South Park Wood & Hay Lodge Park, Peebles
Colour Coded Event
Sun 03rd Oct 2021
Info updated: 04th Oct
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
ORGANISER’S COMMENTS: Janet Clark writes: Peebles was the place to be today! Bright and sunny beside the sparkling River Tweed, autumn leaves beginning to fall; cool but not freezing. Interesting courses with lots of compliments to the Planner Peter o'Hara. Fun to be holding an event almost as normal, with everyone enjoying meeting friends from other clubs.
PLANNER'S COMMENTS: Peter O'Hara writes: South Park with its steep terrain, in parts limited features and few river crossings I found offered a fun challenge to plan for, although it did result in some repetition with the Sprintelope in June. With the shorter courses to avoid serious climb I had to have them hugging the river which did limit route choice. For longer courses once you get them up the steep slopes to the hill tops you have the luxury to stay up there on more runnable terrain and even visit Spoon Wood, the enjoyable little patch of wood to the south of the map. The mid length courses especially the Green, I found trickier, getting away from the riverside but without the luxury to stay up on top for long, therefore a large proportion of the course was up and down the steep slope. One option was to have the course divert round to use the part of the wood with the less steep incline to go up and literally go under some climb by using the tunnel on the way back, but this would have increased length and proportion on tracks. I know some Green runners were disappointed to miss out on the tunnel, although maybe others were glad, it can be really spooky on your own in there.
Some newcomers came from Peebles to the event, although not as many as I wished. I got a text from a family today who enjoyed it very much and asked when the next event will be. I did get other feedback that for newcomers it all looked a bit technical. Something to think about.
Finally thanks to…Crawford Lindsay for dealing with my steady dribble of map correction scribbles so patiently and efficiently, to the thoroughness of controller Robin Sloan from RR going beyond the call of duty in keeping a novice planner like me on track (and off it), to Roger Garnett for stepping in to support controlling prior to the event and to Hanne and David Robertson for helping collect controls. That was something I was very glad of after suffering with ‘South Park’ legs. I suspect I am not the only one suffering with ‘South Park’ legs today…
TERRAIN: South Park Wood has steep slopes, crags and, in some areas, significant undergrowth. Hay Lodge Park is open parkland with pushchair friendly paths, grassy slopes, playing fields and many individual trees.
TERRAIN SPECIAL NOTE: Neidpath railway tunnel (disused) is a route choice option on BLUE and BROWN courses only (note this is a change from previous advice when it was all TD5 courses). It is long, unlit and pitch black in the middle, so requires a headtorch/torch for you to be able to pass along it safely. The tunnel will be labelled and marked on the map with dashed red lines.
TIMING: Sportident timing will be used and SIAC will be enabled for those who have this contactless option.
DRESS: Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Please note that parts of the terrain can often be muddy and slippery so please be prepared. Studded shoes with good grip are strongly recommended. Full leg cover is required.
TOILETS: We have arranged with Scottish Borders Council to have the toilets in Hay Lodge Park open on the day of the event (public toilets in Peebles usually close for the season on 30th September). These toilets are situated in the North East corner of the Park, close to the start.
DOWNLOAD: This will be sited close to the public toilets in the North East corner of Hay Lodge Park. Please remember that you will be walking back through part of the competition area to reach Download and allow competitors 'right of way'. Please avoid the sports pitches.
OTHER USERS: Hay Lodge Park and South Park Wood are popular with dog walkers and joggers and Hay Lodge Park has sports pitches which may be in use on Sunday at the same time as this orienteering event; please show courtesy to all other users, avoid the sports pitches and provide space when you pass other people, particularly in view of the fact COVID 19 is still with us. This is especially the case near the footbridge over the Tweed - please allow members of the public to cross before you do. There are also
LIVESTOCK: There are sheep in fields around the woods. Please keep dogs on leads at all times outside Hay Lodge Park.
SAFETY: The closest car parking to the event is across the A72 from Hay Lodge Park. There is a pedestrian crossing - please use it and ensure younger juniors are accompanied at all times.
The terrain has steep, slippery slopes - take care and wear appropriate footwear with good grip. The area has the River Tweed flowing through it. The River Tweed should not be crossed under any circumstances, even if the water level appears relatively low. Children should be closely supervised at all times near the river. There should be no need for juniors competing on a white or yellow course to be too close to the river. Juniors on other courses should be advised to take care if their course takes them fairly close to the river’s edge.
Railway tunnel - see above. The railway tunnel is long and unlit. If you are running on brown or blue courses be prepared with a decent torch while on your run if you think you might wish to use this route choice option. Note that the torch on a phone is not suitable.
There are narrow rural roads, including a bridge, on Brown and Blue courses only. There are no paths along the sides of the roads. Although traffic may be light, please take extreme care when crossing or passing along the roadside as drivers may not be expecting runners.
There are 2 finishes. They are close together (and close to the Start) but on opposites sides of the river Tweed. Competitors on courses from Orange to Brown have to cross a footbridge after punching their finish to return to download and onwards to return to car parking. Due to Covid, this footbridge has a notice advising you to allow those already on the bridge to cross before you start to cross. Please wait your turn to cross. Please also advise any juniors to do so too (and not to play at or near the bridge).
MAP: Scale likely to be 1:7.500 for Orange to Brown courses and a larger scale (not yet confirmed) for White and Yellow courses - please check scale when you pick up your map. Course maps will be printed on waterproof paper and control descriptions will be printed on the map. Loose control descriptions MAY be provided. If so, these will be for collection in the start boxes. Private property on the map: Please do not enter the courtyard of Neidpath Castle under the arch; this is private property and is marked out of bounds on the map. Rather use the gate and path to the right-hand side of the courtyard.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS (not Covid): You have the option of downloading and completing this Medical Form. It could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions in the event of an incident. You can put it in a sealed envelope and hand it to the Organiser on the day. It will only be opened if required and destroyed or handed back to you after the event. If you can't easily identify the Organiser on the day please leave it with the start official (who will give it to the Organiser).
COVID 19: You should not attend the event if you are showing any symptoms of Covid 19 even though you have pre-entered. You should also not attend if you have specifically been asked to quarantine or self-isolate. The event will be managed to take account of all Government. Additionally, the event will be run in accordance with Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) Guidelines around social distancing and hand sanitising so please:
- do not arrive too early for your start (arrive at Hay Lodge no more than approximately 15 minutes before your start time);
- keep a 1m distance from others outwith your household;
- use the hand sanitiser provided at the Start and Download.
These extra precautions are only required during your ‘race’ and in what the SOA defines as the 'field of play'. For this event the field of play will be from the time you enter Hay Lodge Park on the way to your start until you download after your run. THOSE WHO ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE: If you have such vulnerabilities that require extra precautions, you are advised to take responsibility for implementing these extras.
BRITISH ORIENTEERING PARTICIPANT CODE OF CONDUCT: All competitors are asked to read and abide by the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct in relation to Covd. Anyone making an entry on behalf of someone else should advise them of this.
Nearest town: Peebles
- Grid Ref: NT243404
- Postcode: EH45 8JE
- Latitude: 55.652067
- Longitude: -3.1995981
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There is no exclusive parking for this event. There is public parking in Peebles as well as street parking. The closest public car park to the event/start/finish is the Neidpath car park at Staddlestones, Neidpath Rd, Peebles EH45 8NN and it is actually opposite Hay Lodge Park on the A72 heading out of Peebles towards Glasgow. There is pedestrian crossing from this car park which we encourage everyone to use. The A72 is a busy road. Juniors should always be accompanied. The event will be signed from this pedestrian crossing, into the park and onwards to the start.
Note that if you park elsewhere there are other entrances to Hay Lodge Park. When you enter Hay Lodge Park please be aware that there could be competitors already out on their course, in particular there may be juniors on the paths. Please allow competitors the right of way.
Registration & Start Times
There will be no Registration (no entry or change of course on the day) or Enquiries.
START TIMES: 11.30am to 1pm. The start is only a few minutes easy walk (about 5 minutes) from the pedestrian crossing over the A72 adjoining Hay Lodge Park (but allow plenty of time to cross the road if you need to do so).
FINISH & DOWNLOAD: There are 2 finishes, one either side of the river Tweed. All competitors on orange through to brown courses have to cross over the bridge over the Tweed to make their way to download - which is near the public toilets in North East corner of park. Most competitors will have passed Download on the way to the Start.
HIRED SI CARDS: Anyone who has hired an SI card should collect it from the Start - immediately before entering the start boxes. These will be in an envelope with your name on it. Sanitiser will be provided next to the box for use before handling envelopes.
FINAL COURSE DETAILS (updated 30th Sept)
NOTE: The explanation of course colours below does not include any 'short' courses such as the Short Green above. Where a 'short' course is offered, whatever the colour, it is simply a shorter version of the same colour but with the same degree of difficulty.
Explanation of colour courses
- White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
- Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
- Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
- Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
- Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
- Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
- Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
- Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.
Pre entry was available via Fabian4 from Monday 20th September to Thursday 30th September. Entry on the day of the event (EOD) will not be available.
|to midnight 30th Sept|
Brown, Blue, Green, Short Green & Light Green Courses
Seniors (born 2000 or earlier) BOF/SOA member
Seniors (born 2000 or earlier) non BOF/SOA member
Juniors (born 2001 or later) BOF/SOA member
Juniors (born 2001 or later) non BOF/SOA member
Students BOF/SOA member
Students non BOF/SOA member
Orange, Yellow & White Courses (ONLY)
Non BOF/SOA member
Free standard SI card hire, if required, but there will be a £30.00 charge if it is lost.
Hire of SIAC cards is £2.50 and a charge of £60 will be made if it is lost.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Peter O'Hara (ESOC)
Controller: Robin Sloan (RR)
Organiser: Janet Clark (ESOC)
Safety and Risk
A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
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