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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).

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Sat 07th Jan 2017

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland, Parkland, Woodland
Info updated: 13th Jan


Pre Event Info

Registration slips and Gift Aid forms for our charities (The Huntington's Disease Association and Kinder Mountain Rescue Team) 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 be shared between The Huntington’s Disease Association (in memory of the organiser’s sister-in-law, Trish) and Kinder Mountain Rescue Team.

If you want your donation to be eligible for Gift Aid, please fill in the appropriate slip, in addition to your registration form (to comply with new regulations).


Please the support our raffle; all proceeds will go to the charities. Prizes will be on display, and tickets will be available, in the car park. Prizes only given to tickets produced at the prize giving, so stay around or give your tickets to someone who is staying.


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.

The usual park entry fee is waived for this event.  Please use this saving to support our charities.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 10.00 to 11.15 at blue tent at far side of car park (NB there is a park run from 9am in Lyme).

Mass start at 11.30. Start and Finish near car park.

Download - at registration - please download as soon as you finish

Prize giving and raffle draw - as soon as possible after event finishes, at approx. 13.00

Course closes at 13.30 and you must finish by that time.

No checks will be made for finishers; please use a buddy system.  Leave your car keys at registration if travelling alone. 

Course Information

There are 3 courses - Short, Medium, and Long.

Everyone misses out at least one control, number missed dependant on age class, and controls can be visited in any order, there may be one compulsory last control - further information in final details.

Approximate course lengths with no missed controls -10, 8, 6 k - actual length will be less, but dependent on route choice.

All John o’ Goats courses are TD5 (hard).

There will be a yellow standard course for younger children and novices, with a separate start a few minutes after the mass start.

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.

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.

First Aid will be available at the Download area.

Dogs allowed?

Under close supervision in the car park only.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Andrew Stimson

Organiser: Alison Doyle

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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