Middle Event 6 - Kirkstone Inn

Part of LOC Middle Event series

Wed 10 Jul 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 16 Jul


Event Report

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Pre Event Info

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.


Nearest town: Ambleside / Troutbeck

Directions / Parking

Parking at the col of the A592 (Windermere - Glenridding road) opposite the Kirkstone Inn. Although the car park is quite large it can fill with tourists at this time of year so please car share where possible.

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 is remote on the high fell about 135m above the car park. The route will be taped. Allow 15 - 20 minutes. Please get to the event in time to start before 18:30

The Finish is about 300m from the car park.

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 3 courses on offer:

  • Dark Long - 3.9km
  • Short - 3.0km
  • Dark Orange - 2.4km

The long and short are planned at TD5 and will use the same map. The short uses a cut off between control 2 and 6. Both courses include butterfly loops.

The Dark Orange is quite physical and has as far as possible been planned to Orange standard but will require the ability to take a bearing and follow it so is not suitable for complete novices. Dark Orange maps will be given out at Registration.

If the clag is down all courses will become a good deal more difficult!

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

Largely runnable open fell with lots of rock and contour detail. Courses have been planned to avoid the larger crags but great care will still be needed in the rockier areas. Much of the area is above 500m and can be very cold even in Summer. Please dress accordingly. Cagoules will be compulsory if the weather is poor, shorts maybe permitted if the conditions are suitable. Whistles are compulsory.


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

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

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Simon Filmore

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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