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Manchester & District
Orienteering Club

Northern Championship 2021 - High Dam

New date 6 June 2021

Note: This event is Day 2 of the Lake District Double Championship Weekend. Day 1 is the British Middle Distance Championships which will be held on Summerhouse Knott on the previous day, 5 June 2021, using the same parking fields.


The country has now achieved Step 2 of the Covid-19 roadmap for England on schedule. This gives us a reasonable confidence that Step 3 will take place on May 17 allowing increased numbers of people to gather outdoors and importantly, overnight accommodation and places in which to take meals, to be available. Accordingly, we have decided to open entries via Fabian4 from April 12 starting with helpers and then for everyone else from April 19.

Because of the need to ensure social distancing at all times, we will discourage competitors from occupying the car park fields for longer than they need to. We are planning that there will be no traders, no caterers, no results display, no string course and no conventional prize giving. Otherwise, it will be a normal orienteering championship! It is really important that all participants read and abide by the British Orienteering COVID-19 Code of Conduct before, during and after competing. 

If you want to make accommodation bookings in anticipation, you are recommended to ensure that you will be able to cancel if the event cannot go ahead.

Sun 06th Jun 2021

Type of event: National
Type of terrain: Open Fell, Moorland, Woodland
Info updated: 11th Apr

Pre Event Info

High Dam was last used for the British Long Distance Championships in May 2017. 

RouteGadget link to the British Long Distance Championship 2017 courses.

It is prime orienteering terrain which will test your navigation skills.


Nearest town: Newby Bridge

Directions / Parking

Parking for both of these events will be in the same two fields on each day, in the vicinity of the village of Finsthwaite. The recommended approach is from the A590. Both parking fields use a single gate for entry and exit. Early arrivals will be parked in one field and later arrivals in the other so that those with early starts can have an unimpeded exit after completing their runs. 

Registration & Start Times

Start times will be from 10:00 to 14:00 with a two-minute gap between competitors in the same start lane.. 

Whereas on the previous day, the pre-start / finish field will be roughly equidistant (~1km) from both car parks, on day 2 (The Northern Champs), the pre-start area will be beyond the day 1 field in the late arrivals parking field. This will be up to 2km from the early arrivals car park.

There will be three starts with their call-up areas located in the same large field. This will be 800m uphill over some rough terrain and competitors will be released from the pre-start area, 30 minutes before their start time.

We will be using the Fabian4 self-selection start time system. You should select similar start times for all the people in your vehicle / bubble so that you can leave promptly after finishing. The system works on a first-come, first-served basis and the earlier you enter, the easier it will be to find similar start times. The exception to this is for parents needing split starts who should select times to suit their requirements.

Course Information

Age classes 

A and B classes for M/W10 to M/W16
L and S classes for M18 to M75
L and S classes for W18 to W70
L classes only for M80, M85, M90, W75, W80, W85 and  W90
Elite classes for M/W18, M/W20 and M/W21

Age Class courses are open only to members of British Orienteering, or members of an IOF affiliated Federation.

To be eligible for the Northern Orienteering Championship titles, competitors must also be members of clubs belonging to the North of England Orienteering Associations = NEOA, YHOA or NWOA

Colour coded courses

Light Green

Colour coded courses are open to anyone.

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

Click here to enter the Northern Championships and the British Middle Championships via  Entries to all courses must be pre-entered online and will close at midnight on 23 May. There will be no entry on the day. 

Championship Entry Fees

Payment date Senior Junior/Student
Up to 23 May £16 £6

Colour Coded Entry Fees

Payment date Senior BO members Senior Non-BO members Junior/Student
Up to 23 May £6 £8 £3

Full-time students, aged over 20 need only pay the Junior fee. However, they will need to provide details of their course of study in the Special Requests box on their Entry Form.

Normal SI card hire will be £1.  All controls will be enabled for touch-free punching but SIAC cards will not be available for hire.


Cancellations of entries up to 9 May will be given a full refund, less the standard Fabian4 administration charge.

Cancellations from 10 to 23 May will be given a 50% refund less the standard Fabian4 administration charge. We regret that no refunds of entry fees will be possible after 23 May.

The standard Fabian4 administration charge will be: "(A) £2.80 OR (B) 4.5% of the fee being refunded plus £1.90, whichever is the higher of (A) or (B). Competitors may only cancel their entry while the event itself has not been curtailed or cancelled. If the total refund is less than £1, then no refund will be made."

Requests to cancel entries should be sent to  

Other entry enquiries should be made to

Terrain Description

An extremely varied area of mature deciduous and coniferous forest, open and semi-open fell, and sheep pasture, with complex contour and rock detail throughout


Toilets will be available at both car park fields.

First aid will be at the finish,

Dogs allowed?

Because it is lambing time, we have been asked that no dogs should be brought onto the car park fields or onto the terrain.

Contacts / Officials

Planners: Dan & Karen Parker (BL)

Organiser: Trevor Roberts (MDOC) 

Controller: Neville Baker (TVOC)


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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