Night Terrain - The Helm

Part of 2016-17 LOC Winter Night Series

Wed 14 Dec 2016

As before, we propose to have a social event after this eventand food is available in the pub at 2000. If you would like to eat afterwards, please look at the menu and let Dick Towler () have your orders by Wednesday 7th December.

The menu is available on the pub website.

Type of event: Local, Night

Info updated: Wed 14 Dec


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Kendal

Directions / Parking

Parking will be in the top gravel car park of the

Station Inn in Oxenholme, at the northern end of the Helm.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be in the Pub, from 1730.

Runners under 16 will not be allowed except at the discretion of the organiser.

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 1800 to 1830 with a mass start for runners on the Long Course at 1830. Courses will close at 1930 and some controls will be collected before this time.

Course Information

There will be a long course (5.1k, 220m) with 2 variants, and a short course (3.41k, 150m).


Since this is a Lake District area in winter all runners should dress appropriately and must carry a whistle, should carry a mobile phone and it may be compulsory to carry a cagoule.

All runners must carry a suitable lamp and should also carry a backup lamp.

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

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

Terrain Description

The Helm is largely an open fell, much of which is quite steep. There are some rocky parts, including several significant crags, which will not be taped, so take care and be sure to be able to stop within the limits of your visibility. Part of the area is grazed by ponies.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/organiser: 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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