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West Anglian Orienteering Club

Park-OTrumpington MeadowsSat 19 September, 2020

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



What lovely weather, what excellent courses and what brilliant helpers!

It was great to see such a turnout at our first Park-O event since March. Everyone coped well with the changes forced upon us and, dare we say it, the process was smoother than before. Pre-entry worked well even if it only came on-line a week earlier; there'll be much more notice next time.

For our Park-O passport holders, if you had a passport last year you will keep the same number, but be given a new passport for this 2020-2021 season. If you didn't collect your new passport today, they will be at Milton next month for you.

Pre Event Info

Location Info

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

Despite the limit to socialising in no more than groups of six, we are delighted to say that this event is able to run as the government has confirmed that organised sports and physical activity events with stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 can continue.

You must pre-register - there will be NO entry on the day.

To book a start time, go to Entries are now open.

Park-O Series Info

Our Park-O events are an easy way for juniors and adults to try orienteering. Based in parks around Cambridge, each Park-O takes place on a Saturday afternoon 1pm-3pm once a month during the school year.

What happens at Park-O? Click here to find out

Park-O How-to Guide

Read more about this series

Directions / Parking

For those of you coming by car, we suggest you park at Trumpington Park and Ride in the corner near the John Lewis pick-up building. Then please walk from the corner of the Park and Ride near the John Lewis building, along Kestrel Rise passing by Trumpington Meadows Primary School, past the Sainsburys Local and continue straight on until you reach the edge of the park where you will see the WAOC banner. There are toilets at the park and ride.

If you are arriving by on foot or by bike, make your way to the Sainsbury's Local on Osprey Drive, CB2 9AY, from where you should be able to see our banner at the edge of the park.

Course Information

Courses available

Short     ~ 1km Very easy
Medium ~ 2km Easy
Long      ~ 3km Medium

University students, please note that this area is under embargo for those intending to take part in the BUCS orienteering competition in March 2021. Anybody entering this Park-O event will not be able to run competitively at BUCS 2021.

Entry Details

For entry fees, See Park-O page.

You must pre-register to take part in this event, which you need to do at WAOC entries at

You will be allocated a hire dibber, if you do not have one, and you may choose your preferred start block time. No payment is required until you turn up for the event.

We cannot accept entries on the day due to the need to comply with coronavirus distancing guidelines and British Orienteering policy.

If you haven't been before, please read the information on our Park-O page so that you know what to do - we will have officials around to help if needed.

Please maintain social distancing throughout the event, moving away from controls as soon as you have dibbed and waiting for others to move away from the controls before you dib.

Registration and Start Times

You will need to allow enough time before your start time to collect your dibber and pay, and get ready- probably about 20 minutes before you start.

Starts will operate between 1pm and 3pm, but please only come to the start in the 15 minute start window.

Please note that courses close at 3:30pm. If you wish to do the long course, you need to start by 2:30pm, unless you have sufficient experience that you will be able to finish before 3:30pm.

Terrain and map details

Maps will be A4 sized, printed on waterproof paper.


We are grateful to The Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust for allowing us to run this event at the Trumpington Meadows nature reserve, and also to Cambridge City Council for their permission to use the Byron's Pool area.


People should NOT attend any this or any orienteering event:

  • If they are unwell with a cough, fever or other respiratory symptoms.
  • If they have been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 until they have completed the prescribed quarantine period, even if they are completely symptom free.
  • If they have returned from any overseas country until they have completed the self-quarantine period for 14 days, even if they are symptom free.
  • If they are undergoing COVID-19 testing, until they have received negative results and are symptom free.
  • If they have been advised to stay at home by a health professional.

If you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, do not exercise outside your own home or garden and do not exercise with others.

We also advise competitors who fit within the higher at risk groups to take particular care and/or make decisions on attendance with due consideration to the risks associated with COVID-19.

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