Middle Event 4 - Crag Quarter (Kentmere North)

Part of LOC Middle Event series

Wed 26 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.

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Fell

Info updated: Tue 2 Jul

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Pre Event Info

Parking is very limited so please share transport as much as possible, please take note of the 'Parking/Directions' information.

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.

Location

Nearest town: Kentmere

Directions / Parking

Parking is very limited so please share transport.  You can meet up and leave a car at the free parking in Staveley (Staveley Mill Yard, Back Ln, LA8 9LR).  Note that when the car park area is full there is NO off road parking available elsewhere in Kentmere.  The car park field is liable to flooding so if the weather is wet in the preceding week the event might be cancelled.  Please check the website before travelling.

The road to Kentmere is narrow and has limited passing places. There is a factory on this road so expect traffic to be coming in the opposite direction. There is a rough section of unpaved road near the parking, please drive slowly.

There will be a £1 Car parking charge, with proceeds to Kentmere Church fund.

Registration & Start Times

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. Runners who will find it difficult to start by 18.30 should contact the organiser. There is no mass start, and runners should start at least 30 seconds apart.

The start and finish are adjacent but are on the remote high fell.  There is a taped route from/to the car park; it is a 25 minute walk with a short but steep climb towards the end.  The walk passes close to some houses, please respect their privacy.  You should arrive at the event in plenty of time to reach the start before 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

There will be 2 courses on offer:

  • Long - 4.8km / 225m
  • Short - 3.5km / 175m

The map will be 1:7500, A4.  Descriptions will be printed on the map (no loose available).

The Long and Short courses will be designed to be TD5 standard, both courses contain a phi-loop so take care checking your control exit direction.

The area has limited scope for junior courses.  An all controls map will be available but parents should note that the location and difficulty of the terrain is unsuitable for beginners.

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 runnable open fell at 400m above sea level with lots of contour detail, rock features and marshes.   Some of the cliffs are dangerous and should not be passed, they are not taped but are obvious & avoided by the courses.  The marshes are currently clearly visible and the large ones can be heavy going but fast running is available along their edges.  No walls should be climbed, use the marked crossing points and open/close gates where applicable. 

Facilities

Please remember that if the weather conditions are poor the organisers might require all runners to wear or carry a watrproof jacket. They are also recommended to carry a whistle.

Ticks are prevalent in the area - full leg cover is recommended, and runners should check themselves carefully after their run.

Dogs allowed?

At the request of the land owner & farmers – no dogs at the event please.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Graham Capper

Series coordinator: Graham Capper

Controller: Mike Atherton

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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