Club Champs - Esthwaite Intake

Annual closed club event

Sun 14 Jan 2018

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

Info updated: Sun 14 Jan


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, although if you are the first runner through a control you may need to physically punch it to switch it out of standby. However, note that it will be necessary to punch the start controls which will not be programmed in contactless mode.

​Since this event is handicapped with the intention to allow all runners to finish at 12.00, please try to stick to the start times on the start list which are in the linked file above. It is a punching start for all runners. 

Those runners with a blank start time have an open start.

Those on Orange and Yellow courses must start between 10.30 and 11.15, with times allocated by the Start team, they will be allowed to start at the next available minute. 

The winning LOC runner - the 2018 Club Champ - is the first across the finish line.

Entry for the Club Championships is free, but you must pre-enter.

Meals must also be ordered in advance; the cost is £6, payable on the door.

A meal and annual prize/award distribution follows after the event at the Greenodd Village Hall (SD313826).

The hall open at around 12.15, food served as soon as everyone has arrived - probably before 2pm.

The meal will be pie and peas (vegetarian option available) with a choice of dessert afterwards. Tea/coffee/squash included; if you want anything else to drink, you are welcome to bring your own and a glass.


Nearest town: Grizedale

Directions / Parking

The event venue is about halfway between Hawkshead and from the Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre as on the Google Map available above.

Parking is on forest roads, east of the public road at GR SD 342 964. Nearest Post Code LA22 0QQ, just South of Moor Top, approximately 2km south of Hawkshead and 2km north of the Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre.

The parking fee is £1.50/car.

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


  • Yellow 1.5 km
  • Orange 1.7 km / 130m
  • Green 3.0 km / 90m
  • Blue 3.8 km / 185m / 45m

The Orange and Yellow courses will give competitive results but will not be competitive in the Club Champs competition. 

The start is 300m along tracks and through some open ground crossing a small steam on the way.  The finish is directly adjacent to the start so there is the opportunity to leave clothing at the finish area. Distances are from the road corner (GR: SD346956 ) and so participants could have up to an additional 500m dependent on parking.

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 at Greenodd.

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

Terrain Description

The ground is very wet at the moment so can be slow going in place, do not attempt to cross anything indicated as forbidden on the map.

There are some pieces of barbed wire on the ground, especially around the final control of the night courses, please be careful.

There are some areas of clear felling which participants will cross as well as some areas of wind blow which have been avoided as much as possible.



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: Hollie Orr

Organiser: Richard Wilson

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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