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Sunday 26th November 2023

Entries Open
Monday 2nd October 2023
Entries Close
Wednesday 22nd November 2023
Entries So Far
143 Participants
Entry Fees

Course A / B / C / D:

up to 12/11/23
Senior - £12
Junior/Student - £6

from 13/11/23
Senior - £13
Junior/Student - £7

Blue, Green:
Senior - £8
Junior/Student - £4

(£1 surcharge for non-BOF/SOA members)

Entry Secretary - Chris Roberts

Please note: Pre-entries only.  There will be no entry on the day.

Follow this link for information on the history of this event 

This mass start, long distance race inspired by the famous Norwegian Blodslitet was renamed the Tim Watkins Trophy in memory of Tim who died in a car accident in March 2005. Tim was instrumental in introducing this demanding race to the UK and had already organised the first two races. It is usually held every 18 months in March or November.

Parking & Assembly

This will be on forest tracks in Broughton Moor plantation
Nearest postcode   LA21 8BY (Torver). ALL vehicles MUST approach from Torver.
From A593 / A5084 junction at Torver go 1.5km SW on A593 then turn right & steep uphill on a minor road. “O” signs from here.
The plantation entrance is 1.5km on the right, at
GR SD256931                   what3words   patching.rekindle.handbook

From plantation entrance, you still have over 4 km to drive on good forest tracks – allow plenty of time.

Cars should park on the left side of the track, at the start of the line of parking, where there is room for another vehicle to get past. Park on approach facing inwards. After the event proceed forwards to a turning point to turn and exit the same way. As this is a mass start event and everyone will be arriving at a similar time DO NOT turn until you are leaving after the event.
After parking you will have 100m – 600m walk to Assembly.

Campervans and anything wider than a car will be parked in a wide bay approx. 1100m before Assembly. Large vehicles must not proceed beyond this point.

Facilities at Assembly

●        Mobile toilets

●        Water NOT provided; please bring your own

●        Tent for clothing dump

●        SI clear

●        Essential kit check, map & bib issue, SI check. You must not open your map before your start and the seal will be checked on the start line.

●        Please bring your own pins for bibs, which must be affixed on your chest outside all clothing

Courses – subject to final controlling

Course Class Ages e.w.t. Start km Climb m Controls Scale
A Mens Open M20+ 125 11:00 18.1 855 39 1:15,000
B Womens Open W20+ 125 11:00 16.2 730 35 1:15,000
C Mens Vets Junior Men Open Medium M50+ M18- any 95 11:05 11.5 645 26 1:10,000
D Womens Vets Junior Women Open Short W50+ W18- any 95 11:05 9.7 390 26 1:10,000
E Blue any   30 secs 11:06-11:45 7.3 380 20 1:10,000
F Green any   30 secs 11:06-11:45 5.7 355 17 1:10,000


Courses Close at 14:30.    Every competitor MUST download, even if you retire.
Age Classes are a guide. You may enter and run any course you wish.
Expect some form of gaffling on courses A, B, C & D.
“Open Medium” and “Open Short” classes are intended for fellrunners, other good runners & orienteers who may find the length or navigation required on their age-class course to be too much, but who still want to participate in a mass-start event. The technical difficulty will still be as hard as the area permits.
E / “Blue” and F / “Green” will be normal orienteering “time trial” punching start at 30 second intervals, for those where the mass start courses are too long. 


There are 4 permanent trophies, to be returned for the next event, which will be presented to :

●        1st place on course A

●        1st Woman on course B

●        1st M50+ on course C

●        1st W50+ on course D

Non-returnable prizes will also be presented to :

●        Each of the above

●        1st M18- on course C

●        1st W18- on course D

●        1st Open Medium on course C

●        1st Open Short on course D

●        2nd on course A

●        2nd M50+ on course C

●        2nd W50+ on course D

●        Others may be added depending on entry numbers

Prizegiving will be as soon as possible after all the winners are known.



Distance to Assembly from Parking - cars                            100 – 600 m
Distance to Assembly from Parking – campers                   1100 m
Start from Assembly                                                                750 m
Assembly from Finish                                                              600 m
Courses A, B, C & D will each have a mass-start, between 11:00 & 11:05
Competitors on Blue & Green will start at 30 second intervals, from 11:06 – 11:45



Open exposed fell, over 500m


Previous maps

The area combines previous maps of Torver High Common and Caw.
See :


Online via SIEntries

By 12/11/23 12/11/23 By 22/11/23-subject to map availability
  A, B, C, D Blue, Green  
Senior 21+ £12 £8 + £1
Junior & Full-time Students £6 £6 + £1
NON-BOF + £1 £1 No change
SI card hire (not SIAC) £30 if lost £1 £1 No change


Helper Discount (50%)– please contact the Organiser (see below) for discount code before entering.


SI – Controls will be enabled for contactless punching, apart from the Finish which must be punched manually.

There will be no loose control descriptions; these will just be printed on the map.

Essential equipment

The event is being held on high and open fells at a time of the year when the weather can be cold and/or wet. All competitors MUST carry or wear the following :

●        Compass

●        Whistle

●        Waterproof cagoule with hood

●        Waterproof overtrousers

●        Hat

●        Gloves

●        Survival bag (not blanket) (plastic or foil)

●        Mobile phone (to be used in case of emergency only. An emergency number will be printed on the map, which will be manned at a location with signal)

●        Pins (for bib)

Essential kit will be checked prior to map and bib issue. Anyone without essential kit will not be issued with their map or bib and will not be allowed to participate.

Vests and/or shorts may be permitted depending on conditions on the day. Come prepared to run with leg and shoulder cover if necessary. Notices will be posted in Assembly on the day.

You may also want to carry some fluid and sustenance.

Mobile signal (O2 at least) is available over much of the area, though there are some dead spots including NE of Caw and on Caw Moss.


Nearest Hospitals

Furness General Hospital                           24-hour A&E
01229 870870
Dalton Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 4LF
20 miles              40 minutes

Westmorland General Hospital                Urgent Treatment 08:00 – 22:00
01539 732288
Burton Road, Kendal, LA9 7RG
30 miles              45 minutes


Event Officials

Planner               Scott Collier                     KERNO

Controller          Chris Heppenstall           LOC

Organiser           John Embrey                    SROC         



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