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.
|Date||Event||Location||Organisation||Senior league||Junior league|
|Sat 7th March||Deeside Weekend||Johnshaven||MAROC||Sprint||Sprint|
|Sun 8th Mar||Deeside Weekend||Birsemore||MAROC||Long||Long|
|Fri 28th Aug||Junior Selection||Windermere||BO||-||Sprint|
|Sat 29th Aug||Junior Selection||Graythwaite||BO||-||Long|
|Sun 30th Aug||Junior Selection||Graythwaite||BO||-||Middle|
|Sat 3rd Oct||Lakes Reloaded||Rusland Beeches||UKEOL||Middle||-|
|Sun 4th Oct||Lakes Reloaded||Graythwaite||UKEOL||Long||-|
|Sat 31st Oct||Lakeland Warrior||Thwaite Head||Warrior||Middle||-|
|Sat 31st Oct||Lakeland Warrior||Bishop Wood||Warrior||Night||-|
|Sun 1st Nov||Lakeland Warrior||Blind Lane||Warrior||Chase||-|
|Sat 21st November||Senior Home Internationals||Auchingarrich||Long||-|
Scoring: Scoring TBC but likely to be best 4 or 5 scores with no requirement to score in every discipline.
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
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.
Due to increasing restrictions it is these races will not score in the Elite League.
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.
Fitness to Attend – Competitors must not attend the event if any of the following apply:
- They or someone in their household have displayed symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days
- They or someone in their household has been tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days
- The test and trace service has asked them to self-isolate at the present time
- A medical professional has advised or asked them to self-isolate in the past 14 days.
Coronavirus precautions – We have taken measures to enable everyone to follow BOF and Boris Covid rules and guidelines. We will not policing every situation and it is up to everyone to take individual responsibility. There should be no more than 6 people together. Social distancing must be observed everywhere. Hand santiser will be provided where people are likely to touch the same object. Start lists, old maps, results – several copies will be displayed, widely spaced – you must take turns to peruse them, and not crowd round. Spectating is ok, if wide social distancing is observed. Space yourselves appropriately while waiting to start / download.
Punching – SIAir
Map bags – All maps on pretext paper, bring an A4 map case if its wet and muddy. A3 map case for Men on Sunday.
Special symbols – black circle = platform, black cross = sculpture.
First aid – at the finishes but please DIY if at all possible, to avoid unnecessary contact.
Companions will be asked to take injured people to hospital if needed. Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.
Local Accident and Emergency – Westmorland General Hospital (01539 732288) Burton Road, Kendal, LA9 7RG.
Planner/Organiser – Martin Bagness. Helpers – Carol McNeill, Dick Towler, Derek Allison, Dave Walton.
Lakeland Warrior – 31st October PM
Early afternoon middle distance at Burnt Wood / Thwaite Head.
Parking – Forest road at the south end of Graythwaite, same as Lakes Reloaded, LA12 8BQ, SD361909.
Start, finish, download – Within 100m of parking
Start times – 12.30 – 13.30. Athletes start in same sex pairs each minute, one heading out on to each loop. Men and women on alternate minutes. Travelling companions 12.15 – 12.30.
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.12!
On completing the first loop, you must follow a taped route 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.
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 18.00-19.30. 1 min interval. Women even numbers, men odd. Loose descriptions at start. Travelling companions from 17.40.
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.
Lakeland Warrior – 1st November
Blind Lane with 60 minute winning time, men and women run different courses. Fastest start last.
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 – Following issues with results, the start order for Sunday is the same start order as Saturday night. Start list will be displayed in assembly.
18:00 = 10:30
19:00 = 11:30
Last start 11:39
Mums, dads, drivers and anyone who just ran the first race on Saturday – non-allocated punching start between 10.10 and 10.25.
Courses – Women 6.1km, Men 7.7km. Winning time 60 minutes.
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?
- Watch the video on Instagram (sound on)
- Save or screenshot the map below
- Send it back to us with where the Start, controls 1-10 and the Finish are.
Fastest / most accurate wins!