Northern Navigators Orienteering Club



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Cong Burn, Chester-le-Street

Sunday, 19th September 2021


F I 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.
Travel :

Approach by A1(M) to junction 63. Take A167 towards Durham. At 2nd roundabout (B1284 County Cricket Ground and Lumley Castle) turn right and follow signs west to Waldridge (and Edmondsley) for about 2 miles.


The event will be 'O' signed from the entrance to the parking area (see below).

Parking : Will use the public car park on the fell, past the old Waldridge Tavern (Inn on the Green), at grid reference NZ 250497, nearest post code DH2 3BU.
Pre-entry :Pre-entry for this event will be required. We will be using CLOK's on-line registration system, with many thanks to Alastair Mackenzie.

Please follow this link to get to the 'log-in' page. Closing date for pre-entries will be midnight 15th September.

Note the online entry system can only cope with 2 levels of entry fee - one for senior and one for junior - please contact the organiser to ensure a refund is added for schoolchildren under 16.

Click here to view entry list.

Registration :Will be open from 10.00 - 12.00, strictly for enquiries only - there will be NO entry on the day.
Courses :

Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue, Brown (see control descriptions below for details).

Fees :Seniors (aged 21 and over) - £7;    Juniors (aged 20 and under) + students - £2;    Schoolchildren (up to age 16) - £1.
Start / finish :Starts from 10.30 - 12.30, courses close 2.30.
EPS :The type of system to be used will be the EMIT touch free 'training' boxes. Due to possible vandalism the boxes will be secured to the nearest fixed object to the control site (generally a tree or post). E-tags will be available for collection free of charge on the day. The E-tag is worn much like a wrist watch or on your fingers - you need to position it so that you can see the tag number and small red LED. It needs to be passed within about 10-15cm of the control box, the small red LED on the E-tag will flash for about 10 seconds indicating a successful pass. It will be your responsibility to check - do not try to pass the control too fast. There is no clear station for this system - the E-tag is cleared at the start control and stopped at the finish. There will be a sample control near registration for you to see the E-tag in action and instruction in the use of the system will be available on the day - please ask if you are unsure.
Map :Cong Burn, Scale 1:7500, contours 5m, A4 size. Surveyed and drawn by Dave Caudwell, last used January 2018 and updated for this event by Rob McKenna with symbols based on ISOM2017-2 (150%). The Yellow and Orange courses will have enlarged maps at 1:5000 (A4). Maps will have course overprinted and on waterproof paper. If you prefer further protection then please supply your own bag (A4).
Terrain :A very detailed, wooded stream valley which is steep in places and contains a wealth of contour features, pits and depressions. The technical aspect of the area is further complicated by a complex path network. The woodland is a mixture of mature deciduous trees (mainly oak) and some pine, the younger trees are mainly birch, all very runable at this time of the year. Above the valley is an open, flatter fell area which is covered mainly in heather (which can be deep in places) and bilberry with small grassy areas and scrub. The scub trees are constantly being managed and short sections of wicker type fences made.
Control desc :Control descriptions will be will be on the front of the map and will be in written format for Yellow and Orange courses, all the other courses will be in pictorial format. They are available to download here. Click here for a copy of the IOF pictorial control descriptions.
Safety :Please avoid touching control units where possible and maintain social distancing at all times. Lone competitors are advised to leave contact details at registration.
Facilities :Depending on guidelines, there may be no toilet and there will be no water at the finish, please bring your own supply.
Dogs :Dogs will be allowed but under close control in the parking area, but not on the courses. Please clean up after your dog.
Results :Full results will be posted on the NN website -
Officials :Organiser - Boris Spence, tel: 01670 860897, email
 Planner - Rob McKenna
 Controller - Julian Warren (NN)