The British Orienteering Championships is one of the year's flagship events, used each year to decide the age group champions from 10 to 90 year olds. Join us at High Dam, a delightful area in the heart of the Lake District and one of the finest orienteering areas in the country. The area contains ancient mixed woodland, blocks of beech, birch and bouldery areas along with intricate and potentially confusing open fells which will provide an interesting technical challenge for every level of orienteer. The conditions are set to be ideal with little or no bracken on the open fells with the wooded areas being very runnable.
Courses have been planned to get the very best from the area for all courses and have been based on accepted course length ratios. A winning time of 90 minutes on the M21E course is expected.
For experienced orienteers the BOC is a chance to compete for the title of British Champion in their age group. For newcomers and novices the BOC is a chance to experience orienteering at its exciting best: interesting and challenging navigation in an area of beautiful scenery, and an exciting race with hundreds of orienteers criss-crossing the hills on their different courses.
Colour coded courses are available for newcomers and beginners to suit every level.
All areas of Great Britain change over time and High Dam is no exception.
To mitigate some of the changes NWOA have been fortunate in being able to extend the existing High Dam map to include the far slopes of Finsthwaite Heights above the Rusland Valley, which will be visited by the longest courses.
The last time these slopes may have been used for a major orienteering event might have been the 1983 JK Festival.
NWOA are grateful to the eight different land owners and land agencies who have made the event possible.
The area is embargoed for orienteers details of the exact area can be seen here
The whole area has been resurveyed including use of Lidar data where available.
The Long Distance Championships are open to members of the British Orienteering Federation and to members of IOF affiliated Federations. See Competition Rule A: British Long Distance Orienteering Championships for further information on eligibility to be a British Champion.
All individual long distance championship age class courses will be offered, with course combinations as per Competition Rule A: British Long Distance Orienteering Championships.
|8||M18L, M20L, M21S||W21L||0.51||7.7||383||1;10000|
|11||M18S, M20S, M21V||W18L, W20L, W21S||0.35||5.3||263||1;10000|
|22||M75L||W35S, W40S, W65L||0.31||4.7||233||1;7500|
|23||M65S||W70L, W45S, W50S||0.27||4.1||203||1;7500|
|24||M80, M70S, M75S||W18S, W20S, W21V, W55S, W60S, W65S, W75||0.23||3.5||173||1;7500|
|25||M85, M90||W70S, W80||0.18||2.7||135||1;7500|
|28||Light Green||W14A, W16B||0.24||3.6||180||1;10000|
|29||M12A, M14B/ Orange||W12A, W14B||3.5||125||1;10000|
|30||M10A, M12B/ Yellow||W10A, W12B||2.4||100||1;10000|
Control descriptions for ALL courses except courses 30 & 31 will be pictorial.
People expecting "High Dam as usual" will be in for a surprise. The conifer-covered light-green hill-top with its confusing ditches, marshes and man-eating tussocks is all gone - clear-felled, lightly brashed and not used. On the other hand, the lovely wooded hillsides and the central areas of birches, larches, and heather all remain intact, with lots of mapped detail to keep you suitably entertained.
To get enough area for the competition, Martin Bagness has extended the 2012 map to the West (a sometimes-steep hillside of mature forest with considerable contour and rock detail formerly known as Rusland Beeches and possibly Finsthwaite Heights). With a couple more areas of new mapping as well, the longer courses will be running through an entirely new combination of varied and interesting terrain.
The fastest running is usually where the map is white. Rough Open can be very varied - heather, bilberries, dead bracken, tussocks, rough grass.
Areas of heather are generally criss-crossed with grassy bits and animal tracks so you can usually make good progress, if not exactly on the straight line you intended.
The arena area is overlooked by a steep and rocky-looking slope, which seems to have featured an experiment in bracken-removal which has left the soil very soft and the rocky bits very visible. We've found a variety of age-appropriate ways through, and we think it will be much nicer to run down than first impressions would suggest. Spectators will get superb views of the elites and many of the other competitors.
Planner: John Britton
Assistant Planner: Ian Gilliver
Organiser: Sue Butterfield
Controller: Mike Forrest