Turkey Race 1 - Rusland Beeches

Part of the Chrismas event series

Wed 26 Dec 2018

Home photos taken by Mark Purkis are attached here.

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 27 Dec


Event Report

Please send any queries about the results or analysis tools to me (Dave at '). 

Unfortunately, due to the larger than anticipated number of entries a number of runners were asked to give up their maps when they returned, if those runners e-mail Alan () or me we can provide a PDF copy of the courses.

Hopefully we'll see you again tomorrow at Skelghyll Woods.

Pre Event Info

The area is referred to by LDNP as Yewbarrow Woods.

The controls, including the finish, will be enabled in contactless mode so that those with SIAC dibbers should not need to physically punch the controls.

If you are using contactless punching there is no need to touch the control boxes, and it has been noted that some runners hit them hard enough to knock them out of the ground and potentially damage the control box. Please don't do this because a failed control would disrupt the event results for all the competitors.

However, note that it will be necessary to punch the start controls which will not be programmed in contactless mode.


Nearest town: Rusland

Directions / Parking

Roadside parking will be used on the minor road from Haverthwaite below Yewbarrow Woods on the minor road from Haverthwaite crossroads on the A590 to Rusland Cross, signed from Causeway End, not from the A590. The Grid Ref of Registration will be SD 344874.

Please park thoughtfully, and do not block any gateways.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 10.00 to 11.00, with individual timed starts from around 10.30 a.m. The starts will be 10 - 15 mins uphill from Registration.

Courses will close at 12.45 p.m.

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

Course Information


  • Long 3.2km, 240m
  • Short 2.4km, 170m
  • Yellow 1.6km, 105m

A technical course (TD5) with long and short options. The Short course will use part of the Long course but with a cut-off which misses out some controls, with an additional control in the cut-off leg. For the short course please remember to punch the additional control in the cut-off leg, this is typically named 'Short only' on the map.

There is also a yellow course (TD2) for juniors and novice runners.

There will not be a string course.

Runners must return to Download even if they retire, in order to avoid the situation where we need to search and call out the Mountain Rescue.

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 (non-BOF members £6)
  • Juniors & students: £2

SI cards will be available for hire at no charge but with a charge of £30 if lost.

Terrain Description

The hillside of Yewbarrow Woods provides largely open woodland, but runnability is restricted due to the steepness and complexity of some of the terrain, which contains many crags, scree slopes and complex contour features.

Both long and short courses will venture on to the rough open areas at the top of the steep hillside - the short once and the long twice.

Underfoot conditions are likely to be challenging, given the time of year.

The extensive network of (mainly) ruined walls lower down allows a yellow course to be planned (fairly high in TD2 category).

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are not allowed on the competition area.

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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