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Competition Info

Competition information has been updated for the five individual national events between Sunday 29th July and Friday 3rd August 2018 with one rest / activity day.

All the information on this page is included in a compact printed programme that each entrant will get a copy of, meaning you don't have anything to print. It is also available here Page 1 and Page 2

For details of parking, assembly and starts, go to the pages for each day. To apply for a prioirty parking permit visit the Day 3 page , but read the details carefully.

Age Class courses

A full range of age class courses are available.

Course lengths here.

Entry will be available on the day at registration whilst there are available start times and maps.

Colour coded courses

White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green colour coded courses are available.  Entry will be available on the day, at registration from 9.30am until 12 noon.

String courses

There will be String courses provided each day except day 4 for young children, using special maps. There will be no charge. Electronic punching will be used. Register at the string course on event days. Courses are available between 10:00 and 15:00.

Shadowing children

We must ensure that the competition is fair to everyone. If juniors require shadowing, they must enter the colour coded courses. No shadowing will be allowed before your own run. The adult shadower must not pick up a map at the start.


Whistles must be carried by all competitors to be used only in an ‘injury emergency‘ to summon help. Blow the whistle 6 times, 1 minute break and then repeat until help arrives. It is a competitor’s responsibility to respond to a fellow competitor’s request for such help.

Safety and remote finishes

As the majority of our events have a remote finish, it is essential that all competitors visit the download tent AS SOON AS POSSIBLE whether or not they have finished their course.

Single drivers

Although we’d prefer you not to arrive in a car on your own, we’d encourage you to use the car key drop at Registration/Enquiries as an additional safety check.

Electronic Punching

The SPORTident electronic punching system will be used, and all versions of SI card are accepted. Control units will be SIAC enabled although ALL competitors have to punch at the start and finish boxes including SIAC. Competitors must use the SI card that they quoted on entry OR if different, get this changed before going to the start. Please clear your SI cards at the pre start. Please download as soon as possible. If you fail to receive the feedback, beep/flash signifying a successful punch, you must use the back-up pin punch to punch your map to prove you’ve been to the control.

Control Description Sheets

All age class and colour coded courses will use pictorial description sheets. Control descriptions will be printed on the competition maps and loose copies will be available in the start lanes. Courses 16 & 17 will have the option of loose written and pictorial descriptions; both will be printed on the maps.


Bibs can be collected from registration either on Saturday 28th July or at any of the race sites. They must be worn on all days. Please write relevant medical information and next of kin contact details on the back of bibs (e.g. allergies). Please bring pins to attach your bib.

Pre-Start Map Viewing

Blank maps will be displayed in assembly and in start lanes. Maps for White and Yellow courses will be available in assembly for competitors to view before their run. Competitor’s maps will not be collected after your run, please do not show your map to anyone who has not yet started.

Start Times

Starts are from 10:30 to 13.30 with courses closing at 16:00 except on Friday when they close at 15.30. It is the competitor’s responsibility to arrive at the start on time. Runners not on time will be started as soon as possible, but there may be long waits for a free slot. Start times will not be changed at the start. All competitors MUST punch the start unit after they leave the start line including SIAC! Persistent deviation from allocated start times may be investigated by the organisers. Bibs will display ‘Open’ for competitors who do not have pre allocated start times (all colour coded entries and parents with split starts). Start lists will be displayed in assembly. 


The following colours will be used: red/white – out of bounds/ crossing points and taped routes in terrain. Yellow/black – danger, there are many hundreds of crags in the areas, some very high, these are not taped.

Competitor clothing

Due to the risk of ticks and blood-borne diseases, full body cover, not torn, is compulsory when the competition area is forested on days 3 and 5, this means legs and torso. On day 3, arm cover is also recommended.

In the event of poor weather, wind and/or rain, waterproof hooded jackets may also be compulsory on some of the days, particularly days 1, 2 and 4. These rules will be checked at both the start and finish of the race. If the weather is very benign on these days the organisers reserve the possibility of allowing shorts to be worn for courses on the open areas, a notice will be displayed on arrival at the race site.

Where starts and finishes are remote, on some days there is a possibility of depositing clothing near to the start/finish, these are public areas so you do so at your own risk. Bring a waterproof bag for clothing storage and please remember to collect it after your run.

Competitor’s medical conditions

We will be providing Kentdale first aid cover at all events. If you suffer from a medical condition, please complete the reverse side of the bib with appropriate details and contact information.

E coli

E coli may be found where farm animals have been grazing, this includes the fields used for car parking and assembly as well as the competition areas. It is recommended that you wash your hands thoroughly before eating.


Pre ordered clothing should be collected from the stall at the registration day or in assembly on race days. A limited range of Lakes 5 Day clothing will be on sale, cheques/cash only.


Could you please take all litter home with you.


As part of our commitment to the Lake District environment we are asking competitors to support actions to minimise the introduction or spread of non-native species and diseases such as phytophthera pamorum (larch) and ash dieback. Everyone is asked to arrive at the event with clean dry clothing and footwear.

Environmental statement and water

Water is not provided on the courses. Although many people are travelling a long way for our event we are endeavouring to reduce the event’s environmental impact as much as possible. We will not therefore be providing bottles of water for competitors at the finish. You will be expected to bring your own water. If you are intending to take a water bottle to the start on the ‘remote mountain start days’, could you please ensure that the bottle is fully crushed before depositing it in the bin liners provided, one of the volunteer organising team will have to carry it down although offers from ‘finished competitors’ to help with this would be most welcome! We would also like competitors to take their own rubbish ‘home’ with them.

Car park exits

As all of the car parks have a single track entrance, competitors are expected to arrive before 12.00 noon and will not be allowed to leave until after 12.30.

Maps Scales

Maps are drawn to ISOM 2017.

The map scale for the first 4 days will be 1:10,000 and on day 5 will be 1:7500.

Map sizes will be ca. A3 or A4.

Map Contour Intervals

The contour interval on all maps is 5 metres.

Map Bags

Maps will be printed on waterproof paper, they will not be bagged. Although not necessary, if competitors wish to cover their maps, they will have to bring their own map cases.


Competitors are responsible for picking up the correct map, the course number will be in a large font on the front of the map. Maps will not include a legend but copies of the legend will be available for collection from enquiries in the assembly area. Maps will be printed with the control descriptions on the front. Separate control description lists will be issued in the start lanes, it is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure they collect the correct course descriptions and do not litter the area by dropping them during their course.

Note on embargoed area;

‘Dale Park was used for a coaching session last November involving M/W16s and their coaches from all the UK junior regional squads. Lakes 5 Days competition areas should not be used for orienteering during the 12 preceding months, but following the switching of this event from Graythwaite East to Dale Park last August, this prior commitment was overlooked.’

Non Standard maps

On the ‘mountain days’, day 1 at Silver How, Day 2 at Angle Tarn Pikes and day 4 at Askham Fell, the maps will NOT have the ‘rough open screen’ even though the entire areas are ‘rough open’. The maps will have a ‘white, open forest’ colour to improve clarity and save ink!

Fences and walls overprinted with purple lines must only be crossed at marked crossing points


On display in assembly and regularly updated on the web. Wi-Fi will be available in assembly. Results books will not be printed. 

Event scoring system

For all classes, points will be awarded for each day’s result using the following formula.

Runner's score = 1000 + 200 x (MT-RT)/ST

MT is the mean of the top 90% of each course (excluding n/c, disq, dnf, etc)
RT is the runner's time
ST is Standard Deviation

Competitor’s overall scores will be the sum of their best four scores of the week. Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 competitors in all junior age classes, the first 3 in senior Long classes and the winners of senior Short classes.

Complaints, Protests and Appeals

Complaints should be made to the Day Organiser either orally or in writing at the information tent up to 16.00 on the day of the competition. There is no fee for a complaint. The Day organiser is the adjudicator of a complaint. A protest can be made against the Organiser’s decision, in writing to the Controller. Protests will be considered by the jury. 


There will be a prize giving at 2.30pm on the last day in the assembly area. Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 competitors in all junior age classes, the first 3 in senior Long classes and the winners of senior Short classes. If you cannot come to the prize giving on day 5 could you please make arrangements for someone to collect your prize? We shall not be able to send prizes to overseas winners after the event.

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