Tech Race 1 - Devil’s Gallop

Part of 2016 Tech Race Series

Wed 6 Apr 2016

This event uses the area of Devil's Gallop & High Dale Park Plantation.

Type of event: Local, Training
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Mon 11 Apr


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Newby Bridge

Directions / Parking

If the weather this week allows parking will be in the field at GR SD36941.  This is just off the very minor road that leaves the Newby Bridge-Hawkshead road close to Eel House and eventually goes to Near Sawrey.

Because of the recent wet weather, the condition of the parking field for this event is in doubt.   Depending on the rainfall just before Wednesday, we may only be able to park a few vehicles before the entrance/exit becomes difficult.  Registration will still be based there but you may first want to try to park on the wider parts of the verges on a long steep downhill section just to the S of the turn for the field (marked by a kite).  The Finish is located in this area (at GR SD 369 938) and it is only a fairly short walk from there to Registration.  There are also a few wider verges on the N (Hawkshead) side of this turn up to the area of the Start which is around 600m from Registration but these are less numerous than on the S side and would generally involve a longer walk.

We would very much appreciate it if you could car share wherever possible.  There are suitable places to leave a car both at Newby Bridge (approaching from the S) and at Hawkshead (approaching from the N).  If you approach from Newby Bridge you will encounter the steep downhill section before you get to the right turn for Registration.

Fingers crossed for better weather but the terrain, which is part of the larger Graythwaite area, will be good whatever the weather!

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.00 - 18.15

Given the short amount of daylight at this time and the challenging terrain, please try to register by 18.00 at the latest and well before this if you expect to be slow.

Runners using their own SI cards should bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and the information accuracy for the results.

Starts will be from 17.30 - 18.30 and is 600m along the Hawkshead road.

There will not be a mass start and runners should not start within 30 seconds of another runner.

Course Information

A single TD5 (technically difficult) course with long (4.3km/240m) and short (3.1km/180m)options.

No easy (e.g. yellow or orange) course options are offered.

Courses will close at 19.30, please return to download immediately even if you retire, but because of the shortage of daylight at these events any less experienced orienteers must start before 18.00 and undertake to get back to download by 19.00.

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

Entry on the day only

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

Terrain Description

Typically rough, rocky and well-contoured Lakeland terrain with steep slopes in the E of the area where it overlooks the Newby Bridge - Hawkshead road.  Mixture of broadleaved woodland, forestry plantation and semi-open areas.  Some recent and extensive clear felled areas have been avoided on both courses.


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.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/organiser: Mike Atherton

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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