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West Anglian Orienteering Club

Park-O and Snooker-OWimpole Hall EstateSat 15 June, 2019

Near: Arrington
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race, Juniors, Score

Location Info

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

The Wimpole estate is owned by the National Trust, and offers beautiful open parkland combined with that rarity in East Anglia: contours.

This event combines our monthly Park-O, which offers courses for newcomers and novices, with a "Snooker-O" score course to test more experienced orienteers.

Click here for Final Details available as a printable PDF.

Directions / Parking

Postcode for Sat Nav SG8 0BW.  Use the National Trust car park at Wimpole Hall.  Unless you are a National Trust member, you will need to pay £2 for parking.

Wimpole Hall is located close to the A603 near Orwell and is well signposted as a National Trust attraction. For travel directions by bike, car, or rail see the National Trust Wimpole Website or by bike also see BikeBus Explorer at

Course Information

Park-O Courses:

Short     ~ 1km Very easy

Medium ~ 2km Easy

Long      ~ 3km Medium


A 60 minute Score course inspired by Snooker.

You and your SI card are the white ball, aiming to get the maximum break you can in 60 minutes. As with snooker, you score 1 point for every red ball, 2 points for every yellow ball, 3 points for every green ball, 4 points for every brown ball, 5 points for every blue ball, 6 points for every pink ball and 7 points for every black ball.  Each red can only be visited once to score. You will only score for a colour ball if you have visited a red immediately before, until all the reds have been visited and then you ‘pot’ all the coloured balls in ascending order of points, i.e. yellow through to black.

After punching start, 'pt' (visit) any of the ten red balls then any ‘coloured ball’, repeating the sequence of red ball followed by coloured ball until you have cleared/visited all the red balls. You do not have to visit a colour after each red but you will only gain the points for a colour where you visit a red immediately beforehand. After clearing the reds, clear the ‘table’ by ‘potting’ the coloured balls in ascending points order: Yellow, green, brown, blue , pink  and black. Total 16 controls on the course (and also start and finish), maximum break will involve visiting 25 controls (and start and finish). Penalty of 4 points for each minute (or part minute) you are late back.  Maximum score 107 points which represents each red control followed by the black control and then the run of colours after the last red control. Don't forget to punch the finish!

You may want to carry a pen/pencil to keep track of what you have potted.

Entry Details


Children / Students£ 2
Adults£ 4
Family Group£ 4
Second run£ 1

Park-O fees include SI card hire.


Seniors (British Orienteering members)£ 5
Seniors (non BO members)£ 7
Juniors (under 21) and full time students£ 3
S.I. card hire£ 1

Registration and Start Times

Park-O and Snooker-O both have registration and starts between 1pm and 3pm.

Please note that Park-O 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.

Snooker-O course closes at 4pm.

Terrain and map details

Wimpole Hall Park is naturalistic parkland with contours (!), chalk depressions, small woodland features and a former quarry.  Map is 1:10,000 scale with 5m contours, waterproof with preprinted courses, A4 sized. Control descriptions on maps. Loose control descriptions. Some seasonal paths are marked.  

Dog restrictions

Dogs are welcome but must be on leads in the parking area and in the vicinity of livestock.

There is a very nice café with toilets. Toilets are also available near the car park in the stables building.

Guidance for beginners available from Registration. First Aid will be located at Download.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser (Park-O): Andrew Henderson

Organiser (Snooker-O): Helen Hague

Planner (Park-O): Caroline Louth

Planner (Snooker-O): Sam Hague

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.