Park-O P5Hampden ParkSat 15 July, 2023

Near: Eastbourne
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race



Planning and organising a Park-O is theoretically a one-person task. To get a good result one needs help, so thanks to Chris H for advice on courses and collecting controls, Mike G for advice in using Purple Pen, printing and spotting a mistake in the control descriptions before printing, Steve B for advice, help with the RA, equipment and at start, Darren W-S help at start and collecting controls, Liam M, Peter C and Garry G collecting controls and Penny P and Joe B at IT.

My aim was to enable fast running but also to have some variation and route choices. The results on the legs in the middle part, control 10 – 14, indicate that different options were chosen.


Is a web app for sharing and comparing orienteering routes. You can draw your own route or upload a GPS track from your watch. It also allows you to watch an animated replay with a simulated mass start.

Park O Series Info

Park-Os are friendly club events, usually in parks or school grounds, where children and newcomers are very welcome. These are fun events where you can get a feeling for the sport – you can walk or run, go as a group or on your own or challenge your navigation at high speed against some of our top competitive orienteers. Yellow and Orange courses are suitable for children to run on their own with a bit of practice. Adults are welcome to shadow children until they are confident to go on their own. Sprint courses are run or walked by any age group.

The Park-O series takes place in the early summer and early Autumn and is 8 events this year. Certificates are awarded for the best placed in a variety of age categories.

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Location Info

Nearest town: Eastbourne

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

Directions / Parking

A27 from west or north to crossroad in Polegate, traffic lights, A2270 south through Polegate and Willingdon, approx. 3 km. Large roundabout, first exit on to A2021, Kings Drive, approx. 400m to small roundabout: Decoy. Left on to Decoy Drive, after 250m right on to Hampden Park Drive, follow this 600m SE and NE. Assembly on the left. Free parking along the road on both sides. .

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Public Transport

Hampden Park railway station.

Course Information

Yellow:1.2 km 13 controls
Orange: 1.6 km 16 controls
Sprint: 2.5 km 22 controls, might seem short but you will not run in a straight line. Start 150m from assembly.

Entry Details

Online entries only via

Newcomers are welcome and eligible for a free trial session - if you'd like to reserve a map or discuss the event please email our membership secretary.

Entries close 8pm the day before, there will be no entry on the day.

Sprint £4.00, Orange £2.00, Yellow £2.00, SO Juniors free using the regular code

SI-card hire £1 (£0.5 for juniors) or £2 (£1) for a SIAC to allow contactless punching

Registration open

From 9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

From 10:00 to 11:00 Courses close at 12:00

Map Details

Map: Hampden Park Roger Maher 2006 updated by Chris Hooker 2015 – 23. Scale 1:4 000, 5m contours.

Terrain Description

The terrain is flat varying between open grassland, some with scattered trees to dense forest. Small lake. Many tracks and paths invites you to make a choice of routes.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed.


Café 150m from assembly. Toilets behind the café


Safety Bearing: Walk south until you reach the road then follow it to the car park.

Hampden Park is open to the general public, please give them space to pass safely.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Einar Solgaard