Northern Navigators Orienteering Club



Invite you to the annual Boxing Day Charity Score event at

Aykley Heads

Wednesday, 26th December 2018


F I N A L   D E T A I L S


Travel :The venue is located on the north side of the City of Durham, to the east of the University Hospital of North Durham and can be accessed from the A691 / B6532. It will be 'O' signed from the Dryburn Road / Durham Road / B6532 roundabout at grid ref NZ264437 (east side of Hospital). Nearest post code DH1 5BN.
Parking :Parking will be on the old site of the Durham Trinity School (now rebuilt on the other side of the road) - it is a good, well drained gravel surface, grid ref NZ266438, nearest post code DH1 5TS.
Registration :will be open from 10:00 till 10:50.    Start :  Mass start from 11:00.
Courses :This is to be a 60 minute score event with 35 controls.
 Visit as many controls as you can, in any order, in the given time limit. All controls are worth 10 points with a 10 point penalty per minute or part of overtime. The winner will be the person to get the most controls in the shortest time.
Fees :There are no set fees for this event, but suggested donations of seniors £2, juniors £1 would be welcome - or whatever you can afford.
 All proceeds are to go to a local charity - Durham Food Cycle, a charity that uses food from shops and cafes that would otherwise go to waste to prepare meals for vulnerable people in Durham, please give generously.
Start / finish :There will be a Mass start at 11:00. The start and finish will be close to registration. The start will use an inductance loop - this will be a black / red cable laid out on the ground in a large loop. When you approach the loop your E-tag will start to flash indicating it has cleared and you are ready to start. Maps will be issued just before the start. On the command you may start and once you have left the loop your E-tag should stop flashing. On finishing you should approach the finish banner where your E-tag should again flash, indicating you have finished - once finished you cannot go back into the competition area for more controls. Proceed to the download area where you will be given your splits.
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 (lost or non-returned E-tags will be charged at £60). Unlike previous EMIT systems the E-tag is worn much like a wrist watch or on your fingers - you need to put it on so that you can see the tag number and small LED. It 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 and instruction in the use of the system will be available on the day - please ask if you are unsure.
Terrain :Quite a mixture of terrain from urban, around County Hall and the Aykley Heads Business Centre, to the delightful woodlands to the south and east of County Hall, and eastwards down to the east coast mainline to the open land containing the nature reserve. Although the urban terrain will be easy going and most of the woodland is quite runnable the area is certainly not flat and will provide a physical challenge. The area around the nature reserve is normally well used by the general public, particularly dog walkers - please try to show a little courtesey.
Map :The map has been specially drawn for this event and will be it's first use. Drawn at 1:4000 with 5m contours to ISSOM2007 standards by Rob McKenna in 2018 using LIDAR data. It is typical of maps used in sprint or urban type events and will have a limited legend only showing uncrossable features. Maps will be slightly smaller than A3, overprinted with course on waterproof paper. A sample map will be on display at registration.
Control desc :Control descriptions will be in IOF pictorial format and will be on the front of the map. They are available to download here - there will be NO loose descriptions available on the day. Click here for a copy of the IOF control descriptions.
Facilities :Unfortunately there are no public facilities near the parking area, please try to go before you come to the event - the nearest toilets would be at the Hospital across the road.
 There will be no water available at the finish - please bring your own supply.
Dogs :Dogs will be allowed but under close control - please clean up after your dog especially in the parking area.
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 - Debby Warren, email
 Planner - Julian Warren
 Controller - Rob McKenna (NN)