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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.

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).


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

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