NWOA Night League - Dale Park - CANCELLED

Part of the 2018/2019 NWOA Night Event League

Sat 19 Jan 2019

This event is cancelled due to the weather, more information will follow.


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 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.

Type of event: Regional

Info updated: Sat 19 Jan


Results will be available soon.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Force Mill

Directions / Parking

Parking is on the Forest Road that starts at SD356943.

Parking will mostly be along a 500m section of forest road, with registration/download roughly in middle of that section. Route to the start will initially be along the forest road, 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:

  • 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.

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 are 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.



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 suitable lamp and a spare lamp or battery must be carried. 

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Chris Heppenstall

Controller: Iain Smith-Ward

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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