Middle Event 1 - Bell Wood

Part of LOC Middle Event series

Wed 5 Jun 2019

The concept of the Middle-Distance Series is to help runners prepare for the technical challenges of the Middle-Distance championships such as the British & JK through a set of specific races.

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 13 Jun


Event Report

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Pre Event Info

The controls, including the finish, will be enabled in contactless mode so that those with SIAC dibbers should not need to physically punch the controls.

If you are using contactless punching there is no need to touch the control boxes, and it has been noted that some runners hit them hard enough to knock them out of the ground and potentially damage the control box. Please don't do this because a failed control would disrupt the event results for all the competitors.

However, note that it will be necessary to punch the start controls which will not be programmed in contactless mode.


Nearest town: High Nibthwaite

Directions / Parking

Access from Bessy Bank forest road end. Grid Ref: SD306 869 between Oxen Park and Lowick Bridge. Follow the forest road for about 1mile. 

Note that the map icon is positioned at the junction of the road with the forest track.

Linear parking – please park tightly allowing traffic to pass.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will aim to be available from 17:00 as and when the planner & SI team are ready.

To streamline the process please bring your SI card to registration, those without will be able to hire one.

Open start times will be available until 18.30.

Courses close at 19:30.

The start follows a taped route through fields, about 600m from assembly. The finish is close to assembly

The start maybe unmanned, if so self-start at least 30 seconds apart ensuring that you clear, check and manually punch the start unit.

Some competitors may be asked to stay until 19.30 when courses close in case someone fails to return on time.

Course Information

There will be 3 courses on offer:

  • Long - 3.2km / 200m / 
  • Short - 2.5km / 170m
  • Orange - 2.1km / 110m

The map for the Long will be 1:7500 scale and for the Short and Orange will be 1:5000.

The Long and Short courses are separate, these courses will be designed to be TD5 standard.

The Orange course will be suiable for novice runners.

Courses will close at 19.30 and you must return to DOWNLOAD as soon as possible even if you retire to avoid the event team having to initiate a search at the end of the event. A whistle must be carried. 

There may also be SAFETY controls after the FINISH which must be punched by all runners - this is necessary to enable us to confirm that all runners have returned from the course.

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Seniors: £4
Junior & Students: £2

Hire dibbers wil be available, free of charge but with a £30 charge if lost.

Terrain Description

This is a new area mapped by Martin Bagness using ‘lidar’ in 2018.

It is a mixed open mature wood on a steep stony slope with distinctive platforms and historical evidence of a working wood. It is surrounded by fields and farmed enclosures at the edge of the wood. All these are OOB.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs on leads in parking areas. No dogs in the wood or fields. (young stock).

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Carol McNeill

Series coordinator: Graham Capper

Important Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser.

Runners MUST download even if they retire so we can be sure everyone is back and that we do not need to start a search and rescue.

Participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Help and Information: Anyone needing any advice about Orienteering should talk to the Organiser.

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