High Stand South, Saturday 11th December 2021
Results and Routegadget:
General Information (for reference)
This event is being run in accordance with the British Orienteering guidance for resumption of orienteering in England. In order to participate in this event you must agree to comply with the Participant Code of Conduct. In view of the increasing concern over the new variant of Covid please maintain social distancing as much as possible.
We have made a quick check of High Stand since Storm Arwen. There may be the occasional fallen tree but apart from that the forest appears to be OK to use. As this is prepared Storm Barra is on the way so watch out for any updated event details before you travel.
- Read the travel/parking information below
- You need to punch the start & finish controls (these will not be SIAC enabled)
- Report to download before 14:00 whether finishing or retiring
- Dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Bring a cagoule in case it is mandatory.
Travel Directions, Parking & Assembly
The event base is the Forestry England (FE) car park at High Stand, Ordnance Survey grid reference NY497484, what3words:supposing.marinated.gala. Postcodes here are not helpful so are not provided.
Please approach from the crossroads to the west of High Stand, grid reference NY486477. Parking in the Forestry England car park is very limited so most parking will be along the grass verge on the South side of the road immediately before and for some 600+m after the car park entrance. Parking will not be supervised.
Note that this road is fairly narrow along its entire length so parked vehicles will need to get almost entirely off the road to allow vehicles to pass. The verge may be soft in places so large campervans may not be recommended. If you remain facing East this will mean you are facing slightly downhill and so better traction to get onto the verge and also to leave the verge after running. It would be advisable to leave 2 wheels just on the road and to fold in wing mirrors.
Please do not park in the “passing places” along the Southern edge of High Stand as you approach the FE car park. Whilst traffic is light there is still some traffic and passing is awkward if these are not free.
Options to travel by public transport to the event are limited – see below for ideas.
There will be a portaloo toilet in the FE car park.
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There is no entry on the day.
Start and finish are close to download. Clear/check will be at the start. Remember to use these before you start. Note that both the start and finish controls must be dibbed, all controls on the course will be SIAC enabled for those with appropriate SI cards. Courses close at 14:00.
The map is A4 printed on waterproof paper. All courses have a scale of 1:7500. Control descriptions are on front the map (pictorial for Green, Short Green, text for Yellow). No loose descriptions will be available.
There is one out of bounds area on the map which the Green course passes close to. This OOB is at the request of Forestry England.
High Stand is a well established working conifer plantation of mixed age. There are patches of mature trees where progress is possible, but large parts of the forest are more dense in nature and running other than in the direction of planting is somewhat slow. Even then, where lower branches have been brashed, there is a lot of forest floor debris making it imperative to watch your feet.
SI Card Hire
If you didn’t fill in an SI card number when entering then an SI card will be ready for you to borrow. Go to download to collect it. There is no charge unless you lose it.
Start blocks are displayed on the entry list if you need a reminder.
The route to the start will be taped. If there is a queue at the start wait (at an appropriate distance from your fellow participants) for about 1 minute after the previous person has started on your course. Clear, check (SIAC on) are at the start. Remember to punch the start.
You must punch the finish. There will be no split results printed. Results (and routegadget) will be on the BL website shortly after the event.
There will be one Portaloo. If there is a queue please ensure suitable distancing is followed. Remember to sanitise.
A First Aid kit will be available at download but please DIY if at all possible to avoid contact.
Local accident and emergency is Cumberland Infirmary, CA2 7HY.
Please bring your own water or other refreshments.
Forestry England recommend dogs on a lead at all times. The public who walk here don’t seem to follow that request so it’s up to you to decide whether you follow this or not.
Planner & organiser Keith Tonkin.
Thanks to Forestry England for giving permission to hold this event.
Safety & precautions
Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.
It is December. If the weather is bad cagoules and whistles may be compulsory. Notices will be displayed to let you know – come prepared.
A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out by the organiser. All competitors must report back to download even if they retire. This is for your own safety and to prevent any unnecessary search.
Border Liners Orienteering Club: www.borderlinersorienteering.org. Follow us on Twitter @BL_Orienteering
Getting to High Stand by public transport
High Stand is some distance from public transport.
Stagecoach Bus 104
The bus service between Carlisle & Penrith on Saturday is every 30 minutes in both directions from either bus station. The nearest bus stop to High Stand is the village centre of Low Hesket. From here to the Forestry England car park is approximately 4.3km walk along quiet roads.
The nearest rail station is Armathwaite. Trains from Carlisle are limited. On Saturday there are only two trains that are suitable – 09:27 and 10:58. The journey time is approximately 15 minutes. From Armathwaite station to the Forestry England car park is approximately 3.9km walk/cycle along quiet roads.