Park O 4Withdean Park SprintSat 09 July, 2022

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



Photos of the early starters are here.

Fun event. Thank you for attending. The planner's report will follow.


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Pre event info

The Withdean Park courses will be planned according to the IOF Sprint format. The park has open areas of grass with ornamental planting, plus woodland to the North and East. The park also boasts a lily pond garden, a varied collection of trees and shrubs and one of the largest collections of lilacs in the world.

There will be a photographer at the event, taking pictures for the club website and to promote the sport. Please let Download know if you do not want your photograph to be used for this purpose.

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: Brighton

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

Directions / Parking

The park is immediately to the east of the A23/London Rd. North Brighton, assembly is in the SW corner. Approach from the A27 or A23 and follow the A23 south into Brighton. There is very limited parking adjacent to Withdean Park and it is recommended to use the free parking at Withdean Park and Ride/Sports Complex at BN1 5JD. 2km south of the A27 turn right from the A23 onto Tongdean Lane, under the railway bridge and right. Walk from the car park 400m back to Withdean Park, using the A23 pedestrian crossing to the south of Tongdean Lane.

Public Transport

Preston Park Rail Station (1km), Tongdean Lane East Bus Stop on London Rd. adjacent to the park

Course Information

Sprint 2.9km 105m climb

Orange 1.6km 55m climb

Yellow 1.5km 45m climb

The yellow course includes a butterfly loop. This simply means that control 129 is used for both control 2 and control 12. Yellow course runners and their parent/carers can view and discuss the map before starting.

Assembly is at the bottom of the hill, close to the main road (grid ref TQ299076)

Entry Details

Pre-entry via, there will be no entry on the day. Newcomers are eligible for a free trial session - if you'd like to reserve a map or discuss the event please email our club secretary.

£2.50 seniors, £1 juniors (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, 2010 updated 2017 and 2022

Terrain Description

A park of open grassland, woodland and a fenced off section containing the National Lilac Collection (one of the largest in the world). Please note flower beds in the Lilac Garden are marked OOB and should not be crossed. The wooded areas contain numerous small paths, not all are mapped. All fences should be considered uncrossable except via the gates.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed, *except in the start area*



Please bring your own water to ensure adequate hydration.


safety Bearing: Walk downhill to the to the bottom of the park to and follow the pavement south to assembly/download.

The fenced off area containing the lilac garden is popular with dog walkers, with many dogs off-lead. Please take care and be considerate.

Summer undergrowth is significant and there is enough woodland to make full leg cover worthwhile.

Please ensure you close any gates after you.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Rob and Loren Leathley


Controller: Robert Lines

Photo Gallery

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