SEE #8 - Guards Wood

Part of the 2017 LOC Summer Evening Event Series

Wed 12 Jul 2017

As this was the last of the Summer Evening Events for 2017 thanks to all the Planners and Organisers for their work.

See you in Scotland.

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 13 Jul


Event Report

Unfortunately there were a few serious computer problems (probably due to untimely OS updates) and some control issues which have meant that some controls were removed from courses.

A few errors in the results have been corrected and the competitive results for the Short Tech course should be correct but due to the lack of some data the splits have a gap from control 1 to 7 for some runners.

Apologies for this.

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: Coniston, Cumbria

Directions / Parking

Parking will be at Coniston Sports and Social Club, Shepherds Bridge Lane.

There is limited free parking in the lane outside the centre and pay and display parking in the club car park (£3). Please note that the parking meter for the Sport parking area only accepts OLD pound coins.

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

Courses offered are:

  • A yellow course (2.0km) using Guards Wood
  • An Orange course (2.6km)
  • A Long technical course (5.8km) using Guards and Tarn Hows Woods. 
  • A Short technical course (4.1km), this is a subset of the long course.

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

Complex woodland.


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

A whistle must be carried.

Dogs allowed?


Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner: Graham Farley/Lindsey Bayles/Sam Yates

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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