Northern Navigators Orienteering Club



Invite you to a local and NEOL event at

Fontburn Reservoir

Sunday, 21st October 2018


F I N A L   D E T A I L S


Competition :

This is the eighth event in the North East Orienteering League (NEOL).

To be competitive in the league you must run the designated course for your class. See NEOL page for full details.

Travel :The event will be signed from the B6342, approx 7km north of Scots Gap, grid ref NZ059929 (travelling from the south turn left at sharp right hand bend, from the north turn right). Once leaving the main road the route to the event follows a single track road for about 2km, please take care and show courtesy to local residents.
Parking :will be on rough pasture land on the top of a well drained field, at grid ref NZ042942, nearest postcode NE61 4PN. In the event of heavy rain then we will be utilising the Fisherman's car park at the reservoir - unfortunately this is pay and display (currently £1.50 - 2hrs, £3.50 - 4hrs, £5 - all day).
Registration :from 10.00 - 12.00.    Starts :  from 10.30 - 12.30, courses close 2.30.
Pre-entry :There is NO pre-entry for this event. Entry on the day only - first come first served.
Courses :

Yellow, Orange, Light Green , Short Green, Green, Blue, Short Brown.

To be competitive in the NEOL you must run the course or above for your class.

  CourseClass (M)Class (W)
  S.GreenM75+W65+, W75+
  GreenM65+, M16W55+, W16
  BlueM55+Women Open, W40+
  S.BrownMen Open, M40+
Fees :Seniors (aged 21 and over) - £5;    Juniors (aged 20 and under) + students - £2;    Schoolchildren (up to age 16) - £1.
Start / finish :the start is approx 220m SE from registration - follow minor road back down hill to fence corner, then follow fence SW for about 50m. The finish is approx 600m NW from registration.
EPS :This event will use the EMIT 'Touch Free' electronic system. E-tags will be available free of charge on the day, but competitors will be charged for any loss. Unlike previous systems the E-tag is worn much like a wrist watch and needs to be passed within about 10-15cm of the control box, there is a small red LED on the E-tag which flashes for about 10 seconds indicating a successful pass. It will be your responsibility to check - do not try to pass the control too fast. There is no clear station for this system. The E-tag is cleared at the start control and stopped at the finish. There will be a sample control near registration for you to see the E-tag in action. Instruction in the use of the system will be available on the day. Lost or non-returned E-tags will be charged at £55.
Map :Fontburn Reservoir, Scale 1:10000, contours 5m, A4 in size, symbols to ISOM2000. The original map was surveyed during 1988/89 by M.Swales & A.Philipson, redrawn by Rob McKenna in 2007 and updated for this event - it was last used March 2012. Maps will have course overprinted and on waterproof paper. If you prefer further protection then please supply your own bag (A4).
Terrain :Fontburn Reservoir is a fast, runnable, grassy, lowland fell area, used for sheep and cattle grazing. Areas of marshy reed grass on the lower slopes and some small tussocky areas on the higher slopes may hinder progress. There are also a few small wooded areas which line the stream valley and the reservoir. The recent spell of dryish weather has made some of the water features less distinct and has had a toll on the level of the reservoir. In general, most of the contour features are quite subtle and some of the mapped boulders are relatively small.
Crossing pts : There are a number of crossing points on the courses and where your route has been diverted to one of them then you must use it. The ones to the south of the area are gates that can be either opened or climbed, but there are two to the north of the area that will have a step over type stile across a fence. Please report any damage done to registration / download.
Control desc :Control descriptions will be will be on the front of the map for Yellow to Short Green and on the back for Green to Brown. They are in written format for Yellow and Orange courses, all the other courses will be in pictorial format. They are available to download here. Click here for a copy of the IOF pictorial control descriptions.
Safety :The weather forecast for the weekend is expected to be fine with the possibility of some light showers, but as this is a fell area conditions can change rapidly, so please come prepared. A whistle should be carried. All competitors that have registered to start must report to download before they leave the area, even if they have not finished. Lone competitors should leave their details at registration.
Facilities :Limited toilet tent at registration - more formal toilets are available at the Fisherman's car park - turn left just before the reservoir. There is also a small shop there selling ices and confectionery (limited opening times). Sorry there will be no water at the finish, please bring your own supply.
Dogs :Dogs are NOT allowed at this event - there may be cattle and sheep grazing in the parking area. If you must bring your dog then you must not proceed past the Fisherman's car park at the reservoir (approx 1km from registration).
Results :Full results will be posted on the NN website -

If you require a paper copy of the results, please leave your details at registration with 50p to cover postage.

Officials :Organiser - Boris Spence, tel: 01670 860897, email
 Planner - Debby Warren, Dougie Nisbet
 Controller - Rob McKenna (NN)