Cumbrian Galoppen - Birkett Common and Wharton Fell

Part of the Cumbrian Galoppen Series

Sun 22 Sep 2019

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Fell

Info updated: Tue 24 Sep


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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.

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.


Nearest town: Kirkby Stephen

Directions / Parking

The event will be signed from A683 (Mallerstang/Outhgill) GR NY 757038.

Parking and Assemby will be at GR NY 768035.

There will be a charge of £1 for parking – All parking charges will be donated to the Mallerstang Consolidated Charities.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Download will be close to the parking.

Registration for entries to the Galoppen will be between 10.00 and 12.00. No fixed start times will be used for these entries.

Runners using their own SI cards should bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and improve the information accuracy for the results. Note that the allocation of BO Ranking points also requires the BO number to be provided.

Start times will be from 10.30 - 12.30. The start is 1.5K downhill from the north end of the car park, please allow about 30mins approx.

Course Information

The usual Galoppen courses will be provided:



(km )

Climb (m) Controls Map Scale
Brown 8.7 390 21 1:10000
Blue 7.1 325 16 1:10000
Green 4.6 195 12 1:7500
Short Green 3.4 175 10 1:7500
Light Green 3.1 165 9 1:7500
Orange 2.9 120 11 1:7500
Yellow 2.6 110 11 1:7500

Note that the Blue and Brown map including control descriptions will be printed back to back on both sides with the split being at control 15 on Brown and control 10 on Blue.

All maps will be laser printed on waterproof paper, but not tear proof.  There will be no legend on the maps - loose copies of the legend may be available at registration if required.

Control Descriptions will be on the front of the map for all other courses. They will be in written format for Yellow courses, but pictorial for all other courses. Loose control descriptions will be issued at registration.

The finish will be located 500m from the Assembly.

All runners MUST punch (physical punch) the Safety control positioned after the finish - this is our primary way to confirm whether a runner has finished in the event of an apparently missing runner. 

Courses will close at 14:30.  If you cannot complete your course by this time please retire 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 on the day only

  • Seniors - £7.00 with an additional £2 for non-BOF members
  • Junior & Students - £3.50

SI card (not SIACs) will be available for hire with a charge of £1, note that there will be a £30 charge for lost SI cards.

Terrain Description

The area contains numerous Steep slopes, crags, large shake holes, pit and depressions, too many to tape.  Be aware and take care.

There are a number of public footpaths and bridleways in the competition area, please be aware and treat other users courteously.


First Aid and will be toilets close to Registration and Download.


Since this is a Lake District area of high open fell all runners should dress appropriately and must carry a whistle, it may also be compulsory to carry a cagoule and a whistle must be carried. 

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Dogs allowed?

The landowner requests that no dogs are in the competition area.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Tony Richardson

Organiser: Dave Neild 015396 23377

Controller: John Nash

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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