Howgills CAPRICORN, Cumbria, Sep 5 2015

Howgills mountain marathon,

Date of event: Sat 05th Sep 15
Type of event: Other
Nearest town: Sedbergh


Howgills CAPRICORN Results Summary (Final)
Howgills CAPRICORN Splits (Final)

Grand day out on Saturday with some blistering runs by the winners (congratulations to all class winners) and many others!

No one scooped all controls, so my offer to collect them all if someone did, needn't be called in.  Every control was visited by at least one competitor and all controls were cleared by 6 helpers by nightfall.  Job done.  There were a couple of issues which we will sort out ASAP, but most competitors "enjoyed" their day in this fantastic area.

Final Results now posted:  Two glitches in the early results have now been resolved.
5 Hour Score:
Men's Old Goat Trophy - Steve Webb AIRE 380 points.  This is a change from the previously announced winner, Edward Calow DEE, who came second with a score of 375. Our apologies.
Capricorn Lady's Trophy - Outi Kamarainen AIRE 305 points.
4 Hour Score:
Men & Women (pair) - Paul Neild & Heather Marshall 265 points.  1st solo male Howard Leslie WCOC 248 points.  1st solo female Josie Greenhalgh SELOC 205 points.
3 Hour Score:
Men - Matt Beresford 198, Women - Fionnuala Swan (half a pair) 189, Christine Goulding (solo) - 180.  

Officials reports and photos to follow.


Pre-event details below here:



  • EOD (entry on day) will be available.  We have plenty of maps available.  Entry fees and age qualifications below.
  • All preious details still valid.
  • On arrival each car driver will be given an on-the-day handout of last minute info and guidance for those less familiar with orienteering procedures.
  • We are asking for parking donations (suggested £1 per head or £2 per car).  All parking proceeds will be donated to the local Commoners' Association, without whose good will the event could not take place.
  • Pairs only:  Important safety note - both pair members must punch at the start, any control and the finish within 60 seconds of each other otherwise that control will be null and void and no score will be accrued.  If in doubt ask the start marshals to explain.



Celebrating the CAPRICORN's 35th birthday and PFO's 50th birthday, we are returning to the Howgill Fells for a one day Mountain Marathon score event in this splendid area.  The Howgill's are a true mountain area with deep valleys and steeply rising hills and crests.  Mountain Marathon skills of self-sufficiency and mountain navigation will be tested to the full.  

An extract of the newly updated and very clear Harvey Howgills map will be issued - pairs will receive 2 maps.  FRA minimum equipment rules apply - i.e. waterproof whole body cover, hat, gloves, map (provided) compass, whistle and emergency food.  It is highly recommended that you use studded fell shoes and not flat soled running shoes, which could be dangerous on the steep terrain.  

See more and enter here.

Make it a weekend of orienteering:
Saturday 5th September - PFO Howgills CAPRICORN, east Cumbria.
Sunday 6th September - BL Level B at Faulds Brow, Caldbeck, north Cumbria.

Sneak preview of the area here.

SAFETY NOTE:  The Howgills are genuine mountain terrain.  Mobiles may be carried in case of emergency but in the spirit of the competition should not be used for navigation.  In any event there is no mobile signal over most of the area, except on the tops.  The Kirby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team website gives useful tips about making emergency calls in mountain areas.

As an alternative, make your way to, or send a message via another competitor to, the event centre or control 111.  It will be manned with shelter, basic first aid and radio contact to the event centre.

events location


Nearest town: Sedbergh
Grid Ref: SD714979
Postcode: CA17 4LN
Latitude: 54.37435
Longitude: -2.43654
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)


Planner: Peter Stobbs PFO
Organiser: Helen Ashton PFO
Controller: Jeff Powell Davies BL
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

No dogs means definitely not on courses.  The whole of the Howgills is sheep farming country!
At parking and the event centre, which is immediately adjacent to open moorland, dogs must be “under control” meaning, in most cases, “on a lead”.
The future of CAPRICORN events depends our responsible behaviour.


Toilets.  Post event nibbles and hot or cold drinks.  No charge.

There are many camping and B&B options in and around Sedbergh ( and Kirby Stephen ( 
Here are a few within a couple of miles of the event centre:
The Cross Keys, Temperance Inn, 01539 620284,
St Marks B&B, 01539 620287,
Cross Hall Caravan Park, 01539 620668, (Suitable for campavans and tents.)

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Howgills mountain marathon,

Howgills mountain marathon

Typical Howgills running terrain,

Typical Howgills running terrain


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Posted by George Crawford-Smith