Lakeland Orienteering Club

Kentmere Crag QuarterWed 6 Jul

Summer Series Event 5

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: Fell

Last updated: Thu 23 June, 2022

Overview

Part of a series of six summer evening events across the South Lakes. Long and Short technical courses, and an easier course for less experienced orienteers who have some compass skills.

This event uses an area which has only been used twice before.

Location Info

Near: Staveley
Lat,Lng: 54.42919,-2.84027
OS Grid Ref: NY452042
Postcode: LA8 9JL

The pins on the maps show the location of the parking, the start may be some distance away

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Directions / Parking

The access is via the single track road with passing places into Kentdale from Staveley, please drive carefully on this road and be courteous to other road users. It will be signed at the junction in Staveley at GR SD470984, follow the valley road to Kentmere and onto the parking at Kentmere Hall and event area (junction at NY456041). As usual please car-share if possible.

Parking will be in a field at Kentmere Hall, GR NY452042, please follow any parking instructions and park to make maximum use of the space.

Map / Terrain

This is an excellent but challenging area of open fells which is mainly runnable with a mixture of short grass, some bracken (which has now started growing), steep slopes, marshes and complex rock features. A small part of the Long course may be affected by the bracken on the lower Eastern slope. The competition area is between 450 – 525m in height and is used for grazing sheep and lambs.

The Eastern side and part of the area overlooking Garburn track have very large crags and precipitous drops, these must be avoided but they are not in the competition area.

Some large crags in the North West of the area must be crossed in the Long and Short courses but this can be done safely if an appropriate route is used but please take care in that area.

There are very few sections of track or footpath either mapped or on the ground, and a network of walls bound the area and cross the area. Some of the walls are broken and crossable, but the 'complete' walls must only be crossed at the crossing points.


Course Information

Long 4.9 km 235 m climb 16 controls

Short 3.3 km 155 m climb 13 controls

Light Green 1.2 km 40 m climb 10 controls

The map was produced in 2016 by Martin Bagness. The map scale will be 1:7500 with 5m contours. The map will be printed on waterproof paper.

All courses will use the same Start and Finish.

The Long and Short will be on the same map with a unique control used in the branch for the Short course, they will be TD5 standard.

There is no easy (White, Yellow or Orange) course because of the nature of the terrain. The Light Green course should be suitable for novice and junior runners who can use compass skills and is shorter and easier than the Long and Short courses. Juniors and novices may be shadowed and the map will be available from registration for this course to allow runners to see the course.

The Start for all the courses has a walk of 1.4km including a steep 250m climb, allow 25-30 minutes. Please make sure gates on the route to the start are left as you find them.

The return from the finish has about 1km using the Garburn track which is quite rocky, it is used by walkers and mountain bikers (some of who will be descending quite quickly) please be courteous to all other users.

Courses will close at 19.30, if you feel you can’t finish by that time please retire and return to download. Please return to download immediately after finishing even if you retire.

All complete walls and boundaries must only be crossed at the mapped crossing points, anyone climbing walls or fences will be DISQUALIFIED. All gates must be left as they are found.

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 distance from the Download to the start and back from the finish will be 1.4 km.

How to choose a course

Entry Details

Pre-entries via SI Entries

£6 M/W21+

£4 M/W20- and full-time students

Contact the Series Coordinator for the voucher code to use your LOC vouchers.

Very limited entry on the day for Long and Short. £7 for seniors and £4 for juniors and students. Correct change please.

Entry on the day is possible for the Light Green but you can also pre-enter.

A family group intending to go round this course together should just enter once. Please fill in the box for details of others in your group.

You will just use one SI Card (dibber) between you but you can buy extra maps using the “extras” on SI Entries for £1.

e.g.

  • Two children together: Pay £3 plus an optional extra £1.
  • Adult and two children: Pay £5 plus an optional extra of £2.


Registration and Start times

Starts 17.00 until 18.30

Courses close 19:30

Registration for the Light Green course, which is particularly aimed at for novice and junior runners who have compass skills, will be by entry on the day (EOD), opening at 16.45, and SI cards (dibbers) and compasses will be available for those who do not have them.

Facilities

The area is exposed and if the weather is bad you may be required to carry a hooded waterproof jacket, and potentially hat, gloves and waterproof trousers. You should bring these to the event and notices will be displayed in the car park and at the start.

You must carry a whistle.

Shorts will be allowed subject to the conditions on the night, but please be prepared to use full leg cover.

There is a public toilet in Staveley on the junction up into the Kentdale valley, but there will not be any at the event.

There may be ticks in the area, please check for them after running.

Dog restrictions

TBD

Contacts / Officials

Planner : Dave Walton (dave.walton1 at btinternet.com)

Series Coordinator : Matt Rooke

Safety : Loz Colyer

Nearest A&E Hospital

Kendal Small Injuries unit Westmoreland Hospital
NHS Urgent care search

Safety Notes

There will be first aid equipment at the event, both in the car park and at the start and in case of emergency the phone numbers are 07796 133897 and 07495 980408.