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Crow Nest Park ‘Come and Try It’ Organiser Comments:
24th July 2011

When I was approached in mid May about  the club hosting an ‘orienteering taster’  as part of the Outdoor Dewsbury Festival  in July my initial response was yes we would, but I wasn’t sure if we had any mapped areas suitable in Dewsbury so Oakwell Hall might have to suffice although that’s in  Birstall. Further investigation yielded 2 potential areas, Wilton Park and Crow Nest Park but neither had an up to date map.  Wilton Park is in Batley so Crow Nest it was, although the last map available was a 1:5000 scale  from 1989 which had been produced under the West Yorkshire Orienteering Development Association initiative. As I  wanted to start to learn  more about surveying and drawing maps  it seemed like a good opportunity to have a go although even with a very good base map what had largely stood the test of time and the joys of google earth it was going to be a bit of challenge in the time.  Fortunately a combination of  a few dry weekends, the club mapping day at Storthes Hall  run by Christine Roberts and  a lot of  late  nights fiddling with OCAD meant that a new map at 1:2500 scale started to emerge although its not quite ready for a regular orienteering course. Surveying the area unearthed the remnants of the original  permanent orienteering course which again came about as part of the prolific WYODA and with the support of the Park  Warden  we will resurrect it. Like Greenhead Park in Huddersfield this park is the perfect area to be introduced to orienteering and the café in the Dewsbury Museum that’s situated on the park will be able to a focal point for the maps.

The Outdoor Festival runs from 23rd to 30th July with a programme consisting of lots activities including  walks, bike rides, canoeing classes, circus skills and much more as well as orienteering  of course.  Its hard to know how many  takers you are likely to get, especially after the disappointing turnout at Thornes Park at a similar event last year.  Anyway with the 2 Km  yellow standard  course put out by 10 a.m. and secured with gripples so there was no chance of any controls being ‘moved ’  we set up on the front lawn in prime position. With Val’s British Orienteering Banners and the EPOC flag it was going to be hard to miss us.

The  sunny weather  meant the  park was  busy as we did get a steady stream of  kids, often with parents in tow, having a go at the course either on foot or bicycle. The times were between 20 and 45 minutes which was just as planned and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the experience. As with the picnic at Holmfirth yesterday, we had the full Sportident experience (apart from route gadget)  which is important as the kids got the instant printout of their  course.  We gave everyone  information on the club so hopefully we may   see them again at an event in the future.

Thank you to Guy, Judith and Viv who helped me on the day as well as David Townend, the organiser of the festival for this support.

Alistair Tinto

 

Come and Try It  Event

(Part of Outdoor Dewsbury Week)

Crow Nest Park

Cemetery Road  Dewsbury  West Yorkshire  WF13 2SG

Sunday 24th  July  2011

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves walking or running whilst navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass.   The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.  It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.
Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds.  It’s a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors

Part of the Outdoor Dewsbury Week.

There will be 2 Km course around the park which should take 20-45 minutes
Brand New Map   -  Scale  1:2500, 5m contours.
Car Parking  by Dewsbury Museum
Start and finish by the front of the museum
Start any time from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Courses Close at around 2.30 p.m.
Public Toilets in the café

Planner and Organiser   Alistair Tinto 

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