SEE #5 - The Helm

Part of the 2017 LOC Summer Evening Event Series

Wed 21 Jun 2017

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Heathland

Info updated: Fri 23 Jun


Pre Event Info

The course controls and 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 (manually) which will not be programmed in contactless mode.

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.

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.


Nearest town: Oxenhome

Directions / Parking

The location of the car parking is Underhelm Farm (SD538896), Oxenholme signed from the junction of B6254 and access lane to Underhelm Farm 400m SE of The Station Inn Oxenholm (SD539898). Note that this is NOT the junction with Underhelm Lane but is 200m SE of it.

Parking fee £1 per car.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.30.

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.

Starts will be from 18.00 - 19.00.

Both courses will have a punching start and there will not be a mass start, runners should not start within 30 seconds of another runner.

Less experienced orienteers must start before 18.30

Course Information

Long technical (short blue) 5.4 km 275m.

Short technical (short green) 2.9 km 170m having a different first control to the long then using the long part 2 which starts at control 7.  It will use the same map as the long course.

Yellow 2.0 km 70m. A short section of taped route may be used approaching and leaving one control.

Courses will close at 20.00, 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

Entry on the day only

Seniors - £4 with an additional £2 for non-BOF members
Junior & Students - £2

Terrain Description

The Eastern part is mostly grazed grass and some areas of gorse. This part is bordered by NOT TO BE CROSSED walls and fences.  These may only be crossed at crossing points marked on the map.  The Yellow course is entirely in this part.  A small number of cattle and fell ponies are in this enclosure.

The Western and Southern parts are mostly rough open and bracken covered at this time of year.  There are many scattered trees and thickets and some small wooded areas.  Several mapped paths in this area are no longer visible due to the undergrowth but most of the main paths are clear on the ground.


There are no toilets.

Full leg cover is recommended due to the nature of the undergrowth, however, shorts may be worn.

Competitors should check for ticks and normal hygiene precautions should be observed after running.

This is an exposed area of the Lake District. All runners must dress appropriately and may be required to carry or wear a waterproof cagoule.

A whistle must be carried.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: John Pullin

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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