Brimham Rocks 22 Nov 15


These are now final results following the decision to void a leg on some courses.

Splitsbrowser (based on the preliminary results so as not to break it)
Ranking points

A few photos
Some more photos from Karen Clark

Event Details

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CLARO will host a Yorkshire Superleague (Level C) Event at Brimham Rocks on Sunday 22nd November 2015.

Final details – event confirmed.


Final Update as at 21 Nov 15: (Changes in blue) Whilst the weather forecast is currently good, please note the comments from the Controller below:

Brimham has recently been extremely wet underfoot. It has been very muddy and slippery. Some of the smaller paths have been running with water. The rocks are also slippery.  The bracken has mainly died down, but there are a few places where it is still challenging.  Brimham is at a height of 300m and is an exposed area ; the weather can change quickly. Please dress appropriately for the time of year and conditions.

Technical courses (Green upwards) cross the road to take competitors onto the Eastern side of the area. The road is Out of Bounds and marked as such on the map. Please observe this restriction and only cross the road at the three marked crossing points. The crossing points will be unmanned. There will be signs on the roads to warn motorists. Your safety is your responsibility. Please take extra care at the road crossings.

The Eastern side of the area is rough ground underfoot; mainly well established heather or tussocks of rough grass. It is physically demanding. Please bear this in mind when choosing your course. There are areas on this side where the bracken is still quite high.

Junior courses have all been planned to British Orienteering criteria, but bear in mind that Brimham is a technically challenging area and has a complex network of paths. It is recommended that all White competitors are accompanied by an adult and that Yellow competitors should be at least shadowed. For the Orange course, parents should be sure that their child is capable and experienced enough for this area, otherwise shadowing is recommended.

Safety bearings:  On the main competition area, an East bearing will always (eventually) bring you to the road which can then be followed South to the main entrance to Brimham Rocks.
If you have crossed the road (Green upwards) then a West bearing will bring you to the road.

Two updated points from the organiser:

Kiosk – the refreshment kiosk will be open between 10:30 and 4pm for hot drinks and snacks (it is adjacent to the WC block). The Visitor Centre and shop, higher up the hill from the kiosk, are out of bounds until after people have finished their run but also open between 10:30 and 4pm.
As registration, start, finish and download are all within 200m of the car park, drinks will not be provided at the Finish. Please bring your own water or make use of the Kiosk at Brimham.

Parking – if you cannot display a NT membership card/parking sticker in you car, please use the ticket machine in main car park as the one in the orienteering car park is out of order.

LOCATION Brimham Rocks
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE 54.076458,-1.682838
LINKS Streetmap

ENTRIES:   Entry on the day only (EOD).  Registration immediately to the North of the car park.  SportIdent (SI) punching will be used for all courses.  Hire dibbers will be available.

Light Green and above:  £7.00
Orange, Yellow & White  £2.50
Juniors and full-time students on any course £2.50
SI dibber hire £1 (Juniors 50p)

PARKING:  Parking is only in the National Trust Pay and Display Car Park. Orienteers will be directed to the northernmost car park. £5 for up to 4 hours, £6 all day. Coins only in the machines. Parking is free for NT members with a valid  membership card/parking sticker. Minibuses £8 and coaches £15 per day. Please contact the organiser if you are bringing a coach.

Please share transport wherever possible.

DIRECTIONS:          The area is approximately 10 miles north west  of Harrogate. Please follow the brown tourist attraction signs to Brimham Rocks. These are posted from the B6165 Ripley to Pateley Bridge Road and from the B6265 Ripon to Pateley Bridge Road.

TERRAIN:  These strange and fantastic rock formations are set within Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are owned and managed by the National Trust. Formed by millions of years of geological movement, ice ages and erosion by sun wind and rain and located at 300m above sea level, these spectacular formations afford wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. The area is rich in wildlife and the vegetation is mainly heather and bracken moorland with scattered trees. There are small areas of woodland to the west on the steeper slopes and patches of bilberry. Please note the rocks can be slippery when wet.

MAP:          Either 1:10,000 scale or 1:5,000 with 5m contours for all courses. Revised in 2015. Printed on waterproof paper. Control descriptions will be printed on the map and available loose (not waterproof paper) in the start lanes.

COURSES:        Colour coded courses as follows:

Course Distance ( km) Climb (m) Controls
White 1.4 20 13
Yellow 1.7 30 11
Orange 2.7 40 12
Light Green 2.9 40 12
Very Short Green 2.5 80 9
Short Green 2.8 95 10
Green 3.2 95 13
Short Blue 4 150 16
Blue 4.8 150 21
Short Brown 6.1 215 25
Brown 7.6 205 29
Black 8.8 270 30

For the Yorkshire Superleague, the recommended courses are below. You can run up or down and your score will be adjusted in accordance with the current rules.  With two events to go the current standings are here.

Course Mens classes Womens Classes
Yellow M10 W10
Orange M12 W12
Light Green M14 W14
Very Short Green W75  W80
Short Green M75  M80 W65  W70
Green M70 W16  W55  W60
Short Blue M65 W18 W20  W45  W50
Blue M16  M55  M60 W35  W40
Short Brown M18  M20  M45  M50 W21
Brown M35  M40
Black M21

START AND FINISH:    Both Start and Finish are within 100m of the car park.

Registration open: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Starts: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Car Park Exit Opens 12.00 noon
Courses close: 2:00pm

FACILITIES:  The NT Toilets are some 500m from the car park along the main NT footpath, sited at the rear of the refreshment kiosk. Please keep to this footpath route when going to and returning from the toilets – to avoid being disqualified do not venture off it  as it goes through the competition area.

DOGS:  Dogs are allowed, but only in the car park/assembly area and must be kept on a lead at all times.

SAFETY:  Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. If travelling alone, please leave your keys at registration. All competitors who start must report to download even if they retire. Brimham is a high, exposed area. Please dress appropriately for the time of year and specific weather on the day. Whistles and full leg cover are compulsory. Waterproof jackets may be compulsory in the case of bad weather. In the unlikely event of cancellation, details will be posted on the Claro website –  Information can also be obtained by phoning the organiser.

RESULTS: These will be posted on the Claro website

PHOTOGRAPHY:  In accordance with the British Orienteering Child Welfare Policy and Procedures, the organiser of this event requires that any person wishing to engage in any video, zoom or close range photography should register their details with the organiser before carrying out any such photography. The organiser reserves the right to decline entry to any person unable to meet or abide by the organiser’s conditions.  The club policy is here.


Organiser:         Susan Birtwistle (CLARO) – Phone 01765 677099

Planner:             Liz Potterton and Graham Ramsden (CLARO)
Controller:       Chris Dicken (CLARO)