Turkey Race 1 - Brantwood and Machell’s Coppice

Parts of 2016 Turkey Race Series

Mon 26 Dec 2016

The first of the 2016 Turkey events.

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

Info updated: Mon 26 Dec


Event Report

Photos provided by Jo Cleary

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Coniston, East of Lake

Directions / Parking

Parking and registration at Forestry Commission car park Machell's Coppice (SD310952).

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 10.00 to 11.30.

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


Individual timed starts from around 11.00 - 12.00.

Courses will close at 13.00.

The walk up to the start on Crag Head leaves from the parking, it is a taped route of 900m, 150m of climb and there is a stream crossing, which could prove tricky in wet weather (longer alternative available).

The finish will be alongside the car park at Machell's Coppice.

Course Information

One technical course (TD5) with long (blue) and short (green) options and a yellow course (TD2).

 - Blue course:          3.8km, 120m, 17 controls

 - Green course: 2.9km, 75m, 12 controls

 - Yellow course: 1.7km, 25m, 12 controls

The long course will have several legs on Crag Head, the area of mainly open moorland above Brantwood Gardens, before descending to the forest above Machell's Coppice, where there will be a further section of technical orienteering. The two sections are joined by a bridleway, which will be a compulsory route for all courses. 

The short course has its cut-off on Crag Head, and is identical to the long in the forest. Underfoot conditions (and weather) will be harsher on Crag Head than lower down - if in doubt do the short course.

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

Seniors £4                          

Juniors & students: £2

Terrain Description

Crag Head is exposed, with heavy conditions underfoot (bracken and tussocky bog).


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

Dogs allowed?

Dogs will be allowed in the car park.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Alan Heppenstall 015395 34793

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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