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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. Mass start, miss out some controls of your choice (how many you miss out depends on your age class).

Sat 04th Jan 2020

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland, Parkland, Woodland
Info updated: 26th Nov

Pre Event Info


We hope you will feel able to make a donation to our 2020 charity, ClientEarth. Donations can be Gift Aided.

Apart from paying the BOF levy, all the donations will go to our charity as MDOC donates all costs of running the event.


There will be a raffle with prizes donated by club members. Takings will be donated to an MS Therapy Centre.


Nearest town: Disley

Directions / Parking

The park entrance is on the A6, just west of Disley village - see brown tourist signs. Not accessible by public transport.

Normal entry fees to the Park will apply – free for NT members, £8 per car for others.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 10.15 - 11.15 in the car park. 

Please do not arrive before 10.00 as there is a Park Run.

Mass Start: 11:30.  Less than 10 minutes walk from the car park.

Finish: near the car park

Prizegiving and raffle draw at 1.00 in the car park.

Course Information

Long, Medium, Short and Very Short competitive courses with age group handicapping.

There will be an easy (Yellow) course for families and novices.

SI punching. Dibbers may be borrowed.

Courses close at 13.00

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 and Cafe in the Timber Yard. 5 minutes from car park.

Dogs allowed?

Under close control in the park and on leads near livestock and vehicles.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Sam Drinkwater

Organiser: Sue Birkinshaw

Enquiries to

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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