Race the Castles – Knaresborough Castle Urban Middle Distance 21-Aug-19

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Please contact Liz Drewe: lizdreweatoutlook.com or 07855492943

Claro will host an urban middle distance event at Knaresborough Castle on Wednesday evening 21st August 2019. This is part of the  Race the Castles 2019 series. Following on from the very successful Race the Castles in 2014, the event now comes to Yorkshire and the East Midlands with 12 different orienteering events in just 9 days, all with a (tenuous!) castle theme.

There are changes to the parking arrangements and competitor entrance to the event.

Some cars can now use school grounds for parking from the entrance on King James Road. Drivers should take extra care as there will be runners going to the start and later returning via this entrance on their courses. Any cars using this entrance and parking in the school grounds should not be moved between 1815 and 1915 when competitor movement is likely to be greatest. The original parking on Aspin Lane described below will be used as overflow parking. Those using the overflow parking can enter the school grounds on foot via a green gate on Aspin Lane which is no further away from registration than some of the parking in the school grounds.

The nearest postcode for the school entrance is HG5 8EB. The grid reference is SE 3533 5668.

RAIL: There are regular rail services to Knaresbough on the York-Harrogate line and from the station go right up Station Rd onto the High Street then proceed 500m right to King James School.

CAR: The event is based at King James School which is at the east end of Knaresborough High Street.  Competitors should park in the school grounds or on the roadside in Aspin Lane and surrounding roads.

Approaching Knaresborough from the east on the A59 go straight through traffic lights at Wetherby Road (or from Wetherby Road, B6164, turn left at the lights) then the first good turn left after 600m onto King James Rd. (beware there is an acute left turn after about 400m onto a blocked off road). At the end of King James Road (200m) turn left onto Aspin Lane.

From the west on the A59 go along Knaresborough High Street, through traffic lights at Gracious Street and take second right onto King James Road. At the end of King James Road (200m) turn left onto Aspin Lane.

Please park on the east side of Aspin Lane or in nearby streets with consideration of safety on the road corners and access to properties for local residents.


LOCATION King James School, Knaresborough
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE 54.003792 N : -1.462366 W
LINKS Streetmap
OS GRID REFERENCE SE 3533  5656  – Aspin Lane


Registration: 6-7pm
Starts: 6.30 – 7.30 pm
Courses close: 8.30 pm

ENTRIES: Entry on the day only (EOD).

  • Courses A-F: Senior £7, Juniors and full time students £2.50
  • Courses G and H: £2.50
  • Maximum family entry charge: £15
  • SI dibber hire: Senior £1 , Juniors and full time students 50p

ELECTRONIC PUNCHING. SportIdent (SI) punching, air-enabled, will be used for all courses. Hire dibbers (not SIAC) will be available. Controls will be enabled for touch-free punching for those with SI Air dibbers; SI Air competitors will however still need to punch the start and finish controls.  Those without SI Air dibbers will be able to punch as normal at all controls.   Controls will be grippled however NOT through the punching hole so you will be able to punch with ease.

COURSES: For this event we are using the YHOA Urban League courses as given below  but note that, as with most urbans, the actual run distance will be up to 150% more than straight line distance.

Anyone can run any course except under 16s who can choose G or H (unless accompanied by an adult). If you have had your 16th birthday you can run any course. Courses G and H will include running on pavements alongside busy roads, but these roads will not be crossed. There is one road crossing at a pedestrian crossing point, and a road must be crossed on the way to the start.

A – Open men (4.1k 145m climb)

B – Open women Vet men M40+ (3.6k 130m climb)

C – Vet women W40+ Supervet men M55+ (3.3k 90m climb)

D – Supervet women W55+ Ultravet men M65+ (2.7k 80m climb)

E – Ultravet women W65+ Hypervet men M75+ (2.4k 60m climb)

F – Hypervet women W75+ (2.1k 50m climb)

G – W16- M16- (1.6k 35m climb)

H – W12- M12- (1.2k 15m climb)

TERRAIN: Around the streets of Knaresborough with some controls in the grounds of St James School

MAP: 1:4000 scale with 5m contours for all courses; printed on A4 waterproof paper

START and FINISH: The finish is adjacent to registration and the start is on Fysche Hall field, a 250m taped walk from registration.

FACILITIES: Drinking water will not be provided, please bring your own.

SAFETY: A comprehensive risk assessment will be carried out by the organiser, but 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. 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.
If you have a medical condition that first aiders should know about in an emergency, please contact the organiser with details before the event, or fill in a form at registration. These details will only be
used for the purposes of this event and can be collected or will otherwise be deleted/destroyed afterwards.

INSURANCE: Please note that if you are not a member of an orienteering club affiliated to British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance except if you are a newcomer to orienteering, in which case you are covered for three registered orienteering events without joining. Please ask any of our club officials for more information if you would like to join CLARO.

RESULTS: These will be posted on the Claro website www.claro-orienteering.org.uk.
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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: Liz Drewe (CLARO) – Phone (times): 07855 492943 (before 9pm please)
Email:lizdrewe at outlook.com
Planner: Matthew Rochester(CLARO)
Controller: Mike Cope (CLARO)