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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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  • Please note: all courses have a mandatory first control

  • Don't forget to CLEAR and CHECK before you start

Sat 08th Jan 2022

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


Pre Event Info

  • Everyone should Pre-register using the MDOC Registration System This will guarantee a map is available
  • Online entry closing date Thursday 6th January
  • Limited EOD, subject to map availability


10 local scouts from Macclesfield and Poynton, including one MDOC member, have been chosen to represent the UK at the World Scout Jamboree in Korea in 2023.

Donations will be going to Macclesfield District Scouts to support their participation.

Donations can be Gift Aided. Apart from paying the BOF levy, all donations will go to the charity as MDOC donates all costs of running the event. 


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

Final Details

The Final Details are now available - please read before you come.

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  • Please note: all courses have a mandatory first control
  • Don't forget to CLEAR and CHECK before you start


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.

Entrance fee: free to National Trust members, otherwise adults £8, children £4 for all individuals entering the park in a car. 

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 10.00 – 10.45 in the car park. Collect a sealed map for your course which must not be opened until the start whistle blows.

Please do not arrive before 10.00 as there is a Park Run.

Mass Start:  11.00. Less than 10 minutes walk from the car park.

Finish: near the car park.

Prizegiving and raffle draw: at 12.30. in the car park.

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 mark you entry form with n/c.

Course Long Medium Short Very Short
Miss 2 M21, M35

W20, W40,

M16, M55

W16, W55,


W70, M80
Miss 3 M20, M40, M45

W18, W45,


W14, W60,


W75, M85
Miss 4

W21, W35,

M18, M50

W50, M14,


W12, W65,


W80+, M90

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

SI punching - Controls are in contactless mode.

Dibbers may be borrowed (NOT contactless).

Courses close at 13.00

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.


Toilets and Cafe in the Timber Yard. 5 minutes from car park.

Dogs allowed?

Under close control in the park and on leads near livestock and vehicles.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Ben Kyd    

Organisers: Rhys Beynon / Catriona Beynon (W14)

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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