Tech Race 1 - Sales Bank

Part of LOC 2017 Tech Race series

Wed 5 Apr 2017

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.

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 6 Apr


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Oxen Park

Directions / Parking

Parking will mainly be on the narrow road called Bessy Bank – LA12 8HP.- Bandrake Head by Oxen Park.

Please share if possible and follow marshal’s directions.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.00 - 18.15 will be on the woodsman’s track entering the wood on the south side of the road. Download will also be located there.

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.

Runners should not start within 30 seconds of each other.

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, length 4km. There will be a choice of ABCD controls to be found in any order after control 1. Gates must be used to cross between open and woods both ways. Sheep may be grazing in open 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

Beautiful open old coppiced woodland on a slope with 40 platforms! Plus a large area of open undulating grazing land.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs on leads round cars only but beware of narrow road.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Ellie Simmonds

Organiser/controller: Carol McNeill

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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