Night Terrain 7 - Thwaite Head

Part of the 2017/18 LOC Night Event Series

Wed 14 Feb 2018

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

Info updated: Wed 14 Feb

Results

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. However, note that it will be necessary to punch the start controls which will not be programmed in contactless mode.

Location

Nearest town: Graythwaite

Directions / Parking

Parking will be on the forest track.

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 20.00 in case someone fails to return on time.

Course Information

2 courses will be offered:

  • Short - 2.6km
  • Long - 4.0km

Courses will close at 20.00 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, a suitable lamp and a spare lamp or battery must be carried. 

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, with a £2 additional charge for non- BO members (event insurance)
  • Junior & Students: £2

Hire dibbers wil be available, free of charge but with a £30 charge if lost.

Terrain Description

Thwaite Head is an area of mixed coniferous and deciduous woodland. An area close to the start & finish is relatively dense, but much of the area is runnable. There are plenty of contour features and some areas of marsh. The area is criss-crossed by old stone walls and hard to see (in the dark) rides. There will be some compulsory crossing points where a wire fence will have to be ducked under to cross a gap in the wall.

Facilities

Safety

Since this is a Lake District woodland 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.

A whistle, a suitable lamp and a spare lamp or battery must be carried. 

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Simon Cane 01539 738253 / 07491817486

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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