Simonside Classic

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    • Starts from: 11:00 am

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    Due to the forecast of deteriorating weather on Sunday afternoon, starts will now be between 10.30 and 12.00.  Courses will close at 14.00.



    Lordenshaw and Simonside Moor are ares of open moorland offering fine views and ancient monuments.  All courses visit Lordenshaw hillfort.  Participants also visit the cup and ring marked stone, 0.3 km from the finish.  Please note that the event does not include Simonside Forest, which was badly affected by Storm Arwen.

    All courses visit Lordenshaw.  Light Green, Blue and Brown also visit the lower slopes of Simonside moor.  White and Yellow courses are on rough pasture.  Other courses also include areas of heather and bracken. Green and Brown courses cross linear marshes.  Please cross at the narrowest points, as indicated on the map.
    Travel: From North & South via A697 and B6341 to Rothbury.
    From Alnwick using B6341 to Rothbury.
    From Rothbury take B6342 (“Hexham”) to Lordenshaw Road end which is about 2 miles out of Rothbury, Carefully turn right at a sharp bend (“O signed”) near the small National Park boundary sign, onto a single track road. Follow this road to the Forest Car Park. Limited parking for families with small children, those seeking E.o.D and hypervets may be available at Lordenshaws.
    From Hexham the B6342 passes the Lordenshaw junction (“O signed) 1 mile after Forestburn Gate (small pub). Nearest Postcode: NE61 4PU (Please do not enter the farm drive). ///portable.wealth.cycled
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    Please drive very carefully along the Lordenshaw Road: Orienteers walking to the start and two course crossings.

    N.B. B6344 to Rothbury from A697 Weldon Bridge is closed long term. Diversion via B6341.

    Entry: Pre entry for all courses via SIentries is now available. Senior (21+) £7 Junior (20-)/ Student £2.
    Total entries not to exceed 70.
    Entry on the day available only for Orange while limited map stock permits.

    Start/Finish: There is a 0.9 mile walk along the road to the start.  Please follow tape along the verge and beware oncoming traffic. Starts 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Courses close 2:00 p.m.
    A bag drop area will be provided at the point where the route to the start leaves the road.  A tent will be available near finish and download for those waiting for other competitors.

    First aid will be available at the finish/download area. 
    Under 16s looking for a more challenging course are recommended to enter Short Green

    Courses:DistanceClimbMap ScaleFormat
    Orange2.9 km.75 m.1:7500A4
    Light Green3.0 km.80 m.1:7500A4
    Short Green2.8 km.100 m.1:7500A4
    Green3.6 km.120 m.1:10 000A4
    Blue5.2 km.205 m.1:10 000A4
    Brown8.4 km.225 m.1:10 000A3
    Whistles will be compulsory.  Hooded cagoules may be made compulsory, please check final details.
    Full leg cover is required. 

    Map: 2022 by Paul Taylor. Minor updates 2023 by George Hare. Scale and format as above.

    Descriptions: Printed on the map and available loose at the start.

    Punching: SportIdent. Basic dibbers may be ordered for hire with entry or at downmload.

    Dogs: Not permitted out on courses.

    Facilities: Limited toilets at event near the start. Public toilets in Rothbury where the B6342 leaves the main street.
    Bewick’s Kitchen & Coffee House by Rothbury Church open Sundays until last orders 3:00 p.m. Website to check.

    Officials: Organiser: Willard Wright <> 0771 542 2551
    Planner: Mary Rack
    Controller: Allen Banister

    Safety: Whistles will be compulsory.  Hooded cagoules may be made compulsory. Please check final details. Orienteering is an adventure sport and this is challenging terrain. A comprehensive risk assessment for the event will be prepared and identified risks mitigated. However, please be aware that participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

    Planner’s Comments: We held this event in January to avoid the grouse shooting season and the ground nesting birds in spring.  Despite this it was good to see people travel some distance to participate.  Thanks for the positive comments.  I tried to link together some of the more runnable areas of Lordenshaw and Simonside.  Necessarily they were connected by some very rough pasture and heather moorland.  I also looked for a variety of control features – though rock features still predominated!  Fortunately we did not use the higher ground, which would have been very windy.

    Thanks to a number of NATO volunteers, we were able to get the controls in before the worst of storm lsha hit us.
    Mary Rack

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