Cambridge City Race 2019


NameCambridge City Race 2019
Race ID72097
NotesCambridge urban race
LinksSI Entries
More details will be added to this page as they become available


It gives CUOC great pleasure to invite you to the sixth Cambridge City Race, which will be held around the city centre and urban streets in the north of Cambridge.


Entries are live on SIEntries

CategoryBefore 8th OctoberAfter 8th OctoberNon-BOF Member surcharge


The following courses will be available, following the British Orienteering guidelines for Urban races.

In line with British Orienteering rules, juniors under the age of 16 must run course 6/7, which do not cross any roads with significant traffic. Course 7 does not cross any roads and is TD2 standard.

Course 1 has 32 controls, which is more than the capacity of some SI-card models. Competitors with cards numbered 000001-499999, 2000000-2999999 will have to hire a SIAC for £2.70 when they enter.

Course lengths and control numbers are subject to change.

CourseClassLengthControlsMap Size
1Men’s Open6.232A3
2Women Open, M40+5.526A3
3W40+, M55+4.727A3
4W55+, M65+4.121A3
5W65+, M75+3.218A3
6M/W16-, W75+3.016A3


Scale: 1:5000, drawn to ISSOM standards. No contours.

Roadworks and other alterations can appear at short notice and may not be mapped.

The area has been mapped according to ISSOM 2007. It is the competitors' responsibility to ensure they are familiar with these. A legend is available on the Maprunner website. Please make sure you are familiar with the 'Forbidden to cross' symbols. This may represent a high wall, a low boundary or a gate/entrance which we do not have permission to use. You must not cross these features even if it is possible to do so. There will not be a legend on the map. Construction sites are mapped with a solid purple fill and purple border and are strictly out of bounds

Maps will be printed on waterproof paper


The city race this year is making use of fantastic new areas in the north of the city. Whilst all senior courses will still visit the intricate city centre all will visit technical streets providing great “sprint-style” terrain near the end of the courses. Courses 1-6 will mostly be on paved surfaces, but you should be prepared for some controls on soft ground. Normal running shoes are recommended, and metal-spiked shoes must not be worn. Course 6 will visit traffic calmed streets and will not cross any major roads. Course 7 will be in parkland and does not cross any roads.


09:30 - Assembly Opens

10:30 and 13:30 - Start Times (There will also be a punching start available to allow for delays in transport to the assembly area, but late starters may have a long wait)

15:30 - Courses Close


This year the city race assembly will be based on Jesus Green, Cambridge CB4 3BD. Enquiries are being made into providing facilities in nearby Jesus College in case of rain.

Enquiries, download, number and SI collection will be located in the assembly area. Public Toilets are available in the assembly.

A store for small valuables (keys, wallet) will be provided but space is limited. All items are left at the owner's risk. Bags can be left in the assembly area but this is also at the owner's risk.

We highly recommend using Cambridge's public transport system to access the assembly area:

Madingley Road Park and Ride

Get off at Bridge St. and follow Round Church St the event will be signed from here. The walk is 400m.

Milton Park and Ride

Get off at Midsummer Common and walk back along the road towards the river. 150m down the road you should see the race event finish. Follow signs to download to reach the event arena. This is approx. 700m.

All the other park and rides go to Drummer St. bus station, from which there will be a signed route to the assembly area. Other local buses also serve Drummer Street bus station. Longer distance bus and coach services stop at Parkside coach stop.


Cambridge has good rail connections to London and elsewhere. The assembly area is 2.6 km from Cambridge train station, or 3.2 km for Cambridge North train station


We wouldn’t advise it, but If you want to drive into the city centre, the nearest multi-storey is the Park Street car park. Please be warned that this car park can be extremely busy on Saturday mornings. Exit the car park and walk straight down lower park street to the assembly. This is 200m walk.


All competitors must collect their race number from the assembly area before they go to the start. You will not be allowed on your course without it. Pins will be provided.

The Start is adjacent to Assembly, with plenty of space to warm up

Call up is 4 minutes before your start time. Loose control descriptions will be provided in the start lanes. On the long beep, you must punch the start control and pick up your map. Competitors should check they have the correct map before leaving the start area.


All competitors must punch the finish control and then proceed to download.

All competitors must download. This is a safety check and failure to download may result in a search party being sent to look for you.

The download is 500m from the finish through the park. There is a busy road crossing shortly after the finish, please cross this at the traffic lights.

Courses close at 15.30 and controls may be removed from this time. If you are still on the course at 15.30 please return to the assembly area to download. Please be aware of the time - especially if you have a late start time.

Please don't show your map to competitors who have yet to run.



Be very careful when crossing roads as traffic will be present. Cyclists are extremely dangerous – assume they are not aware of the highway code or one way streets. You should watch out for undertaking and overtaking when crossing roads at any point including pelican crossings and be prepared to give way, even on pavements. Please be respectful and careful of pedestrians.

The traffic lights are very responsive, so do not be tempted to cross without waiting for the lights.

First aid will be available in the assembly area. Please make contact with a race official if you require first aid treatment. The nearest hospital with an emergency department is Addenbrooke's, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ. In the case of a serious incident whilst out on the course, please seek help from a college Porter.

Please be mindful that Saturday lectures will be taking place in some parts of the map. There is a sudden increase of pedestrian and bike number before and after each lecture.

Full leg cover is not required - shorts may be worn, but dress appropriately for the weather. Metal-spiked shoes are not allowed.


There may be official CUOC photographers taking pictures for the club to be published only by CUOC following the race and for future club publicity. If you wish not to appear in such photography, please leave your race number at enquiries.


Organiser: Tsz Lo Fong (CUOC)

Planner: Aidan Rigby (CUOC)

Co-ordinator: James Ackland (CUOC)


Any queries to the City Race team at (cityrace2019). To email the City Race team, append to the text in brackets.

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