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Harden Moor with Bingley St Ives

Regional Event

Sun 13 December, 2020

Level of event: Regional

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Pre Event Info

This is a reprise of the event staged in Feb 2020 which was badly impacted by inclement weather. Courses from the last event will be used, but not all of them. The Blue course is the only course planned specifically for this event. If you attended last time you may wish to run a different course this time, and then again you may not.

ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN Harden entries.

Please be aware of Latest British Orienteering Guidance re Covid-19 Full Club Guidance England 3 December 2020 V1 7 Particularly the advice:

People should not travel into or out of a tier 3 (very high alert) area in order to participate in or volunteer at an orienteering competition or activity.

Harden is within West Yorkshire, a tier 3 area.

Parking is primarily roadside and linear. Please look at the parking plan and read the parking directions.

Harden Parking Plan

Directions / Parking

Please refer to the parking plan above.

Parking is primarily linear and roadside. Please follow the directions of the parking team.

The event will only be signposted from the B6429 Cullingworth to Bingley Road at the junction with Ryecroft Road at SE081381, at the west end of Harden Village.

If you approach the event from any other direction please parkon Goff Well Lane, west of Keighley Road/Shaw lane at the Guide Inn crossroads. Follow the directions of the parking team.

Take care crossing Keighley Road at the Guide Inn. Traffic is occasional but often speedy.

Wherever you park you will have to walk along pavementless roads. Please take care and supervise children.

Please do not park in The Guide Inn car park or park on Keighley Road/Shaw Lane.

Facilities: Portable toilets will be t the entrance to the 4x4 parking area; Point C on the parking plan.

Registration & Start Times

There will be no EOD Registration

Start times from 10.30 to 12.30. You will be given the opportunity to choose your start time when you enter. Please stick to it.

Distances from various parking points are shown on the parking plan. The route will be taped from the gates into the area at Points B and C on the parking plan.

Please try and get to the start when you are due to start. There is space to socially distance and please do so.

Start Procedure

Maintain social distancing.

Please try and adhere to your allocated start time. There is 1 start for all courses. Call up will be 2 minutes before your start.

Please use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the start lane.

There will be 2 start lanes over 2m apart either side of the start box. Each lane is divided into two 1 minute boxes. The right hand lane will be for White, Yellow, Blue and Short Brown courses. The left hand lane will be for Orange, Light Green, Short Green and Green courses.

The first box contains the SI clear and check boxes on stakes, in the following order: SIAC Battery Test, Clear, Check. You need to dib these in that order for SIAC cards. For standard and hire SI cards just use Clear then Check. The second box contains the SIAC On/Off test. (Simply waft your SIAC card.)

The second box is the start line. There will be no loose control descriptions or display maps.

On start time pick up your map from the course box, taking care to ensure you only pick up one. Remember to dib at the start box.

Control Descriptions are available here for you to print prior to the event.

Harden White,Yellow, Orange, Light Green and Short Green

Harden Green, Blue, Short Brown

Courses close at 2.30

Hand sanitiser will be provided at download. Remember to keep your distance from the Download Official.

Please make sure you download even if you do not complete your course.

Entry Details

We are now able to open entries under the new guidelines. Pre-entry only via Fabian4 following the link below.

No EOD. Entries close at midnight on FRIDAY 11th December, or as long as maps last

Seniors £10.00 (£8.00 for BO members)

Seniors £4.00 on Orange, Yellow and White Courses

Juniors and Students £4.00

Juniors free on White and Yellow courses

SI card (non-SIAC) hire £1.00

Covid-19 Considerations: All Entering or Attending must adhere to the British Orienteering Code Of Conduct

Please do not enter or attend if:-

You are unwell with a cough, fever or other respiratory symptoms
  • You have been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of Covid 19 and are within the quarantine period.
  • You have returned from non exempt overseas country and not have completed the 14 day quarantine period.
  • You are currently undergoing Covid19 testing, until you receive a negative result and are symptom free
  • You have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace due to you being a contact of known Covid 19 case.
  • If you have been advised to stay at home by a Health Care professional.
  • Those who are at higher risk to pay particular care in decision to attend. Over 70’s are to be aware that they are at higher risk.

    In these uncertain times, if you have to cancel your entry you will be entitled to a full refund. Please amend your entry. Similarly if we have to cancel the event a full refund will be available. We will however reschedule the event for later in 2021, so would prefer, if possible, for you to keep your entry open.

    Electronic Punching

    Controls will be enabled for Contactless punching with SIAC.

    The punching Start and Finish will not be in Contactless mode and need to be punched by all competitors.

    An SIAC battery test box will be available at the Start and final SIAC test will be available in the start box.

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

    Hired SI cards must be ordered when you enter. They will be available, bagged at the pre-start. Unfortunately we are not able to offer SIAC cards for hire at this event. A charge of £30 will be made for lost or non-returned hire SI cards.

    Course Information

    A significant part of the area is open moorland and cagoules/head cover may be compulsory if the weather conditions are poor. Look out for notices.

    1:7500 map. 5m contours, updated 2020 by Tony Thornley (Harden) and Chris Burden (St Ives)

    1:5000 map for Orange, Yellow and White courses.

    Short Brown 7.2k 205m 29 controls

    Blue 6.1k 180m 25 controls

    Green 4.1k 105m 14 controls

    Short Green 3.4k 90m 10 controls

    Light Green 3.7k 90m 10 controls

    Moderately Hard - suitable for experienced juniors

    Orange 2.6k 40m 12 controls

    Moderate difficulty - For more experienced juniors and inexperienced seniors

    Yellow 1.8k 25m 11 controls

    Easy - For juniors with a little experience

    White 1.3k 5m 11 controls

    Very Easy - For young and inexperienced juniors

    Please note there will be no string course at this event.

    Terrain Description

    Much of Harden Moor is heather moorland with areas of woodland, scattered trees and some detailed old quarry workings. There is a good path network for junior courses. A small group of deer are now using the moor and trails have appeared through the heather. The prominent deer trails through the heather have been mapped as seasonal tracks. The Brown and Blue courses have a timed out road crossing on Keighley road into, and out of the west part of the St Ives Estate. The road is not very busy, but cars travel at speed. The road crossing will be timed out. You will have one minute to cross the road safely. Ensure that you punch the controls either side of the road on both crossings. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

    St Ives West is a mix of heather moor and forest with some rhododendron cover. Due to the phytophthora ramorum virus present in St Ives woodland, ALL competitors are advised to wash their footwear after running.

    There are some large dangerous crags which courses are planned to avoid but take care in the quarry areas.

    Some parts of the area are used extensively by the public (especially dog-walkers). A link path to the Pennine Bridleway starts in St Ives and crosses Harden Moor and is well used by horse riders and mountain bikers. Local stables have been informed and notices placed on the bridleway. Please be courteous and considerate (and take care where dogs are concerned).

    There is also a small area used by a model aircraft flying club, which is marked as Out of Bounds on the map. The Short Brown and Blue courses have a leg which come close to this area. You must go round it rather than across.

    All other out of bound areas are bounded by walls and fences and all open fields are out of bounds.

    Dog restrictions

    Dogs under control on the courses. Please clear up any mess.

    Contacts / Officials

    Organiser: Angie & Nigel Hulley

    Planner: Tony Carlyle

    Controllerf: Chris Burden

    Important Information

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