Park Series Race 1: Roath Park – 16/6/21

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LocationRoath Park, Cardiff, CF23 5NN
Grid Reference ST185792
What3Words: shock.listed.stress
Nearest Post Code CF23 5NN. If you enter the park at the gates near the southern end of the lake we will be down the slope on the grass south of the children’s playground. Look for the sail banner.
There is plenty of parking around the park. 
Covid regulationsPlease make sure that you have read the following covid regulations before you run. COVID Safe Orienteering
EntriesEntries online only via Fabian4. There will be no entries on the day, entries close midnight before the event. We are limited to 50 competitors. 
StartsStarts will be open between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm. You will need to obtain a start time when you enter.  Starts will be at one minute intervals.

If you are new to the sport and want some initial coaching please arrive early and someone will be there to show you the basics.
CoursesJuniors, under 16, can run the Novice/Junior course but not the Middle or Long due to road crossings. 

Novice / junior course
The novice /junior course is 1.3 km with 12 controls and all within the confines of the Roath Park. We would suggest that all novices try this course first before running one of the longer courses.
The second course is 3 8 km long (optimal route) and has 19 controls to visit. This course involves a mandatory, manned, pelican road crossing into Roath Pleasure Gardens. The time taken to cross at this crossing will not be included in the race time, so no rush! This will be explained to all running this course on the day.
The longest course is about 7.9 km, (optimal route), with 100 m of climb and has 15 controls and will also visit neighbouring roads.
What to wearNormal running gear is fine. If you intend to walk then stout shoes/trainers will do. You will mostly be running/walking on tarmac and grass but it 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 and a drink if its hot.
MapThe map is a special sprint orienteering map prepared at a scale of 1:5,000 for the Novice and Middle courses and 1:7,500 for the Long course.   One centimetre on the map is the equivalent of 50 meters on the ground on a 1:5,000 map and 75 metres on an 1:7,500 map. Courses will be on waterproof paper. 
Children under 10Children under 10 are welcome to take part on the novice course.  However, a responsible person should accompany them.
Cost of runningThe cost to run will be:
SWOC/BO members: Juniors  £ 2.00. (M/W 20 or younger or full time students) Senior £4. Non-members supplement Junior +£1, Senior +£2
Families £10.
If you are accompanying a junior on their course you do not need to enter yourself, just the junior.  Remember you need to enter online as there are no entries on the day. This makes it easier for us to comply with Covid regulations.

If you would like to join SWOC, the local orienteering club, follow the link below stating SWOC as the club you wish to join.
Membership of SWOC entitles you to the lower (Members’) entry fee for every event on the British Orienteering calendar, regardless of which club organises the event.
ResultsResults and league positions will be posted on the SWOC website.
For anyone who has not tried the sport before7 STEPS TO COMPLETING YOUR FIRST COURSE:

1 –  Register at Enquires (the table at the tent) where you will be given a small E-card which 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 (listen for the beep).
5 – Complete the rest of the course, remembering to punch at each control and at 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.