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Vivary Park & environs


Sat 25 Nov

Near: Taunton
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race, Night

OK, just because we relaxed our rules to allow you to wear shorts didn't mean you had to wear them! Especially after such a bitterly cold afternoon


Results and Splits

The QOADs' warning

The QOADs' warning

Vivary Park

Vivary Park
Credit: Mark Ferbert

Although the sun was out it was a bitterly cold afternoon at JOG. Unbelievably the temperature warmed up for the QOAD, which was our first of the season. The courses was our first partly urban QOAD [or at least since we used Holway in 2012] and we had more people attending than normal. This was partly because it was a good chance for our juniors to have a go accompanied by an adult. So welcome Freddie and Martha MacPherson, Andrew Page and Hamish Braine-Clarke.

- Roger Craddock

Results: error

The Modicas, Spencer and Angela, are shown as having competitive runs. Please note that they both ran non-competitively.

QOAD - After Dark Series Info

Our series of night events, with a score course for all abilities.

See our page dedicated to night events, including the latest league table.

All those participating must wear a head torch plus carry a spare and a whistle for emergencies.

Series Contacts

Series Co-ordinator: Roger and Judy Craddock 01823 323850

Directions / Parking

There is a pay-and-display council car park very close to assembly. Costs are roughly £1 per hour but its free after 18.00. There are numerous car parks in the town centre nearby.

Course Information

Format: one hour score course for all abilities.

Scoring: different points awarded for each control dependent on its difficulty e.g. 15 for easy control 50 for difficult or far away control. Maximum points available typically = 500.

Penalties: will be deducted for late finishes at 10 points per minute and pro rated to fractions of minutes.

Restriction: controls are divided equally into two blocks, red and blue. You can switch between one set of controls to the other only once. e.g. If you started on red, once you have dibbed a blue control you must continue on blue.

Newcomers: it is possible to select a sequence of controls that would be no more difficult than a Yellow or an Orange course. To make it even easier, if you attend JOG training during the day you can see where the night controls are located.

Park gates, high walls and fences: please read the notice about these below

Entry Details

Seniors £5 (non BOF members £8)
Junior/Student £2
Dibber Hire: £1

Competitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 17.00 – 17.45

Starts: as soon as it is dark enough. The latest possible start time is 18.15.

Terrain Description

Park, urban streets and possibly fields


Hi-viz clothing is strongly recommended.

Shorts may be worn.

Gates, walls & fences

The main gate to Vivary Park is open until 6pm, and is then locked. It is high and no attempt should be made to climb over it.

For fairness of competition, it is marked on the map as an UNCROSSABLE BOUNDARY, and the area just inside the gates is marked as OUT OF BOUNDS.

This means that even if it is open, you are not allowed to pass through it. To do so will invite disqualification.

Please make sure you are conversant with the symbols used on the map, particularly the 'High wall' and 'High fence' symbols which are NOT TO BE CROSSED.

If a fence or wall is over 3ft, consider it NOT TO BE CROSSED.

As the last start time is 6:15, courses will close shortly after 7:15, after which other gates to Vivary Park will be locked and MUST NOT BE CROSSED.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Jim Mallinson 01278 784714

Photo Gallery

Andrew at the finish

Andrew at the finish
Credit: VP

Vivary War Memorial

Vivary War Memorial
Credit: Michael Day

Andrew, Adrian & Brian P

Andrew, Adrian & Brian P
Credit: VP

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. All participants must report to download whether they finish their course or not.

Privacy: when participating in our events/activities your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports. Read our data protection page to see how we look after your personal data.

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