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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 06th Jan 2018

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


Pre Event Info

Registration slips and Gift Aid forms for our charity, Cheshire Search and Rescue (CSAR), will be available at Registration, but if you would like to complete your form(s) in advance, you can download copies here:


All proceeds from this event will go to Cheshire Search and Rescue (CSAR). The local equivalent of Lake District Mountain Rescue.

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


Prizes for the raffle are donated by club members.  The raffle will be drawn after the prize giving at about 12.45 pm


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.

Lyme are experiencing problems with parking and are unable to give us a licence for free parking this year. So normal entry fees to the Park will apply – £8 per car or free for NT members.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 10:00 to 10:45 at gazebos near the millpond to the N of the car park. (N.B. There's a Park Run at 9:00)

Mass Starts: 11:00 for Long and Medium, 11:10 for Short and Novice, but please be there for 11:00 as there is a stile for all to cross after the Long and Medium have started.

Start and Finish will be a short walk from the car park.

Courses close at 13:30 and you must finish by that time.

Course Information

Long (11 km), Medium (7 km), Short (5km)

These are the approximate course lengths. You leave out between 1 and 5 controls, depending on your age class, so your courses will be shorter. Long is for Black/Brown/Short Brown; Medium is for Blue/Short Blue/Green; Short is for Short Green/Very Short Green

All these courses are TD5 – less experienced juniors should do the Novice course.

The Novice Course will be Yellow/Orange standard with a mass start at 11:10

Prizes: There will be prizes for the leading runners on each course. They will be presented at about 13:00, followed by the raffle.

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 the charity will be gratefully received.  Gift Aid forms will be available at Registration

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?

Under close supervision in the car park only.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser and Planner: John Kewley

Enquiries to

Safety and Risk

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