Wed 22nd May -Bute Park Cardiff Park Series 2



Bute Park, Cardiff

Grid Reference ST176768

Nearest Post Code CF10 3NW. We will be near the café on east side of the Millennium Bridge.





There is plenty of parking in the area. Either park on North Road or in the car park in Sophia Gardens. These are Pay and Display.



Starts will be open between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm.  Courses close at 8.00.  If you are new to the sport and want some initial coaching please arrive between 5.30 and 6.00 and someone will be there to show you the basics.




Novice / junior course

The novice /junior course is about 1.7 km as the crow flies with 9 controls.



The second course is about 3.8km long and has 12 controls.



The longest course is about 5.3 km and has about 16 controls.


What to wear

Most of you will want to wear normal running gear. If you intend to walk than stout shoes will do. You will mostly be running/walking on tarmac, grass and woodland paths some of which could be muddy, so come prepared.


If you have a compass you can bring it but you do not normally need one for this kind of racing.


Bring a waterproof if it looks like being wet.



The map is a special sprint orienteering map prepared at a scale of 1:5,000.   Courses will be on waterproof paper.


Children under 10

Children under 10 are welcome to take part on the novice/junior course.  However, a responsible person should accompany them.


Cost of running


The cost to run will be:


  • Juniors  £ 2.00. (M/W 20 or younger or full time students).
  • Members £5
  • Non members £7


Families with children who want to run together will be charged Junior rate. 


If you want to join SWOC follow the link below stating SWOC as the club you wish to join.




Results will be posted on the SWOC website.


For anyone who has not tried the sport before

7 steps to completing your first course


1 Register at enquires (the table at the tent) where you will be given a small E-card you put on your finger and use to confirm you have visited all the controls.


2 – Ask any questions you may have. One of the helpers will talk you through the novice course and explain what the key symbols on the map mean.


3 -Go to the start  where you will be given your map and told when you can start.


4 – Punch the start control.  If you do not you will not have a time for the race.


5 – look at your map and plan how you will get to the first control.  Run/walk as fast as you can to the first control.  Do not run faster than you can navigate. Keep your map orientated (facing where you are going).  Keep track of where you are as you run. Punch the first control with your e-card.


5 - Complete the rest of the course, remembering to punch at each control and the finish.


6 – Go back to enquiries to download, get your results and return your e-card.


7 – make a note of when the next race is.

Park Series League

Best 4 of six races to count towards League Positions. Tables will be updated after each race.