Cumbrian Galoppen - Loughrigg

Day 2 of Spring in the Lakes

Sun 26 Apr 2020

This event is part of the LOC 50th Anniverary.

Loughrigg is an open runnable mountain area which was last used for the BUCS (British Universities) Individual Championships in 2012 with an LOC Galoppen on same area the following day.

Entries for the event should be done through SI Entries which will open shortly, details are given in the 'Entries' section.

As usual 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.

There will 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.

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Fell

Info updated: Thu 23 Jan

Pre Event Info

Location

Nearest town: Ambleside

Directions / Parking

Parking will be in the Miller Bridge Car Park, Under Loughrigg, Ambleside.

Public Transport Options

Since the parking and Assembly area is in Ambleside travel by bus is possible from several directions.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Enquiries for pre-entry runners will be open between 9.45 and 12.30, located in the parking area.

Hired SI cards should be collected from Registration and they will deal with other pre-entry issues and changes.

Start times will be from 10.30 to 13.00.

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

Hire SI cards will be available at a cost of £1 but no SiACs will be available.

Course Information

All usual Galoppen courses will be offered:

  • Brown
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Short Green
  • Light Green
  • Orange
  • Yellow

The Start will be <distance/climb/time> from the Registration and the return from the Finish will be <distance/climb/time>.

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 should be by pre-entry through SI Entries (https://www.sientries.co.uk/) which will open shortly and close at midnight on Sunday April 19th. There will be limited EOD at the event. 

A choice of entry timeslots will be offered, as follows: 

  • Very early
  • Early
  • Middle 
  • Late
  • Very Late
  • Split
  • Helper - see note below

The actual time windows for the timeslots will be defined before the event date. Although we are not setting specific runner start times we would like runners to go to the start during the slot which they have used for entry.

Note: Those club members who offer to help should contact the Organiser () and will be given a code to use on SI Entries to get a 100% discount on the entry fee instead of LOC vouchers. Helpers who do not get a code will be given LOC vouchers to be used at future events instead.

There will also be entry on the day subject to map availability. 

The cost of entry will be as below:

  • Pre-entry: Seniors £7.00 / Juniors and Students £3.50
  • EOD: Seniors £8.00 / Juniors and Students £4.00

Senior runners who are not members of British Orienteering will pay a surcharge of £2 for both pre-entry and EOD.

Terrain Description

Loughrigg is an open runnable mountain area. There are many crags and rock featues, tarns and a complex path network.

Facilities

Safety

This is a mountain area in the Lake District in winter so in bad weather waterproof jackets must also be carried or worn, in which case this will be notified in Assembly. Waterproof overtrousers, a hat and gloves may also be made compulsory if the weather is more extreme. 

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Helen Gibson

Planner: Mark Simmonds

Controller: Carol McNeill

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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