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Orienteering Club

John o’ Goats Charity Event at Lyme Park

A variant on the classic American "BillyGoat".
Head-to-head orienteering with a twist.

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

Sat 04th Jan 2014

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland, Parkland, Woodland
Info updated: 21st Mar


Event Report

Organiser Comments

Many thanks to all who came and gave generous donations to the Everest Marathon Fund. We shall be able to give the fund about £1500 once Gift Aid is added. Weren't we lucky to get a gap in the current bad weather. Thanks also to all the MDOC members who helped run the event, to all those who donated raffle prizes and to Lyme Park for their assistance and understanding.

Sue Birkinshaw 

Pre Event Info


Our charity this year is the Everest Marathon Fund which promotes health and education in rural Nepal. (Further information on

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


Prizes for the raffle are donated by club members. The raffle will be drawn after the prize giving at about 12.40 


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 £5 per car. We hope that you will make a donation to offset this cost.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 10.00 - 10.45

Mass Start: 11.00. Start and Finish will be 5 minutes walk from the car park

Course Information

Long (9 km), Medium (6 km), Short (4 km), Very Short (3 km)

These are the approximate course lengths with 2 controls omitted. You leave out between 2 and 4 controls, depending on your age class, so the courses are shorter when omitting 3 or 4 controls. Estimated winning times are 70 / 60 / 45 / 45 minutes

The first and last controls are compulsory. The 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 11:05.

There will be prizes for each course, to be presented at about 12.30.

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


Toilets at 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

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

Dogs allowed?

Under close supervision only.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Steve Lang, who ran the 2013 Everest Marathon. 2nd non-Nepali
Organiser: Sue Birkinshaw, who supports the charity after trekking in Nepal

Enquiries to or phone 0161 980 5068 

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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