Parke National TrustSun 19 Mar

Local level event

What does this mean?

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun6 App.

Terrain type: Parkland & Woodland

Last updated: Mon 20 March, 2023


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What a great event to plan! This was my first time planning and I really enjoyed it, I aimed to plan a course that everyone from novice to experienced could enjoy and think I succeeded!

It was brilliant seeing so many people trying orienteering for the first time and hopefully the course was fun but also challenging.

Parke being a small area with lots of constraints including out of bounds, fences, and only two river crossings, I think the odds and evens approach worked excellently, giving you all something extra to think about and challenging the most experienced to a full 60 minutes of running. The odds and evens as well as the different scoring of controls made a good mental challenge as well as a physical one!

I was hoping to plan the course so that the fastest and most experienced runners could just about collect them all within the hour, so was really pleased when the top runner Ben Perry M16, was just 10 points off the maximum score of 630 and tough competition with Zack Stone M16 just behind.

I'd like to thank Tom Lillicrap for all his assistance with the planning process and being the controller. Also a big thanks everyone helping throughout the day especially those collecting controls saving me and my dad a job!

I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did, we were lucky to have such great spring weather along with the many bogs scattered across the park to make sure your feet don't stay dry!

Planner - Will Thomas

I really enjoyed the score event today. There was a wonderful atmosphere with the registration, start and finish all being so close, and we had glorious weather. The leaderboard was really close with many runners getting their timing just right (and some less so!). The odds/ evens approach worked really well with Will and Tom creating 2 great courses (Planner and Controller respectively). And a massive thank you to all the helpers who made today run so smoothly.

Organiser - Ian Thomas

My thanks to Ian and Will for organizing and planning such a good event yesterday. The wonderful weather also helped. Judging from other comments I have seen it was well received. It certainly made my job, as controller, an easy task.

In planning his first event Will was spot on in estimating the length of course needed for the fastest running to just be able to get all the controls and also provide challenging courses for everyone else. It also made the task easier by being able to use the same map for both courses.

One of the problems, if you are both controller and mapper, is that you think you know the area well. It was only when I checked the controls on Saturday that I realized that the entry gate to the orchard was not as clearly marked on the map as it should be. Hence the little map correction at the start.

Controller - Tom Lillicrap


This is a Score event hosted on the grounds of Parke National Trust, Bovey Tracey, with 2 courses of 45 or 60 minutes. The terrain is parkland and woodland with a strong path network, and is very suitable for beginners and experienced runners alike. See Flyer.

Please do not hesitate to contact the organiser if you have any questions about the event.

Acknowledgements: Thank you to National Trust for allowing the club to hold this orienteering event and for parking on their land.

Location Info

Near: Bovey Tracey
Lat,Lng: 50.59450,-3.68845
OS Grid Ref: SX808782
Postcode: TQ13 9JQ
What3Words: ///mason.snowboard.knees

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Directions / Parking

Competitors to use the nearby Station Road carpark (fees apply), TQ13 9AW Bovey Tracey (what3words ///vote.detective.acclaimed), with a signed 1.3km walk to the registration tent. Please don’t use the on-site National Trust car park unless you really need to.

Registration will be sign posted from both carparks and is located at what3words ///mason.snowboard.knees. There will be a tent area to store bags and belongings while running.

Pre-event Details

Map / Terrain

National Trust parkland and some recently re-mapped woodland.

Course Information

Two Courses to choose from:

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Entry details: Pre-entry via Racesignup with entries closing 12th March.

Fees are £10 for seniors, £3 for juniors, £6 for family groups.

Registration and Start times

Start Times 10:30 to 13:00

Courses close 14:00 (all runners to be finished by this time)


Toilets, at Station Road Car Park, Bovey Tracey (Station Rd, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot TQ13 9AW) for those parking in that vicinity (see Parking). Toilets and cafe are available at the Parke centre - near to Registration.

There will be a tent area to store bags and belongings while running.

First Aid will be at registration.

Dog restrictions

Competitors may take part on their course with a dog under suitable control, or on a lead, and must observe any information displayed by the National Trust on any gates. At other times, please follow National Trust guidance regarding dogs.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser Ian Thomas. Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Planner Will Thomas

Controller Tom Lillicrap

Nearest A&E Hospital

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Safety Notes

All competitors run at own risk and must report to download before they leave the event area regardless of whether they complete the course or not.

Cagoules may be compulsory if the weather is poor. Running in shorts is not permitted. Devon OC operate a “No whistle, no go” policy.

Participants are to bring their own water and ensure adequate hydration pre and post-event.

Participants are reminded that orienteering can be a hazardous sport and all competitors take part at their own risk.

Other users of the area / cattle: Participants are asked to respect other users of the area (vehicles, walkers, cyclists, horse riders, wildlife etc). There may be also grazing cattle which should be given a wide berth to avoid startling them.

Every effort will be made to ensure the event is safe for competitors, volunteers, and the public. We ask that at all times you adhere to the British Orienteering’s Code of Conduct.

Covid 19: Prior to the event, if you display symptoms of COVID, or are otherwise feeling unwell then you are asked not to attend. Refunds will be given to those unable to attend for this reason. Hand sanitisers will be available; however, participants are encouraged to bring their own sanitiser.