Middle Event 3 - Claife South

Part of LOC Middle Event series

Wed 19 Jun 2019

The concept of the Middle-Distance Series is to help runners prepare for the technical challenges of the Middle-Distance championships such as the British & JK through a set of specific races.

As with most of our events, parking is very limited so please share transport as much as possible.

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.

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 16 May

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Near Sawrey

Directions / Parking

The main parking will be in Near Sawrey at the National Trust Hill Top site (SD370956), with a secondary area area at the Braythwaite Hall in Far Sawrey (SD387954). There will also be space for a few cars in the disused quarry at SD372959 on the track from Near Sawrey to the Start where the Registration and Download will be. There is very little roadside parking within walking distance.

Parking is very limited so please share transport as much as possible.

The start will be about 1.4km/150m from Near Sawrey, about 1.8km/130m from Far Sawrey on road and tracks. The Finish will be about 1km (downhill) from Near Sawrey, about 1.5km from Far Sawrey, also on road and tracks.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Download will be in the old quarry on the track from Near Sawrey to the start.

Registration will aim to be available from 17:00 as and when the planner & SI team are ready.

To streamline the process please bring your SI card to registration, those without will be able to hire one.

Open start times will be available until 18.30.

Courses close at 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

There will be 3 courses on offer:

  • Long - 3.6km / 140m
  • Short - 2.8km / 110m
  • Orange - 1.8km

The Short course will be based on the Long course but with some different legs, the Long and Short courses will be designed to be TD5 standard.

The Orange course will be suiable for novice runners.

Courses will close at 19.30 and you 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. A whistle must be carried. 

There may 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.

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: £4
Junior & Students: £2

Hire dibbers wil be available, free of charge but with a £30 charge if lost.

Terrain Description

The terrain is varied with a mix of tracks, open woodland, some excellent crag detail and some marshy areas. Most of it is runnable but there are some areas of felled or fallen trees which are harder going, there should be no need to go into the worst areas. It has a network of walls and fences which must only be crossed where there are gates or equivalent, and those gates MUST be closed after going through. There is also network of paths and tracks which is generally well mapped, although I found one unmapped extraction route.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs should be on lead in the area because there may be farm stock.

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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