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West Anglian Orienteering Club

Colour codedAmpthill ParkSun 16 September, 2018

Near: Ampthill
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race

Location Info

* Postcodes are not very precise in some areas, so don't rely on them for an exact location.

Ampthill Park Local event. Courses suitable for all abilities. Newcomers welcome!

Directions / Parking

Take the A507 from M1 Jct 13. Ampthill Park is at the Western end of Ampthill next to the junction of the B530 and the A507. It will only be signed from the B530/A507. 

Alternatively take the A421 to Bedford, taking the B530 to Ampthill and turning towards the West in the centre of Ampthill keeping to the B530. 
SatNav: There is no exact postcode for Ampthill Park, but MK45 2HX will take you to a point about 700m East of the west car park entrance.
The west car park entrance is at TL024382.

By car: Ampthill park has 2 car parks, the central and the west car park. We have been asked to not use the central car park under any circumstances for this event, rather competitors should drive to the west car park where they will be directed to an orienteering specific parking area (not the main body of the west car park itself.)
We thank you greatly in helping us comply with these conditions which will allow us continuing use of Ampthill Park over the coming years. 
There will be car parking marshals on hand to direct you - please follow marshal directions. 
If you are planning on bringing a coach or minibus, please contact the organiser beforehand. 

By bus: Saturday service may operate.

By train or train and bike: Travel to Flitwick Station, which is 2 miles from Ampthill by bike.

Course Information

Colour coded courses from White to Blue. Course details are yet to be confirmed, so the table shows what is typical for the different courses.

CourseDifficultyDistanceNumber of controls
WhiteVery Easy~ 1 km10-12
YellowEasy~2 km10-12
OrangeModerate~ 3 km~15
Light GreenHarder~3.5 km12-15
GreenHard4 - 4.5 km15 - 20
BlueHard6 - 7 km25 - 30

Longer courses also involve more climb.

Course lengths are distances as the crow flies.
All courses will use SI electronic punching.

Entry Details

Entry fees


Adults (BO member)£6
Adults (non-members of British Orienteering)£8
Juniors (aged 20 or younger) and full time Students£2
SI card hire£1


Non-competitive family groups sharing one map are charged at the single adult rate.
Adult full-time students are charged at the Junior rate.
Additional maps are charged at £1 per additional map.


Entries on the day only - there is no pre-entry for this event.

If you want to prepare your entry slip in advance, follow this link.

Beginners are welcome at this event and help is available to get you started. Just ask at Registration.
Groups If you are bringing a school party, please inform the organiser of the number of entries, and names of participants on each course, in advance. Please use the group entry form.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be open from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Starts will run from 10:30 to 12:30.

Terrain and map details

The ground is mostly fast open with detailed contour and some patches of runnable forest canopy. 

Out of bounds areas on the map are denoted by purple vertical hatching. Courses have been planned to avoid any temptation to cross into any of these areas. One fence to the North of the park must not be crossed. This is indicated by a thick purple line. It must only be crossed at Mandatory crossing points:

Map 1:5,000 with preprinted courses, A4 sized. All maps will be printed on waterproof paper.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are welcome but must be kept under control at all times.


Public toilets are situated at the Ampthill park Hub, north of the east car park.


Also at the park hub, there is a cafe selling a wide variety of refreshments.

Important Event Information

Safety and Risk: A risk assessment is carried out by the organiser in advance of each event, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Insurance: Please note that if you have participated in three orienteering events/activities and not joined an orienteering club that is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance.


WAOC process entrant information on the basis of legitimate interest to produce competition results, to provide participation and results information to British Orienteering, and we retain details for a period to meet our insurance requirements.  Published results may include (but not limited to) name, any club affiliation, race times and age group. Read our data protection page for further information about how we look after your personal information.


We may sometimes publish photographs of event participants in news items or publicity.  At events where we have arranged for photography we will advertise this at the event and in advance in the event details.  

We aim always to obtain the permissions of parent or responsible adult before we publish any picture showing a junior participant as the main focus.  Although we cannot guarantee that an event photographer will not take photographs of any given individual, we will do our best to avoid publishing images of individuals who have told us they do not wish to be photographed.

Read our data protection page for further information about our policy on photography and use of images.