Night Terrain 5 - Burnt Woods

Part of 2019/2020 Night Event Series

Wed 12 Feb 2020

Type of event: Local, Night
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 13 Feb


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: Thwaite Head

Directions / Parking

Please car share if possible with a view to minimising our impact on climate change and also to reduce the parking requirements.

Access is from the minor road from Thwaite Head to Graythwaite at grid ref SD361909.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.30.

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

There will be 2 courses on offer:

  • Long - 2.8km / 200m
  • Short - 2.1km / 115m

Where crossing points are shown these are mandatory. The wall is tall and the fence very barbed. Note that the broken-down points on walls have been well mapped so use them. Some wall crossings have wire across them but you can duck underneath. Please do not climb unbroken sections of wall. Crossing points are not taped.

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.

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

A small area of mixed plantation and semi-natural woodland. In places it is rocky and rough underfoot with much contour detail and rock features, and boggy areas. However, most of it is runnable with few green areas.

There are many line features: Walls and fences, some of which are ruined but others are uncrossable, and minor tracks. Mapped rides will be difficult to see at night.



The terrain is rough and slippery in some areas, as is normal for such areas. There are some (small) crags with potential for falls. Also there is some barbed wire on fences.

The competition area is bounded by a beck to the NW (with fence or wall just beyond), uncrossable fence and wall to the N, a substantial track to the NE, and a minor road to the south. Do not cross the beck to the NW as you could be lost for some time beyond this.

Safety bearing – SE to the road, then follow this NE to assembly.

Note the following specific hazards:

  • Some plantation areas have many broken-off branches at head height (mapped as light green). Eye protection is recommended.
  • Beware of low-level wire near control no. 1.

Competitors must carry a suitable lamp, a reserve torch and a whistle.

In bad weather a hooded waterproof jackets must also be carried or worn, in which case this will be notified at registration. Waterproof overtrousers, a hat and gloves may also be made compulsory if the weather is more extreme the event may be cancelled. Beware the combination of cold, wet and darkness and dress accordingly. Competitors are encouraged to carry a mobile telephone so that they can summon assistance in the event of an incident.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Rob Smith

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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