Cockermouth School, Festive Fund Raising Event


Thursday, December 20, 2018






Night Series


CA13 0DF

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WCOC Juniors will be selling cakes to raise funds - please support them!


No dogs on the courses


Seniors £3.50      Juniors £2


Long (~4-5 km)
Short (~2-3 km)
Novice course (1-2 km) for those new to night orienteering

If you arrive late please consider running a shorter course to ensure you have returned by course close time.

Start Times: 

5.45 - 7.15 pm

Courses Close: 

8.30 pm propmt. Please report to download even if you retire.



Other Notes: 

Keeping safe on an urban night event
In order to keep all runners safe please read the following info/update:
  • Hi-Viz clothing/reflective running accessories are strongly advised for ALL runners - it will be MANDATORY for all JUNIORS. It will be dark and there might be traffic - please be seen. Don't forget a torch - a head torch if you have one is best.
  • Novice course: Open to all ages and any level of experience, particularly suitable for M/W10 and novices. This course is short, within the grounds of Cockermouth School and does not cross any public roads. 
  • Short course:  Open to M/W12 and above, a shorter course suitable for experienced juniors, adult novices and those looking for a fast sprint course. This course will involve crossing  public roads and may encounter traffic so runners must be cautious and aware of road users. The course will cross Castlegate Drive where runners will be under the control of a marshal.
  • Long course: Open to all runners who are 16 years old or over. This longer course will involve multiple road crossings and runners are likely to encounter more traffic. 
  • Where present, runners should run on pavements and cross roads at designated pedestrian crossings. 

WCOC Night Series 2018-19

The format is the same as previous years with the events before the New Year being on easier terrain offering a Novice course (1-2 km) for those new to night orienteering as well as the usual Long (4-5 km) and Short (2-3 km) courses.

In the New Year the venues get more technical and wilder, and so are not suitable for novice juniors at night. However, the intention is, where appropriate, to offer a lower technical difficulty (3-4 km) ‘Nighthawk’ course suitable for novice adults.

You will need a good lamp or light, preferably a headtorch to leave your hands free for the map and compass! The events really are great fun, and because you have to be sure of your location at all times, your orienteering skills will improve no end.  

The weather will generally be cold and wet, with underfoot conditions muddy, icy, or if we're very lucky snowy! The conditions will dictate the safety requirements. Clothing suitable for the terrain and conditions should be worn, so come prepared.

It is recommended that you carry a whistle and spare batteries/torch. It is also advised that you wear some form of reflective clothing in the unlikely event of a search for a competitor who is hurt, unable to walk or is concussed). This shouldn’t be too difficult as most modern clothing, shoes, back packs or bum bags have some reflective sections or flashes. However, some reflective armbands will also be available at registration.

Starts are from 5.45 – 7.15 pm and courses will close promptly at 8.30 pm (unless otherwise indicated at registration). Earlier starts may be allowed if the planner is ready to go. ALL COMPETITORS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEY REGISTER BEFORE RUNNING AND HAVE RETURNED TO REGISTRATION BY THE COURSE CLOSE TIME, EVEN IF THEY HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE COURSE.If you arrive late please consider running a shorter course to ensure you have returned by course close time.