved and newly painted Marsden Hall Cafe and cake emporium. Becca confirmed that today was their busiest day this year, helped of course by PFO and a table for 12 at lunchtime. Worth a visit even when there is no orienteering to work up a thirst.

Shame our numbers were down, but everyone who came had a cracking day!

George Crawford-Smith - Organiser.


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Pre Event Info

IMPORTANT: This is an AFTERNOON event with first starts at 13:00. The late start enables anyone who participates in other Saturday morning sports to engage in both activities.

Event 2 of 4 of our Autumn Intro Series at Marsden Park, Nelson.

The area offers a maze of paths to challenge novice and progressing orienteers. For regulars the area is fast, more sprint than classic, with route choice and quick thinking required.

Location Info

Near: Nelson
Lat,Lng: 53.83946,-2.18572
OS Grid Ref: SD878381
Postcode: BB9 8BW

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Directions / Parking

At Marsden Park, BB9 8BW.
There is a small car park within the park, which is reserved for parents with children. Adults should park outside the boundary on Walton Lane, which is wide and safe. You should be able to park within 200m of Registration.

Map / Terrain

Well managed and well featured park plus woodland, a deep ravine and numerous water features.

The map is 1:2500 drawn to the latest sprint orienteering standards, ISSprOM2019.

All the paths, bridges and steps within the park are expected to be extremely slippery, competitors should take care and consider walking where appropriate.

Registration and Start times

Registration: at Marsden Park Cafe by the small car park, 12:30 to 13:30
Starts: From 13:00 to 14:00
Courses Close: At 15:30

Course Information

COURSE OFFER:(provisional)
Due to the nature of the park
it is not possible to follow colour
Short 1.335m
Medium 2.990mMap exchange - 2 maps
Long5.1170mMap exchange - 4 maps

Please always give way to other park users.

Entry Details

EOD only at Marsden Park Cafe.
(M/W21+) £5.00,
Juniors (M/W20-) £2.00.
First time orienteers FOC.
Dibber hire £1.00 but £40 if lost!

Dog restrictions

Dogs should not be taken on courses , but may be exercised responsibly after your run.


Toilets. The new Marsden Park Cafe (and famous cake emporium) will be open - tea/coffee, hot snacks, children's menu, etc.. Please patronise the cafe, before and/or after your run. It is adjacent to Registration.


BOF event number: 76112

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Helen Ellis PFO
Controller: N/A
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO

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