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.

It is not a scoring event for the Junior Elite Orienteering League and the Black course is not part of the Galoppen competition.

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Mon 25 Mar


Event Report

Please send any comments or queries about the results to me (Dave at ).

Photographs from the event taken by Steven Rush of BOK are available here.

Pre Event Info

The Final Details document is now available. Please note the information about the access times for the main car park in the 'DIrections/Parking' section below.

The pre-entry Start Times are now attached, please check all your details before you run and tell the Registration team if there are ANY errors because these will affect results and ranking points postings.

The pre entries for the above event have now closed and numbers in relation to starting blocks been assessed.  Because some of the blocks are very full it has been decided to extend the starting times from 10.30 to 13.45 with the courses now closing at 15.15.  The various blocks are set out below:

                                    Very early        10.30 -10.45

                                    Early                 10.45 - 11.25

                                    Middle             11.25 - 12.20

                                    Late                  12.20 - 13.15

                                    Very Late         13.15 - 13.45

 To assist with the smooth running of the event please go to the start in time for your respective starting block.  You will then have to line up for your various courses to be started by the starting crew.  

The entries closed on SUNDAY 17th MARCH, note that late entries by e-mail,etc. will NOT be accepted but there will be a limited EOD at the event.  

Photography -  Steven Rush of BOK will be in attendance at the event to take photographs of competitors and the event.  These will be taken in accordance with BOF guideline.  Photos will be posted on FLICKr with a link on the LOC website for Orienteers to view and grant permission for use as publicity material and they should be on the website the day after the event.

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.


Nearest town: Haverthwaite

Directions / Parking

The main parking will be at Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway Station just off main A590 at Haverthwaite (Grid Ref. & postcode below). The Assembly Area will be within the Station complex. 

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

Please note: The owners of Lakeland and Haverthwaite Railway would like all vehicles removed from the parking area of the Station by 16.00 at which time the gates will be locked and access to vehicles will not be possible.  Therefore, if there is any possibility that you may not be able to move your vehicle by this time, please use the Alternative Parking area where access is available at all times.

As usual, please share transport if possible since parking is restricted. Please do not plan to arrive in a car on your own. If you are intending to travel on your own, please arrange to meet up with someone else and share transport for the last part of your journey. If you are planning to travel to the event in a campervan, please contact the organiser.  

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be between 10.00 and 13.00 for EOD, collection of hire SI cards and enquries, etc.

Pre-entered runners will have an allocated start block, which will be added to the runner start list on SiEntries after the entries have closed. In order to manage the start optimally please try to be at the start within your start block window although you will be started in queuing order and may have some time to wait. 

The start blocks will be 'Very early', 'Early', 'Middle', 'Late', 'Very Late', with an 'Open' option which will be for helpers and split start 2nd runners.

EOD runners will have Open start times but will have to fit in with the other runners.

Starts will be from 10.30 to 13.45.

The Start is approximately 900m from the Assembly/Main Parking area with a 100m climb and 700m to 1,200m from additional parking (depending where parked) with a 60m climb.  The route is mainly on good paths. Allow 15-25 minutes.

The Finish is approximately 300m from Assembly/Main Parking/Download.  It is then a further 500m to the additional parking area.

The distance back to the alternative parking from assembly is about 600m over open wooded ground which is rough in places. 

EOD 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 Controls Length (km) Climb (m) Map scale Classes
Black 21 4.3 300 1:10000 Elite Men
Brown 18 3.9 260 1:10000

Elite women & Galoppen

Blue 17 3.4 200 1:7500 Galoppen
Green 14 2.6 180 1:7500 Galoppen
Short Green 13 2.1 150 1:5000 Galoppen
Light Green 10 2.0 150 1:7500 Galoppen
Orange 8 1.5 60 1:5000 Galoppen
Yellow 9 1.4 50 1:5000 Galoppen

The Map has been updated by Martin Bagness at the end of 2018.

All runners will use a punching start and it will be necessary to punch the start controls which will not be programmed in contactless mode.

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

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 will be available at registration if required.

Control Descriptions will be on the front of the map for all courses and loose control descriptions will be available at the start. They will be in written format for the Orange and Yellow course, but IOF pictorial for all other courses. Unfortunately we are unable to offer a White or string course. 

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 15.15.  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

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

M21s wishing to score in the League should enter the Black course, W21s should enter the Brown course. 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 runners will be started at 2 minute intervals. 

It is not a scoring event for the Junior Elite Orienteering League.

We are offering pre-entry for this event in conjunction with the SROC event at Hampsfell on Sunday 24th with a discount of £1  (seniors) / 50p (juniors/students) for pre-entries.  Pre-entry for both this and the SROC event will be on SI Entries, now open.

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.

For the EOD runners:

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

SI cards (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

Haverthwaite Heights is one of the best areas of wooded orienteering terrain in the Lake District. A mixture of broadleaved and coniferous woodland, with some open areas, varying steepness of slope, lots of intricate contour details and many rock features, this area presents a significant challenge to the best orienteers. It was used for the British Middle Distance Champs in 2010.



There will be refreshments provided by Onosh and Podium catering as well as Lakeland Junior Squad who will be providing tea/coffee, cakes and snacks in The Assembly area will be at the Station itself where the Assembly area at the Station itself.

Compass Point will be in attendance.


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. It may be compulsory to carry or wear a cagoule. 

Dogs allowed?

Dogs must be kept on a lead in the parking and assembly areas.  No dogs on the courses please.

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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