Format and Rules

• The tour will consist of four (4) events. The first three events will be qualifying events. A competitor’s best two results from these events will be tallied to produce a qualifying score. On the basis of this score competitors will be put into grades. (See Calculating the Grades)

• In the final event competitors will run in their grade. Results from this event will determine the overall placing in each grade. Competitors that have not qualified are still welcome to run, they will be in the “Enter On Day” category

Scores for each qualifying event will be calculated as a percentage of the winner’s time.example

• The courses will be line courses (point to point) so competitors must visit the controls in the order specified by the course setter. (However you still have choice on how to approach and navigate between controls).

• There will be two different length courses offered at each event. The short course will be about 1.5 – 2 km in length while the long course will be about 4 - 5km in length (where possible).

Start times for the events are between 5pm and 6:30pm.

Course closure is 7:10pm. Please choose a start time to ensure you will finish by this time. (The organisers still need to pick up controls after this.)

SportIdent timing is used for all Park events, so remember to bring your SI stick. (SI stick hire available at all events.)

• All private property and any other areas so marked on the map are out of bounds. Competitors found not observing this rule will be disqualified.

• All competitors must report to the finish (so that search parties are not sent out!)

• Any queries should first go to the organiser for the day and then if necessary to the series organiser.

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Calculating the Grades

The grades for the Newcastle Park Tour are determined as follows.

• The grades for each course (i.e the long course and the short course) are determined separately.

• At each qualifying event, competitors points are calculated via the formula

winner's time/competitor's time x 100

• After the conclusion of the qualifying rounds the competitors are ranked according to their best two results. From these rankings the competitors are then put into grades.
Note: Competitors must have completed at least two rounds on the same course to qualify.

• For each course the number of grades used depends on the number of qualifiers as follows:

Number of Qualifiers Number of Grades
0-19 1
20-35 2
36-51 3
65-80 5
81-96 6

• The numbers within each grade will be as even as possible with the excess going into the lower grades first.

For example if the long course has 43 qualifiers, then there will be 3 grades, A, B and C, with 14 in A grade, 14 in B grade and 15 in C grade. If the long course has 44 qualifiers then the numbers would be 14 in A grade, 15 in B grade and 15 in C grade. And so on.

The grades for the short course will be determined independently from the grades for the long course.

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