Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race
What an amazing turnout we had today, including lot of newcomers, even though the weather looked ropey earlier on. This neatly coupled with a newly-updated map and a new (to Park-O) planner, so even old hands would have visited new parts of Wandlebury today. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and look forward to seeing you at one of our events coming up in the next few weeks (including our 50th Anniversary Event next weekend).
There were 83 entries on-the-day vs 19 pre-entries. A gentle reminder that pre-entering at waoc.oentry.uk is helpful for our registration and download teams and saves you time filling out paper forms.
Pre Event Info
- Postcode: CB22 3AE *
- Lat,Lng: 52.15800,0.18216
- Grid Ref:
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
* Postcodes are not very precise in some areas, so don't rely on them for an exact location.
Our first Park-O of the new year, and the new term!
Directions / Parking
Wandlebury Country Park is located on the Gog Magog Hills just south of Cambridge. The park is 2 miles south of Addenbrooke’s Hospital roundabout on A1307 between Cambridge and Haverhill.
Postcode for satnav: CB22 3AE. It is signposted off the A1307
Entry to the park is free, but car parking charges apply (£3 for any length of visit; members of CPPF and disabled drivers park free). The car parking machine only accepts coins.
There is a cycle path from Cambridge alongside the A1307 to the park. Cycling is not allowed in the park (except young children) but cycle parking is available at the car park.
Wandlebury is also well-served by Stagecoach Citiplus X13 and X13a bus service between Cambridge and Haverhill. There are stops close to the park entrance.
Guidance for beginners available from Registration. First Aid will be located at Download.
Short ~ 1km Very easy
Medium ~ 2km Easy
Long ~ 3km Medium
For entry fees, See our Park-O page.
In order to ensure an entry, you may pre-register to take part in this event, which you can do at WAOC entries at oentry.uk (Entries open one month before the event). You will be allocated a hire dibber, if you do not have one, which you can pick up in the "fast-track" registration lane. No payment is required until you turn up for the event.
Pre-entry helps us gauge map numbers to print, and helps us to reduce queuing at registration, so we encourage you to pre-register.
We will also accept entries on the day - you can arrive to start whenever you prefer between 1 and 3pm. Please allow about 20mins before you want to start to collect your dibber, pay with a credit/debit card and get ready. Please note that start closes at 3pm and courses close at 3:30pm – if you’re running the long course make sure you arrive early enough to finish before then.
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.
Registration and Start Times
Starts will operate between 1pm and 3pm.
Registration will be open for entry on the day and for hire dibber collection, from 1pm to about 2:55 pm. If you are planning to run toward the end of the start period please remember to give yourself time to register and get ready to start by 3pm.
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
Course maps are A4 size, printed on waterproof paper.
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads at all times. Please use dog waste bins provided.
Indoor toilets are available at Wandlebury.
More about Park-O
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. It’s a great way to enjoy the local parks and our friendly volunteers will help you choose the course right for you and get you started. Read more at https://www.waoc.org.uk/events/parko
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.