Crystal Palace ParkTue 18 Jul

Park Race Series

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


Results with splits



Thank you to everyone that came along to Crystal Palace last night to enjoy what I am sure you will agree is one of London’s best parks for Park Race orienteering.

Results are now available, with Routegadget (links above).

Firstly I have to apologise to anyone impacted by the issue we had with loose control descriptions not matching the correct ones on the map. This is something I have never experienced before so hold my hands up for not checking, but we have identified the cause of the problem and it will certainly not happen again!

That aside, I hope you enjoyed the courses provided. Crystal Palace can never provide technically difficult orienteering but my intention was to compensate for this by taking advantage of the impassable sports centre and other barriers to provide as much “which way round” route choice as possible. From the discussions I overheard I think I achieved my aim but look forward to seeing your choices on Routegadget.

My thanks are due to everyone at DFOK who helped on the evening but especially to Phil Craven who bore the brunt of the descriptions issue and gave up his run to manage the SI side of things. Thanks are also due the Bridge House pub for hosting us and providing such a great area for Registration and Download.

We have two items of Lost Property – if anyone picked up a greenish sweatshirt or a pair of SunGod Sunglasses could they get in touch at

One small point of concern is the fact that a number of runners were noticed cutting straight through the childrens’ playground between #1 and #2 on the long course. I have to assume this was due to not knowing that the Olive Green colouring denotes Out of Bounds, but please take note for future events and do not enter any area marked in Olive Green

Our next DFOK event is next Tuesday 25 July at Wick Woodland (details here ). Do try to come along for the last race in the Park Race series.

And finally, if you are not yet a member of an orienteering club and are local to the area, then why not consider joining DFOK ? Details are here, or just send an email to us at or come and have a chat at the Wick Woodland event.

David Lobley

Last updated: Fri 21 July, 2023


We invite you to come to Crystal Palace Park for its eclectic mixture of lakes, many different sculptures, undulating terrain and one area where there are three different payable levels. Most of the park is open with lots of trees individually mapped for technical orienteering with some smaller areas that are wooded. There is also a Maze.

Location Info

Near: Crystal Palace
Lat,Lng: 51.41816,-0.06043
Postcode: SE20 8RZ
What3Words: ///point.expand.prompting

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Directions / Parking

Registration and Après-O will be at The Bridge House pub in Penge, 2 High St, London SE20 8RZ, less than 5 mins from Penge West Station (London Bridge, Blackfriars and the Overground), and less than 5 mins walk to start and finish. It is only slightly longer to walk to the event centre from Penge East (Victoria).

Pre-event Details

Map / Terrain

The map is 1:5000 to ISSprOM 2019-2 specification printed on waterproof paper.

Loose controls descriptions will be available at the Start

Course Information

Short course - 2.5k

Long course - 5k

Distances are subject to final course planning and are measured in a straight line so running distance will be greater.

Winning time is expected to be 20-25 mins.

Entry Details

Entry in advance only via racesignup

Seniors £5, Juniors £3

Additional £2 for any Senior that is not a member of British Orienteering

Electronic chip hire is £1 for standard and £2.50 for contactless punching (lost cards £30/£65 respectively)

Registration and Start times

Enquiries open from 18:00

Entries via racesignup will be kept open until 19:00

Starts from 18:15 to 19:30


Toilets and a place to leave kit at the event centre

Refreshments are available with no need to pre-order.
First aid kit at the event centre on a largely self help basis with a qualified sports first aider present

Contacts / Officials

Organiser & Planner: David Lobley

Nearest A&E Hospital

NHS Urgent care search

Safety Notes

Please respect the rights of other users of the park and take particular care when turning sharp corners