CLOK logo Cleveland Orienteering Klub
invites you to the NE Score Championships on
Dale Town Moor
on Sunday 21st November 2021
CLOK logo

Dale Town Moor is 5 miles north-east of Thirsk, easily accessed from the A19.  The event will signed from Sneck Yate Bank 1 mile north-east of Boltby village at grid reference SE 504872.  The nearest postcode is YO7 2DY (but please note that this is in Boltby village) and the What3words reference is ///kitten.champions.animator.

Click on the link to see a map.  You can zoom in (and, optionally, switch to Satellite mode) to see the details of the final approach to the event.  You can also get directions if you specify your starting location.

We are accessing the moor from High Paradise Farm and parking in their new winter parking field.  Please follow the one way system along the single track road leading to and through the farm.

Click on this link to see a map of the one way system.  After turning off Sneck Yate Bank you have a long uphill drive on a single track road.  Eventually you will come to High Paradise Farm.  Continue past the farm buildings and then turn right into the parking field.  Please follow the directions from the parking marshall, as space is quite tight.

When you leave, turn right out of the parking field and then right again on to Hambleton Lane, which takes you back to Sneck Yate Bank.  Please note that the lane between the parking field and Hambleton Lane will be used by competitors walking to the Start and back from the Finish.

On both the way in and the way out – and particularly in and near High Paradise Farm – please drive very carefully and be aware of and courteous to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.  And bear in mind that the Cleveland Way passes through High Paradise Farm.

Normally the farm is only accessible by walking or cycling to it.  Please recognise our privilege in being able to drive to this remote place!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  We only have space for 40 cars in the parking field, and we're relying on some early starters leaving before later starters arrive.  So:-

  • If you have an early start then, unless you're going to visit the High Paradise cafe (see below), please depart promptly after you finish your run and don't stay and eat your sandwiches in the parking field.  There's a public car park at the junction between Hambleton Lane and Sneck Yate Bank.
  • If you have a late start, please don't arrive earlier than you need to.

Terrain: Map extract

Dale Town Moor is fast moorland with numerous pits and depressions, requiring careful compass and pacing skills.

Do not cross any walls or fences.  If you do, you're going out of the competition area.

The Cleveland Way runs along the west edge of the moor, and you may encounter walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders in the competition area.  Please be courteous to other users of the area.

Please be aware that not all of the controls in the competition area are part of the score course.  A few are only for the Yellow course.  There are also some short white canes that mark the locations of bird feeding trays.

Note: The competition area is exposed moorland, and in the event of bad weather it's possible that cagoules may be made compulsory.  Please come prepared.


If you aren't familiar with the Score event format ......

In a conventional orienteering event each course consists of a set list of controls that have to be visited in the specified order.  In a Score event there are controls scattered around the competition area and you have to visit as many as you can within the time limit.  Each control has a points value – in this event all the controls are worth 10 points.  You have to decide which controls to visit in which order within the time limit.  If you exceed the time limit you start losing points – in this event the penalty for lateness is 20 points (equivalent to two controls!) for each minute or part minute that you are late getting to the Finish.

Score events involve the extra challenges of (a) deciding the best sequence of controls to visit and (b) judging whether you have time to visit that one last control and still get back to the Finish in time to avoid losing points due to lateness.

Class  Time limit  
Open60 mins
Veterans (M/W40+)60 mins
Super Veterans (M/W55+)   60 mins
Ultra Veterans (M/W65+)60 mins
Juniors (M/W16-)45 mins
Young Juniors (M/W12-)45 mins

There will also be a conventional (i.e. linear) Yellow course suitable for Juniors and beginners.  It will be approximately 2 km long, with minimal climb.

For the Score course:-

  • There will be separate competition classes for men and women.
  • Juniors wishing to do a 60 minute score should enter an Open class.
  • There will be 30 controls worth 10 points each.   A dozen of the controls will be Orange standard and the rest will be TD4/5.  Some of the technical controls will be on small point features more than 500m across flat terrain from the nearest path.
  • The penalty for lateness will be 20 points for each minute or part minute.

1:10,000 scale with 5m contours.  Updated and geo-referenced by Paul Taylor for the Acorn event in 2018.  Minor updates by Duncan Archer in 2019 and 2020.  The maps will be printed on waterproof paper.

Control descriptions will be printed on the map and loose copies will be available separately.

Punching system:

SPORTident electronic punching will be used.

The control boxes will be activated to enable SIAC cards to operate in touch-free mode ..... but please note that you will need to punch the old-fashioned way at the Start and Finish.

SI-cards will not be available for hire on the day.  However, SI-card hire can be prearranged.  To reserve a hired SI-card, please contact the Organiser (contact details below) no later than Thursday 18‑Nov‑2021.  The £1.00 hire charge will be added to your account in the CLOK online entry system.  You can collect your hired SI-card – which will be in an envelope labelled with your name – from Download car before your run.  Please remember to return it as you download.  There will be a £20 charge if you lose your hired SI-card.

Registration: There will be no Registration at the event and no entry on the day.  If you wish to participate in this event you must pre-enter via the CLOK online entry system.

There will be no entry on the day.  You must pre-enter via the CLOK online entry system.

The entry fees are:    Seniors:£8.50
 Juniors:   £2.50 

If you are a non-junior student (i.e. W/M 21 or over) the online entry system will charge you the senior entry fee.  Please email the Organiser to request the discount for the junior fee.

Entries for this event will close at midnight on Friday 19th November 2021.


10 a.m. – 12 noon.         Courses close at 1:30 p.m.

The Start and Finish will be close together about 300 metres from the parking area.  Please take care when walking along the lane between the parking area and the moor, as this will also be used by vehicles exiting from the event.


There will be no physical results display at the event, although we are hoping to provide a local WiFi results service.

Full results, split times, Splitsbrowser progressograms and RouteGadget will be available at as soon as possible after the event.


Toilets will be available in High Paradise Farm.  Go round the outside of the farm buildings and through the arch into the courtyard.  At the request of High Paradise Farm, please bring your own toilet paper.

No drinks will be provided.  Please bring your own water or, preferably, use High Paradise Farm's outdoor cafe.  You can sit in their new marquee or at the picnic tables.  For more information visit the High Paradise Farm web site.

First aid at download (in front of the farm buildings).

Dogs: Well behaved dogs are welcome in the parking area but must not be taken out into the competition area.
Organiser:  Caroline Mackenzie   07973-870529
Planner:  Alan Cranke
Controller:  Duncan Archer
First Aider:  Caroline Mackenzie

Although the Covid-19 restrictions have been relaxed, the pandemic is not yet over.  You must not come to this (or any other) event if you should be self-isolating in accordance with Government guidance.  Also, although orienteering is a naturally socially-distanced sport, please continue to act sensibly to avoid Covid-19 transmission.  In particular, avoid unnecessary close contact with people outside your household and maintain good hand hygiene.

A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out by the Organiser, but please remember that competitors take part at their own risk.  Orienteering is an adventure sport – your safety while orienteering is your own responsibility.

Please make sure that you download even if you do not complete your course.

CLOK strongly recommends that you carry a whistle whilst participating in this (and every) orienteering event.

If you have a relevant medical condition please inform the Organiser before the event.

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