Roanhead - Sandscale Haws Middle Distance Event (level B)

Part of LOC/SROC UKOL Level B weekend

Sat 12 Nov 2016

Part of the South Lakeland November LOC/SROC Weekend of Level B UKOL ranked events.

Type of event: National, UKOL

Info updated: Thu 17 Nov


Event Report

Thanks to everyone who travelled from all corners to attend our ‘Lakeland Weekend’.

Over 600 competitors enjoyed challenging courses on intricate sand dunes in much better weather than forecast.

The parking caused us some concern as the heavy rain running up to the event turned our pristine sandy field into a bog. However the excellent parking team & some well placed matting enabled most vehicles to leave with relatively little assistance required.

Thanks must go to the planner, Dick Towler [LOC] & the controller, Brian Jackson [SROC] who were meticulous about every aspect of the event whilst, as usual, the event would not have run without a fantastic team of experienced LOC helpers.

P.S. There was a pair of kiddies green wellies left at the event; please get in touch if you want them back.


                                                                                          Gill Browne 

Pre Event Info

The details for the Middle Distance event on Saturday at Sandscale Haws follow on this page and the final details are available for download here. The information for the Sunday event at Torver High Common is available on the SROC website.

Entry for both event days is by the Fabian website using a combined entry form.

Because of our agreement with the National Trust and Natural England not to allow more than 100 runners on any course, the Blue course has now been split into separate Blue Men and Blue Women courses. A limit of 100 entries has been set on each course on the Fabian4 website.


Nearest town: Dalton in Furness

Directions / Parking

The event will be signposted from the roundabout at the A595/A590 junction.

Parking will be in a field at SD205755, signed from SD225748 and SD203750.

Due to heavy rain the parking field has become very wet.  Please try & share transport as much as possible & allow yourself extra time for likely queues. Camper vans & minibuses will be parked on the farm track. We may yet have to put everyone bar 4WD on the track!  

Registration & Start Times

Registration covering pre-entry queries, changes and EOD entries (where possible) for SATURDAY ONLY will be open from 10.00 - 12.30. Queries and changes for Sunday's event at Torver High Common will be dealt with on Sunday by the SROC team. Collection of pre-entry hire SI cards will be from registration. Yellow maps will be issued at registration.

Legends will be available from registration.

Note that changes to pre-entries will incur a £2 charge.

Car keys may be left at enquiries but competitors travelling alone are requested to leave their car keys at enquiries when they run.

Start times will be from 10.30 - 13.00.

Runners using their own SI cards are requested to bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and optimise the information accuracy for the results.

The start will be 1.6km from assembly, an easy walk with the first 700m on a road - not busy but please take care.

The return from the finish to the assembly will be 1.2km (500m plus 700m on the road).

Course Information

Courses are available from Yellow - Black, course details will be given in the final details.

All courses will be printed on 1:7,500 scale maps, the map has been updated by Malcolm Campbell.

Entry is by course, but for those intending to be included in the UKOL ranking the courses and age classes are as below. 

Course name Men's classes Women's classes
Black M18, M20, M21, M35, M40  
Brown M45, M50 W18, W20, W21
Blue Men M16, M55, M60  
Blue Women   W35, W40
Green Men M65, M70  
Green Women   W16, W45, W50
Short Green M75, M80, M85 W55, W60, W65
Very Short Green   W70, W75, W80, W85
Light Green M14 W14
Orange M12 W12
Yellow M10 W10


There are separate Green courses for men and women due to a request from the National Trust to limit the number of runners on any course.

Courses will close at 15.00, please return to download immediately after finishing even if you retire.

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

The availablility of EOD entry will be dependent on the availability of maps.

Online entries can be made on the Fabian website until 7/11/2016:

Until 7/11/2016:      Seniors £12.00 / Juniors £5.00

After 7/11/2016 with EOD:  Seniors £12.00 / Juniors £5.00

All seniors who are not members of a BOF affiliated club must also pay a £2.00 surcharge.

SI e-cards will be available at a rate of £1 each, but note that there will be a charge of £30 for lost e-cards.

Terrain Description

Sandscale Haws dunes cover one of the best areas of mature sand dunes in the UK, offering a wide range of dune size & contour complexity, extending to over 2 sq km. Much of the competition area is grazed by  both cattle, sheep & rabbits so most ground vegetation is  short & very runnable. Most of the fence on the map is a single strand electric fence. This fence will be switched off for the duration of the event.

Due to the almost complete absence of paths, it has not been possible to plan a White course.


Green Canteen, O Nosh and the NWJS will be providing catering.

Compass Point will be in attendance.

There will be toilets at the assemby area.

There will be no clothing dump.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs must be kept on lead in the parking field and are not permitted on the courses.

Contacts / Officials

Oganiser: Gill Browne (LOC) 01229 71648 (before 9PM please)

Planner: Dick Towler (LOC)

Controller: Brian Jackson (SROC)

Entries (Saturday only): The entries secretary

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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