LOC Club Champs - Dale Park

Start of the LOC 50th Anniversary year

Sun 19 Jan 2020

All LOC members are invited to attend the Club Championships on the Sunday 19th January 2020 at Dale Park.

This is our annual club social event with the entries handicapped to aim for everyone to finish at 12.00 and it is a closed event for LOC club members.

Type of event: Other, Social
Type of terrain: Forest, Woodland

Info updated: Sun 19 Jan


Pre Event Info

The details and handicapped start times for all entries (subject to any late changes which are needed) are included in the attached START LIST. It is important that ALL entrants check ALL their details and let me () know about any errors before the event, although we will be able to look at Enquiries at the event.

Open start times are shown as 'Punching' in the list. If any split starts are needed it can be arranged but the first and possibly the second runner might be Non-competetive, please let me know and we'll sort it out.

Where hire SI cards are required they should be collected from Enquiries at the event, they are indicated as 'Hire' in the list, please allow time for this.

Any further entry queries should be addressed to me ().

Also we will kick off the 50th Anniversary year by going back in time at this event!  After the normal club champs courses which will use modern technology, there will be a short 70’s style loop, which we would encourage everyone to try. For anyone too young to remember the 70’s this will involve copying your course from a master map (bring a red pen), pin punches on control cards, manual timings and results on a washing line ! There will be 2 retro loops available – an Easy (0.9km) and a Tech (1.05km).

We’d like to encourage everyone to run in 1970’s orienteering kit for the entire event and there will be prizes for the best outfits. LOC’s first O kit was entirely black “nylon pyjamas” – so other competitors couldn’t see them running through the forest.

The event will be followed by a social get-together with food and prize giving at Levens Valley Primary School, Backbarrow.  To assist with catering could you please notify Louise Dunn . More details about the food will follow.

For the Club Champs 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: Force Forge

Directions / Parking

Please car share if possible with a view to minimising our impact on climate change and also to reduce the parking requirements.

Parking will mostly be along a 500m section of forest road starting at SD356943, with registration/download roughly in middle of that section. Route to the starts for both events will initially be along the forest road (different directions for each event), so some people will be closer, and some people further away...

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be open from 9.45 - 10.15.

Pre-entered LOC runners who have sent us the number of the SI card they intend to use for the event should  not have to go to Registration.

The details and handicapped start times for all entries (subject to any late changes which are needed) are included in the attached START LIST. It is important that ALL entrants check ALL their details and let me () know about any errors before the event, although we will be able to look at Enquiries at the event.

Any runners with a hire card to collect or with any requests for changes, including change of SI card must go to registration.

Any further entry queries should be addressed to me ().

Those on Orange courses have an open start times but must start between 10.30 and 11.15, with time slots allocated by the Start team. 

Course Information

The following courses will be offered for the main Club Champs event:

  • Blue:               4.8km    250m
  • Green:            3.4km    195m
  • Short Green:   2.3km
  • Orange:          2.2km    125m

The start will be 800m from registration, allow 10-15mins and the finish will be about 1-2mins from registration/download.

Maps for this event were printed 12 months ago. Since then some new extraction lanes and tracks have appeared in the lower part of deciduous woodland part of the area. Thinning has also taken place around a control site near the end of some courses, with a new extraction lanes appearing.

The last control is on a fence corner which has now been removed.

Orange course maps have been updated with the most significant changes and reprinted. Other courses are not significantly affected and the maps are not being reprinted. Map corrections will be shown at the start.

As this will be our 50th anniversary year there will also be an additional 'Retro' course which you will ALL be encouraged to have a go at - Easy (0.9km) and Tech (1.05km). All the fun of the 70's and 80's (and extra prizes too)

Runners must return to DOWNLOAD as soon as possible even if you retire to avoid the event team having to initiate a search at the end of the event.

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

Entries will be free but your details should be sent to Iain Smith-Ward () by e-mail as soon as possible if you intend to enter so the handicaps can be calculated by Dick and Dave, entries will close at midnight on 12th January. The information required is:

  • Name (as registered with BO/Sportident)
  • Age category
  • Course
  • SI Card number (or if you need to loan SI card)
  • BO number

Hire SI cards will be available free of charge but there will be a charge of £30 for lost Si cards.

Terrain Description

The terrain is a mixture of runnable open deciduous woodland, with some areas of thicker conifer plantation. There is intricate rock and contour detail, but the terrain can be steep in places and rocky underfoot so care is required. There are a large number of crags in the area which competitors will encounter and which require care. Crags will not be taped.

Competitors on the Blue course may traverse an area containing of crags and rocky rentrants. Please take your time and traverse such areas with care.



Competitors must carry a whistle.

In bad weather waterproof jackets must also be carried or worn, in which case this will be notified at registration. Waterproof overtrousers, a hat and gloves may also be made compulsory if the weather is more extreme.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Iain Smith-Ward

Planner: Chris Heppenstall

Social Organiser: Louise Dunn

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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