ParkO 5 & Trail-OHawth WoodsSat 06 July, 2019

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



Planners Comments:

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Park-O and Trail-O events, The Hawth provided us with a great venue and we had the weather to match it. I hope that you all had an enjoyable Park-O run, if not a challenging one! My own challenge as a first time planner was to try and make the best use of this tricky area whilst keeping to the Sprint philosophy, hopefully that came across.

It was good to see the Yellow and Orange entries into double figures. Surprise of the day was seeing a 3 year old turn up at the start for their course. Orienteering really is for everyone!

My sincere thanks go to my O-mentor, Steve Blount, for all his help and knowledge through the entire planning process and without which this event would never have happened. On the day, logistically and technically, I was grateful that my only known blunder was a spelling mistake in the Start Grid notice, those pesky 'tree ROUTES' are trouble you know. Many thanks also go to the SI Team and their new touch screen entry system, Karen, Penny, Jill, Anna, Chris, Dad, my last minute control collectors and everyone behind the scenes for their help and advice. See you at East Court,

Garry Greenstreet


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. Medals are awarded for the best placed in a variety of age categories.

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Location Info

Nearest town: Crawley

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

Directions / Parking

Park in the Hawth Theatre car park RH10 6YZ/grid ref TQ279362. From A2200 follow signs for Furnace Green then signs for Hawth Theatre.

Please use the South car park then walk 160m across to registration at the rear of the North car park.

Public Transport

Nearest train station Three Bridges. Exit the train station on the NW side and head SW on the A2200. At the Paymaster General's Roundabout (800m) turn S on to Hawth Avenue. At the next roundabout (300m) turn W into the Hawth Theatre car park.

Course Information

Yellow 1.1km, 13 controls. Orange 2.0km, 18 controls. Sprint 2.8km, 24 controls.

Entry Details

Entry only via, there will be no entry on the day. Newcomers are eligible for a free trial session.

Entry fees: Seniors £5, Juniors £2.50 (SO Juniors free - use code SOJuniors)

SI card hire: Seniors £1 (£2 for SIAC), Juniors 50p (£1 for SIAC)

Registration open

From 9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

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

Map Details

1:4000, 5m contours
New Map April 2019
Chris Hooker

Terrain Description

The Hawth Woods is sandwiched in the middle of The Hawth Theatre and Southgate Playing Fields. The woods were a site of great industry and the plethora of deep depressions were formed when iron ore was dug out during the Bronze Age and through into the Eighteenth Century. The woodland has an extensive network of large and small paths which makes it suitable for our less experienced competitors, whilst challenging for sprint orienteering.

Dog restrictions

Dogs under control allowed.


The Hawth Theatre will be open for access to toilet and vending machine facilities with the cafe opening around 10:30 -11:00. Clean footwear only inside the venue please.


A Trail-O event will take place at the same time as the Park-O event.

Studded shoes are recommended particularly if it is or has been wet. Full leg cover and bramble bashers recommended. Please bring your own drinking water.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Garry Greenstreet



Photo Gallery

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New touch screen for entry and results

New touch screen for entry and results

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