Tech Race 2 - Bishop Wood

Part of LOC 2017 Tech Race series

Wed 12 Apr 2017

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 13 Apr


Event Report

The error causing the problem with the splits is now understood but some of the analysis links may not work meaningfully. I've posted Routegadget which should work with GPX uploads.

Apologies for this error which I'll fix before next week but the normal competitive results are correctly recorded.

Pre Event Info

The course controls and the finish will be enabled in contactless mode so that those with SIAC dibbers should not need to physically punch the controls. However, note that it will be necessary to punch the START controls (manually) which will not be programmed in contactless mode.

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.

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.


Nearest town: Near Sawrey / Graythwaite

Directions / Parking

The usual car parking field looks too damp to use, so please use your own initiative to park on the surrounding roads. Generally south of Eel House is the best place. The road is wide here, so careful parking on the road edge [one side only] should be fine. Please take care not to obstruct the 2 properties on the Eel House junction.

Registration & Start Times

Assembly will be on the small piece of land which is part of the garden of Eel House.

Registration will be from 17.00 - 18.15

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

The start and finish will be about 100m from assembly.

Starts will be from 17.30 - 18.30

Inexperienced orienteers should start before 18.00.

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

Some competitors may be asked to stay until 19.30 in case someone fails to return on time.

Course Information

A single TD5 (technically difficult) course with long and short options.

  • Long: 4.9km 200m
  • Short: 3.1km 120m

As usual the short has a cut-off control from control 8 through an additional control unique to the short course.

The first 2 controls are courtesy of Carol’s planning competition. Apologies to short course competitors for the physicality of leg 1.


The map will be 1:7500 with 5m contours. Minor updates have been done by Martin Bagness in Jan 2017, however there has been further felling since, and this is not accurately mapped. Courses will avoid these areas.

In the area with the 3 small enclosures there has been some thinning, and progress is slow in here [this is unmapped] – it is best to avoid this area.



Since this is a Lake District area in all runners should dress appropriately and must carry a whistle. It may be compulsory to carry a cagoule.

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

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

Lovely classic Lake District woodland.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Nick Howlett

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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