Wed 17th July - Porthkerry Cardiff Park Series 6




Porthkerry Country Park, Barry

Grid Reference ST099672

Nearest Post Code CF62 3BY. Once you get close you follow the brown signs.





Once you get to the park follow the road all the way to the end to the main car parks.

We will be just in front of the main car park.

Parking is free.



Starts will be open between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm.  Courses close at 8.00.  If you are new to the sport and want some initial coaching please arrive sometime after 5.30 and someone will be there to show you the basics.




Porthkerry is a typical Country Park with a mix of open areas, woodland and plenty of paths.



Novice / junior course

The novice /junior course is about 2.1 km as the crow flies with 9 controls. 


The second course is about 3.4km long and has 11 controls.


The longest course is about 5.3 km and has about 13 controls.


What to wear

Most of you will want to wear normal running gear. If you intend to walk than stout shoes will do. You will mostly be running/walking on tarmac and grass but it could be muddy, so come prepared.

If you have a compass you can bring it but you do not normally need one for this kind of racing.

Bring a waterproof if it looks like being wet.


The map is a special  orienteering map printed at a scale of 1:7,500.   Courses will be on waterproof paper.

Children under 10

Children under 10 are welcome to take part on the novice/junior course.  However, a responsible person should accompany them.

BBQ and prizes

As it is the last race of the series we will be having prize giving at the end of races, hot dogs  ( for a small fee) and a few other suprises. 

Bring a picnic if you want and a rug and a parasol to protect you from the sun.

Cost of running

The cost to runners will be:

  • Juniors £2
  • Members £5
  • Non members £7

If you want to join SWOC follow the link below stating SWOC as the club you wish to join.


Results will be posted on the SWOC website.

For anyone who has not tried the sport before

7 steps to completing your first course

1 Register at enquires (the table at the tent) where you will be given a small E-card you put on your finger and use to confirm you have visited all the controls.

2 – Ask any questions you may have. One of the helpers will talk you through the novice course and explain what the key symbols on the map mean.

3 -Go to the start  where you will be given your map and told when you can start.

4 – Punch the start control.  If you do not you will not have a time for the race.

5 – look at your map and plan how you will get to the first control.  Run/walk as fast as you can to the first control.  Do not run faster than you can navigate. Keep your map orientated (facing where you are going).  Keep track of where you are as you run. Punch the first control with your e-card.

6 - Complete the rest of the course, remembering to punch at each control and the finish.

8 – Go back to enquiries to download, get your results and return your e-card.

9 – make a note of when the next race is.

Park Series League

Best 4 of six races to count towards League Positions. Tables will be updated after each race.