Spring Weekend Day 1 - Haverthwaite Heights - Middle Distance Galoppen

Part of the LOC/SROC weekend

Sat 23 Mar 2019

This  race is also Round 4 of the 2019 UK Elite League.

M21s wishing to score in the League should enter Black, W21s should enter Brown, on these courses starts will be at 2 minute intervals. For other runners wishing to take part in the UK Elite League please refer to the UK Elite League website where further details are available.

It is not a scoring race for Junior competitors.

The Black course is not part of the Galoppen competition.

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.

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 17 Jan

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Haverthwaite

Directions / Parking

The main parking will be at Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway Station just off main A590 at Haverthwaite (Grid Ref. SD349843) (Post Code LA12 8AL). The Assembly Area will be within the Station complex. As usual, please share transport is possible.    

Overflow parking if necessary will be on old A590 just north of junction with B5278 about 800 metres west of Station at (GR341843)

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be between 10.00 and 12.30 (although most will be pre-entered and this will only be for EOD, collection of hire SI cards and enquries, etc.). 

Starts will be from 10.30 to 13.00 and courses will close at 15.00. 

Runners using their own SI cards should bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and improve  the information accuracy for the results. Note that the allocation of BO Ranking points also requires the BO number to be provided.

Course Information

The following courses will be on offer:

Course Length (km) Climb (m) Controls Map scale
Short Green        
Light Green        


Pre-entered runners will have an allocated start block, in order to manage the start optimally please try to be at the start within your start block but you will be started in queuing order and may have some time to wait. EOD runners will have Open start times but will have to fit in with the other runners.

Start blocks

Start blocks Time window
Very early  
Very Late  
Open (for helpers and splits start 2nd runners)  

All runners will use a punching start. 

Please note that the black course is not part of the Cumbria galoppen series and will not score galoppen points.

This  race is also Round 4 of the 2019 UK Elite League.

M21s wishing to score in the League should enter Black, W21s should enter Brown, there will be 2 minute start intervals on these courses. For other runners wishing to take part in the UK Elite League please refer to their Website .

Elite League M21 Black and Women W21 Brown courses will be started at 2 minute intervals. Further details of the UK Elite League are available from the UK Elite League website.  

It is not a scoring race for Junior competitors.

All maps will be laser printed on waterproof paper, but not tear proof.  There will be no legend on the maps - loose copies of the legend may be available at registration if required.

Control Descriptions will be on the front of the map for all courses. They will be in written format for the Yellow course, but pictorial for all other courses. Unfortiunately we are unable to offer a White or string course. Loose control descriptions will be available.

All runners MUST punch (physical punch) the Safety control positioned after the FINISH - this is our primary way to confirm whether a runner has finished in the event of an apparently missing runner. 

Courses will close at 15.00.  If you cannot complete your course by this time please retire as the nature of the area requires swift action in the event of a missing competitor and we will not delay contacting the Mountain Rescue.


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 - £8 but there will be an additional £2 for non-BO members
  • Junior & Students - £4.00

We will be offering pre-entry for this event in conjunction with the SROC event at Hampsfell on the Sunday with a discount of £1  (seniors) / 50p (juniors/students) for pre-entries.  Pre-entry will be on SI Entries, opening soon.

We will not be setting actual start times for runners but competitors will be able to choose their preferred start block when they enter online. Please try to follow the time slot allocated in the start list which will be published on this web site.

SI card (not SIACs) will be available for hire at £1 for both pre-entered and EOD runners, note that there will be a £30 charge for lost SI cards.

Terrain Description

Steep woodland with a lot of contour detail.



Toilets will be available at the Station, and will also be provided at the Overflow Car parking area..


Since this is a Lake District woodland area in winter all runners should dress appropriately and must carry a whistle and it may be compulsory to carry a cagoule and a whistle must be carried. 

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Norman French

Planner: Cliff Etherden

Controller: Dick Towler

Entries secretary: Janet Nash

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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