Harlow Hill & RHS Harlow Carr – 25 Sep 16


Results and Splits
Ranking Points

There will be no RouteGadget because courses on two maps cannot be handled.

Organiser’s Comments

Thanks to all those who supported our event on Sunday. Hopefully most of you enjoyed yourselves and got the best of the weather and the Gardens. The event went reasonably smoothly with the exception of two incidents. Despite being secured with a wire Gripple lock, one control used on Black, Brown and Green (control 214) was stolen early on in the event and a number of people spent time looking for something that was no longer there.  The Planner and Controller acted swiftly as soon as we were alerted and replaced it, but in the interests of fairness we have had to exclude the legs on either side of that control for all competitors. The second incident was an SI box (control 191) that appeared to lose it’s time synchronisation. Whilst this will make a difference to the splits for the legs either side, it will not have any impact on the results so no action has been taken.

My thanks to Amy Croxton and Sarah Moss at the RHS, the numerous CLARO helpers on the day, together with the Planner and Controller who had the less pleasant early morning task of setting out in the dark and heavy rain.

Planner’s Comments

This was my first Level C event as Planner. I found it something of big step up from the Level D events I normally pootle around with. 12 courses over two differently scaled maps with the longer courses using three maps altogether and most enjoying a map exchange made things more than a little entertaining. I was pleased to be able to offer a proper range of courses from enjoyable junior runs within Harlow Carr Gardens to a reasonable Black which involved some challenging legs in Birk Crag along the northern side of the map. The early morning rain meant some muddy paths, slippery rocks and wet woods, but the sun was out in time to warm runners.

The only fly in the ointment was the loss of a control on the longer courses. The disappearance of the grippled control was due to theft by someone equipped with determination, but Harrogate is a bit of a rough area……… This control was replaced immediately I became aware of it and I hope the incident did not spoil anyone’s run.

I must take this opportunity to thank my Controller, Graham Ramsden, for his unstinting help and patient support in pulling the courses together and establishing them on the day.

Richard Kirk

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Event Details

CLARO hosted a Yorkshire Superleague event (Level C) at Harlow Hill and RHS Harlow Carr on Sunday 25 September 2016.

LOCATION Harlow Carr
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE 53.980876, -1.571054
LINKS Streetmap

ENTRIES:   Entry on the day only (EOD).  SportIdent (SI) punching will be used for all courses.  Hire dibbers will be available.


  • Light Green and above: Senior £7,  Juniors and full time students £2.50
  • Orange, Yellow, White: £2.50
  • Maximum family charge: £15
  • SI dibber hire: Senior £1 , Juniors and full time students 50p

DIRECTIONS:   The area is approximately 2km south west of Harrogate, just north of the B6162 Otley Road. It will not be signed as there are permanent road signs for RHS Harlow Carr Gardens.  Parking will be in Car Park 3 (new) and will be signed from the main entrance. Please do not park in the other car parks. Please note the RUNNERS CROSSING signs and take care near the car parks.

REGISTRATION:   In the entrance of the Learning Centre within the gardens. Access for the orienteering event will be via a separate manned gate in the fence on the SW side of the main car park adjacent to the gardens. It will be signed from the car park and marked with the CLARO club feather flag. Competitors will not be required to remove studs or muddy footwear for registration or download, but this will be required to access the toilets within the Learning Centre.

STARTS:   There will be two starts: one for all courses except Orange, Yellow and White will be in the woodland near the car parks and be signed accordingly. The other for Orange, Yellow and White only will be in the gardens near to registration.

FACILITIES:  Toilet facilities will be provided within the Learning Centre and elsewhere within the gardens.  No studs or muddy shoes are allowed within the Learning Centre. Water will be available at the finish.

In agreement with RHS, access to the gardens has been granted for orienteering purposes. Once competitors leave the gardens after they have run they may not re-enter expect through the usual gardens entrance where usual entry conditions apply. There will be an area in the Learning Centre where competitors can leave bags and clothing near to Registration / Download.

TERRAIN:   The area comprises a mix of mature woodland and parkland with some varied rock and contour detail in on the western side.  All courses will finish within the RHS Gardens. The Orange, Yellow and White courses will be entirely within the Gardens.

MAP:   1:7,500 scale with 5m contours and a map exchange for a 1:4,000 scale with 5m contours for all courses except Orange, Yellow and White which will just use the 1:4,000 scale. Updated in 2016. Printed on waterproof paper. Control descriptions will be printed on the map and available loose in the start lanes on waterproof paper.

COURSES:   This event is part of the Yorkshire Superleague. Recommended class allocations are in the table below. Competitors can run any course, with scoring adjusted in accordance with the Superleague rules.

Course Men Women
Black M21
Brown M35   M40
Short Brown M18   M20   M45  M50 W21
Blue M16   M55   M60 W35   W40
Short Blue M65 W18   W20   W45   W50
Green M70 W16   W55   W60
Short Green M75   M80 W65   W70
Very Short Green W75   W80
Light Green M14 W14
Orange M12 W12
Yellow M10 W10
White (Not part of the Superleague)

Course details

Course Distance Climb Controls
Black 9.2km  180m 29
Brown 7.7km 155m 28
Short Brown 6.8km 150m 26
Blue 5.7km 110m 23
Short Blue 5.2km 90m 20
Green 4.4km 50m 17
Short Green 3.5km 40m 17
Very Short Green 3.0km 35m 16
Light Green 3.1km 35m 16
Orange 2.2km 30m 18
Yellow 1.7km 15m 15
White 1.5km 10m 14
Registration open: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Starts: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Courses close: 2:30pm

DOGS:  No dogs (other than registered assistance dogs) are allowed within the gardens at any time, including at Registration.  Within car parks they 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. 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 – www.claro-orienteering.org.uk.  Information can also be obtained by phoning the organiser.

RESULTS:   These will be posted on the Claro website www.claro-orienteering.org.uk.

PHOTOGRAPHY:   In accordance with the British Orienteering Policy Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, 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:           Vince Grealy (CLARO) – 07958 955334

Planner:             Richard Kirk (CLARO)
Controller:          Graham Ramsden (CLARO)