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Winter of Wellbeing Cyfarthfa Results

Wow it was chilly at the start but you soon warmed up when you got moving. It was fantastic to see so many newcomers having fun and finding so many control points.

Congratulations to Tom Foord who collected all points in 29minutes, Andrew Raven first junior and first female Christine Farr (fifth overall).

Thank you to Mark, Clem, Duncan and Anthony for helping on the day. Wellbeing Merthyr for permission to use the park and the Outdoor Parnership for securing the Winter of Wellbeing funding.

See you all at Parc Penallta on 22nd January


Split times and checkpoints visited here

Winter of Wellbeing Cyfarthfa Park, Results

One Hour Challenge 60 min24 Controls
18190678Tom Foord Senior SWOC240 p (29:07)
28712019Tony UdrisSenior South Yorkshire Orienteers240 p (34:09)
38680543Andrew Raven Junior SWOC240 p (34:45)
48680544Christopher Raven Junior SWOC240 p (38:05)
5342253Christine Farr Senior SWOC240 p (38:53)
62049784Duncan Innes Senior SWOC240 p (39:07)
78030201Saskia Jones Senior240 p (39:18)
8438205Beth Cameron Senior NGOC240 p (48:52)
98628657Kevin Bush Senior SWOC240 p (49:34)
108657539Jill Manning Senior SWOC240 p (52:16)
112097492Lucy Hammond Senior240 p (53:29)
128667906Anthony Raven Senior SWOC240 p (53:47)
13401392Scott Kilbey Senior240 p (54:31)
148667906Anthony Raven Senior SWOC230 p (42:55)
158641854Peter RibbansSenior SWOC230 p (45:53)
16439060Jeremy DicksonSenior SWOC230 p (55:22)
17401395Kelly Rowe Senior226 p (63:22)
18401394Rhian Astley Senior226 p (63:26)
19401391Rachel Flint Senior219 p (60:12)
202097493Ian Standen Senior210 p (58:23)
21439061Caroline Tinsley Senior210 p (58:40)
222097483John SeawardSenior SWOC200 p (44:16)
23401401Donal Halloran Junior190 p (56:08)
24401408Vijay Mahavar-Snow Junior190 p (56:13)
25401410sion rowlands Senior190 p (59:44)
26401405hari rowlands Junior190 p (59:50)
278628568Jane Bush Senior SWOC189 p (60:47)
28439064Rose Cameron Junior NGOC180 p (57:44)
29333757Chris Burguess Senior 180 p (58:27)
30439056Richard Munn Senior180 p (59:52)
31439058Osian Munn Junior180 p (59:55)
32439059Emma Raven Junior170 p (39:35)
33401407Sanjeev Mahavar-Snow Junior170 p (39:41)
34401403nia rowlands Senior170 p (55:38)
35439051Daniel Bufton Senior170 p (55:39)
36401404daniel rowlands Junior170 p (55:40)
37439052George Bufton Junior170 p (55:48)
=2097500Elizabeth Bufton Junior170 p (55:48)
39439054Charlotte Bufton Junior170 p (56:05)
402097488Elin Merrifield Junior169 p (60:39)
412097489George Merrifield Junior167 p (62:23)
422097487Carys Merrifield Senior167 p (62:45)
=2097486James Merrifield Senior167 p (62:45)
44439065Francis Cameron Junior NGOC160 p (56:33)
45439068Richard Appleford Senior160 p (56:58)
46439066Ceridwen Boon Senior160 p (57:04)
47439070Evie Appleford Junior160 p (57:07)
482097490Jacob Haggerty Junior150 p (54:27)
49401397Rose Norris Junior140 p (58:48)
50401396Kevin Norris Senior140 p (58:49)
51439057Zac Munn Junior137 p (62:49)
52439055Bethan Collins Junior137 p (62:53)
53401390Anna Jones Junior90 p (36:12)
542097496Matt Webley Senior90 p (57:43)
552097495Ali Webley Senior90 p (57:44)
562097497Luna Webley Junior90 p (57:50)
572097498Bodhi Webley Junior90 p (58:06)
582097485Samuel Towie-Finney Junior50 p (30:38)
=2097484Samuel Towie-Finney Junior50 p (30:38)
60439053Alfie Bufton Junior50 p (179:33)

COVID Safe Orienteering

All competitors are asked to familiarise themselves with the British Orienteering participant code of conduct available here

In line with current Welsh Government Guidance we recommend performing a lateral flow test before attending a SWOC event

5th February 22 Winter of Wellbeing! Bryngarw Park

When Saturday 5th February 2022

Starts are from 10.30 to 12.00


Registration, start and finish will be located near the visitors center

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There is a large car park and cafe/toilets in the visitors center.

Terrain & How Far?

Bryngarw Country Park has a large network of paths and tracks surrounding the House and gardens. Most of the paths are well surfaced and buggy friendly however there are some hills.

This event is perfect for children of all ages to enjoy a ‘treasure hunt’ in the Park, you can take part as a group and be as competitive as you wish. The event format is a one hour challenge. You will be given a map with all checkpoints marked. You have an hour to visit as many as possible before returning to the start/finish. Each is worth a different point value, the winner is the person who scores the highest number of points – often not the fastest runner. There will be a recommended loop for beginners of approximately 2km.


You must pre-enter to guarentee a map. Entries will be open until Friday 4th February or when full.

We have secured funding through the outdoor partnership to allow free entry for competitors under the age of 25 .

If you are over 25 there is a fee of £5 payable at registration on the day.

Adults accompanying juniors do not need to enter/pay

Thank you to The Awen Trust for permission to hold the event

Photograhy, South Wales Orienteering Club (the Organiser) may take photos during the event for social media. If you would not like to be in any photos please inform registration on the day.

COVID code of conduct.

It is vital that all attendees at the event:

Act as ambassadors for the sport of orienteering at all times and consider

how their actions may appear in the eyes of landowners or members of

the public.

Observe social distancing at all times, including keeping their distance

from other participants, volunteers and members of the public.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who is living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, should remain at home.

Familiarise yourself with the British Orienteering COVID code of conduct found here:

In the event that government guidance changes we may be required to postpone to a future date.

Winter of Wellbeing

South Wales Orienteering Club are delighted to have teamed up with the Outdoors Partnership to be able to offer free Orienteering events for under 25’s thanks to Winter of Wellbeing funding.

Hopefully we can get more people out exploring the great outdoors and discovering the fantastic benefits of orienteering.

The events are spread across south Wales between now and March 2022. Details for each event can be found in the events page.

You can expect a welcoming and beginner friendly event, suitable for families/kids of all ages. The beginner option (approx 2km) is always traffic free on surfaced paths. For anyone wanting more of a challenge, there are intermediate and expert courses which are further and venture off the path.

Winter of Wellbeing dates

Wednesday 29th December – Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, Vale of Glamorgan

Sunday 9th January – Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil

Saturday 22nd January – Parc Penallta, Ystrad Mynach

Saturday 5th February – Bryngarw Country Park, Bridgend

Sunday 20th February – Llantrisant Forest

All events are risk assessed and organised in accordance with British Orienteering guidelines.

2021/2022 Winter Maprun League

Details for all rounds

You have 60 minutes, and a map with 25 checkpoints to visit. Your goal is to score points by visiting checkpoints. Score as many points as you can, and get back to the start within the time limit.

You can choose which checkpoints to visit, in any order, via any route. Speed is an advantage, but the fastest runner won’t necessarily come out on top. It’ll take smart planning to find the shortest route worth the most points.

Download the MapRun6 app to your phone to use as your timing chip and record your checkpoint visits, load the event using the app. We will provide you with the specially prepared map at the start.

DateAreaStart locationNotes
15/9/21Cardiff BayNorwegian Church
Parking free after 6pm
20/10/21RhiwbinaDeri Inn,CF14 6UH
17/11/21Newport WestWest side of Belle Vue Parkplenty of parking on Waterloo Road and adjacent streets ///risks.river.fled
15/12/21CrickhowellMain Car Park
SWOC Christmas Curry and Presentation Evening
20:30 – after the Crickhowell Maprun.
Venue – Red Indigo
Please book your place at the same time as entering Event 4.
19/01/22HeathBudd Electrical, Field Way (off Maes-Y Coed Road) .
16/2/22LlandaffHailey Park car park
South-west end of Radyr Road
Llandaff North
16/3/22WhitchurchPenlline Road Pay and Display Car Park, Whitchurch
Parking/start/finish will all be in the car park behind The Plough on Penlline Rd in Whitchurch (what3words paused.short.daisy) and the pub for the evening will be The Plough.
20/4/22CantonRegistration: Harvey St Car Park (CF5 1QW, ///sharp.adjust.easyST 163 766).
Note: parking free after 18:00.

Mass start at 7 pm, there will be a briefing from the organiser at 6.55 however if you are new we recommend arriving early to ask any questions.

ENTRIES: Online at Fabian4. You can enter up until 6.55pm on the night (through fabian4) subject to map availability.

FEES – £3 Adults, (+£2 non-British Orienteering members), £1 U16 . U16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times who will also have to enter the event.

Enter Online

BRING – phone, torch, pen and hi viz to wear. Some paths may be muddy and slippery.

You will need a smartphone with the Maprun6 app or Garmin watch with Maprun6 installed, this is best done at home.

You will need to register with simple details. Then open the app and download the event. SWOC winter mapruns are in the folder UK/Wales/South Wales/2021. All you have to do on the night is identify yourself to the organiser, collect your map and start.

There is a guide to using MapRun here.

SAFETY- You take part at your own risk, you will be running/walking on public streets/paths with traffic. You MUST use crossing points where available to cross roads and stop, look and listen! Please be mindful of personal space/social distancing particularly at the start/finish of your run.

ACCESSIBILITY – We have previously had competitors enjoy these events using wheelchair/mobility scooter. Send us a message in advance and we can provide an annotated map with key obstacles (stairs/narrow gates) highlighted.

Detailed instructions:

You have 60 minutes, and a map with 30 checkpoints to visit.
Your goal: to score points by visiting checkpoints. Score as many points as you can, and get back to the start within the time limit.
You can choose which checkpoints to visit, in any order, via any route.
Checkpoints are mixture of road junctions and path junctions and have between 10 and 30 points awarded. Controls 1 – 10 are worth 10 pts, 11 – 20, 20 pts , 21 – 30 are 30pts . Penalties for being late back are 10pts per minute !!!
The event is timed and checkpoint visits recorded using the MapRun6 app. It helps to download the app and the event beforehand but we can provide full instructions before you start.

Park Series 6 Bute Park Results



80 competitors took part in the final round of the Park Series on some fun courses in the park despite having to avoid the dinosaurs who have invaded the park! Congratulations to everyone who ran it has been fantastic to see the improvement of some of the newer members throughout the series.

Thank-you to all of the SWOC members who have volunteered their time to organise/plan/help on the day and also Cardiff Council and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council for permission to use the Parks.

Orienteering continues! Our next events are:

September 11/12th Welsh Championships Weekend near Merthyr (short and junior courses available).

September 15th evening MapRuns resume! An evening 1 hour challenge around the streets, starting off with Cardiff Bay.

October 23rd Saturday, Mynydd Y Gaer nr Bridgend, a great event if you have enjoyed the Park races. Courses for novices/improvers and juniors

Full details of all of the above will be posted up on facebook and the website

Ynysangharad Park Results



We headed north for a slightly soggy round of the park series in Pontypridd. The compact nature of the park meant that there was quite a bit of twisting to get the medium distance in the traffic-free area. Sorry to anyone who got confused by 119 and 120 being the wrong way round, I need to double check the control codes! The long course ventured out into the town and common with some tricky route choices, congratulations to Marcus who was fastest and only two minutes behind the computer optimum time. Finally, penblwydd hapus Dafydd, who decided to celebrate his birthday Orienteering!

Thank you to Mark and Caroline for helping with registration etc and Andrew, Mark, Alice, Marcus, and Mark for collecting the controls and ensuring we didn’t get locked in!

The final round of the Park Series is in a fortnight at Bute Park, Cardiff or if you want to try a non-urban event there is a one hour score on the moorland of Clydach Terrace near Brynmawr on Saturday 21st August entries for both on fabian4