Turkey Race 3 - Great Tower

Part of 2019 Turkey Race Series

Mon 30 Dec 2019

Type of event: Local, Social, Training
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Mon 30 Dec


Event Report

Please send any comments or queries about the results to .

Left at the start of the event - grey/green Ronhill jacket. If this is yours please contact Harry Scott ()

Pre Event Info

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.

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.


Nearest town: Bowness/Newby Bridge

Directions / Parking

Please car share if possible with a view to minimising our impact on climate change and also to reduce the parking requirements.

Parking and Registration will be in main Great Tower car park, on Birks Road SD393913 http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=339386&Y=491382&A=Y&Z=115.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 10.15 to 11.00

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

Group walk from Registration to start at 11.15 with a mass start at 11.30.

Assistance in collecting controls would be appreciated and rewarded. Please contact if able to help.

Course Information

2 courses are offered:

  • A mystery 60 minute mass-start Score “Local Knolledge”.
  • A 60 minute Orange Score with the same mass start.

Both courses: 10 points per control, -5 per minute or part minute late.

Courses close 12.30.

A whistle must be carried.

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
  • Junior & Students: £2

Hire dibbers wil be available, free of charge but with a £30 charge if lost.

Terrain Description

Wooded with complex and often confusing contour detail and many rock features. There is a sparse path network, centred around the group of buildings, and few other line features.  Rocky ridges tend to form parallel valleys. Only larger rock features are generally mapped. There is much sloping rock: Crags are shown only where the rock is near-vertical.

There are buildings which form the heart of the Scout activities, and groups may be in residence. Do not enter any buildings.

Smaller paths are likely to be obscured by leaf litter and so may be hard to see.

There are various un-mapped temporary (and not-so-temporary) structures in the terrain, used for outdoor activities. You are likely to pass close to or through some of these. NOTE: one such feature includes blue ropes at low level which could be a trip hazard. There is also one man-made pond near the buildings which is now larger than mapped.


We will have use of the toilet block near the car park.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Harry Scott

Controller: Iain Smith-Ward

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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