Summer Evening Event 1 - Birks Bridge

Part of LOC Summer Evening Event series

Wed 25 May 2016

Type of event: Local, Score
Type of terrain: Fell

Info updated: Wed 25 May


Event Report

Thanks for turning up.  I hope you enjoyed a sufficiently challenging evening.

Control 7 was stolen by someone staying at the Birks complex.  I'm sorry that this affected a number of competitors until I managed to replace it.  I haven't worked out how to credit everyone with that control.  If you know how to do that, let me know.  If it really bothers you, you can email me and I will try to credit you.

Thanks to Jack, Andrew, Gill, Liz and Helen for helping and Dave for providing the big battery that ran my computer.

See you all next week.

Pre Event Info

This will be a Odds and Evens score event, with controls/legs ranging from Yellow (TD2) to Green (TD5) standard.  It uses the areas on either side of the Duddon river around Birk's Bridge and includes some nice technical orienteering without needing to head into anything too thick and scratchy.


Nearest town: Ulpha

Directions / Parking

From the South you need to drive up the Duddon Valley until you pass Hinning House.  Parking is on the flat area just after that.  From the North, you will have come over Hard Knott or Wrynose.  Take the road South from the junction and you will come across the parking just before you get to Hinning House.  The PostCode seems to take you to Hinning House quite accurately on Streetmap.

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

A 60 minute odds/evens score course and a yellow/orange course can be completed using the score controls.

Courses will close at 20.00, please return to download immediately after finishing even if you retire.

For the odds/evens score course:

  • All controls will have the same points value (10 points) except the transition which has a zero points value.
  • Runners should decide whether they want to do odds or evens first, only that set of controls will carry a score, then at some point can change to the other set by punching the transition control. Any controls from the set initially punched will not carry a value after the transition.
  • Penalties of 5 points per minute or part of minute will be incurred after 60 minutes from starting.
  • The controls will be of mixed technical difficulty (TD2-TD5).

Explanation of Score courses

You don't have to visit all the controls! There is usually a time limit, instead of a set course. Points are scored for visiting controls, and deducted for finishing over the time limit. You decide which controls to visit, and in which sequence. Sometimes controls have different points values. You will need to carry a watch or phone, so you know how long you have been out.

Entry Details

Entry on the day only

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

Terrain Description

Lakes terrain, avoiding anything too thick and scratchy.  Some open tussocky ground to give a physical test.


There is a significant river, the Duddon, running right through the area.  Everyone will cross the river by one of the bridges.  The courses have been planned to keep back from the river where possible, but there is one yellow control quite close to it to provide a route back to the finish.  Parents and others should warn juniors not to go near the river.


There is also a road running throughthe area.  It is possible to complete the event without crossing the road, but if you do cross it, take care.


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

A whistle must be carried.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs will not be allowed on the event area due to the presence of sheep and lambs - TBC.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser / Planner: Richard Lecky-Thompson

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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