Lost property: large blue trainers at Knaresborough, large blue flask at Harrogate. Contact organiser
Prize winners: if your Altra shoes or gaiters are the wrong size, please contact the event co-ordinators. We have several unclaimed prizes from Harrogate (first 3 in all classes). These will be available for collection at the Airienteers Fat Rascal races and at the Scottish 5-Day. If you cannot make either, please ask another club member to collect on your behalf. Please email the event co-ordinators beforehand to make sure we bring your prize to the relevant event. Any not collected by the end of the 5-Day will have to be consumed by Claro members!
Mementos: if you did not collect your fridge magnet – available to all Harrogate competitors – there are still some available, from the Claro tent at the Scottish 5-Day.
All info common to both days is in the weekend details. Please make sure you read specific event details in conjunction with this, as the aim has been to avoid duplication wherever possible. Amendments between Tue Jul 11th and the weekend will be highlighted here. Significant changes will also be highlighted in the final details in a different colour.
Added 13/07: Knaresborough Final Details: Margy Longhurst (Deputy Mayor of Knaresborough and experienced walking tour guide) will be attending the sprint on Saturday and has kindly volunteered to lead a free 45 minute excursion at 12.30 from the event centre. It’s possible you might have missed one or two of Knaresborough’s weird and wonderful corners during your sprint so do come along!
Welcome to Claro’s Eurocity weekend in North Yorkshire with the main highlights being a sprint race centred on Knaresborough Castle on Sat 15 July, and an urban race round central Harrogate on Sun 16 July based at Harrogate Ladies’ College, the latter being this year’s UK round in the Eurocity League. We are delighted to welcome orienteers from Australia, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Poland, and Spain, as well as from all around the UK. We have a range of courses suitable for all abilities, from beginners to the best!
Pre-entries for all classes are available until midnight Wed Jul 12th. After that date, entries can be made at each event for the Long, Medium and Short classes, and on the Accessible course on Sunday.
Entries for all classes except Accessible via RaceSignUp:
Entries for the Accessible Course by emailing the Weekend Co-ordinators on email@example.com. No charge as kindly supported by North Yorkshire County Council. It is primarily aimed at wheelchair users and others with disabilities that make steps, steep slopes and rough surfaces challenging.
The full programme also includes a social dinner on Saturday evening, a guided tour of Harrogate with the locally-famous Harry, a Maze O on the school playing fields (accessible to all ages and abilities!), catering at the Sunday event plenty of excellent local businesses on Saturday), prizes and certificates for all courses on both days. See weekend final details above for full details.
Saturday 15 July: Sprint Race – Knaresborough Castle (Yorkshire Urban League)
This spectacular ruined medieval castle with walls and gardens, sits atop towering cliffs alongside the River Nidd. Expect intricate navigation with canny route choices needed to minimise your climb. Starts from 1000-1200 (slightly earlier starts to beat the usual summer crowds). If you are staying or live locally, the event is easily reached by bus or train. The event centre is adjacent to the castle entrance, a short walk from the train station and bus stops.
Sunday 16 July 2023 – EuroCity Race – central Harrogate (also UK and Yorkshire Urban Leagues)
Harrogate has never been used for an urban race so its secret corners will be new to all. A varied and intriguing race awaits you, covering the sights of the town, detailed parkland, large hotel grounds and fine navigation in school grounds. Harrogate Ladies College campus will host us, enabling the planning of quality junior courses within a car-free environment. Starts 1030-1300. Courses close 1430. Prize-giving for both events will be held as close to 1430 as possible.
We have use of Harrogate Ladies College sports hall with toilets and showers. The school is providing catering with soup, sandwiches, cakes etc. Please support them. Coffee etc from Fortunate Son Coffee Van. Bring your own bowl / plate / mug if possible. Plenty of space in the hall or on the playing field to enjoy your lunch. CompassPoint, Altra and Up & Running will attend providing specialist O and general running shops. There will be a free O maze on the school playing field to entertain both young and not-so young. Head-to-head races planned and prizes!
Courses and entries for both days
Experienced orienteers, please enter according to your urban class as in the table below – pre-entries only. Seniors may ‘run up’ if they wish to compete in a younger category. Juniors must run their appropriate age class (until their 16th birthday after which they may choose to ‘run up’ in senior classes).
We are also offering 3 courses for those who wish to run together, families, newcomers, the injured and those who prefer to ‘run down’ for any reason. These are called Short (c 2km optimum route), Medium (c 3.5km) and Long (c 5km). If you plan to go round together, enter just once, not for each member of the group. Short will be car-free and suitable for children (similar to the Young Junior course but open to pairs, groups and to those being shadowed). Medium and Long will be the same technical standard and interest as senior urban classes. Please pre-enter if possible. However entry on the day will be available on these courses (and the Accessible course) for as long as map numbers allow.
Details of maps and courses in the final details (available via links at the top of this page).
MapRun Pack for extending your Yorkshire holiday
We offer a pack of some of our favourite local MapRuns. These will be open for two weeks before and two weeks after the weekend. Request your pack on RaceSignUp for £5. We will print the maps for you on waterproof map paper and provide information if you are new to the format (you need a smart phone or MapRun-enabled watch) along with travel information for each course. Some will be urban and accessible by public transport along with (probably) two terrain ones (a long jaunt over the dales above Pateley Bridge and a short intricate outing to the magnificent Brimham Rocks). Your pack will be available to collect from a conveniently central Harrogate home and at the events. More info here.
Travel notes for overseas and non-local UK travellers
Rail: There are direct InterCity LNER services to Harrogate from London Kings Cross (immediately adjacent to St Pancras and its EuroStar terminus). Harrogate and Knaresborough have frequent local services from Leeds and York, both of which connect with other InterCity trains from Kings Cross and elsewhere. If travelling direct to Knaresborough on Saturday, the London-York-Knaresborough route could be the earliest option; the assembly area will be close to the station.
Air: Leeds-Bradford Airport is nearby, with a bus service to Harrogate.
Once here: There are numerous accommodation options. Harrogate is compact so anywhere central will provide easy access to the adjacent bus and train stations, and the event centre at the school. Harrogate and Knaresborough are linked by a half hourly train service and a bus every ten minutes (Services 1, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D). Harrogate and Knaresborough have lots to offer visitors and are both popular tourist destinations. The beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park is on our doorstep if you can extend your stay.
Claro Orienteers look forward to welcoming you.
Any queries, please contact the Weekend Co-ordinators, Ruth Ker and Linda Kelly, at firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is made possible by the participation of: North Yorkshire County Council, Harrogate Ladies College, Windsor House, The Old Swan Hotel, Cairn Hotel, The Crown Hotel, Ascot House Hotel, The Welford Hotel, Harrogate Convention Centre, The Church of St Wilfrid, St Robert’s Church, Rogers’ Almshouses, Wesley Chapel, Prologue Cycles, Tate Group Lambert House, British Orienteering Federation, HMCA (Hospital & Medical Care Association) Knaresborough, Altra Running, Up and Running, CompassPoint, Taylors of Harrogate, Artizan, Harrogate Chocolate Company, Love Brownie, Roosters, Cold Bath Brewery and The Old Bell. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.