Dockney ParrockSun 7 Jan
Local level event
What does this mean?
Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships.
Terrain type: Woodland
What a beautiful morning for this year's LOC Club Champs event at Dockney Parrock today ! A massive thank you to everyone involved in todays event but particularly Jo and Sam for planning, Richard T for safety, the Osborne family for all sorts of extra jobs (parking, control waking up, sorting out the hall and catering side of things), the control collectors Anne and Scott and the SI Team of Ali, Mike and Scott. Finally a big thank you to everyone for joining us, both in the forest and at the social afterwards and for supplying a delicious lunch between us all !
Post event Jacob's Join at Greenodd village hall.
The Club Championship isopen to all LOC members and is very much a social event, with a spot of friendly orienteering competition thrown in for good measure (and to work up an appetite for the after-party). Entry is free and exclusively reserved for LOC members.
Near: Bouth Lat,Lng: 54.25633,-3.03059 Postcode: LA12 8JD
The pins on the maps show the location of the parking, the start may be some distance away
Directions / Parking
Old Hall Farm, Bouth, £3 per vehicle. Short walk to start / from finish on wide tracks, allow 5 minutes.
grid ref: SD 325855. Car-sharing encouraged.
Map / Terrain
The area is a relatively compact (mainly) deciduous woodland, plus a couple of sheep grazed fields visited by the longest course. There are numerous paths, wider tracks and walls criss-crossing the whole area, plus several fenced enclosures in the woodland. The southern area of wood is on an east-facing slope that was adversely affected by storm damage in recent years. The courses have been designed to avoid the worst of the wind-blown trees, but the going is still a little rough in places (offering some interesting route choice).
A word about the area / map: some of the wood is delightful, with the longest course also making use of some fast running low open fell, too. However, the southern section of woodland, once a joy, has been badly affected by storm damage in recent years. The map has not yet been updated to reflect the full extent of this, so don’t be taken in by all the ‘white runnable woodland’ depicted. Courses have been planned to try and avoid the worst of the wind-blow, but it is still a bit of an obstacle course in places. The paths and tracks have been largely cleared of fallen trees, so best to bail out to one of those if the going gets too much. The Short Green course does not enter the worst affected areas.
Courses available are:
Blue 5.1 km 180 m
Green 3.4 km 150 m
Short Green 2.6 km 105 m
Orange 1.7 km 50 m
Yellow 1.6 km 40 m
A reminder about timing issues relating to the LOC Champs. Under the ‘new system’ for the Champs now in place, trialled last year, participants choose their own start time (recorded in SiEntries) with the aim of finishing around noon. The senior and junior members who successfully complete their course, however long it takes, and finish closest to midday, are declared the Club Champions for the coming year. If you just want to come and have a run around and are not bothered about a tilt at the championship that is absolutely fine, too. In the spirit of the competition, however, we ask that ‘serious competitors’ don’t wear a watch, or conceal from their view any time-keeping equipment. There will be a clock at the start so you can set off at the time you want to.
Any non running LOC members are, of course, welcome to join us at Greenodd Village Hall from midday, for food and prize-giving
Entries are open to all LOC club members only online via SI Entries here, online entry will close at 23:59 on Wednesday 3rd January, please also add your predicted start time when entering online !
Entry is free for all LOC club members !
Please pre-enter if you can, to allow for accurate map printing numbers. If you cannot pre-enter for some reason, but would still like to participate, email Jo: (email@example.com) with your name, age and preferred course. We will do our best to accommodate you.
From 12 noon we will be retiring to Greenodd Village Hall (grid ref: SD 313826) for a Jacob's join lunch, followed by prize-giving. The idea, of course, is that everyone brings some food to share, and hopefully we’ll end up with a good balance of savoury and sweet stuff. Please also bring your own plates, cutlery, and mug, to ensure we have enough for everyone. Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided free of charge.
Contacts / Officials
Club Champs Jo Cleary & Sam Osborne firstname.lastname@example.org
NWNL event Harry Scott
Safety Richard Tiley