Middle Event 5 - Colonel’s Drive - CANCELLED

Part of LOC Middle Event series

Wed 6 May 2020

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: Tue 17 Mar


Results will be available soon.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Hawkshead

Directions / Parking

The event will be signed from the minor road near Low Cunsey Farm at a junction with a forest road (The Colonel’s Drive), SD 379 932. Registration is 300m uphill on this forest road. Park carefully on narrow verges before and after Registration making sure to leave room for vehicles to pass, but do not park more than 250 m beyond Registration in order to avoid the point at which all competitors cross this road on their courses (marked by the corner of a new deer fence on the LHS).

Please car share if possible with a view to minimising our impact on climate change and also to reduce The parking fee will be £2 per car – pay at Registration.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be open from from 17.00.

Runners using their own SI cards should bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and the information accuracy for the results.

Open start times will be from 18.00 - 18.30 but 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.

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

Course Information

The following courses will be offered:

  • Long: 4.8 km, 260 m, 20 controls
  • Short: 3.3 km, 175 m, 14 controls
  • Orange: 1.9 km, 80 m, 12 controls

The Orange course will be suitable 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

All courses are mostly in a runnable open wood with very good rock and contour detail and no large marshes.  Line features (paths and broken walls) are intermittent and irregular. A relatively small area of quality terrain and one of best bits of Graythwaite!



Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Mike Atherton 015396 34192

Controller: 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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