Cumbrian Galoppen - Loughrigg Fell

Part of Spring in Lakeland 2022

Sun 24 Apr 2022

This event will be held on an excellent open high level Lakeland mountain area.

Associated with the SROC National event at Blakeholme.

A common Entry Portal is also available on SiEntries.

Entry for the all courses are open on SiEntries, although for the Yellow course there will also be some EOD particularly aimed at newcomers and families - see 'Registration & Start Times' section.

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 including start times will be included in the 'Registration & Start Times' section after entries have closed.

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

Covid considerations

We advise a sensible approach to covid restrictions with social distancing & use of hand sanitisers & to respect the concerns of other competitors.

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Fell

Info updated: Thu 6 Jan

Pre Event Info

Location

Nearest town: Ambleside

Directions / Parking

Registration and Download will be at Ambleside United Football Clubhouse at NY 372043. Nearest postcode LA22 0SW. No Competitor’s vehicles allowed in the Clubhouse car park.

Competitors are encouraged to car-share as much as possible.

Currently there is no designated event parking.

Competitors should park in one of the public pay and display car parks in Ambleside. The nearest parking is adjacent to Registration in Millerbridge carpark at NY 374041. Nearest postcode LA22 OEE.

Millerbridge has room for group minibuses and mobile homes.

There is a good bus network for the event, see the 'Public Transport options' section for more details.

Public Transport Options

Ambleside is on several bus routes with a good service, e.g. 555, 599.

The nearest bus stop is 5 minutes from Registration Ambleside Interchange, Kelsick Road, LA22 0BZ.

Served by buses from Bowness, Coniston, Keswick, Kendal, Langdale and Windermere (for trains to Oxenholme). https://www.stagecoachbus.com/

Registration & Start Times

Entry for the all courses must be made on SiEntries (now open) with 15 minute start blocks from 10.30 - 13.00 where an available entry time slot can be booked and payment made online. Entries will be limited to a maximum of 450.

Helpers should contact the Organiser (Harry Scott <>) before entering to get the helper code to reduce the cost of entry.

Also, for the Orange and Yellow courses there will also be some EOD particularly aimed at newcomers and families, please contact Carol McNeill () for these courses. 

Hire SI Cards will be available free of charge at the event but there will be the usual £30 fee for a lost SI Card.

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 SiEntries 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 can go directly to the Start for their booked start time.  

Course Information

The following courses will be offered:

Course

Distance

(km)

Climb

(m)

Controls

Map

scale

Brown         
Blue         
Green        
Short Green        
Light Green        
Orange        
Yellow        

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.

The start is 1.3 k, 150 m climb from Registration. Pre-entered competitors do not need to visit Registration before going to the start.

Blank maps will not be provided at the start.

Yellow maps will be at Registration with an opportunity for those runners to discuss the course before running.

Courses will close at 15.00.

The finish is remote and not near the start. Finish is 1.8 k from Registration/Download.

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

If you cannot complete your course by the course closing time please retire and return to Download as the nature of the area requires swift action in the event of a missing competitor and we will not delay contacting the Mountain Rescue.

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:   £9
  • Juniors/Students:   £5

Terrain Description

Classic Lakeland open fell area with a mix of large and detailed contour features, marshes, crag and rock detail, steep slopes and small tarns. The area has a limited path network but good off-path runnability when the bracken is down. Popular with walkers, fell runners and sheep (not mapped), the area normally has great views of the surrounding high fells and Lake Windermere.

Competitors are reminded that they will be sharing the area with other users, and to be respectful and considerate towards other users.

Facilities

Precautions

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

Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult on the fell.

Whistles will be compulsory. 

Cagoules will be compulsory, whatever the weather, make sure you bring one to the event.

Since this is a Lakeland area in Spring please remember that you need to wear or carry appropriate clothing. Full lower leg cover is required

Traders

Compasspoint will be present near Registration with their equipment shop. There will be no food stalls. Local shops/cafes are nearby.

Toilets and Showers

Toilets are kindly provided by Ambleside United Amateur Football Club in their clubhouse. Please be respectful and take your muddy shoes and dobs/spikes off before entering the clubhouse.

If the COVID situation allows, the clubhouse showers will be available to competitors wishing to use them.

First aid and medical

First aid will be available in tent near the remote finish and at registration (clubhouse) but please DIY if at all possible to avoid unnecessary contact.

First aid and medical

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 Hospital (A&E)

Dalton Lane , Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 4LF (01229 870870)
http://www.uhmb.nhs.uk

Minor Injuries only - Westmorland General Hospital  

Burton Road, Kendal, LA9 7RG. (01539 732288)

https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/visiting-our-hospitals/parking-facilities/westmorland-generalhospital

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Harry Scott

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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