Spring Weekend Day 1 - Haverthwaite Heights - Middle Distance Galoppen

Part of the LOC/SROC weekend

Sat 23 Mar 2019

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: Tue 13 Nov

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Haverthwaite

Directions / Parking

Main Parking at Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway Station - Just off main A590 at Haverthwaite (Grid Ref. SD349843) (Post Code LA12 8AL). Assembly Area within Station complex.  Toilets at Station will be available.  Not sue whether there will be a parking fee yet as waiting to hear from owners whether they are making a charge.

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 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        

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 White and Yellow courses, but pictorial for all other courses. 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 - Price TBC but there will be an additional £2 for non-BO members
  • Junior & Students - Price TBC

SI card (not SIACs) hire - £1, note that there will be a £30 charge for lost SI cards



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: TBA

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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