The latest event in the Galoppen series was organised by Border Liners. Unfortunately, they were not able to produce the good weather of previous weeks and as the group travelled to Ullswater the skies became blacker, the clouds lower and the rain heavier.
These Champs are held every summer and rotate around Cumbria with the local clubs organising and running them. This year it was the turn of Border Liners based in Carlisle. The area used was Beacon Fell on the out skirts of Penrith. This is the obvious hill north of Penrith visible from the M6. The tall masts on the top of the hill are easily found which was not the case of the controls.
The UVHS orienteering club trains on Wednesdays throughout the year. In the summer term we are able to use local events in the Lakes and train on excellent terrain. The Battleaxe series is run by the Warrior club based in Ambleside (and not named after Miss Evans!). Instead of following a set course each event is a score – runners have 1 hour to punch as many controls as possible. Each control is worth 10 points, but runners lose 5 points for each minute late back. This format involves runners being aware of their ability and not necessarily going to the furthest controls. Route choice is important, as is the order the controls are taken.