Classic 1 - Great Tower

Part of LOC Classis Event series

Wed 3 Apr 2019

The concept of the Classic Series is to help runners prepare for the technical challenges of the JK and British long distance races through a set of races in the preceding weeks.

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.

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 11 Apr


Event Report

The Preliminary results for tonight's event at Great Tower are above.

The legs from 5-6 and 6-7 on the Long course have been excluded because of a problem with control 6.

Please send any comments on the results to ''.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Bowness/Newby Bridge

Directions / Parking

Parking will be in small car park 1km EAST of main Great Tower car park, on Birks Road, 200m west of junction with Ghyll Head Road. If this is full, use the alternative car park 250m north on Ghyll Head Road. The route between the car parks will be taped.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.30.

Runners using their own SI cards should bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and the information accuracy for the results.

Open start times will be from 18.00 - 18.30 but runners who will find it difficult to start by 18.30 should contact the organiser. There is no mass start, and runners should start at least 30 seconds apart.

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

Course Information

There are 3 courses on offer:

  • Long - 4.0km / 260m
  • Short - 3.0km / 180m
  • Orange - 1.5km / 100m

The Short course will be a cut-off of the Long course, the Long and Short 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

Wooded with complex and often confusing contour detail and many rock features. There is a sparse path network, centred around the group of buildings, and few other line features.  Rocky ridges tend to form parallel valleys. Only larger rock features are generally mapped. There is much sloping rock: Crags are shown only where the rock is near-vertical.

There are buildings which form the heart of the Scout activities, and groups may be in residence. Do not enter any buildings.

Smaller paths are likely to be obscured by leaf litter and so may be hard to see.

There are various un-mapped temporary (and not-so-temporary) structures in the terrain, used for outdoor activities. You are likely to pass close to or through some of these. NOTE: Between controls 8 & 9, one such feature includes blue ropes at low level which could be a trip hazard. There is also one man-made pond near the buildings which is now larger than mapped.

Contacts / Officials

Series coordinator: Graham Capper

Planner/Organiser: Jerry Purkis

Controller: Sheila Hobson

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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