North West Night League - Dale Park

Part of NWNL Series

Sat 18 Jan 2020

Type of event: Regional, Night
Type of terrain: Forest, Woodland

Info updated: Sat 17 Oct


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.

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.

There will 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.


Nearest town: Force Forge

Directions / Parking

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

Parking will mostly be along a 500m section of forest road starting at SD356943, with registration/download roughly in middle of that section. Route to the starts for both events will initially be along the forest road (different directions for each event), so some people will be closer, and some people further away.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.30 - 18.30.

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 - 19.00 and runners must start at least 30 seconds apart. Any competitors in doubt about finishing by 20.00 should start before 18.30.

Some competitors may be asked to stay until 20.00 in case someone fails to return on time.

Course Information

The following courses will be offered for the main Club Champs event:

  • Blue:        3.7 km    190m
  • Green:     2.8 km    135m  
  • Orange:   1.8 km    135m

The start will be 400m from registration (5mins), and the finsh 1-2 minutes from download.

Maps for this event were printed 12 months ago. Since then some new extraction lanes and tracks have appeared in the lower part of deciduous woodland part of the area. Thinning has also taken place around a control site near the end of some courses, with a new extraction lanes appearing.

The last control is on a fence corner which has now been removed. (Last control and finish are common for both events)

Orange course maps have been updated with the most significant changes and reprinted. Other courses are not significantly affected and the maps are not being reprinted. Map corrections will be shown at the start.

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 £6
  • Juniors £3

Hire dibbers will be available free and must be returned at download, but with a £30 charge if lost or damaged.

Terrain Description

The terrain is a mixture of runnable open deciduous woodland, with some areas of thicker conifer plantation. There is intricate rock and contour detail, but the terrain can be steep in places and rocky underfoot so care is required. There are a large number of crags in the area which competitors will encounter and which require care. Crags will not be taped.

Competitors on the Blue course may traverse an area containing of crags and rocky rentrants. Please take your time and traverse such areas with care.



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

This is full-on night orienteering in a technically and physically challenging area. Please ensure you are suitably clothed and equipped with an appropriate headlight for night orienteering and a spare light source. 

In bad weather 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.

Carrying of a mobile phone is strongly recommended. Emergency contact numbers will be printed on the maps.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Iain Smith-Ward

Planner: Chris Heppenstall

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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