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Orienteering Club

John o’ Goats Charity Event at Lyme

This is our annual version of the Billy Goat head to head race held in the USA. This year we have adapted it to a low-key format for covid-19, so no mass start. But we are retaining the novel aspect where you choose which controls to miss out.

Sorry - MDOC members only this year.

Sat 10th Apr 2021

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland, Parkland, Woodland
Info updated: 10th Apr


Event Report

Organiser's Comments

Some higher power than MDOC was clearly aware this event normally happens in January so sent us the appropriate weather to remind us... By the time the starts closed, there was a good 2cm of snowy slush piled up in the map boxes. I hope everyone managed to stay warm and enjoyed the run anyway! It was a great turnout and thanks for the generous donations. We have raised £620 directly for Alzheimer’s UK, plus MDOC’s own donation via covering the BOF levy. This was the first time I had organised an event so I am grateful for Jim checking everything over as well as planning. And also the support from the MDOC committee for generally being one step ahead and making everything very easy. And then of course the helpers on the day, who kept it all running smoothly, despite some cold hands and feet!

Simon Freytag

Pre Event Info

Watch the website for more information and updates.


Nearest town: Disley

Directions / Parking

We will be parking at Disley station car park. Approach along the A6 then turn in by the station sign post.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be for MDOC members only in advance via and will close at midnight on Thursday 8th April. There is no charge but you are welcome to donate online to our chosen charity for this year, the Alzheimer’s Society using a Just Giving page:

The club is kindly paying the British Orienteering levy for all entrants, so all of your donation will go to the Alzheimer's Society.

Starts will be from 10:30am to 11:00am. The start area is at the Lyme side gate about 1km along Red Lane to the west.

Course Information

There will be six courses to choose from:

  • Yellow: A novice course. Suitable for all. Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • JoG-5: John o’ Goats course, missing out 5 controls.
  • JoG-4: John o’ Goats course, missing out 4 controls. 
  • JoG-3: John o’ Goats course, missing out 3 controls. 
  • JoG-2: John o’ Goats course, missing out 2 controls. 
  • JoG + score: Total time 75 minutes. If you’ve got time left after the JoG, gain extra points with a technical score event. Suitable for those running Short Blue and above.

We hope this retains the feel of the usual JoG and provides enough challenge for all, while allowing us to keep the event that bit simpler and low-key for covid-19 guidelines.

Further information in the Final Details.

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.


Toilets in Disley Scout Hut. Refreshments from the Bohemian Red Bus cafe.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Jim Trueman

Organiser: Simon Freytag

Enquiries to

Safety and Risk

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