Northern Navigators Orienteering Club



Invite you to a local and NEOL event at

Cong Burn, Chester-le-Street

Sunday, 21st January 2018


F I N A L   D E T A I L S


Competition :

This is the first event in the North East Orienteering League (NEOL).

To be competitive in the league you must run the designated course for your class. See NEOL page for full details.

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 252497, nearest post code DH2 3RY.

A check of the parking area by the organiser was made on Saturday and felt suitable for the event. It does have a covering of snow but was useable. Take care once leaving the main road as there is some compacted snow / ice.

Safety :

The current weather forecast is for snow from late morning to mid afternoon, with temperatures not getting much above freezing. Although the burn area is quite sheltered, the fell is very exposed.

Cagoules will be compulsory and whistles should be carried.

Registration :from 10.00 - 12.00.    Starts :  from 10.30 - 12.30, courses close 2.30.
Pre-entry :There is NO pre-entry for this event. Entry on the day only - first come first served.
Courses :

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

To be competitive in the NEOL you must run the course or above for your class.

  CourseClass (M)Class (W)
  S.GreenM75+W65+, W75+
  GreenM65+, M16W55+, W16
  BlueM55+Women Open, W40+
  BrownMen Open, M40+
Fees :Seniors (aged 21 and over) - £5;    Juniors (aged 20 and under) + students - £2;    Schoolchildren (up to age 16) - £1.
Start / finish :Both approximately 400m from registration, close to old Waldridge Tavern.
EPS :This event will use the EMIT 'Touch Free' electronic system. E-tags will be available free of charge on the day, but competitors will be charged for any loss. Unlike previous systems the E-tag is worn much like a wrist watch and needs to be passed within about 10-15cm of the control box, there is a small red LED on the E-tag which flashes 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. Instruction in the use of the system will be available on the day. Lost or non-returned E-tags will be charged at £55.
Map :Cong Burn, Scale 1:7500, contours 5m, A4 size. Yellow course will use a 1:5000 version. The Brown course will have back to back maps. Surveyed and drawn by Dave Caudwell to ISOM2000, last used January 2016 and updated for this event by Rob McKenna. 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 very 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.
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.
Facilities :Limited toilet, sorry 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 -

If you require a paper copy of the results, please leave your details at registration with 50p to cover postage.

Officials :Organiser - Boris Spence, tel: 01670 860897, email
 Planner - Dougie Nisbet / Barney Warren
 Controller - Rob McKenna (NN)