Annual closed club event - RELOCATED

Sun 20 Jan 2019

Unfortunately the weather forced a change of venue for this event to Birkrigg Common. 

As has been standard for the Club Champs this is a handicapped event, but this year there will be 2 Club Champions:

  • Under 16
  • Over 16.

The winners:

  • Dave Walton - LOC Club Champion (16+)
  • Dylan Kenny -    LOC Club Champion (u 16)   new category/trphy this year
  • Lindsey Bayles - Fast Cat Trophy - most senior member to achieve Champioship Badge 2018 that hasn't won the trophy previously
  • Dick Towler  -   Navigator Trophy - in special recognition of service to LOC
  • Dylan was also awarded the Ian Blakey Shield for most progress by a Junior in 2018
  Women Men
Orange  Amelia Thompson Quinn Thompson
Green       Lucy Gibson Tim Field
Blue                Hollie Orr Matt Rooke


...and Iain Smith-Ward deserves a special mention for his organisational efforts, especailly beacuse of the late change of venue due to snow and planning/printing courses in 24 hours.

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Forest, Woodland

Info updated: Thu 24 Jan


Event Report

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Pre Event Info

As normal for LOC events 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: Ulverston

Directions / Parking

Birkrigg Common - parking will be near the crossroads at SD280746.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will open at 9.45.

Pre-entered LOC runners who have sent us the number of the SI card they intend to use for the event will not have to go to Registration.

Any runners with a hire card to collect or with any requests for changes, including change of SI card must go to registration.

Those on Orange and Yellow courses have an open start times but must start between 10.30 and 11.15, with time slots allocated by the Start team. 

Course Information

The collowing courses will be on offer:

  • Orange - 2.2km    125m
  • Green - 3.4km    195m
  • Blue - 4.8km    250m

Start 800m from registration (10-15mins), and the finish is 1-2 minutes from registration.

The Orange course will give competitive results but will not be competitive in the Club Champs competition for those over 16 years old. Under 16 runners on the Orange course will be included in the junior Club Champs competition.

All runners on the Blue and Green courses will be competitive inn the Club Champs results.

Courses will close at 13.00 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.

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

Event entry is free to all club members but the food will be charged at £6 to be paid on the door.

Hire dibbers are available free and must be returned at download, but with a £30 charge if lost or damaged.

Terrain Description

Terrain is a mixture of runnable open deciduous woodland, with some areas of thicker conifer plantation. There is intricate rock and contour detail, but the terrain can be steep in places and rocky underfoot so care is required. There are a large number of crags in the area which competitors will encounter and which require care. Crags will not be taped.



Since this is a Lake District woodland area in winter all runners should dress appropriately and must carry a whistle,  and it may be compulsory to carry a cagoule.

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Chris Heppenstall

Controller: Iain Smith-Ward

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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