Local Event - Rusland Beeches

This event is restricted to LOC, WAROC and NWJS members only

Sat 3 Oct 2020

This was an opportunity for LOC, WAROC and NWJS members to return to ‘normal’ orienteering in a high quality Orienteering area, running the courses which have been planned for the UK Elites who will be running after this Local Event. 

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 8 Oct


Event Report

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Pre Event Info

PRE-ENTRY has now closed and the entry start file is attached.

Splits printouts will be provided at Download but there will be NO results on display at the event. The results will be presented on the LOC website ASAP afterwards as usual.

The Start list including times will be included in the 'Entries' section.

As usual the controls including the Finish will be SiAC enabled.

Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Remember that we must operate under the BOF and Government guidelines in terms of Coronavirus (COVID 19) so please consider the following before entering and note that it is important that everyone observes the restrictionsbut trust everyone will be using their common sense to ensure that all competitors are as safe as possible..

Fitness to Attend

Competitors must not attend the event if any of the following apply:

They or someone in their household have displayed symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days
They or someone in their household has been tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days
The test and trace service has asked them to self-isolate at the present time
A medical professional has advised or asked them to self-isolate in the past 14 days

Social Distancing

This will mean you will be asked to arrive just before you need to go your start  for your start time, and to leave the event as soon as possible after you have finished and downloaded – there can be no comparing of route choices and splits discussion in the car park.

We insist that there should be no more than 6 people together anywhere at any one time. This includes the parking field, the start, the finish and download.  

Anyone coming will be expected to adhere to social distancing measures at all times, only travelling to Rusland/Graythwaite with members of their own household or bubble, keeping 2 metres apart whilst attending and using hand sanitiser/washing their hands as appropriate, particularly at the Start and Download.


Nearest town: Newby Bridge

Directions / Parking

Parking is in a field next to the lane (Scowbarrow Lane) just south of Rusland Cross GR SD343887.  Follow marshals directions as early starters will be leaving before some arrive. There is room to spread out so DON’T park too tightly, please give everyone space.

Registration & Start Times

Enquiries and Download will be co-located in the parking field. 

The LOC/WAROC/NWJS starts will be from 10.15 - 11.45. The Elite runners will start later.

If you have to change the SI card you are using it please advise the SI team at Enquiries before you run.

The Start will be 900 metres from parking with a 100m climb - a 25minute walk. The terrain on either side of the route is strictly OOB. Warm up along the route.

The start and finish are signed and taped from parking. They share a common route for 450 metres up the lane next to the parking field.

It will be 900m from the Finish back to parking. 400m from split with route to start. Clothing can be left near the finish.

There will be a minimum of one minute between runners and two minutes between runners on the same course. You are expected to work this out for yourselves as you queue up to start.

The Start procedure will be:

  • -3 line, after which there is sanitiser, clear and check boxes
  • -2 line after which there are loose descriptions
  • -1 line after which move to start line and go on the next long beep

There is a 75m taped route from the start line to the start kite which must be visited.

Before the -3 line there will be markers at 2m intervals should a queue develop.

All runners should arrive at the pre-start in race kit ONLY. This is an SI electronic punching event and touch-free SIAC will be enabled for this race. SI boxes will be placed on top of a yellow stake at the control feature, along with the standard kite. Control Descriptions are on the map, in symbol format, and available in the start boxes.

There is an opportunity to spectate in the finish area, but anyone choosing to do so must observe social distancing and not form groups larger than 6.

Maps won’t be collected at the finish but all competitors are trusted not to show nor share course information with anyone yet to run.

Unless they have any queries about their entry competitors should go directly to the Start for their booked start time, they should come to the event changed ready to run and to leave after downloading before changing.  

Any LOC members who DO NOT own an Si Card and would like to enter this or any of the possible events in the near future can borrow one (Si Card 5) until the crisis is over, please e-mail with your name, Ageclass/gender, Year of Birth, BOF no., and I will arrange that to be collected at the first event you attend. There will be the usual £30 fee for a lost SI Card.

Course Information

There will be 3 courses on offer:

Course Length Climb Controls
Long 5.0 195 23
Short 4.3 160 20
Very Short 2.8 85 12

The Very Short course is not only shorter but cuts off the most physical terrain.

The map scale for all courses is 1:5000. Consider yourselves fortunate; the elite are getting 1:7500.There is no scale bar on the map, but you should note that the north lines are 300m apart.

Larch Disease – The penultimate control on both courses is in an area containing
some diseased larch trees. It is therefore a requirement of using this area that all
competitors must disinfect their footwear at the finish, before proceeding to
download. A bucket of disinfectant and a stiff brush will be provided.’

Note that for control 4 runners on the Short course need to make sure they punch the control with code 164, rather than the nearby 144 which is in numerical sequence with your other controls.

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.

All courses are planned to be challenging at an Elite level and therefore are technical and THERE ARE NO EASY (YELLOW/ORANGE) OPTIONS. 

The central part of the area has been re-mapped on a lidar base for this event. The remainder of the area was mapped on a lidar base for BOC 2017.

Bracken has been mapped where it impedes progress – mostly in clearings.

Some circular and oval dot-knoll symbols have been slightly reduced to fit between the contours on narrow ridge tops.

Platforms have been shown using the black circle symbol for additional man-made objects. On the ground they are circular, man-made, 4 or 5m in diameter and sometimes a low retaining wall visible.

Maps from BOC 2017 will be displayed in the parking field but please do not congregate the maps.

For the LOC, WAROC and NW Junior Squad runners courses close at 13.00 and they must retire before that time if they have not finished to make sure they are out of the forest before the Elite races. 

Please remember to return to Download as soon as possible when you have finished your run.

Do not congregate around SI Download station.

Please use the sanitiser before you download. You will be notified of your time and confirmation (or not) of a successfully completed course. We are planning to produce splits printouts which you will take from the printer yourself. Final results will be published on the LOC website,

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 fees:

  • Seniors:   £5
  • Juniors/Students:   £3

There will be NO EOD  and there will be NO Si Cards to be hired on a day basis.

Any entry queries which cannot be sorted out on the Si Entries website should be addressed to before the event, and at Download on the event day before you go to the start.

Pre-existing medical conditions which may be relevant during the event should be declared when you enter or written down and handed into Enquiries. 

Pre-entries and editing have now closed and on the 29th September. 

The start time window selected by runners at pre-entry can be seen on the Si Entries page but due to some logistical issues in organising the event the definitive start list is provided in PDF form here  showing the first time within the runners' actual 15 minute start window (e.g. 11.00 for the 11.00-11.15 slot). 

In order to manage the flow of runners through the start all runners must use the selected start window if possible. 

Terrain Description

The racing area is Lakeland woodland on a west-facing slope. Steep and rocky in places, with numerous crags, but fast running is possible with skill and grippy shoes! Slippery when wet. Take care when approaching crags from above. Part of the area is exceptionally detailed, and the courses make full use of this.


Safety - Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. 

Full lower leg cover is required, and, if the weather is inclement, cagoules may be advisory.

Since this is a Lakeland woodland area please remember to wear or carry appropriate clothing.

A whistle must be carried on the course. 

There are a few public footpaths through the completion areas – please avoid contact with the public!

On Saturday a shooting party is gathering north of the Rusland competition area. You may hear them but don’t worry.

Traders - here will be no traders or food stalls.

Event sponsors - However NVii and Str8 compass, (see Compass Sport article), sponsors of the league, will be near to Download with some samples and a small amount of stock. NVii specialise in Orienteering shoes and aim for superior comfort as well as durability, Str8 compass uses eye focusing lines, an ultra stable needle and ergonomic design to create the world most innovative high performance compass.

Respect the covid guidelines they have put in place and visit the stall with a facemask where possible. They will be sanitising any products that are tried and they won't be taking payment on the day, but there is a possibility to make orders with a bank transfer.

Toilets – there will be one portaloo. The queue should be a maximum of 5 waiting - please use other facilities before you come if possible.

First aid

This will be available at the finish only but please DIY if at all possible to avoid unnecessary contact.

Companions will be asked to take injured people to hospital if needed. 

Local Accident and Emergency – Westmorland General Hospital,  

Burton Road, Kendal, LA9 7RG. (01539 732288)


Contacts / Officials

LOC/WAROC Organiser: Andy Robinson

Planner: Martin Bagness

Controller: Dick Towler

Weekend Orginiser: Carol McNeill

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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