CLOK logo Cleveland Orienteering Klub
invites you to Regional Orienteering Event on
Graystone Moor
on Sunday 9th August 2020
CLOK logo

This event is being run in accordance with the British Orienteering guidance for resumption of orienteering in England.  In order to participate in this event you must agree to comply with the Participant Code of Conduct.

Key points in the Code of Conduct are:-

  • You must not take part in any form of orienteering if you should be self-isolating under the current Government guidance; e.g. if you or any member of your household have had recent Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Minimise contact with people from outside your household before, during and after your run.  Practice social distancing at all times, including before and after your run as well as when you are out on your course.  Take particular care to keep the required distance from other people in the vicinity of the Start, at download and when passing other competitors or members of the public on narrow paths, going through gates, etc.
  • Do not congregate in groups at the event.
    Note: We realise that socialising is an important part of the orienteering experience, but please don't stay around in the car parking area after your run to eat your sandwiches and chat to other orienteers.  If you do want to socialise, please go somewhere else – maybe a cafe with an outdoor seating area? – and please make sure that you comply with the current Government guidelines; i.e. socialise with no more than one other household indoors and in a group of no more than six people outdoors.

Graystone Moor is on the west side of the A171 Scarborough to Whitby road, about 4 miles south of Whitby.

Please approach the event from the south, as described in the directions below, in order to avoid having to turn right across fast-moving traffic on the A171.

The entrance to the parking area is at grid reference NZ 924053.  The nearest postcode is YO22 4PR, but please note that this is on the other (east) side of the A171.

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.

If you're coming via the A171 from Teesside, as you arrive in Whitby turn right (south) at the roundabout just past the petrol station on the left to take the B1416 towards Ruswarp.  In Ruswarp, cross the river and continue along the B1416 for aother 4.7 miles to reach the junction between the B1416 and the A171 (Sneaton Corner).  There, turn left (north) on the A171.  After 1.2 miles, turn left into the parking field.

If you're coming via the A169 from York, just after crossing the River Esk turn right on to the B1410 towards Ruswarp.  At the T-junction in Ruswarp, turn right on to the B1416 and then follow the directions above.

Please take great care leaving the event.  The A171 will be busy on an August Sunday and most vehicles will be travelling at 60 mph.  As you exit from the parking field, please turn left on to the A171 towards Whitby.

Parking will be in a farmer's field.  There will not be any parking marshalls.  Please park sensibly and tidily, and be aware of other people around you when you get out of your car.


This is a new area to orienteering, with a brand new map by Paul Taylor and views towards Whitby.

Graystone Moor consists of open moorland with mixed runnability.  Heather dominates on the higher parts of the moor, but it's largely mown for commercial purposes and can be very quick to run on.  On the lower parts of the moor the heather is more patchy and grass becomes more dominant.  Apart from one lovely pine copse, there are few trees – just a few in the valleys.  The area slopes down towards the north-west and the land is dissected by many small valleys that offer interesting contour detail.

The marshes in the middle part of the moor often become significant bogs as they drain into the valleys.  Some of these bogs are uncrossable and are marked Out Of Bounds on the map.

There are a few hazardous cliffs, some of which will have yellow hazard tape above them.

Apart from the 'Coast to Coast Walk' path that crosses the moor, there are few paths.  There are plenty of sheep paths, some of which have been mapped as 'less distinct paths'.  Also, some tractor tracks have been mapped using the 'ride' symbol and some distinct mown strips have been mapped in 100% yellow.

There are no clothing restrictions – so you can run in shorts if you wish –but be aware of occasional scratchy heather and ticks.  Also be aware that sheep droppings can transmit E. coli and please be aware of adder bite symptoms.

Also, please note that this is an exposed area.  Wear kit appropriate to the weather conditions and temperature.

Course  Length    Climb    Technical  
Blue7.0 km120mTD 4/5
Green4.3 km90mTD 4/5
Short Green   3.0 km65mTD 4/5
Orange2.1 km45mTD 3
Yellow1.6 km40mTD 2

The course lengths and climbs are subject to final controlling.

As there are very few paths on the moor, it has not been possible to provide a White (TD 1) course.


1:10,000 scale   5m contours   A4 size.  The maps will be printed on waterproof paper.

The control descriptions will be printed on the maps, and loose copies will be available.

Please use the provided hand sanitiser before taking your map and control descriptions in order to avoid any risk of contaminating other people's maps or control descriptions.

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.

As part of the arrangements to prevent the spread of coronavirus, SI-cards will not be available for hire on the day.  CLOK members without their own SI-cards can arrange long-term hire of an SI-card until the end of 2020 for £5.  If you wish to do this, please contact Marion Archer giving your name and how you would like to collect the card.  Your hire card can be sent by post (supply your address) or you can arrange to pick it up at an event (indicate which event).  The cost will be added to your account in the CLOK online entry system.

Registration: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no Registration at the event.  If you wish to participate in this event you must pre-enter via the new CLOK online entry system.

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

The entry fees are:    Seniors:£7.50
 Juniors:   £2.00 

Entries for this event will close at midnight on Thursday 6th August 2020.

Starts: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.         Courses close at 3 p.m.
Note: Due to the number of entries that have been coming in, the start interval has been extended until 1 p.m.

As part of the arrangements to prevent the spread of coronavirus, there will be no split times printouts and there will be no results displayed at the event.

Full results, split times, Splitsbrowser progressograms and RouteGadget will be available at as soon as possible after the event.
Note from the webmaster:  If I can get a decent Internet connection from our hire cottage near Whitby then at least the basic results and split times should be on the web site by about 7 p.m. on Sunday evening.


There will be a toilet near the parking area.  Please bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitiser.  (Toilet rolls can become contaminated with coronavirus.  Hand sanitiser will be provided, but it's better if you use your own to avoid having to handle a sanitiser bottle that's been used by other people.)

No drinks will be provided.  Please bring your own refreshments.

Dogs: Sorry.  Dogs are not allowed at this event as it is being held in sheep country.  You may leave your dog in your car but, please, with a supply of water and with a window partly open to provide ventilation.
Organiser:  Caroline Mackenzie (CLOK)   07973-870529
Planner:  Paul Taylor (CLOK)
Controller:  Mike Ridealgh (EBOR)
First Aider:  Caroline Mackenzie

Please see the Covid-19 section at the top of this flyer.

A comprehensive risk assessment will have 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.

In the event of bad weather, cagoules may be made compulsory.  Please come prepared.

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