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 TBC.

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-
Wed 28th OctEuromeetingCzech RepublicWOC2021Sprint-
Fri 30th OctEuromeetingCzech RepublicWOC2021Middle-
Sun 1st NovEuromeetingCzech RepublicWOC2021Sprint-

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.

General Details

DO NOT COME if you are not fit to attend. Entry refund will be given if you have to withdraw after entering.

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.

We will be following BOF’s Covid guidelines but trust everyone will be using their common sense to ensure that all competitors are as safe as possible. 

We insist that there should be no more than 6 people together &  socially distanced anywhere at any one time. This includes the parking field, the start, the finish and download.   

This will mean you will be asked to arrive just in time to get to the start before your start time and to leave the event as soon as possible after you have finished and downloaded.

Anyone coming will be expected to adhere to social distancing measures at all times, only travelling to Rusland/Graythwaite with members of their own household or bubble, keeping 2 metres apart whilst attending and using hand sanitiser/washing their hands as appropriate.

For any queries about entries please email ukeliteoleague@gmail.com.

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

Entries | Provisional Startlist| Results | Maps | Photos

Middle Distance, 30-35 minute winning time.

Parking – in a field next to the lane (Scowbarrow Lane) just south of Rusland Cross SD 343887.  Follow marshals directions as early starters will be leaving before some arrive. There is room to spread out so DON’T park too tightly; give everyone space.

Facilities – there will be one portaloo. A maximum of 5 waiting – please use other facilities before you come if possible. As sponsors of the League NVii and Str8 products can be viewed in the assembly.

Enquiries and download – will be in the parking field. There is no EOD and hopefully very few enquiries. No registration. If you have to change the SI card you are using it please advise the SI team at download before you run.

Start – 900 metres with 100 meters climb, the first 400m along the lane is common with route back from the finish. Clothing can be left at the finish, 500m from the common point. The terrain on either side of the route is strictly OOB.

Starts will be seeded, 12.30-14.30.

Call-up -3, loose descriptions -2, Start line -1

Men and Women have separate start lanes. Both courses share the same start kite which is a 75m taped route from the start line and must be visited.

Courses

M21E 5.2km / 195m / 23 controls

W21E 4.5km / 160m / 20 controls.

Both courses have an arena run-through after about 1.5km. This is a compulsory taped route.

Terrain – Lakeland woodland on a west-facing slope. Steep and rocky in places, with numerous crags, but fast running is possible with skill and grippy shoes! Slippery when wet. Take care when approaching crags from above. Part of the area is exceptionally detailed, and the courses make full use of this.

Map The map scale is 1:7,500. Due to the size of this event and the time scales involved it has not been possible to provide litho-printed maps. The maps have been laser printed. Because of this, and the complex nature of parts of the terrain, sample prints at 1:10,000 proved very difficult to read.

The central part of the area has been re-mapped on a lidar base for this event. The remainder of the area was mapped on a lidar base for BOC 2017.

Bracken has been mapped where it impedes progress – mostly in clearings.

Some circular and oval dot-knoll symbols have been slightly reduced to fit between the contours on narrow ridge tops.

Platforms have been shown using the black circle symbol for additional man-made objects. On the ground they are circular, man-made, 4 or 5m in diameter and sometimes a low retaining wall visible.

Maps from BOC 2017 will be displayed in the parking field.

Finish – There will be a safety check control straight after the finish. 900m from parking (400m from split with route to start). Clothing can be left near the finish. There is an opportunity to spectate in the finish area, but anyone choosing to do so must observe social distancing and not form groups larger than 6.

Extra – A few public footpaths go through the competition area – please avoid contact with the public!

A shooting party is gathering north of the Rusland competition area. You may hear them but don’t worry.

Round 7 – Graythwaite (Senior) – 4th October

Entries | Startlist | Results | Maps | Photos

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

Parking – along an estate track signed from the minor road between Thwaite Head
and Graythwaite. Grid ref: SD 362 909. Linear parking, follow marshals directions.
Enquiries, portaloo, download & NVii /Str8 sponsors van 300metres from the road. No
registration.

Start – 1km from parking. A common route with the return from the finish for 300 along the
track. The terrain on either side of the route is strictly OOB. Warm up along the route.

Start procedure: starts are from 1000 – 1230. The list will work from Saturday
results – slowest to fastest. Call-up -3. Loose descriptions – 2 Start line -1.
M21E and W21E start alternately. Both courses share the same start kite which is a
50m taped route from the start line and must be visited.
Courses –

M21E 10.8km 570m 25 controls

W21E 7.2km, 395m 19 controls

Terrain – Graythwaite Estate is a great example of private managed S.Lakeland
woodland. The few rights of way may have mountain bikes whizzing along them –
beware. Usual warning about crags, steep slopes, rocky uneven terrain underfoot
etc. Some areas have spiky branches at shoulder & eye level . Please be careful and
avoid getting a branch in your face. Wall and fences, including high deer fences –
runners may cross these anywhere if they wish, but the intact walls and deer fences
may present a challenge and should be crossed with care.

Fields are all OOB.

Map notes

Scale 1:10,000

A thorough update of vegetation / tracks has been carried out by Martin Bagness in
September 2020.

Some recent felled areas are relatively clean underfoot and as fast as the white
forest. They are shown as clearings, but without the green stripe undergrowth screen
customary for felled areas.

Bracken has been mapped where it impedes progress – mostly in clearings.

Platforms have been shown using the black circle symbol for additional man-made
objects. On the ground they are circular, man-made, 4 or 5m in diameter and
sometimes a low retaining wall is visible.

Larch Disease – The penultimate control on both courses is in an area containing
some diseased larch trees. It is therefore a requirement of using this area that all
competitors must disinfect their footwear at the finish, before proceeding to
download. A bucket of disinfectant and a stiff brush will be provided.’

Finish – 600m from parking.

There will be a safety check control straight after the finish. Clothing can be left near the finish.
maps won’t be collected at the finish  but all competitors are trusted not to show nor
share course information with anyone yet to run
Please note that, once finished, athletes should return ASAP to SI download.

Download and results – Do not congregate around SI Download station. At
download you will be notified of your time and confirmation (or not) of a successfully
completed course. We are planning to produce printouts which you will take from the
printer yourself. Final results will be published on the UKOL website

First aid – near download but please DIY if at all possible to avoid unnecessary
contact. Companions will be asked to take injured people to hospital if needed.

Planner: Chris Heppenstall

Coronavirus Precautions

The event it being organised under UK Government and British Orienteering guidance. Necessary social distancing and other Covid-19 related measures will be in force.

Any competitor not obeying instructions concerning the Covid-19 pandemic will be liable for disqualification.

Promoter: Duncan Birtwistle ukeliteoleague@gmail.com

Organisor: Carol McNeill

Controller: Dick Towler

Round 8 – Euromeeting Sprint – 28th October

Details | Startlist | Results | Maps | Photos

Round 8 – Euromeeting Middle- 30th October

Details | Startlist | Results | Maps | Photos

Round 9 – Euromeeting Long – 1st November

Details | Startlist | Results | Maps | Photos

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!