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. The handicapped start times will be published for all LOC members on this website before the event. 

Entries are free but please tell Iain Smith-Ward () by e-mail as soon as possible if you intend to enter, the information required is in the 'Entry Details' section below. Entries will close at midnight on 12th January.

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.

Type of event: Other
Type of terrain: Forest

Info updated: Fri 6 Dec

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Graythwaite

Course Information

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

  • Orange - 2.2km
  • Short Green - 2.3km
  • Green - 3.4km
  • Blue - 4.6km

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)

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 cose 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



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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