Cumbrian Galoppen - Bethecar Moor

Part of the Cumbrian Galoppen Series

Sun 24 Nov 2019

Pre-entry will be offered via the Fabian website ( using start blocks which will be open in mid-September, further details will be published here. Pre-entry will close at midnight on Sunday 17th Nov.

The time blocks will be defined here.  

As usual 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.

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.

There will 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.

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Fell

Info updated: Fri 16 Aug

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Oxen Park

Registration & Start Times

Pre-entry will be offered via the Fabian website ( using start blocks which will be open in mid-September, further details will be published here. 

No fixed start times will be used and the start blocks will be 'Very early', 'Early', 'Middle', 'Late', 'Very Late', with an 'Open' option which will be for helpers and split start 2nd runners.

Pre-entered competitors should proceed directly to the start to use the entry start blocks they select when they pre-enter. However, hired SICARDs should be collected from Registration.

There will also be limited EOD available, subject to the availability of maps with registration for EOD between 10.00 and 12.00.

EOD and other runners with Open start times will need to integrate with the other runners at the start.

EOD runners using their own SI cards should bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and improve the information accuracy for the results. Note that the allocation of BO Ranking points also requires the BO number to be provided.

Start times will be from 10.30 - 12.30.

Course Information

The usual Galoppen courses will be provided:

Course Length (km) Climb (m) Controls Map scale
Short Green        
Light Green        

All maps will be laser printed on waterproof paper, but not tear proof.  There will be no legend on the maps - loose copies of the legend may be available at registration if required.

Control Descriptions will be on the front of the map for all courses. They will be in written format for White and Yellow courses, but pictorial for all other courses. Loose control descriptions will be available at the start.

The start and finish will be located <TBA>.

All runners MUST punch (physical punch) the Safety control positioned after the finish - this is our primary way to confirm whether a runner has finished in the event of an apparently missing runner. 

Courses will close at 14:30.  If you cannot complete your course by this time please retire as the nature of the area requires swift action in the event of a missing competitor and we will not delay contacting the Mountain Rescue.


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

Entries will be offered as follows

Class Pre-entry EOD
Seniors £7.00 £8.00
Juniors/Students £3.50 £4.00

Senior competitors who are not a member of an Orienteering club affiliated to British Orienteering (BOF) will also have to pay £2 to cover event insurance.

SI cards (not SIACs) will be available for hire with a charge of £1, note that there will be a £30 charge for lost SI cards.



Since this is a Lake District area of high open fell in November all runners should dress appropriately and must carry a whistle, it may also be compulsory to carry a cagoule and a whistle must be carried. 

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Carol McNeill

Planner: Jo Cleary

Controller: 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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