Where: Clapton and Walthamstow Marsh. The Start and Finish is at a path crossing just inside the northern boundary of Springfield Park, Clapton. Nearest postcode is E5 9BL.
Parking: There are often a few spaces on Spring Hill E5 9BL but if these are full, then there are likely to be spaces on Lingwood Road (E5 9BN) and Ashtead Road (E5 9BE). All parking is unrestricted and free of charge.
When: At any time you choose.
1. A 60 minute Score course around Clapton, Walthamstow Marsh and neighbouring areas
2. A line course entirely within Springfield Park.
Details of each option are below. You can do either (or both!). Both courses use the MapRun App. For Guidance on how to use the App click here.We have updated our Guidance on how to use the App to show how you can use the HITMO function! This is an acronym of Hey, I think the GPS Missed One! (or it could be two or three). You can use HITMO to amend easily any of your previous results where you know you went to the control but frustratingly the GPS did not register. The Guidance notes also set out how you can use a GPS track from your watch to upload your result if you have problems at the Start or Finish.
I do hope that you enjoy this challenge. Any feedback would be welcome to the above email.
All the best
Details of each option
1 60 minute Score course Clapton and Walthamstow Marsh
Print the map of the course. Can you spot an oddity (which our alert Controller picked up!). There is an obviously missing part of a line feature near the centre of the map. This is due to there being too many things on the map for each feature to print at 1;10,000 scale - the feature is on Open Street Map at a higher map scale.
Download the App MapRunF to your mobile phone then within the App, go to UK, then London North East and the event called Clapton. Once done, press Go to Start and the map should appear.
Most of the controls in the urban area are postboxes but the course will also have you exploring several open spaces including the expansive vistas of Walthamstow March, not previously used for orienteering training. Controls on the open areas are on paths, usually bends or junctions. The control descriptions are here
There is a penalty of 10 points for each minute or part of a minute late back.
Thanks to David Lefevre for the initial idea of a Challenge north of the river, for selecting an appropriate area for us to use and for doing the initial checking of possible control sites.
This event crosses busy roads hence the area outside the park must not be attempted by anyone under the age of 16, even if they would be accompanied by an adult.
2 Line course in Springfield Park
This course is offered with thanks to David LeFevre for making available for club use the orienteering map of the park managed by the Hackney Schools Athletic Association. Some map updating has been done for this event. Print the map of the course. The map contains the control descriptions.
Download the App MapRunF to your mobile phone then within the App, go to UK, then London North East and the event called Springfield Park. Once done, press Go to Start and the map should appear. Visit the controls in order. The course is 2.3km.
In line with current Government guidance, members are to complete these courses alone, within a household group, or with one person from outside their household and ensure social distancing is maintained at all times.
The canal towpath and one of the bridges on the Score course may be noticeably busier with pedestrians than most other places, so be aware of others. Springfield Park was not overly busy when I visited.
This Challenge is not an organised event or activity, so it is not registered with British Orienteering and you are not covered by British Orienteering's insurance. You do the Challenge as an individual for personal training and you are responsible for both your own safety and the safety of others around you.