Junior Selection Forest Races

Sat 29 Aug 2020

Welcome to the Forest Races of the Junior Selection Weekend, both to be held in Dale Park, Graythwaite. Thanks to Mr Edward Sandys for allowing these races on Graythwaite estate.

Type of event: Local

Info updated: Wed 2 Sep


Event Report

Many thanks to everyone who made the journey to the Lakes for this selection weekend and everyone involved from LOC, WCOC and BOF for managing to arrange all three events in such a short period of time. Thanks also to Will Heap for sharing his photos.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Graythwaite

Directions / Parking

The event will not be signposted.

Nearest Post Code is LA12 8LJ (High Dale Park) which is the valley to the East of Grizedale Visitors Centre. An orienteering flag will be placed at the entrance to the forest road.

Registration & Start Times

Event is Pre-entry only for Juniors (M/W 16/18/20) 

The races will be used to select for EJOC and the Talent Assessment camp/squad and the final selection policy documents related to this are availanle on the BOF website here.


Saturday 29th August - Long Distance - Start List available here

Sunday 30th August - Middle Distance - Start List available here


Final Details are published here.


Please ensure you are also familiar with the BOF guidelines regarding covid-19.

Course Information

Map Notes.

It has been quite a challenge to prepare the courses within an effective two week time frame from permission being granted to finalising course shapes, checking control sites and printing the maps.

Every effort has been made to choose fair control sites given the level of bracken and other undergrowth at this time of year, and generally the map is very good.

But I don’t pretend that we have been able to check every leg of every course within this two week timeframe.

You may come across small unmapped paths or rides whether connected to the MTB event or otherwise.

Always believe your compass and the contour shapes over a small path.


Enduro MTB.

We have discovered that the weekend after the junior Selection races there will be an Enduro MTB event on the estate. For the past week or so, and continuing until the day of our races, the MTB event organisers have been working on maintaining some existing trails and cutting some new ones.

Clearly the new ones will not be on the competition map.


Richard Tiley & Jo Cleary – Planners.

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

Start times are now available on the SI Entries website here.

Please note entries closed at midnight on Sunday 23rd August

Terrain Description

Phytophthora ramorum – Larch disease.

This disease is now prevalent throughout the Lake District and affects access permissions into some areas of woodland.

We have been advised by the Graythwaite Estate Forester that he has recently felled a diseased tree that is close to some controls.

This will be taped on the ground and shown on maps with purple overprint. Please avoid going near this tree.



As orienteering good practice you should be arriving at the event with clean kit and this includes your orienteering shoes. This will help prevent the spread of any invasive species or disease.

Similarly, given we know that Larch disease is present on the estate, you should make the effort to thoroughly clean your shoes after you return home.

Contacts / Officials

Long Planner: Jo Cleary

Middle Planner: Richard Tiley

Organiser: Paul Murgatroyd

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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