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John o’ Goats Charity Event at Lyme Park

Mass start, miss out some controls of your choice (how many you miss out depends on your age class)

Sat 03rd Jan 2015

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland
Info updated: 08th Feb


Event Report

Organiser Comments

Thanks everyone for coming, donating, giving raffle prizes and generally being appropriately festive. It was really nice to hear the number of compliments on Liz's courses. I'd been a bit worried that the format might be feeling a bit tired, but the impression I got was just the opposite. I think the approach of stringing a series of control-picks separated by awkward outliers was a bit unusual but pretty successful. I absolutely loved it when Liz blew the hooter and nobody moved for what felt like ages.

It seems a shame that quite a few people missed more controls than they intended. I have done it myself. Anyone who has ideas on how we could make it less likely - please let us know !!

A very big thanks to all our various helpers ... registration, control checking, control collecting, raffle selling, computers, finish as well as all those people who made generous prize donations for the raffle. The well-oiled MDOC machine makes life very easy for an organiser. Next year, I think we need to set up on the back edge of the car park, so we don't have to move the raffle tent half-way through!

John Britton

Planner Comments

A huge thank you to everyone that came, ran, donated and helped! I've been overwhelmed by the support throughout the event - Dad is a superstar for being my eyes in the park with me being in Glasgow. The courses this year were inspired by the middle races I did last year, 'control picks' with some cheeky outliers to really spread you out and make you think. I hope you all enjoyed the variation, though a way to make sure everyone sees all the outliers is clearly vital if it were to be done similarly again. Just a final massive thank you to everyone again, you've helped raise an awesome £1506.35p! This will do wonders for keeping crisis phonelines, support groups and therapy classes open in future which I'm not ashamed to say have been vital to myself and friends in the past.

Liz Britton

Pre Event Info


JoG2015 Final details as a PDF


Our charity this year is Mind, which promotes mental health education and provides support for those in need. (Further information on


Prizes for the raffle are donated by club members.  The raffle will be drawn after the prize giving at about 1.15pm


Nearest town: Disley

Directions / Parking

The Park entrance is on the A6, just west of Disley village.

We shall have a licence to allow free entry to the Park which will save you £7 per car. We hope that you will make a donation to offset this cost.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 10.15 to 11.15  (nb. There’s a Park Run at 9.00)

Mass Start at 11.30. Start and Finish will be adjacent to the car park

Course Information

Long (10 km), Medium (7 km), Short (4 km)

These are the approximate course lengths with 2 controls omitted. You leave out between 1 and 5 controls, depending on your age class, so the courses are shorter when omitting more controls. Long is for Black/Brown/Short Brown; Medium is for Blue/Short Blue/Green; Short is for Short Green/Very Short Green

There may be some compulsory controls; other controls may be visited in any order. SI punching will be used.

There will also be a Novice Course of Yellow standard with mass start at 11:35. This year, the Novice course has 2 controls which may be missed out.

There will be prizes for each course, to be presented at about 1pm

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 will be gratefully received

Unlike previous years we shall have to pay BOF Levy on this event, and we ask you to allow for this additional cost in your donation. All expenses (including the cost of maps) are donated by MDOC and Club members


Toilets at the lakeside (3 minutes from car park). No muddy shoes in the Toilet Block please.

The Old Workshop Tea Room should be open from 12 noon.


A condition of our use of the Park is that no spikes shall be worn

Dogs allowed?

Under close supervision only

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Liz Britton, whose friend took her own life earlier this year.

Organiser: John and Jen Britton

Enquiries to or phone 0161 426 0301

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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