Tech Race 4 - Claife North

Part of LOC 2017 Tech Race series

Wed 26 Apr 2017

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 27 Apr


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.


Nearest town: High Wray

Directions / Parking

Parking will be on Forestry Commission land along a forest road which is accessed from High Wray Grid Ref: SD 373999. The walk to the start and back from the finish will be from 200m upwards, depending on how close you are parked.

There will be a parking charge of £1.50 per vehicle (car or minibus) levied by the Forestry Commission

Registration & Start Times

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.

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 (blue) and short (green) options, and an orange TD3 course will be offered.

  • Long Technical (Blue): 4.4km, 210m, 18 controls
  • Short Technical (Green): 3.1km, 170m, 14 controls
  • Orange: 2.1km, 105m, 10 controls

The short course uses a cutoff of the long course with a unique cut-off control [fairly late on the course].


Orienteering will be on National Trust land at the north end of Claife Heights, This is a typical Lake District forest area with some ground vegetation,

All runners should dress appropriately and 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

The area is on the east side of Claife Heights, where the ground falls away towards Windermere lake. Start and Finish are located at the top of the slope, so that all courses have uphill sections towards the end. It is mainly forested, with occasional sections of rough open ground. Much of the forest is runnable, with some light green (slow running). The Green and Orange courses stay mostly on the northern part, where the slope is not too steep, but the Blue ventures further south on to the steeper and physically more demanding hillside dropping to the lakeshore.

Dogs allowed?

On forest road in parking area. None on courses.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Alan Heppenstall 015395 34793

Controller: Judy Burge

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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