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Twin Peak 2019 - Day 1 - Goyt Valley

Junior Selection Race for Interland 2020

Challenging mixed deciduous and coniferous woodland on the western slopes of the Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs. Longer courses also use open moorland and steeper forest. Path network for easier courses.

This event forms part of the Junior Selection Races for Interland 2020.

Sat 09th Nov 2019

Type of event: National
Type of terrain: Forest, Moorland
Info updated: 12th Nov


Event Report

Incident in the forest

Those aware of the injured runner in the forest will be pleased to know she was brought out of the forest and then diagnosed with soft tissue and ligament damage but hobbled home on crutches. The kind competitor who sacrificed her run to keep her as warm as possible was also very cold but walked out of the forest.

Thanks go to our competitors who reported the incident so promptly and donated clothing at the scene and also to our first responders who attended the pair quickly.

I have some clothing items to repatriate so if you are still missing items please contact the Organiser through the MDOC website.

Paul Jarvis, Organiser

Thanks from a competitor

Also thanks to those competitors who helped others who found themselves stuck in a bog.

Other Lost Property

Black LH glove (MD)

Black RH glove (oxylane)

2 whistles (orange; one a clip-on)

Please email to claim

Pre Event Info

Final Details

Update 08/11/2019: In the event of ICE or SNOW overnight the best route may be approaching from the East as the road is more likely to be gritted.

Start times are now posted on Fabian4 (updated 07/11/2019)

Safety: A risk assessment has been carried out by the organiser, but you are reminded you enter at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety. Suitable bad weather clothing may be compulsory, and this will be advised as you enter the parking. Whistles must be carried, and Lone runners please leave car keys at Registration. Course close at 3:15pm that means we would appreciate it if you could report to download by this time, rather than still being out in the forest. It will get dark quite quickly after this time.

Safety Bearing: Head East to either the parking track or for short courses the reservoir boundary. For those longer courses, once across the road you may be best heading North back to the road you crossed.

Cancellation: As you are aware the recent weather has been appalling. The forest is wet and slippery particularly on fallen wood. The area is remote and if bad weather is forecast and the cloud is low, there is a real danger of hypothermia. A notice will be posted on the MDOC website should the event be cancelled. Please monitor this before you travel.


Goyt Valley – nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6GJ – O/S Grid - SK 010 760

Sat Nav: 53.281054, -1.986144. Entrance 0.5 miles NW from Errwood Dam crossing.


Nearest town: Buxton

Directions / Parking

Approach from East or West only! – there is no entry from the South (Derbyshire Bridge/Cat & Fiddle) due to one-way-system and road closures.

From the East:  Whaley Bridge to Buxton Road A5004 – Approx. 2 Miles NW of Buxton head west. Follow brown signs to Goyt Valley (Goyts Lane) at Long Hill. Cross the Reservoir Dam and turn right up the hill past public car park, parking turnoff is on the right.

From the West: Off the B5470, either from S.end of Kettleshulme (Smith Lane) or after Rainow (Side End Lane) via Pyms Chair follow signs to Goyt Valley and continue into Goyt Valley, parking turnoff is off to the left down the hill.

Parking: Limited Linear Parking on narrow Forest Track – Please give way to crossing competitors. This is important! our parking limit has been reached. You may be parked up-to 1km from Registration and may be close parked next to verge so doors may open into undergrowth.

Please allow plenty of time to arrive and follow the directions of the marshalls – park closely and do not obstruct the byway - there will be other forest users on the day - dogs, walkers and cyclists. When the parking track is full you will be directed to an overflow - see map in the Final Details.

We have been asked not to use the public car parks as a condition of our permit so once all parking is full you may be parked alongside the Errwood reservoir at the bottom of the hill. 

A one-way system is in operation until 12.30. Anyone wishing to leave before this time should notify the entrance official who will direct you to an alternative car park, this is at least 300m downhill from the entrance and further from Registration. 

You are urged to share transport where possible.

Anyone bringing a Large Vehicle, Camper Van or Minibus must notify the organiser well in advance. You may be parked in the overflow car park or even turned away if there is no space.

Public Transport:

Registration & Start Times

Start Times: 10:30 to 13:00. Courses close 15:15 prompt.

Please adhere to your allocated start time, if possible, however we hope to be flexible and we are operating a punching Start; if you wish to start early please approach the Start officials before doing so!

For Interland competitors - it may not be possible to change your start time easily at the Start - to comply with the seeding restrictions you may have to wait to ensure the seeded competitors maintain a 4-minute gap. Please approach the Start officials if you arrive late.

Starts: Main High Start:  880m, 50m climb. Signed North from Registration - rough terrain; The approach to the main start includes a 300m uphill stretch up a ride which is very rough in places. (4min Call up)

White and Yellow Start (Lower):  825m, negligible climb. Signed South from Registration. 

The start for the White and Yellow courses includes a steep downhill path and stile that is unsuitable for prams or buggies.

Quoted distances are from Registration to the starts. Linear parking along a forest track means that distances from parking to the start could be shorter or as much as 1.2km or further should overflow parking be required.  The approach to the White/Yellow start is not en-route to the main start; it is near to the entrance from the road.

Finishes: Finish 1 (High) - 265m South from Registration

Finish 2 (Low) - 210m Head South from Registration

Please remember to punch the safety control immediately after the finish and do not forget to download at Registration before you leave.

Course Information

Course Start Finish Length
Controls Map Scale Interland
Brown High High 6.9 280 23 1:10000  
Short Brown High High 5.8 240 20 1:10000 M18
Blue High High 4.9 195 17 1:10000 M16
Short Blue High High 4.3 150 15 1:10000 W18
Green High High 3.8 155 14 1:10000 W16
Short Green High High 2.3 70 12 1:7500  
Very Short Green High High 1.9 65 11 1:7500  
Light Green High Low 2.9 140 11 1:7500 M14/W14
Orange High Low 2.3 95 13 1:7500  
Yellow Low Low 2.1 75 10 1:7500  
White Low Low 1.8 75 11 1:7500  


Courses Brown through to Green run along a 150m section of minor road between mandatory crossing points. All competitors must keep to the path North of the road and not run along the road itself. These courses visit some controls twice to ensure that the crossing points are used. Make sure you punch the controls BOTH times.

Competitors on Orange and Light Green courses cross the forest track used for parking. Competitors must beware of event traffic and mountain bikers not associated with the event.

There will be NO string course.

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

Online entries via Fabian4: are now closed.

EOD: Parking is full and our entry limit has been reached. Limited EOD is available but intended for those accompanying pre-entries only. Due to the parking limitations there may not be space available unless you share transport with a pre-entry. We have been asked not to use the public car parks as a condition of our permit so if you turn up on spec for EOD you may be asked to park a significant distance away or turned away altogether. Registration will only be open from 09:30am.

EOD Fees: Senior £14, Junior £7

Adult Non BOF members: £2 surcharge

SI Punching: Contactless punching will be enabled for those with SIAC cards. However there will be a punching Start. The Finish will allow contactless punching and there will be a Safety punch after the Finish. A SIAC Battery Check will be available at Registration.

Standard SI cards are available for hire @ £1 per day (Lost cards £30.00)

A limited number of SIAC cards are available for hire @ £2.50 per day (Lost cards £70.00) for EOD

Pre entry changes ONLY allowed on the day at £2 surcharge

Terrain Description

Last used for Twin Peak 2012, Errwood provides challenging forest on the slopes of the Goyt Valley overlooking Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs.  Areas of coniferous plantation are interspersed with patches of mixed deciduous woodland with vegetation boundaries, subtle contour detail and marshes providing potential control sites.  The areas used for the technical courses have very few paths, with varied runnability across the whole area making route choice key to a successful run.  Longer courses also visit the open moorland and steeper forest slopes South of the road that splits the area. Welcome to a taste of Scotland in the Peak District!

An adjacent section of forest provides a good path network for the less technical courses.

Map: 1:10000 Green to Brown; 1:7500 Shorter Courses, 5m contours.

Special Symbols: The following special symbols are used on the map:

  • Black circle ‘man-made object’ represents a post, a ruined hunting tower, and a very small fenced enclosure
  • Black cross ‘man-made object’ represents a hide

Control Descriptions: These will be printed on the map and available at the start. White / Yellow will have text descriptions, all others pictorial. Two special symbols are used in the control description. A cross means a hide. A circle means a post

Mapper's Notes: Errwood Forest sets conifer plantations of varying maturity alongside attractive open birch wood, although these deciduous areas appear more runnable, they can often be slower due to underlying heather. With this in mind, the mapping seeks to provide guidance on runnability rather than noting the density of planting – where the density or visibility does not significantly impact runnability no change is represented on the map.

The forest has suffered from wind blow over the years. Mapping these areas was the most significant challenge. Where windblown has occurred, the map considers to what extent you can keep running and how much deviation and climbing is required to progress: thus, where you are able to keep running at a diminished pace, the runnability is indicated as ‘slow run’. Where you can run only for short stretches or with significant deviation from the desired line, it is ‘difficult to run’. Where you are no longer able to run, it is ‘fight’. The boundaries of these areas are not to be relied on for precise navigation purposes.

Undergrowth screen has been used to indicate areas of windblown in clearings, as well as areas of bramble and bracken.

It should be noted that narrow rides have the runnability of the surrounding forest, unless otherwise indicated.

Fences that must not be crossed are shown in purple. All other fences may be crossed anywhere; in a few places they could be awkward for less agile or shorter legged competitors, but there will always be somewhere easier nearby.


Portable Toilets, Orienteering Trader (CompassPoint also offering vegetarian chilli, jacket potato, burgers, bacon and egg rolls).

Dogs allowed?

Dogs on leads please. The parking track will be busy with cars, cycles, competitors and the public.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Paul Jarvis (MDOC) Tel. 07867 003442 (for Urgent ‘Non-Entry’ specific queries only)

Planner: Jim Trueman (MDOC)

Controllers: Dan & Karen Parker (BL)

Enquiries to the Twin Peak Co-ordinator:

Safety and Risk

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