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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).

Note: M14 now moved to Short course (Miss 2)

Sat 07th Jan 2023

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Forest, Moorland, Parkland, Woodland
Info updated: 07th Jan


Pre Event Info

  • Everyone should Pre-register (no entry fee) using the MDOC Registration System This will guarantee a map is available
  • Online entry closing date Thursday 5th January
  • Limited EOD, subject to map availability
  • Please donate to our nominated charity. 
  • Event Information - please read!


All Donations will go to Cheshire Search and Rescue.

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There will be a raffle with prizes donated by club members. Takings will be donated to the charity.


Nearest town: Disley, near Stockport

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.

National Trust charges full entrance fee (Adult £6, Child £3) for non-members arriving by car. You can walk in free.

Registration & Start Times

Mass Start: 11:30

Course Information

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.)

Course Long Medium Short Very Short
Miss 2 M21, M35

W20, W40,

M16, M55

W16, W55,

M14, M70

W70, M80
Miss 3 M20, M40, M45

W18, W45,


W14, W60,


W75, M85
Miss 4

W21, W35,

M18, M50



W12, W65,


W80+, M90

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

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.

Dogs allowed?

On leads and under control at all times.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: John Kewley

Organiser: John Kewley, email

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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