Northern Navigators Orienteering Club



invite you to an Urban Chasing Sprint event at

Fellgate Estate

on Friday, 3rd June 2022


P R O V I S I O N A L   D E T A I L S


Covid-19 :This event will be organised to comply with current guidance from the Government and BO with respect to the ongoing COVID-19 problems. Please follow any notices and directions from club officals, but more importantly try to keep in mind sensible social distancing, both in the parking area and also whilst competing.
 Additional information is required of competitors to allow NHS Test and Trace if a problems arises from the event. Pre-entry requires entrants to acknowledge that they must not attend if they or a member of their household has COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, and that they will abide by the Participant Code of Conduct at all times.
Info :

The event will be the first in support of a series of 3 events held over the weekend of the Queens Anniversary in June. Other events include a Stockton Riverside sprint event on Saturday and a Newcastle City Urban event (UKUL) on Sunday.

Note that as this will be the holiday weekend there may well be some early street parties.

Travel :

The area is located in South Tyneside and is approximately 1.5km NE of the end of the A194(M) at White Mare Pool. It is within easy access of both the A1(M) and the A19.

Fellgate Metro station is also adjacent to the estate and it is hoped that competitors will take advantage of this form of travel. For those not familiar with the area, the Metro is a rapid transit rail system that services Tyneside and Wearside. Fellgate is on the Newcastle to South Hylton (green) loop.

The area is best accessed by vehicle via Hedworth on the east side of the estate. This is easily accessible off the A19 taking the first exit after the new Testo's (A19/A184) interchange when travelling from the south, or the second exit after the Tyne Tunnel when travelling from the north. This junction, signed Boldon Colliery, is at grid ref NZ339626, nearest post code NE32 4LN, 'what3words' - ///matchbox.stockpile.surveyors.

Parking :Parking will be at the Hedworthfield Community Association parking area, grid ref NZ329622, nearest post code NE32 4QD, 'what3words' - ///measure.newsreel.axed.

This is about a 5 minute walk from the metro station, for those using this form of travel.

Courses :

This will be an Urban Chasing Sprint event based on British Orienteering guidelines. There will be 2 rounds where competitors have the option of running one course in their chosen category (course 1, 2 or 3), followed by another where the second run will take the form of a 'Chasing Sprint' (see below).

Course lengths will follow the national guidelines for sprints, i.e. 12-15 minutes winning time.

There are three courses, all with similar levels of technical difficulty (around TD3).

Note that course lengths are calculated on a straight line route and actual distances will be longer.

Juniors (under 16) should enter course 3A/3B and should be accompanied or shadowed. Traffic on the estate is not a cause for concern but please be aware that this course is planned to TD3.

   First Run

    Course 1A - 2.5km, 15 controls

    Course 2A - 2.0km, 15 controls

    Course 3A - 1.3km, 10 controls


   Second Run

    Course 1B - 2.1km, 16 controls

    Course 2B - 1.5km, 12 controls

    Course 3B - 1.0km, 10 controls

Entries :Pre-entry by SIentries only here. Entries close midnight Sunday, 29th May 2022. There will be NO entry on the day.

Competitors will be asked to choose a start block for their first run in SIentries to avoid long queues at the start, however a punching start will be in operation.

Start blocks available (First Run) - 15:00-15:14, 15:15-15:29, 15:30-15:44, 15:45-16:00.

Fees :

Seniors - £7, Juniors & Students £3.50. SI card hire £1 (select this option in SIentries).

Club members please contact Debby Warren for helpers discount code.

Registration :

will be open from 14:30 for enquiries and pre-ordered SI-card collection only.

Starts :

Start and finish are within about 300m of parking/registration/download.

There will be afternoon starts, with First runs from 15:00 - 16:00 and competitors starting at 1 minute intervals on each course.

There will be a 3 minute call-up for the First run. Please try to arrive at the start at the beginning of your start block to ensure all competitors can set off at the right time.

At the end of your first run, proceed back to download where you will be given a sticker with your start time for your Second run (i.e. 16:30 plus however long you took in your First run. For example, if you took 15 minutes, your start time for your Second run will be 16:45).

Second run starts are based on a Base Time of 16:30 plus the time of their First run.

There will be a mini-mass start at 17:15 for anybody taking longer than 45 mins for their First run (plus anyone who mis-punched or did not finish, etc.).

Course closing time 18:00

Chasing Sprint :

The Chasing Sprint format:

Each course consists of two races - Race A and B, which will be run consecutively. Race A will be a standard format with competitors starting in their preferred start block from SIentries. Race B will have a chasing start, based on the times taken for Race A. The winner of Race A will set off first, at Base Time (16:30) plus however long they took in Race A. The other runners follow in order, according to how long they took on Race A, and try to catch up with those in front. The format means that the first runner (on each course) to cross the finish line of Race B will be the overall winner, making an exciting spectacle for both competitors and spectators.


This event will use the SportIdent electronic punching system.

The control boxes will be enabled for SIAC cards to operate in touch-free mode, but please note that you will need to punch the old-fashioned way at both the Start and Finish.

SI-cards will NOT be available for hire on the day. However, they can be reserved via SI Entries for £1.00. Reserved SI-cards can be collected from Registration before your run and returned as you download. Please take care of your hired SI-card, as there will be a £20 charge if you lose it.

In general, for security all controls will be attached to the nearest fixed object - tree, telegraph pole, lamp post or sign post.

Map & area :

Fellgate Estate, scale 1:4000, A4, drawn to ISSprOM2019-2 by Rob McKenna 2021 and updated for this event. The map will be printed on waterproof paper, if you require further protection then please provide your own bag (A4). The map has a very limited legend and there is one special symbol used - a black 'x' which indicates a telegraph pole or sign post. Only the larger streets lights on the outer ring road have been mapped.

The area is new to orienteering and comprises a compact, complex, modern urban estate with no through traffic and many footpaths. It has an outer ring road with a few roads leading into the estate, but these only serve the residents and are normally quiet. The area is generally fairly flat with little or no discernable height climb.

Con des :Control descriptions will be on the front of the map for all courses. They will be in pictorial format and can be downloaded here. Click here for a copy of the IOF pictorial control descriptions.
Facilities :There will be very limited toilet availability within a small dress alterations shop at the Community Centre (further details to be confirmed), so it may be better to go before you come to the area.

There is also a small cafe, Swan's Cafe & Catering Coffee Shop, about 300m from parking and 100m from the start, which also has toilet facilities for patrons.

Sorry there will be no water at the finish, please bring your own supply.

Dogs :Dogs will be allowed, but please clean up after your dog.
Results :It is hoped to have live simple results available on your smart phone on the day, details at registration.

In your browser, navigate to

There will be a QR code on display at registration for people to link directly, and also the QR code will be on your splits print out.

The page will not be updated until after the event starts and will not show results till the first finisher has downloaded.

Full results, including splits, will be posted on the NN website -, as soon as possible after the event.

If you require a paper copy of the results, please leave your details at registration with £1 to cover postage.

Thanks :Many thanks to Hedworthfield Community Association for use of the parking facilities and to Michelle Angels (Alterations) for use of their toilets.
Officials :Organiser - Boris Spence, tel: 07946 231571, email
 Planner - Kate Hampshire
 Controller - Julian Warren (NN)