North Powys Family Day


Date of event: Thu 01st Nov 2018
Level of event: School
Nearest town: Newtown



Invite YOU to a Family Day (come along with n adult)


On Thursday 1st November 2018


At Gregynog Hall Estate, near Tregynon (off the B4389 from Newtown)


Bored, nothing planned over Half-Term? Why not come to our Schools and Family Orienteering Day and enjoy the great outdoors and scenery at Gregynog?

Further Details:-

What Activities are available?

There will be a "Star Exercise" available. In addition, there will be a Family Day course (a very short White course, 1.0km and 20m climb, to get in to the groove) – go around the course with mam and/or dad (or nain a taid).

Registration and Download in the Courtyard.

Starts are between 10.30am and 12.30pm

Choice of Courses to suit all types (Young, Old, Fit or Unfit), advice will be on hand from experienced Club Members and Community Sports Officers. Try the Activities which includes an easy  Short White Course. N.B. See website for more details -

White Course – distance is 1.9km, 35m - tbc. Recommended for Year 3 & 4 pupils. As below with the Yellow, but with a control placed at every junction.

Yellow Course – distance is 2.2, 50m climb - tbc. Recommended for Year 5 & 6 pupils.  Around paths (controls at path junctions etc), testing navigation, skill of turning (orientating) the map as you move around the paths and changing direction.

Long Yellow Course – distance is 2.8km, 50m climb - tbc (for adults ONLY)


It is essential to pre-enter, click here for a downloadable Excel entry form. Email your entries to Katie Hamer-Grew () by Friday 19th October at the LATEST. Come along with an Adult.


Fees:        Pay on the Day. Adults £2-00 (includes Dibber hire); Juniors (under 21) £1-00 (includes Dibber hire); Families £3.00 (includes Dibber hire). Parking fee is £2.50 per vehicle from the Pay & Display machine.

Facilities:  Courtyard Café will be open offering a range of food and drinks from 10.00am; toilets.


Equipment used: The Sportident hardware and software (as used at the Cluster events) will again be used for this event. Collection of Dibbers will be from Download/Enquiries beforehand (located under the archway, which leads to the courtyard and cafe); all dibbers must be returned at Download afterwards. Each Dibber costs £40 to replace, so please ensure that the children secure it on the index finger using the adjustable elasticised strapping, otherwise your school will be billed for any losses. See downloadable attachment below for more information.


Map: The map will be a pre-marked (per course) 5-colour map on water-proof paper, with bi-lingual control descriptions on the back of the map. The scale is at 1:5,000 (although the White and Yellow courses may be at 1:5,000, this will be confirmed at a later date), i.e. 1cm on the map represents 50m on the ground. The map was first produced in 2006 by a professional mapper, with updates in 2018 ready for this event.


Safety: The Long Yellow course passes near to the old Kitchen Walled Garden. You should be made aware that this structure has been deemed unsafe, so please do not wander into this area. I have marked this area on the map as "Out of Bounds" (red hatching) and there will be an adult positioned there on the day to steer you clear.

Clothing: Trainers should be adequate footwear for all courses – there may be a few muddy and/or slippery areas on all courses at this time of year. You are recommended to bring a waterproof jacket, as November can be cold and wet. Please note: We reserve the right to refuse a person(s) from taking part if he/she/they is/are wearing inappropriate footware.

Results: A full set of Individual results and Team results will appear on the Club website ( as soon after the event as humanly possible.

Inter-County Primary Schools event: Selection will be  based purely on the Family Days held at Gregynog in the Autumn and Spring Half Terms. Selection for this year (28th June 2019) will follow the same principle, i.e. the first five pairs to finish will get automatically selected + those finishing in 6th & 7th places will act as "reserves" (last year some of the reserves were called upon to run). This event will take place on Friday 28th June 2019, (near Dolgellau, organised by Gwynedd - tbc) with starts from 11.00am.

Location & Directions
Directions – from Newtown navigate towards Tregynog and follow signs for Gregynog shortly before reaching Tregynon (Grid Ref: SO 085975) for Assembly and Parking, Start & Finish.

Start Times
10.30am - 12.30pm (write on your entry form whether you prefer to compete in the morning or afternoon – specify a particular time if need be and we will try to keep to that time, unless there is a high demand for a particular time!).

Course information
White Course - Year 3/4 - 1.720km, 35m (tbc)
Yellow Course - Year 5/6 - 1.980km, 50m (tbc)

Long Yellow - Adults only - 2.640km, 50m


Organisers: Bill Marlow/Terry Smith/Katie Hamer-Grew

Planner:      Bill Marlow

Controller:  Terry Smith

Joining Mid Wales Orienteering Club (MWOC)
You are welcome to come along and compete at any MWOC event during the year, even as a non-member. See the Events drop-down menu for a list of future events.
At most of our events there will be available Yellow, Orange and Light Green courses. Although, as we cover the whole of Mid Wales, some events will be nearer than others of course, so why not persuade the whole family to come along and try the sport?
However, after a couple of competitions or even straight away, you might wish to join MWOC. Why not download the form below and send it to our Club Membership Secretary (Clive Thomas)? This form is ready for 2018 and 2019.


Advantages of joining MWOC include:-
Cheaper entry fees; availability of Colour Coded courses as you progress; invitation to go along to Welsh Junior Squad training (many training weekends are run in Mid Wales) with the possibility of representing Wales (Boys and Girls age group teams) at the Junior Home Internationals or Regional Championships for those with true potential.

Location & Directions

At Gregynog (Grid Reference: SO 085975).

Course information

See above for course lengths/climbs - see above


10.30am - 12.30pm.

Entry Details

Entries on Excel spreadsheet no later than Friday 19th October 2018.


  • Planner: Bill Marlow
  • Organiser: Bill Marlow, Terry Smith and Katie Hamer-Grew
  • Controller: Terry Smith

Info for dog owners



Cafe will be open (from 10.00am until 2.00pm); toilets available (10m from the Start!).
Gift Shop will be open.

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.

Downloadable Documents

North Powys Family Day ENTRY Form, Useful notes on Using Dibbers in School, Map Legend in English, Map Legend in Welsh,

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Posted by Bill Marlow