Classic 3 - Holme Fell

Part of LOC Classis Event series

Wed 17 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.

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Tue 23 Apr


Event Report

The provisional results and splits are here, please send any comments or queries about the results to me ().

Pre Event Info

The National Trust have requested that runners arrive with cleaned footwear and to wash them prior to leaving. There will be a some cleaning equipment at the event for you to use. Thanks for your co-operation.

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: Coniston

Directions / Parking

Take minor road signed Hodge Close from the A593 (Coniston – Ambleside road) at High Yewdale, grid ref: SD314997. Beware potholes!

Parking is on fairly level rocky spoil among old quarry workings which are potentially hazardous with steep loose slopes, derelict structures and some underground workings. Be sensible and supervise children. A particular hazard is the two huge holes across the road from parking.

Please share transport if possible as parking is restricted.

There are some high quarry faces near the start/ finish and high crags in the terrain. Courses do not encourage approach to these from above, beware in case you come across them. There are also some deep ponds, please avoid.

The safety bearing is North West until you reach the rickety fence or a track. Follow to the start and finish.

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 - 3.9km / 210m
  • Short - 2.7km / 145m
  • Orange - 2.0 / 110m

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 is a little more testing than typical. The early part is mostly in an enclosed area but the later part goes onto the open fell and will need some interpretation of major contour features. There is a butterfly loop – one control is visited twice. Also on Orange, near controls 3, 4 and 5 there are two small fenced enclosures which are not shown on the map. It may also have a taped leg. Please make sure juniors are aware of this so they don’t get confused.

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

Mostly open fell with quick running, some heather. Complex contour detail, few line features, many bogs and crags. Max altitude 300m

Contacts / Officials

Series coordinator: Graham Capper

Planner/Organiser: Robert Smith

Controller: Steve Burge

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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