Middle Distance Event - Stony Hazel

A Local Event open to LOC, BL, WCOC, SROC and WAROC

Sat 24 Oct 2020

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Sat 24 Oct


Event Report

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Pre Event Info

Entries were restricted to LOC, BL, WCOC, SROC and WAROC members only.

Entries using Si Entries is now closed and the start list with times is provided in PDF form here, the time given is 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.

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 after the entries have closed. 

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.

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: Rusland Cross

Directions / Parking

Parking will be on the roadside near the church, space will be limited so please park neatly.

The event will be signed from Rusland Cross SD 341888 or the junction before Rookhow SD 333894. Please follow the signs as it is a one way system down a narrow road to avoid traffic jams as people exit.

Registration & Start Times

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

Registration is now closed and the start list with times is provided in PDF form here, the time given is 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 (Gill Browne).

Any entry queries which cannot be sorted out on the Si Entries 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.  

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.

Course Information

4 courses will be offered:

Course Length (km) Climb (m) Controls
Blue 3.9 180  
Green 3.2 165  
Short Green 1.9 90  
Orange 1.3 85  

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 courses will close at 14.00.

The Blue course is in two parts printed back-to-back.

Due to the small size of the terrain and slower running conditions the courses are quite short. Some use a control more than once. So check the control numbers!

The Start is 50m from assembly on path and the Finish is 160m from assembly along the road.

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

Entry fees:

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

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

Pre-entries will be open soon and will close on the 20th October when on-line editing will also end. Entries can be edited by the person who placed the entry on that website.

The start times will be available on the Si Entries page showing the time window format and in PDF form here showing the first time within the 15 minute start window. 

Terrain Description

A small area broken into three parts:

The southern end (all courses) is deciduous woodland with great contour and rock detail and reasonable undergrowth but some tough remaining bracken. Ground can be soft and marshy or rocky underfoot.

The centre is a fenced enclosure (blue and green courses) of mixed woodland types. Undergrowth and bracken are deep in places and sometimes impenetrable. The main paths are clear but some have almost disappeared and others continue further than mapped. Note the obligatory crossing points for this enclosure.

The northern area (blue and green courses) is similar to the southern but more gently contoured and marshier.

The area is bounded by a beck to the west and a major walled track to the east.

Walls in the terrain are partially intact. Broken areas are indicated by a gap in the wall on the map: please use these.



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!

Traders - There will be no traders or food stalls.

Toilets – Toilets will be inside [not Portaloos] Please follow instructions re queuing & use the hand sanitisers provided or bring your own hand gel.

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)


Dogs allowed?

Dogs will be allowed on lead

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Gill Browne

Planner: Rob Smith

Coordinator: Dick Towler

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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