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SES5: 20th Jun: Thornthwaite Results


Sorry for the delay in publishing these results, there was more work to generating than I had expected. Please check them through and if you wish to comment I will be willing to listen.

Congratulation to the Taylors for coming out on top in the straight score event, but we should also congratulate Pippa Thompson for visited all but one control with just 7 seconds to spare.

The snooker event was much easier for those who know how the game is played, the results suggest that the Parker family probably have a table at home.

I hope you enjoyed Thornthwaite, it is a small compact area just suited to this style of fun event. Thank you to the Scouts for allowing us to use it for the evening.


Fifth event of 6 in the Summer Evening Series 2023

Entries via Racesignup by Sun Jun 18th here.
Entries on the day available subject to map availability.

Location info:

Thornthwaite Scout camp,
Grid Reference: SE176595
Directions: HG3 4AQ

Travel to Thornthwaite Scout Camp via Dacre: please DO NOT follow any road signs for Thorntwaite village or rely on SatNav directions!

When approaching from the West along the A59: Take the A59 from Skipton and continue along the A59. After passing through Blubberhouses continue to the Menwith Hill Crossroads where you turn left on to the Pateley Bridge road (B6451). Also signed with brown tourist signs for Nidderdale attractions.

When approaching from Harrogate along the A59: Continue along the A59 past the wind farm until you come to the Menwith Hill crossroads, where you turn right on to the Pateley Bridge road (B6451). Also signed with brown tourist signs for Nidderdale attractions.

From Menwith Hill crossroads: Follow the B6451 for about 3miles passing the Darley Mill centre. Ignore any signs for Thornthwaite village and keep on the main road up the hill into Dacre village. At the top end of the village immediately past public toilets and a red telephone box, turn left into Dacre Lane (signed Braithwaite). There is also a small ‘Scout’ sign attached below the direction sign.

Follow Dacre Lane for nearly 1.5 miles and watch for a junction on the left signed Dacre Pasture Lane. There is a fairly large sign for Thornthwaite Scout Activity Centre but it is partly obscured by footpath finger post signs. Turn left down Dacre Pasture lane. After approx 1/2mile the entrance to the Campsite is on the left and there is a sign.

The track is quite rough so drive slowly, do not turn right down to the farm keep straight on across 2 fields and you come to the entrance to the campsite, turn right down the drive.

Timings:   Registration opens 1745, Starts from1800-1900, Courses close 1930. 

Event fees: BOF Members £5, Non-members £6, Juniors £3. Timing chip hire: Seniors £1, Juniors £0.50 (fee for a lost chip: £30).

Short Beginners or Long Beginners: 45 minute score event
Short Experienced or Long experienced: 45 minute Snook-O score event
Full electronic timing (contactless enabled) on all courses.

For all Beginners there will be a 45 minute score event. You will be given a map with 21 controls scattered all over the area. You have 45 minutes to visit as many different ones as you can and be back at the finish. You can visit them in any order, for each different one you visit you will get points. However, if you are late back to the finish points will be deducted at 2 points per minute or part minute. You may bring along a pen, or similar, to carry round and tick off your controls as you go

For all Experienced, you will have 45 minutes from starting to visit as many controls as you can in a snooker like sequence, ie red, colour, red, colour….As in the real game you can only count each Red control once but the subsequent colour can be used as many times as you wish. The Reds will be numbered R1, R2, R3 up to R15 and be worth 1 point. These reds can be taken in any order, separated by another colour Yellow Yw (2 points), Green Gn (3 points), Brown Bn (4 points), Blue Be (5 points), Pink Pk (6 points)or Black Bk (7 points). Once you have visited as many of the Red/Colour combinations you wish (up to 15 possible), you can clear as many of the colours in the sequence: Yellow, Green, Brown, Blue, Pink then Black, before returning to the finish. There will be penalties for lateness of 2 points per minute or part there of. If you are unsure of the rules of snooker, you may wish to swot up on them before the event! You may also like a pen or similar to tick off your progress.

Map & Terrain description:  A newly mapped area, the Scout camp is generally runnable natural woodland with some rocky ground. The northern part of the area can offer lovely views across the Nidd Valley. Scale 1;4000 with 5m contours.

Toilets will be available for use.

Coaching: a pre-event coaching session will not be available at this event as the coach will be putting out controls! Use the time to swot up on your snooker rules!

Picnic:  After the event there will be a picnic that all who attend are welcome to join. Please bring along some food and drink to share. We will try and provide a hot drink and there is plenty of cover should it rain.

General Entry Enquiries: Linda Kelly (
Organiser: Quentin Harding. quentinH@claro-orienteering

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