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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).

Results re-uploaded with corrected mass start time ...

Sat 05th Jan 2019

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland, Parkland, Woodland
Info updated: 08th Jan


Event Report

Organiser's Comments

Thank you   

- To everyone who came and gave to our two charities. After paying the levy we will be able to share £1,170 between them.

- To the members of MDOC who helped so efficiently.

- To the ranger team from Lyme who welcomed us and provided the two Gazebos, the use of the boiler room and a radio, should there be an accident. Thankfully there were none.

- To the weather for being fine.

Margaret Gregory

Planner's Comments

Thank you for all the positive feedback regarding the courses and course lengths.

MDOC's annual John O'Goats event presents a unique challenge in that it combines a score event and handicaps, often with compulsory first and last controls. This year, however, several competitors were confused by the numbering of the control descriptions which did not show the compulsory control numbers at the beginning and end. We will investigate how the course planning software can be adapted to avoid this in future.

This year, we included a Very Short course for the first time in a number of years and were pleased to see several young competitors take on the technical challenge instead of the Yellow course. This, combined with the changing demographic profile of our sport means that a lesson for next year is to a) include a Very Short course and b) print more maps!

Marie Roberts

Pre Event Info

Registration slips and Gift Aid forms for our charities will be available at Registration, but if you would like to complete your form(s) in advance, you can download a copy here:


Apart from paying the BOF levy, all the donations will go to our charities. We have two charities this year, Quaker Congo Partnership UK and WaterAid.

BOF Levy

We have to pay BOF Levy on this event, and we ask you to allow for this additional cost in your donation. All other expenses (including the cost of maps) are donated by MDOC and Club members.


There will also be a raffle with prizes donated by club members.


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 otherwise.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 10.30 - 11.15 in the car park. (N.B. There's a Park Run at 9:00)

Mass Start: 11:30am. A few minutes walk from the car park.

Courses close at 13:30. Download in the Boiler House.

Course Information

Long, Medium, Short and Very Short courses with adjustments for each age group.

There will be a novice course of yellow standard.

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.

Entry Details

No entry fee will be charged, but donations for our charities will be gratefully received.  Gift Aid forms will be available at Registration.

SI punching will be used. Free SI-dibber hire (but £30 if not returned).

Terrain Description

Mostly open rough grassland, small wooded areas, well contoured, some steep sided slopes and rocks, can be exposed on higher parts.

Parts of the area are very exposed, so please make a sensible judgement about clothing.

Take care crossing the park roads and in the Car Parking area, and please be considerate of other park users, especially at gates and stiles.


The toilet block is beside the millpond (3 minutes from car park). No muddy shoes in the toilet block please. 

There will not be any water provided at the Finish.

The Timber Yard Cafe should be open for refreshments from 10.00

Dogs allowed?

Dogs welcome in the park. Please keep on close lead in busy areas and near livestock. Please bring dog waste bags

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Margaret Gregory

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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