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British Night Championships - Ilkley Moor

Sat 19 February, 2022

Level of event: Major

Type of event: Race, Night


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Burley & Ilkley Moors-2022-02-20

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Results are now final apologies for the delay the organisers had to deal with a protest.

Pre Event Info

The details below are the final details. Any updates will be posted here.

Please take particular care to read the safety information for this event.

Update 19/02/22 (PM)

Weather: There is a Yellow warning for this afternoon until 3pm and there has been heavy snow in Leeds and Bradford, which is now easing.

At present, the event is ON. The main roads are clear and traffic is moving, although slowly. We strongly advise setting off early and allowing extra travel time and would advise parking in the central Ilkley car parks and walking up to St Margaret's Church Hall, rather than attempting to park on the back roads up towards the moor.

Good news is that becks on the moor are passable and safe and will not affect the competition.

There is a significant windchill on the moor. Carrying Mobile phones strongly recommended and carrying extra layers (e.g. waterproof overtrousers, gloves, mid-layer) in addition to mandatory kit is also recommended.

Update 18/02/22
The events are ON! The forecast for tomorrow is not too bad, but it is awful for Sunday. Please come prepared and we wish you a safe journey.

Live results for the event are available here:

QR code for results: Qrcode Results

Extra Toilets location updated due to wind conditions.

1st place prizes to be presented by Mark Stidworthy, mayor of Ilkley

Updates 13/2/2022

There is a taped route from the last controls to the finishes. You must keep to the taped route to minimise any damage to nearby flora

There will be extra toilets available enroute to the start - see event facilities & map below

Start times will be available on Fabian 4 shortly.

The event centre will open for competitors at 17.40. Please don't arrive before this time.

Kit check will open at 18.00. Please allow 10mins for kit check and 15mins to get to the start.

Safety Information

Please remember that Orienteering is an adventure sport and you take part at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety during the event.

You must report to download at the event centre, even if you do not complete your course. Failure to do so may result in the event having to start a search on the moor and/or calling out mountain rescue.

The Emergency bearing in all circumstances is to head North until you reach the road bounding the moor. Then follow the road down into the town.


Although close to the town of Ilkley, t’Moor is a high north facing exposed moorland escarpment, rising from 140m elevation near the town to an eventual height of 402m. With the event taking place in winter, all competitors must carry minimum kit to ensure that in the case of a competitor injury or incident that prevents you from completing your course, your chances of developing hypothermia are reduced.

We would recommend reading the information leaflet on Hypothermia produced by the Fell Runners Association:

All runners must carry the following minimum kit whilst competing:

  • Waterproof jacket with taped seams and integrated hood
  • Warm hat
  • Whistle
  • Back-up torch
  • Emergency Food

You will be asked to demonstrate that you are carrying these before proceeding to the start and to punch the kit check SI box. Anyone not doing so may be disqualified. Kit check will open at the event HQ at 18.00. Please allow at least 10mins to have your kit checked before proceeding to the start.

We would also strongly recommend that you carry a charged mobile phone in a waterproof bag or case. There is good mobile coverage over the whole area.

In the event of poor weather, we may also require all competitors to carry the following kit (it is recommended that you consider carrying these in any case). We will inform competitors on the event website as early as we are able and at the event centre if this is a requirement:

  • Waterproof trousers with taped seams
  • Gloves
  • Warm mid-layer

First Aid

Event first aid will be provided by First Choice Medical Services. There will be first aiders available at the event centre and based at the start area. Both locations will be marked on the event maps.

If you suffer a minor injury and are unable to proceed to first aid point, the emergency phone number for the evening is the organiser and this will be printed on the event maps.

If you suffer a serious injury, please dial 999 and ask for police and mountain rescue. You must ask them to contact the organiser on the number printed on the event maps as soon as possible.

If you are not carrying a mobile phone and need assistance, please use your whistle – 6 blasts every minute (the reply is 3 long blasts). Keep blowing until assistance arrives at your location.

Main Terrain Hazards

See Terrain section below

A full event risk assessment will be conducted and will be available on display at the event centre.

Please adhere to current local and national government Covid restrictions and guidelines. See the section on the event centre facilities for specific event restrictions within the event centre.

Covid-19 Considerations: Please keep to the British Orienteering Covid code of conduct:

Code of Conduct August 2021

Before attending any orienteering activity all participants should self-assess for Covid-19 symptoms which include: a high temperature; a new continuous cough; and a loss of, or change to, their sense of taste or smell. If you, or anyone you live with, has one or more of these symptoms, however mild, you should not attend the event.

Similarly if you have been informed that you need to self-isolate, then you must do so.

Please try to:

  1. Maintain social distancing at all times
  2. Make use of the hand sanitiser available at the toilets, pre-start and download
  3. Be quiet at the start line
  4. Only speak with event officials if absolutely necessary.
  5. Minimise the amount of time spent in close proximity to others.
  6. Respect other people's personal space.
  7. Observe any local and national covid guidelines when travelling to and from the event.

Directions / Parking

Event Centre and Parking

Event Centre

The event centre is St Margaret’s Church Hall on Queen’s Road, Ilkley, LS29 9TZ. This will be signed from the A65 (Leeds Rd), however please note the travel and parking arrangements below. The hall is located behind the church and will be open to competitors at 17.40, please do not arrive before this time.

The event centre is in a residential area. Please respect the local residents property and keep noise to a minimum, particularly later in the evening.

Public Transport

We strongly encourage competitors to travel to the event by public transport where possible. Ilkley train station is only a 10min walk (550m/40m climb) from the event centre and there are trains from Leeds to Ilkley at least every half hour. On the return, there are trains back to Leeds every half hour until 2210 with a final departure at 2318. The rail journey takes approximately 30mins in both directions.

Train times and tickets can be found at An off peak day return from Leeds costs £7.70.

Ilkley is also served by a number of buses (e.g. X52 from Harrogate, 62 from Keighley, X84 from Leeds) which connect to most locations in Wharfedale and most of which call at Ilkley Bus station which adjoins the rail station. For full details of bus routes see


For competitors coming by car, there will be no official event car park. Instead parking will consist of a mix of roadside parking and using the public car parks in Ilkley.

There is a large, well-lit, public car park in the centre of Ilkley (South Hawksworth Street - LS29 9DX), approximately a 10min walk from the event centre (550m/40m climb). Follow road signs from A65/Brook Street to access this car park. This is a Pay & Display car park and costs £1 for the evening after 6pm and £1 per hour before that. For other charges see

Roadside parking in Ilkley is complicated by a number of new restrictions on many streets. Some are Pay and Display, some are residents only. Most restrictions run until 6pm, but please check carefully. The map below outlines the main parking areas and restrictions.

BNOC Parking map

(Please click link above to see Parking map)

Please respect all local parking restrictions and access for local residents. Failure to do so could jeopardise future events in Ilkley.

Roadside parking directly outside St Margaret’s Church will be reserved for event officials. A parking marshal will be in attendance to prevent competitor parking here.

We ask that no competitors park in the public car park at Darwin Gardens or along Wells Road (next to the moor). This is for event safety purposes and is inside the competition area

Event centre facilities

The event centre is in St Margaret’s church hall. Enquiries, BNOC Trophy return, Download, prize giving and (indoor only) Toilets will be located here.

There will also be two portable toilets available on the route to the start (at approx halfway), in the small car park at the bottom of the track up the moor, just after crossing Wells Road.

Kit check will be located outside the hall at the beginning of the route to the start. See Event Safety for more information.

Baggage and clothing can be stored at the front of the church, near the entrance to the hall. This will be signed. There will be a marshal present, but you leave valuables at your own risk. There will be a key drop at enquiries for car keys.

It is a strict condition of our use of the hall that there are no muddy shoes inside the hall, church or the toilets. Please remove your O shoes at the door! (upon return, you can leave shoes in the pop-up tent by the door if wet) There are no showers and the sinks in the toilets are not to be used for washing kit.

Under current Covid-19 government guidelines, we ask that all competitors in the hall to wear masks inside the hall, unless eating or drinking, in order to make the environment as welcoming as possible for all competitors. We would also advise that everyone takes a lateral flow test before attending the event.

Light refreshments (tea, coffee, etc) will be available to purchase in the hall.

Registration & Start Times

Start times

Start times will run from 18.40 until 20.00.

Courses close promptly at 22.00 (you must be back at download no later than 22.20) – if you think your course may take you a long time, please request an early start. Anyone not returned to the event centre by 22.20 may trigger a search and/or mountain rescue being called out.


You must visit the event centre for a kit check before proceeding to the start. Please see the event safety (kit) section for details. Please allow at least 10mins for kit check before proceeding to the start.

There is one start for all courses. This is 750m/70m climb from the event centre and is approximately 15mins walk, all on good footpaths/tracks, the first half through a housing estate, the second half on the moor. The route to the start will be marked by reflective tape

The start is quite exposed with no shelter and it is strongly recommended you avoid arriving at the start more than 10mins before your start time.

There are no toilets at the start and there will be no clothing dump. There will, however be two portable toilets on route to the start (at approx half distance) just before crossing Wells road to head up onto the Moor.

Before proceeding to the start, you will be asked to visit kit check to ensure you are carrying the minimum specified safety kit as described in the “Event Safety” section. If the weather is poor, you may be required to carry extra kit.

At the kit check, once you have been checked, you will be asked to punch an SI box by the kit check team. You must do this or risk being disqualified.

Anyone found not carrying the specified kit will be disqualified.

Start procedure

The start will be socially distanced. Call up will be at -4. All runners have a timed start (except for helpers who will have a punching start). If you are late for your allocated start time, you will be started in the first available slot for your course, or at a half minute interval. Your start time will not be adjusted, but the start official will record your start time. If you believe you are late due to the fault of the organiser you must register a complaint when downloading.

Pre-start: Clear, SIAC on, SIAC battery test

-4 Call up and check.

-3 Control Descriptions

-2 SI check

-1 Start line. Competitors will be able to move forward to map box at -10s.


There is a taped route from the last controls to the finishes. You must keep to the taped route to minimise any damage to nearby flora.

There are two finishes: an eastern one and a western one. For runners finishing at the western finish, the route back to HQ will be shown on your competition maps and will not be marked. For runners finishing at the eastern finish, the route will be signed and taped with reflective tape.

The route back to download will be either a 500m or 1km walk. Both routes have little or no climb and are mostly downhill.

Both finishes will be manned until courses close at 22.00.

Entry Details

Entries, Fees and Eligibility


You can enter both the Saturday and Sunday events on the following link at Fabian 4:


Entry to BNOC 2022 is open only to members of the British Orienteering Federation, and to members of overseas IOF-affiliated Federations.

To be eligible to be a British Champion, an individual competitor must on the day immediately preceding the event be a member of British Orienteering, and either:

  • Be a British citizen.
  • Or have been a member of British Orienteering in each of the three membership years preceding the year of the competition

and must compete in their correct age class, or 'run up' in a lower age class (or older age class for juniors)

All courses are planned to TD5 standard. M/W14s wishing to run must be vetted for experience. Please email the event organiser with name, club and a short summary of relevant experience of competing at TD5 and night orienteering courses, before submitting an entry via Fabian4. The organiser reserves the right to refuse or cancel entries of those who cannot demonstrate the necessary experience. Please contact the Organiser ( for further information if necessary.


Entry Deadline



Up to 23:59, Tues 8th Feb 2022



SI Card hire £1

There will be no entries taken after Tuesday 8th Feb except for exceptional circumstances (please contact the organiser if you believe this applies) and strictly no entry on the day.

Please note that if you have not renewed your membership with BOF, it may take up to 10 days for this to be processed. This must be done before you submit an entry.

Hired SI cards will be available to collect at Download. A charge of £30 will be made for lost or non-returned hire SI cards. After your run they must be left in a box beside the splits printer.


Competitors have been seeded on their courses following the guidelines for seeding set out in the British Orienteering rules and Appendices, Appendix A.

We have endeavoured that non-seeded entries have a start time allocated to the block requested at entry, although the short start window have meant that not all requests can be met.

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel an entry up to the event closing date and receive a refund of your entry fee less an administrative charge. If you have to cancel for valid Covid reasons, you can do so up to the event closing date without losing the Fabian processing charge. In this instance you must contact the organiser to request a full refund.

If the event is cancelled due to weather or other reasons, a notice will be posted on the AIRE website as soon as is practicably possible.

Course Information

Course information

Course allocation is as specified in the BOF competition rules for British Night Championships

Course No.







Map Size



Men’s Championship Categories

Women’s Championship Categories





A3 double sided







M20L, M35L, M40L






M18L, M45L, M50L, M21S






M16, M55L, M60L, M20S, M35S, M40S

W20L, W35L, W40L







M65L, M18S, M45S, M50S,

W18L, W45L, W50L, W21S






M70L, M55S, M60S

W55L, W60L, W16, W20S, W35S, W40S






M75L, M65S

W65L, W70L, W18S, W45S, W50S







M80, M85, M70S, M75S

W75, W80, W85, W55S, W60S, W65S, W70S

Course details subject to final controlling decisions.

Larger scale maps will not include a full legend.

In the event of very poor weather the courses may be shortened, with each class running the next shorter course on the list above (and a very short course for the oldest competitors). If this is the case, it will be notified on the event website and in the event centre.

Courses close at 22.00. For safety reasons you must finish (or report to the download if retiring) by this time.


Sportident punching will be used, in standard and touch free modes.

All controls will be SIAC enabled. But you must dib at the Finish (and start for helpers with a punching start).

A SIAC battery test station will be available at the event centre for those wishing to check the status of their SIAC batteries.

Competitors with standard or hired SI cards must also dib at all controls.

It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their SI card has registered at the control.

Results and prize giving

Live results will be available on thes SportIdent website on the following link: and on display in the hall at the event centre. Provisional results will be posted to the event website as soon after the event as is practical.

The event prize-giving and presentation of British Night Champions will take place promptly in the hall at the event centre at 21.30. Prizes will be presented by Mark Stidworthy, mayor of Ilkley.

There will be prizes for the top 3 in each of the championship categories and the winner only in each short class.

Anyone who cannot stay until 21.30 to collect their prize will be able to collect it from the UKOL event on Sunday morning.

Complaints and protests

If you have a complaint where you believe that a fault by the event organisation has significantly affected your result, please initially raise this with the event organiser who will be based at the event assembly. You must do this within 20mins of downloading.

Should the event organiser’s response not satisfy you, you will be asked to write down your complaint and submit it for consideration by the event jury. This must be done within 20 minutes of the organiser's response.

The event jury’s decision will be final.

The event jury will be composed of: John Britton (MDOC), Alan Rosen (HH), Keith Tonkin (BL). Reserve: David May (SLOW)

Terrain Description


Map by Tony Thornley, ISOM 2017-2, updated winter 2021-22. The map scale for each course is shown in the course information.

Previous maps of most of the area to be used can be found here: and

Most of the moor is “slow run” as dead bracken remains an obstacle. A wide green line screen (double the normal ‘undergrowth –slow run’ size) has been used on the map to show the worst areas without hiding the contour or rock detail in these areas. Apart from this, the map conforms to ISOM2017-2. Many minor paths are not marked. The ‘ride’ symbol is used to show mountain bike tracks, which are steep but usually runnable.

Areas of blanket bog have been marked as out of bounds at the request of Natural England and Bradford Council. These are not taped but please do your best to avoid them.

There are a number of walls which must not be crossed. These are under-printed with purple. Crossing points are clearly marked.

A black cross on the map (encountered only on the longer courses) represents a boundary post or stone.


Ilkley moor is a gritstone escarpment with a wealth of rock and contour detail, areas of steep-sided woodland and an extensive path network. There are many crags and other rock features. Some areas are rocky underfoot and can contain gaps hidden by vegetation. Please take special care when passing these areas and do not attempt to descend or climb any crag marked as impassable. Crags will not be taped. Longer courses cross a steep-sided stream valley. Do not try to cross it where there are impassable crags. In the event of heavy rain, some streams may be difficult to cross. In this case, warnings will be given on the event website and safe crossing points will be indicated at assembly and at the pre-start.

Thanks to:

Airienteers would like to thank:
Simon Nelson (Bingley Moor Partnership)
Ilkley Town Council
St Margaret’s Church
Bradford MDC, especially Richard Perham
White Wells Cafe (Mark Hunnebell)
For their support in making this event possible.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are allowed outside the event centre, but not inside. Please clear up any mess.

Dogs will not be allowed on courses.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Richard Foster (AIRE) 07838588381

Assistant Organiser: David Bowman (AIRE)

Planner: Tony Thornley (AIRE)

Assistant Planners: Richard & Anne Wilson (AIRE)

Controller: Paul Taylor (CLOK)

Assistant Controller: Chris Mackenzie (CLOK)

Safety Co-ordinator: Ken Patterson (AIRE)

Important Information

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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