2020

With the relaxing of lockdown in the United Kingdom and abroad we have relaunched the 2020 season with #TAKE2.

The 2020 UK Elite League is sponsored by NVii Str8 UK who are bringing the newest orienteering shoes and most accurate compasses to the UK.

Series winners will receive £50 vouchers and runners up £30.

NVii and Str8 are available direct by email at nviistr8.uksales@gmail.com or online from Formline.

Calendar

DateEventLocationOrganisationSenior leagueJunior league
Sat 7th MarchDeeside WeekendJohnshavenMAROCSprintSprint
Sun 8th MarDeeside WeekendBirsemoreMAROCLongLong
Fri 28th AugJunior SelectionWindermereBO-Sprint
Sat 29th AugJunior SelectionGraythwaiteBO-Long
Sun 30th AugJunior SelectionGraythwaiteBO-Middle
Sat 3rd OctLakes ReloadedRusland BeechesUKEOLMiddle-
Sun 4th OctLakes ReloadedGraythwaiteUKEOLLong-
Sat 31st OctLakeland WarriorThwaite HeadMiddle-
Sat 31st OctLakeland WarriorBishop WoodNight-
Sun 1st NovLakeland WarriorBlind LaneChase-
Sat 21st NovemberSenior Home InternationalsAuchingarrichLong-

Scoring: Scoring TBC but likely to be best 4 or 5 scores with no requirement to score in every discipline.

Current Leaderboards

MenWomenM20W20 | M18 | W18 

Races

Round 1 – Johnshaven – 7th March

Details | Startlist | Maps | Results | WinSplits Men Women | Routegadget | Photos

Round 2 – Birsemore – 8th March

Details | Startlist | Maps | Results | WinSplits | Routegadget | Photos

Junior Selection Race Weekend

Photos Scott Bailey | Will Heap

Round 3 – Junior Sprint – 28th August

Results | Maps

Round 4 – Junior Long – 29th August

Details | Results | Maps

Round 5 – Junior Middle – 30th August

Details | Results | Maps

Lakes Reloaded – Senior Weekend – 3rd/4th October

The first senior rounds of the 2020 post-lockdown season will be held on some of the Lake District’s toughest terrain. A middle distance on Rusland Beeches and long on Graythwaite, both with a seeded startlist, will make for exciting racing. The startlist for the middle distance will be seeded and the results used to determine the startlist for the long distance.

Round 6 – Rusland Beeches (Senior) – 3rd October

Entries | Startlist | Results | Maps | Photos

Round 7 – Graythwaite (Senior) – 4th October

Entries | Startlist | Results | Maps | Photos

Long Distance, 75 minute winning time for women, 90 minutes for men.

Lakeland Warrior

31st October – 1st November

Warrior OC presents a weekend of high quality but low key racing in association with Masterplan Adventure and the UK Elite League. Three results count overall to determine the true Lakeland Warrior.

Organised sport is allowed under the current restrictions but if things change this could be your last chance to orienteer for a while. If the races need to be cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions then they will be rearranged for a suitable time in the future.

Enter on SiEntries

£10 per race, £5 juniors/students. Depending numbers a vetting process might be needed so and you are invited to register on the the pre-selection list by midnight Friday 23rd October. Invites to enter will be sent Saturday 24th with an entry deadline of midnight Sunday 24th October. You only pay at the time of entry.

Due to increasing restrictions it is unlikely that these races will score in the Elite League.

Common information

Please do not expect the level of organisation of the recent UKOL races. These races will be very much barebones – skeletal in fact! They are being put on for elite runners, by elite runners (mostly). We are all in it together, so please muck-in if you see anything that needs sorting. The emphasis of the weekend will be on quality terrain, maps and courses.

Coaches / parents / travelling companions – Can you help? Subject to space you will be able to have a run.

All competitors must follow British Orienteering’s Participant Code of Conduct

Fitness to Attend – Competitors must not attend the event if any of the following apply:

  1. They or someone in their household have displayed symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days
  2. They or someone in their household has been tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days
  3. The test and trace service has asked them to self-isolate at the present time
  4. A medical professional has advised or asked them to self-isolate in the past 14 days

Punching – SIAC

Map bags – All maps on pretext paper, bring an A4 map case if its wet and muddy.

Special symbols – black circle = platform, black cross = sculpture.

Planner/Organiser – Martin Bagness. Covid Officer: Derek Allison.

Round 8 – Lakeland Warrior – 31st October PM

Startlist | Results | Maps | Photos

Early afternoon middle distance at Burnt Wood / Thwaite Head.

Parking – Forest road at the south end of Graythwaite, LA12 8BQ, SD361909.

Start, finish, download – Within 100m of parking

Start times – 12.30 – 13.30

Course – Same course for Men and Women. 5 km / 180 m / 23 controls.

Two loops of 2.5km. Descriptions on map. Start in pairs, each running the loops in a different order. The loops are quite different with no internal gaffling. Each loop is on a separate map, both printed on the same sheet of paper. Follow the control numbers – go to no.1 first, not no.13!

On completing the first loop, you must return to the start / finish point before starting the second loop. No control but you will be logged through. Do not punch the finish control after your first loop or you will not get a result!

Terrain – Fast plantation and woodland. Previously only used for small local events.

Map – 1:7,500. Updated October 2020. Laser-printed. 

Extraction lanes / rides – only the most distinct (deep wheel marks) have been mapped with the black dashed symbol. Others are shown with a narrow, pale yellow strip or not at all. The solid wall symbol shows a wall that must not be climbed – use the mapped gaps. Numerous other broken walls can be crossed anywhere.

Round 9 – Lakes Weekend – 31st October

Startlist | Results | Maps | Photos

Middle distance night race at Bishops Wood.

Parking – on an estate track, signed northwards from the minor road at Low Cunsey Farm, LA22 0LU, SD379933. Limited space. Overflow – park carefully and considerately on wider sections of the public lane to the south.

Start & Finish – 500m from main parking at SD375938.

Start procedure – Start times 18.00-19.00. 1 min interval. Women even numbers, men odd. Loose descriptions at start.

Course – W20/21E and M20/21E run the same course, 5.0km 220m 16 controls. Courses close 20.00, you must be back by then. You must report to download.

Terrain – Fast plantation / woodland

Map notes – 1:7,500. Updated oct 2020. Laser-printed. 

Safety – Spare torch, whistle compulsory. Extra clothing – thermals and windproof top may be required if it’s a wild night.

Round 10 – Lakeland Warrior – 1st November

Startlist | Results | Maps | Photos

Chasing start at Blind Lane with 60 minute winning time. Starts based on previous two races. Starters will start onto three different loops to prevent grouping, with time gaps adjusted as necessary to comply with guidance.

Parking – Forestry Commission carpark on lane at LA12 8LQ, SD 345913. Additional carpark 250m west. Overflow if necessary – park carefully on wider sections of lane.

Start & Finish – Same place, SD342917, 800m uphill from main parking

Start procedure – A chasing start based on total times from races 1 and 2. Leaders start first at 10.30.

The chasing start will run for 20 minutes. Other runners will be started soon after this. If more than two people per minute, they will start from different starts onto one of three gaffles.

Courses – Women 6.1km, Men 7.5km. Winning time 60 minutes. One-person-relay format with 3 loops each with 3 gaffled sections. Each loop is on a separate map, both printed on the same sheet of paper. If confused just follow the control numbers!

On completing each loop, you must return to the start / finish point before starting the next loop. The run through is distanced from the starts. No control but you will be logged through. Do not punch the finish control after your first or second loops or you will not get a result!

Terrain – Varied plantation / woodland.

Map notes 1:7,500. Updated October 2020. Laser-printed. 

Extraction lanes / rides – these follow just about every re-entrant / saddle in the plantation. Only a few of the most continuous and distinct (deep wheel marks) have been mapped with the black dashed symbol. Others are not shown at all.

Mountain bike tracks everywhere! Only the most distinct are shown.

First Time Mappers Comp

In the early part of lockdown we ran a mapping competion to encourage people to encourage people to pick up a new skills and give back to the sport.

The judging panel of Ben Mitchell, Graham Gristwood and Chris Smithard selected the Neatest Map, Most Fun Area and Best Overall map.

Neatest Map – Dolgellau – Megan Carter-Davis

Most Fun Area – Dolgellau – Megan Carter-Davies

Best Overall Map – Glasgow University – Ben Brown

All entries can be viewed on our Instagram.

Follow Me: But Where Am I?

  1. Watch the video on Instagram (sound on)
  2. Save or screenshot the map below
  3. Send it back to us with where the Start, controls 1-10 and the Finish are.

Fastest / most accurate wins!