Cumbrian Galoppen - Holme Fell

Part of the 2018 NWOA Galoppen series

Sun 11 Nov 2018

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Fell, Woodland

Info updated: Mon 12 Nov


Event Report

Please let me ()  know if you have any queries or feedback about the results and I will look into it. Routegadget (RG2) will follow and BO Ranking will be posted soon.

Please remember that it is very important for our safety process and for the results processing to DOWNLOAD even if you don't complete your course or if you retire, particularly for junior runners. Otherwise we might spend a lot of time trying to work out whether we need to call out the Mountain Rescue to help search.

Pre Event Info

To remember those who gave their lives in both wars, we are planning on observing a minutes silence at 11am at both the following, where practical: we will stop starts at 11am to observe the silence and will also observe a minutes silence in Assembly, by the LOC Junior Squad food stall. Anyone who wishes to join us at this time will be most welcome.

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.


Nearest town: Coniston

Directions / Parking

Parking will be at Hodge Close in the old quarry.

There will be a Parking Charge of £2 per car.

Please can everyone attending the Holme Fell event car share as much as possible, to help the parking team. .

Event signed from A593, north of Coniston at SD 314 997

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be between 10.00 and 12.00.

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.

Course Information

The Galoppen courses (Yellow - Brown) will be provided:

Course Length (km) Climb (m) Controls Map Scale
Brown 7.7 460   1:10000
Blue 5.2 320   1:10000
Green 3.5 185   1:7500
Short Green 2.2 120  


Light Green 2.7 145  


Orange 2.0 75  


Yellow 1.7 65   1:5000

All maps will be laser printed on waterproof paper, but not tear proof.  There will be no legend on the maps.

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

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 - £6 with an additional £2 for non-BO members
Junior & Students - £3

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

Terrain Description

The event will utilise Holme Fell and the area of complex marshy forest to the north of the fence crossing Holme Fell east to west.

Holme Fell itself is high quality Lake District hill terrain. Most of the area is open, with areas of bracken and heather, but neither of which will impede progress greatly. The flanks of the hill are covered in scattered trees, reducing visibility, and often steep and tough-going.

The area to the north of the fell wall is technical, quite Scandinavian, terrain. There is quite a bit of bracken here, but we are hoping for some severe frosts before the event, and courses will be planned to avoid the worst areas.



Since this is a Lake District woodland area in winter all runners should dress appropriately and must carry a whistle and it may be compulsory to carry a cagoule. 


LOC Junior Squad fundraising food stall – bacon buns, burgers, hot soup, cakes, tea & coffee.

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Ali Hooper

Planner: Nick Howlett

Controller: Dick Towler

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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