Local event - Blawith Fell

Sun 20 Dec 2020

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Fell

Info updated: Sun 20 Dec


Event Report

Thanks to all those who came to this event, we hope you enjoyed it, despite the challenging weather at times. Please send any comments or queries about the results to ''.

We hope to see you again.soon.

Pre Event Info

This will be PRE-ENTRY only using 15 minute time blocks - see 'Entry Details' section.

Entries will be re-opened on the 4th December.

Unfortunately, based on the revised government tiers and guidelines (26th November) to be applied after the current lockdown ends on the 2nd December people from tier 3 cannot attend.

Splits printouts will be provided at Download but there will be NO results on display at the event. The results will be presented on the LOC website ASAP afterwards as usual.

The Start list is now including times included here. The time given is the FIRST minute in your time slot.

As usual the controls including the Finish will be SiAC enabled.

Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Remember that we must operate under the BOF and Government guidelines in terms of Coronavirus (COVID 19) so please consider the following before entering and note that it is important that everyone observes the restrictions.

Fitness to Attend

Competitors must not attend the event if any of the following apply and will be asked to sign tto that effect as part of entry process:

They or someone in their household have displayed symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days
They or someone in their household has been tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days
The test and trace service has asked them to self-isolate at the present time
A medical professional has advised or asked them to self-isolate in the past 14 days

Social Distancing

We will be following BOF’s COVID guidelines but trust everyone will be using their common sense to ensure that all competitors are as safe as possible.

We insist that the number and mix of people in any single group must not break the Government and BOF rules and Guideline. This includes the parking field, the Start, Finish and Download.  

To prevent transmission of the virus hand sanitiser must be used where provided, particularly before map pickup (at the Start) and Download.

We respectfully ask you to arrive just before you need to go your start  for your start time, and to leave the event as soon as possible after you have finished and downloaded – there can be no comparing of route choices and splits discussion in the car park.

Anyone coming will be expected to adhere to social distancing measures at all times, only travelling to the event with members of their own household or bubble, keeping 2 metres apart whilst attending and using hand sanitiser/washing their hands as appropriate, particularly at the Start and Download.


Nearest town: Gawthwaite

Directions / Parking

Access to the event will be signposted from the A5092 Grid Ref 261849 close to Gawthwaite

The car parking/assembly area will be at Birchbank Farm - LA12 8EW, Grid ref. SD 260 874.

No minibuses please, and we recommend that only members of a single family or 'bubble' travel to the event in a car.

Registration & Start Times

There will be NO EOD  and there will be NO Si Cards to be hired on a day basis.

Registration will be by pre-entry on the Si Entries website with 15 minute start blocks from 10.30 - 12.30 where an available entry time slot can be booked and payment made online.

Unfortunately, based on government guidelines, we cannot accept entries from areas which are in COVID Tier 3 at that time.

In order to manage the flow of runners through the start all runners must use the selected start window if possible. 

Any entry queries which cannot be sorted out on the Si Entries website should be addressed to  before the event, or at Download on the event day before you go to the start.

Unless they have any queries about their entry competitors should go directly to the Start for their booked start time, they should come to the event changed ready to run and to leave after downloading before changing.  

Any LOC members who DO NOT own an Si Card and would like to enter this or any of the possible events in the near future can borrow one (Si Card 5) until the crisis is over, please e-mail  with your name, Ageclass/gender, Year of Birth, BOF no., and I will arrange that one to be collected at the first event you attend. There will be the usual £30 fee for a lost SI Card.

Course Information

The following courses will be offered:

Course Length (km) Climb (m)
Long 6.4 320
Medium 4.0 165
Short 2.8 100
Light Green 2.5 100

Note that because of the nature of the terrain the Long, Medium and Short courses willl be TD5 (technical) in nature and the Light green will be TD4.

There will be 2 starts for Long/Short and Medium/Light Green, please make sure you go to the correct start.

There will be no courses suitable for novice runners.

There will be a safety control after the Finish, please punch there as you go past as it is an important part of our safety strategy.

Both Starts will be 900m almost flat from parking.

It will be 700m from the Finish back to Download and parking.

Course will close at 14.30.

Please remember to return to Download as soon as possible when you have finished your run.

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

Entry fees:

  • Seniors:   £6
  • Juniors/Students:   £3

Pre-existing medical conditions which may be relevant during the event should be declared when you enter or written down and handed into Enquiries in an envelope. 

Pre-entries will re-open on the 4th December after the current lockdown ends and will close on the 17th December when on-line editing will also end. Entries can be edited by the person who placed the entry on that website.

The start times will be available on the Si Entries page showing the time window format or in PDF form here showing the first time within the 15 minute start window after entries close.

Helpers should ignore the time slot entry on the Si Entries in favour of agreeing their start time with the Organiser (Judy Filmore)

Terrain Description

It is an area of open fell with tussocky grass, marshes, some rocks and crags and uneven ground. There are quite a lot of new motor bike tracks have appeared. Do not rely on paths.



There will be no traders or food stalls.


We will be able to use the toilets which are part of Birchbank campsite facilities - no campers will be present.


Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. 

Shorts may be allowed, but if the weather is inclement, it may be necessary to wear/carry appropriate clothing, e.g. cagoules may be advisory. A whistle must be carried on the course. 

There are a few public footpaths through the completion areas – please avoid contact with the public!

First aid

First aid will be available at the finish but please DIY if at all possible to avoid unnecessary contact.

Companions will be asked to take injured people to hospital if needed. 

Local Accident and Emergency – Furness General Barrow in Furness LA14 4LF


Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Judy Filmore 07917 831062

Planner: Simon Filmore

Controller: Roger Smith

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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