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. www.britishmiddlechamps.org.uk
Entries have now closed
Now we are at Step 3 of the Government Road Map for England, this event will definitely go ahead.
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. 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.
Sun 06th Jun 2021
Type of event: National
Type of terrain: Open Fell, Moorland, Woodland
Info updated: 17th May
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
- Grid Ref: SD363883
- Postcode: LA12 8BL
- Latitude: 54.275092
- Longitude: -2.975122
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
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 from west, south and east (M6) is via the A590. Traffic may also approach from the north via Hawkshead and Graythwaite. 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. To facilitate this, the final approach for early arrivals will be different from that for later arrivals and will be different on each day. Further information will be in the final details.
Registration & Start Times
Start times will be from 10:00 (extended to 09:30 for some very full courses) to 14:00 with a two-minute gap between competitors in the same start lane..
Whereas on the previous day, the assembly, pre-start and finish field will be roughly equidistant (~1km) from both car parks, on day 2 (The Northern Champs), the assembly and pre-start area will be situated in the early arrivals parking field. This will be 1.5km from the late arrivals car park.
All competitors will need to pick up their running bib in the assembly. The main information on your bib will be your start time and your starting lane together with your name and club. These will be hung on a washing line arrangement in alphabetical order of surname for you to collect them yourselves.
There will be three starts, North-N, South-S and West-W. All three will be located in the same large field. Your starting lane will consist of the letter N, S or W to identify the particular start, plus a lane number. This field will be 800m uphill from the assembly over some rough terrain and competitors will need to queue at a social distance in start time order to be released from the pre-start area, 30 minutes before their start time.
It will be a timed start. If you arrive late you will need to wait for a free time slot in your starting lane and there will be no adjustment to your start time. Some starting lanes are very full, so the wait could be considerable.
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
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.
There will be no entry on the day.
|Course No||Start Lane||Approx Length||Map Scale||Men's classes||Women's classes|
M35L, M40L, M21L
M55L, M18L, M20L, M21S
|W16A, W21S, W20L, W18L|
|W65L, W70L, W40S, W45S, W50S|
|W75, W20S, W18S, W55S, W60S|
M85, M90, M75S
|W80, W65S, W70S|
Championship Entry Fees
|Up to 7 May||£16||£6|
Colour Coded Entry Fees
|Payment date||Senior BO members||Senior Non-BO members||Junior/Student|
|Up to 7 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.
Cancellation & Changes
Cancellations of entries up to 7 May will be given a full refund, less the standard Fabian4 administration charge.
Cancellations from 8 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.
Cancellations can be actioned via your entry details page.
Changes to Entry class and Start times can be made up to 16 May via your entry details page. Changes to SI card numbers will be possible for a short time after 16 May.
If you no longer have the email giving you access to your entry details page you can re-request it from https://www.fabian4.co.uk/competitor/viewentry.aspx
Other entry enquiries should be made to
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 near the finish.
Landowners have stated that dogs will not be allowed in the car park fields or the assembly fields. However, it will be possible to park elsewhere and walk, without your dog, to the event. Parking is available in the field used for overflow parking for visitors to High Dam (GR SD 369 881, what3words ///intention.fearfully.samples). This is 0.5 km north east from the event car park field near Finsthwaite Church. Parking is also available next to the Aquarium at Lakeside (GR SD 378 873, what3words ///consonant.cities.happily). This is 1 km from the car park field near the church. Both these car parks require you to pay for parking.
Note that both these sites are likely to be very busy with tourists so it would be wise to arrive early.
Contacts / Officials
Planners: Dan & Karen Parker (BL)
Organiser: Trevor Roberts (MDOC)
Controller: Neville Baker (TVOC)
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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