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 2024
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland, Parkland, Woodland
Info updated: 01st Dec
Pre Event Info
Our nominated charity this year is Cancer Research UK.
- Everyone should pre-register (when available) using the MDOC Registration System https://mdocentry.org.uk. This will guarantee a map is available for you.
Online entry closing date Thursday 4th January
Very limited EOD, subject to map availability
Please donate to our nominated charity.
There will be a raffle with prizes donated by club members. Takings will be donated to the charity.
Nearest town: Disley, near Stockport
- Grid Ref: SJ964823
- Postcode: SK12 2NR
- Latitude: 53.33889
- Longitude: -2.05520
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Directions / Parking
The entrance to Lyme is on the A6, between Disley and High Lane (see brown tourist signs). 1 mile from gate to Car Park.
The National Trust have agreed to waive the entrance charge for this event, but request that all NT members get their membership card scanned at the admissions kiosk - please remember to do this!
If people could lift share it would help to ease pressure on the car park and would be greatly appreciated. The overflow car park is already out of use due to wet weather so car parking spaces will be limited.
Registration & Start Times
Register from 10.15 to 10.45. Mass start at 11.00 for the main race.
The Race: ‘John o’ Goats’ is MDOC’s version of the head-to-head ‘Billygoat’ races held in the US. In our version, the course you run, and the number of controls you can miss, depends on your age class.
See the table below to find which course you should compete in and how many controls you should miss. Optimum routes are all within BOF guidelines for the age category but should you wish to run down, please add an 'n/c' comment when you enter. (The Comments box is at the bottom of the main entry page.)
|Miss 2||M21, M35||W20, W40, M16-, M55||W16, W55, M14, M70||W70, M80|
|Miss 3||M20, M40, M45||M18+, W45, M60||W14, W60, M12||W75, M85|
|Miss 4||W21-, W35, M18-, M50||W50, M65||W12, W65, M75||W80, M90|
There will also be a Yellow course for young juniors that starts at approx. 11:05 after the main event.
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.
Refreshment Kiosk in car park.
Toilets and Cafe in the Timber Yard. 5 minutes from car park.
On leads and under control at all times.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Alison Doyle
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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