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Longrun Meadow & environs


Thu 14 June, 2018

Near: Taunton
Level of event: Activity

Type of event: Social

This a closed event being run for a private members' club from the Pitney area. Ray Toomer will be in touch by email to provide further details to those invited.

The course was launched at Our final Club Night of the 2017/18 season.

Finish control, French Weir Park

Finish control, French Weir Park
Credit: GoogleStreetview

Location of Start

Location of Start
Credit: Photo- COACH website

Pre Event Info

Directions / Parking


A3027 from North.

A38 from all other directions.


Several car parks adjoining Taunton town centre are within walking distance. The council-run ones are free after 6pm.
Tesco has time-restricted car parking for shoppers (5 mins away).
On street parking in residential streets nearby.

Course Information

A one hour score course. The optimum route is about 5.5km, but could be 7km by taking less direct routes. The map you will receive contains most of the details below on its reverse.


The 24 controls have varying points values, based on how tricky or far away they are. There are 500 points available, broken down as:

6 x 10-pointers = 60

10 x 20-pointers = 200

8 x 30-pointers = 240

The time limit is one hour - be careful, as lateness is punished harshly! 30 points will be lost for every minute (or part of) that you exceed the time limit.


Download the MapRun app.

Choose 'Select Event' then choose the Chip Lane event.

It's in the following location:

MR UK/ MR Quantock Orienteers / Chip Lane a PXAS PZ1714062018 ScoreQ60

The course is PIN-protected until 17.00 on event day.

Before that, you would need to enter a PIN obtained from the organiser- the app wouldn't let you start your run otherwise.

Location of Start and Finish

Both are towards the bottom of the course map, in French Weir Park- see photo illustrations below

Start is a lamp post immediately to the S of the COACH building
Finish is a bench on the north east side of the park.

Please be careful not to go near the Finish once you've started- otherwise your race will end early!

Registration & Start Times

This is an evening event.

Terrain Description

Country and urban parkland, residential streets, civic amenities, car parks and riverside path network. The areas used are the country park of Longrun, French Weir Park, North Town, Frieze Hill and Roughmoor.


Scale 1:5,000 (or 1cm for every 50m).

The map is sourced from Open Orienteering Maps, with selective map updates made Mar 2018 using Open Street Map.


Beware of multiple traffic and water hazards (rivers, flood basins and a pond).
Area is bisected by a main road running from North to East.
Suitable crossing points are shown on the map.
There are also alleyways and open fields.


Unless access has been given to the COACH building, the nearest is in Castle Street, 10 minutes to the east on the west side of Taunton town centre (click for list)

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Ray Toomer

Planner: Jeff Pakes website@

Photo Gallery

River Tone, near Frieze Hill

River Tone, near Frieze Hill
Credit: Derek Harper

MapRun screenshot

MapRun screenshot

Chip Lane map excerpt

Chip Lane map excerpt
Credit: OpenOrienteeringMaps

Important Event Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Insurance: Please note that if you have participated in three orienteering events/activities you need to join British Orienteering (BOF). After this point, you not covered by BOF's public liability insurance and risk invalidating the insurance cover for the entire event. Read more about joining BOF and QO here.

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Photography: QO has an agreed policy on the taking of photographs at events, based on national guidance. This provides a sensible balance between the benefits and risks associated with the taking and use of images. If you are unsure about acceptable practice, please speak to the event organiser.

Safeguarding: QO is aware of it's responsibilities in safeguarding and child protection. To comply with The Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Relevant Agency (England) Regulations 2018, we now provide an email address for individuals to report concerns to the Lead Safeguarding Officer. This address is