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Abbey Manor Park


Thu 28 Feb

Near: Yeovil
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race, Urban, Night

Our first ever Yeovil event!

Thanks to Ray and Sue Toomer, the on-site organisers.


Results- Short
Results- Long

Muchelney Way, Abbey Manor

Muchelney Way, Abbey Manor
Credit: Michael W Beales WEM

A first time competitor writes...

Smartphone Orienteering- an encounter with MapRun (By Dick Keighley, from the Wimborne Waffle)

Planner's comments

This was a long overdue event in our area's second biggest town - albeit with no current Yeovil residents running!

It's been brought to my attention that the control locations on the paper map didn't match exactly those on the app's map and indeed the ground. I understand the issue would mainly have affected controls in the open like the goal post. I won't make any jokes about missing open goals...

Abbey Manor - new map

Abbey Manor - new map
Credit: OpenOrienteeringMaps

I've identified the issue as 'drift' between control locations and the map on Purple Pen, each time I made map amendments and replaced the pdf map file accordingly. I will watch out for this in future and confirm I've checked the control placements on the paper map for the Taunton North event.

By the way, did you know we are provide control descriptions both on the map and on loose slips? Only those which aren't lamp posts are listed.

See you on Friday.

- Jeff Pakes

League tables

Congratulations to Gavin Clegg for winning this, the first after dark series using the MapRun app. The scores are calculated on a handicap basis. Gavin also wins the league with without the handicap being factored in and retains the Owl Trophy he won for winning our forest-based night series last year.

Top QO members at present are Graham Hartley and Angela Modica but with the best of three runs counting, Ray Toomer, Steve Robertson and possibly Brian Fletcher are also in contention.

Nath Fernandes of BOK has tied up the paralympic category.

The results calculation can be downloaded here

Name - Club- ClassHolwayYeovilTotal
Gavin Clegg- BOK- M60 1000 1000 2000
Graham Hartley- QO- M55 863 817 1680
Angela Modica- QO- W45 812 853 1665
Sue Toomer- QO- W60 581 697 1278
Martin Lewis- QO- M50 551 697 1248
Stephen Lysaczenko- QO- M55 588 635 1223
John Carter- QO- M65 396 675 1071
Ray Toomer- QO- M65 986 - 986
Steve Robertson- QO- M65 - 935 935
Simon St Leger-Harris- BOK- M65 - 861 861
Brian Fletcher- IND- M45 - 789 789
Mark Lockett- DEVON- M45 655 - 655
Alasdair Shaw- QO- M40 512 - 512
Tamsin Pakes- QO- W40 497 - 497
John Fisher- QO- M70 - 366 366
Richard Keighley- WIM- M70-122122

Scoring methods

The table includes entrants to both courses, short and long.

Long course runners have had the scores marked up each time. The short course was deemed to be 75% and 70% the difficulty/ length of the long course in Holway and Yeovil respectively.

The Holway figure was higher than Yeovil because the short course involved more of a planning element because of the challenging time limit and the position of the start/ finish.

Those who scored maximum points at Yeovil were award a bonus of 20 points for each full minute under the time limit.

For ease of comparability, each runners' score was then factored down so the winner scored just 1000.

Pre Event Info

MapRun 2018/19 Series Info

MapRun doesn't need kites, control units or dibbers. All users need is the smartphone app.

Immediately after your run, you can upload your score and time to the web and compare how you did with others.

Series Contacts

Organiser: Roger & Judy Craddock 01823 323850

Planner: Jeff Pakes 01823 321900 website@

Read more about MapRun and the app in our dedicated section here.


Please ensure the smartphone you intend to use has:

  • GPS capability
  • A fully charged battery, ideally (the app might use half of this charge)
  • The latest version of the MapRun app installed
  • The course you intend to run pre-loaded
  • The GPS facility activated

The final version of the courses will be available to download onto the app 48 hours before the event at:

Event / MR UK / MR Quantock Orienteers / Spring 19 series / (event name & name i.e. Long or Short)

We'd be really grateful if you could let us know if you're coming, to help us determine map numbers.

Latest versions: as at 23 Feb: Android- v50.9, Apple v 10.0.06


Please wear or try to bring:

  • a smartphone, preferably in an arm holster
  • running shoes with decent grip (for grassy slopes and areas with light mud)

And if you're running after dusk:

  • a headtorch plus a spare, or spare batteries
  • clothing with a hi-viz element or flourescent panels or trim


Produced from Open Orienteering Maps. See map excerpt above. It contains more detail than a basic 'stick' map of the streets, but less detail than OCAD maps. Please note the blue used in rivers and streams doesn't look too different to the green used for woods.

Forbidden routes will be marked by a purple cross or a series of these, most obviously for safety and access reasons.

They are occasionally used to exclude from your route choice an option which doesn't present a technical challenge i.e. a long straight road.

Link: read more about the technical aspects of the map


The priority for all entrants should be to return safely.

We are using predominantly residential areas with 30mph speed limits. These areas are sometimes bounded by faster roads, which there should be no need to cross.

Suggested (but not compulsory) crossing points (the symbol is two purple curved lines) are marked on the map.

Forbidden routes are marked with purple crosses.

The above two symbols can look similar- take care!

Barriers - public fences and walls should not be crossed unless they can be without climbing and danger of injury to competitor or damage to the barrier.

Please show courtesy and understanding towards those you encounter on your run. A friendly 'hello' can often smooth the way.

You must take a paper map with you and should not rely on the onscreen map, which may not be the most up-to-date version of the map.

All participants must return to the assembly point before course closure time of 8pm, even if they have not completed their run. Results must be uploaded to the server at that point.


Under 16s taking part must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the course.

After event

Each event starts from a pub/restaurant, giving you the option of unwinding after your run.

Directions / Parking

Within close reach of the A3088, A37 and A30, and the A303 to the north.

Free parking is available on the Forum shopping parade (which has a Tesco Express), Abbey Manor BA21 3TL.

The Arrow pub (pictured) is close by but parking is for customers only. We are hoping to obtain permission to park there.

If you're dining there, steaks are on special on Thursdays (£6).


Course Information

Two courses are offered, Long and Short, using exactly the same controls.

Both are "Score" courses, meaning there isn't a set order to the controls you visit.

Short Score- the order of the controls you want to visit is entirely up to you.

Long Score- there are two sets of controls, one set tackled after the other. Once you switch to the second set, you cannot go back to the first set.

The optimum routes are typically 9k for the long and 6.5k for the short. On some events there may be little difference in length between the two though.

Each course has a time limit of 50 minutes.

Points will be deducted at a rate of 30 points per minute for each minute or part minute you're late back.

Points values for controls are variable and denoted by the first number of the control, e.g. 62 scores 60 points.

The control circles on the map are coloured red on one set and blue on the other- the colours are meaningful only for the Long score.

For those who took part in our QOADs series, the Long score uses essentially the same scoring system.

Link: more on the scoring systems

Control locations/ descriptions

Your phone should beep when you get within 10m of the "control".

Occasionally, your GPS signal may drift- you may have to wait a few moments for it to 'catch up'.

Our GPS controls tend to be located on lamp posts where the GPS controls work well. Wooden telegraph poles, signs and other street furniture, fences, bridges and play or sports equipment in parks may also be used. Those controls that are not on lamp posts will be listed on the map and on control description sheets.

Entry Details


Please print off and fill in our standard registration form in advance (or email it to us) as we are trying to keep the event organisation low key.

Filling out a Registration form (link)

Ignore the boxes about 'SI' unless you are hiring a club phone, in which case fill in the details we usually request off those hiring SI dibbers.

Entry fees

£5 - for both adults and juniors with accompanying adult.

On payment you will be given a PIN code which will activate the course on the app.

Hire of equipment

We have four tried and tested Alcatel club smartphones available for hire on a first come, first served basis. Please contact the organiser in advance to reserve one.

Smartphone hire- £1

Headtorch hire- £1

Charge for lost/ broken Smartphone- £40 (replacement cost)

Registration & Start Times

Evening event.

Start times from 17.00 to 19.00.

You effectively have a choice between running in partial daylight or in the dark.

Courses close at 20.00.

Terrain Description

Varied suburban environment in a relatively new part of town, with excellent path network, various parks and green space, including steep woodland to the east of the river that bisects the area.


Scale is 1:5000.


There is a busy main road partly encircling the estate to the west, and close to the Start. The pub lies adjacent to this road. Please take extra care crossing this road and consider using the crossing points which are marked on the map.

Courses have been planned to avoid the need to cross this main road more than four times.

The area is bisected by a brook and steep sided grass banks.

Various alleyways can be avoided if desired. Most of the area is streetlit.

The priority for all entrants should be to return safely.

Please show courteousy and understanding towards those you encounter on your run.


The pub advertises as having free WiFi.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Jeff Pakes 01823 321900 website@

Organisers on the night: Ray & Sue Toomer

Photo Gallery

The Forum car park- for the Arrow

The Forum car park- for the Arrow
Credit: Sarah Smith



MapRun screenshot

MapRun screenshot

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