Summer Evening Event 3 - Crag Quarter (Kentmere North)

Part of LOC Summer Evening Event series

Wed 8 Jun 2016

This event uses an area which has not been used before and has a new map, which has just been completed by Martin Bagness. It is a challenging area which includes excellent high level open Lakeland terrain.

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

Info updated: Wed 8 Jun

Results

Pre Event Info

Location

Nearest town: Kentmere

Directions / Parking

Parking will be on hard-standing areas of Kentmere Hall, GR NY452042, there is a reasonable sized parking area but please park to make maximum use of the space.

The access is via the single track road with passing places into Kentdale from Staveley, please drive carefully on this road and be courteous to other road users. It will be signed at the junction in Staveley at GR SD470983, follow the valley road to Kentmere and onto the parking at Kentmere Hall and event area (junction at NY456041). As usual please car-share if possible.

There are a couple of section of the farm yard to be avoided, including a slurry pit which will be marked with safety tape.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.15.

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.

The start and finish for the linear yellow/orange course and the odds/evens course is up the Garburn Pass track, a walk of about 25 minutes with about 170m of gradual climb to the start.

The start and finish for the high level score course has a walk of 1.4km including a steep 250m climb, again allow about 25 minutes. There are 2 gates, one with a stile and the second which can be opened. 

The Garburn track to the lower start and from the finish is used by walkers and mountain bikers (some of who may be descending quite quickly) please be courteous to all other users.  

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.

Runners may leave drinks and additional clothes at the FINISH of both the high level and the odd/even / yellow/orange courses.

On the score course less experienced orienteers must start before 18.30.

Course Information

The map is new and has been drawn in 2016 by Martin Bagness, and the area has not been used before.

3 courses are offered:

  • A 60 minute high level score course
  • A 60 minute lower level (easier) odds/evens score
  • A yellow/orange linear course.

The odds/evens score course and the yellow/orange course use a similar part of the area and use the same start and finish not co-located).  The route to this start is on a public bridleway used by walkers and mountain bikers, some of who travel quite quickly when descending, therefore it is recommended that young orienteers should be accompanied to these courses.

The high level score course uses a separate part of the area and start and finsh, with the start and finish at the same place.

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

For both score courses:

  • All controls will have the same points value (10 points) except the transition which has a zero points value.
  • 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.

Also for the odds/evens score course:

  • 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.

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

This is an excellent but challenging area of open fells which is mainly runnable with a mixture of short grass, some bracken (which has now started growing), steep slopes, marshes and complex rock features. It reaches about 500m at it's highest point and is used for grazing sheep and currently young lambs. 

Part of the area includes some very large crags but these are not used on the courses and runners should take care on the crags but not attempt to cross the largest of them. 

There are very few sections of track or footpath either mapped or on the ground, and a network of walls bounds the area and crosses the main parts. Some of the walls are broken and crossable, but the 'complete' walls which must only be crossed at the crossing points, with some of the gates being open and some may be climbed. At crossing points any gates which are closed must be closed after you go through them. 

Facilities

This is a very exposed area of the Lake District rising to about 500m. All runners must dress appropriately and may be required to carry a waterproof caguole.

Full leg cover must be worn for the odd/even score and for the yellow/orange because of the fresh bracken growth, and is recommended for the high level score area.

A whistle must be carried.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs will be allowed in the car park area either in a car or on a short lead, but not in the event area due to the presence of stock including sheep and lambs.

Contacts / Officials

Planner / Organiser: Dave Walton 07796 133897

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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