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Wed 14 Apr 2021

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 15 Apr


Event Report

The results and splits are here, the analysis links will follow.

Thanks to Matthew and Graham for an excellent event.

Please send any queries or comments about the results to me at ''.

Pre Event Info

Entries will be by SiEntries and the start list with times is now attached as PDF here. The time in the ist is the start of the 15 minute block. More information is provided in the 'Registration and Start Times' section.

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.

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 restrictions.

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

We will be following BOF’s Covid guidelines but trust everyone will be using their common sense to ensure that all competitors are as safe as possible.

Please follow the Covid security related signs, and hand sanitising gel must be used at the Start before picking up the map and before downloading. 

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.  

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.


Nearest town: High Nibthwaite

Directions / Parking

Access from Bessy Bank forest road end. Grid Ref: SD 306 869 between Oxen Park and Lowick Bridge. Follow the forest road for about 1mile. 

Note that the map icon is positioned at the junction of the road with the forest track.

Linear parking.

Registration & Start Times

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

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 one to be collected at the first event you attend. There will be the usual £30 fee for a lost SI Card.

Registration are open using SiEntries and the entry limit has been extended to 105. Entries will close on the 10th April.

the start list with times is now attached as PDF here, the time given will be the start of the 15 minute window. Please check all your details and let me know about any errors either by e-mail () or at Download before you run.

Helpers should enter using one of the time slots but then agree their actual start time with the Organiser (Matthew Horne).

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

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.  

Starts will be available from 16:45 until 18.30.

Courses close at 19:30, you should have reached the finish (not download) by then.  Expect kites to be collected from 19:30.

Some competitors may be asked to stay until 19.30 when courses close in case someone fails to return on time.

Course Information

3 courses will be offered:

Course (km) Distance (km) Climb (m) Controls
Long 3.4 15 14
Short 2.1 110 9
Orange 1.2 40 8

The map will be A4 1:5000 with 5m contours

Start & Finish will be a short walk along forest road, approx 500m depending on where parked.

Courses will close at 19.30.

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.

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

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

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

Pre-entries will be open soon and will close on the 10th April when on-line editing will also end, until then entries can be edited by the person who placed the entry on the SIEntries website.

Terrain Description

It is a mixed open mature wood on a steep stony slope with distinctive platforms and historical evidence of a working wood. It is surrounded by fields and farmed enclosures at the edge of the wood. All these are OOB.



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

Whistles will be compulsory. 

Since this is a Lakeland woodland area please remember that you need to wear or carry appropriate clothing. Full lower leg cover is required. If the weather is inclement, cagoules may be advised on the day.

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


There will be no traders or food stalls.


There are no toilets.

First aid and medical

First aid will be available at the finish 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

Planner/organiser: Matthew Horne

Series coordinator: Graham Capper

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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