Ultra sprint - Cumbrian Cow Maize Maze

Wed 8 Sep 2021

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland

Info updated: Fri 10 Sep


Pre Event Info

Entry will be by pre-entry which is now open at SIEntries, more details are in the 'Registration and Start Times' section.

The Final Details for this event are attached, please read these notes before the event.

There will also be a "Calf" course suitable for younger children who can get round an orange (TD3) to do on their own.

Final details will follow to entrants next week. 

All the controls will be SiAC enabled as normal for LOC events.

Covid considerations

We might still have to apply some restrictions, at least by request, but it will be clearer as the date approaches.

Social distancing  and face coverings may be required and we expect all competitors to respect the concerns of others.


Nearest town: Ulverston

Directions / Parking

Parking will be at the Maize Maze which is across the road from the ice cream parlour.

Registration & Start Times

Registration to the event will use SIEntries based on 15 minute intervals with 15 runners per interval, and is open. The start list will be available here after entries close. There will be a limit of 60 entries. Hire SI cards will be available at the event and there will be a £30 fee for a lost SI Card.

To enter the Calf course please email Matt () with the competitor's name, age class, SI number and BOF number if they have them. Hire SI cards will be available. Please copy  into the email. You can pay £3 cash on the night (exact change please) for this course.

Starts will be from 17.00 - 18.30. Start, Finish and Download will be close to Car Park.

If you start at 18:30 you will need to do that and start the second before 19:00 when the start closes. It would be great if everyone is finished by 19:30 to get everything packed up before it is properly dark.

Any entry queries which cannot be sorted out on the Si Entries website should be addressed  to  before the event, or at Download on the event day before you go to the start.

Unless they have any queries about their entry competitors should go directly to the Start for their booked start time, they should come to the event changed ready to run and to leave after downloading before changing.  

Course Information

This event offers a sprint course made up of 2 short courses (A and B), run sequentially, in either order.

The course components are:

Course Length (km) Controls
A 0.9 19
B 1.5 25
Calf 0.5 20

The map scale is 1:1000 with no contours since the area is pretty much flat.

Courses will close at 20:00. If competitors think that they will be out for a long time then can they please start early.

Competitors must not pass through the maize crop. It will be marked as uncrossable.

There will also be a course suitable for younger children. This "Calf" course will be suitable for anyone who can get round an orange (TD3) to do on their own. Other children might need shadowing. There will be more decision points between some controls than on a yellow (TD2).

Competitors and travelling companions must not use the Cumbrian Cow games equipment in the start finish field.

If you cannot complete your course by the course closing time please retire.


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 - £5

Juniors/Students - £3

LOC will donate £1 per competitor to St. Mary's Hospice to support the landowner's fundraising. A collection bucket will also be present on the night.

Smoking will not be allowed anywhere at the event.

Terrain Description

The area is a maze of paths through a flat field of maize. The maize is over 2m in height and in most places you will not be able to see through it to adjacent paths. The paths are bare earth and will be very muddy and slippery if it has been wet.

There is one metal scaffold bridge with steps. That will also be very slippy if wet.

Take care when turning a blind corner - there might be another competitor just round it!

A black X is a sculpture.

A black O is a post.



Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. 

If the weather is inclement, cagoules may be compulsory, make sure you bring one to the event.


There will be no traders or food stalls.


There will be toilets at the event.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs will not be allowed at the event.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/organiser: Matt Rooke

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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