Devon Orienteering


Parke, Bovey Tracey

Christmas Novelty Event

Sun 28 Dec 2014

Info updated: 28th Dec
Type of event: Local-(D), Social
Type of terrain: Parkland


Results Parke 28.12.14

Organiser /Planner's Comments:
Thanks to all for coming to this year's Christmas Novelty score event. We had a great turn out on this beautiful sunny day. The Met Office did the job and with Alan Simpson's help a good course was provided in order for a few at least to make a clean sweep of all the controls. I  would like to thank all my helpers and those who collected the controls after the event. As my first experience of planning this was a good starter. There is much to do in planning and organising but I encourage anyone else to give it a go as the club always needs help to run events. See you at the next event.  Tim Gent

Controller's Comments:

Well done, Tim, for organising and planning an excellent event, enhanced by the Met Office. The timing seemed just right. And look at young Flurry - star of the future. Thanks also to Roger Green and all of the helpers on the day. Alan Simpson

-and further photographs below.

Pre Event Information

For updated (21.12.14) details of the event please see the flyer below:

Parke Xmas 2014 V3 Flyer


The rules of the Odds and Evens score event are:-

  • There are 26 controls numbered 31 – 56, ie 13 odds and 13 evens, all worth 10 points
  • There is also a special Transition Control labelled T, worth zero points.
  • Start off collecting Odds or Evens. When you decide to switch from Odds to Evens, or Evens to Odds, punch the T control.
  • If you do things out of order, not all controls will count. eg for the sequence 43,  37, 55, T, 42, 56, 34, 39, 46: then 39 will not be counted.
  • You can only punch T once.


  • Maps will be given out at 11.25. You may look at your maps and plan.
  • There will be a Mass Start at 11.30 ie not a punching start, just go on the hooter.
  • The time allowed is 1 hour. The penalty for late finishing is 10 points per minute,

ie it is advisable to punch the Finish Control by 12.30

Home Farm Café

  • At the finish, mince pies and mulled wine will be available free.
  • The Cafe have a full lunchtime menu available for anything else, and will be open for the whole period of the event. Please support them.

Help collecting controls following the event will be greatly appreciated.


Nearest town: Parke, Bovey Tracey

Directions / Parking

Follow signs for Bovey Tracey off A38 along A382. At the second roundabout left follow Brown signs for Parke National Trust Property and turn right into Parke.

The Registration, Start and Finish is at Home Farm Cafe just down from Parke car park.

Registration & Start Times

Entry (on day only) 10.30 until 11.15 for 11.30am mass start.

Entry will be at Parke cafe signed down from car park (Home Farm Cafe).

Course Information

One hour Odds and Evens score. (See rules and timing above)

Start outside Home Farm Cafe

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.

Entry Details

On Day only

Seniors £7

Juniors £2

Contacts / Officials

Organiser and Planner: Tim Gent  07735541751

Controller: Alan Simpson

-with acknowledgement to 3roc for the use of the photograph.

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. If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns to our national governing organisation, British Orienteering, please email .

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