L’Etape du SHI Relays, Sep 9 2018

Runnable woodland, GCS

Date of event: Sun 09th Sep 18
Type of event: Other
Nearest town: Hurstwood, Burnley


L Etape Du SHI results
Winsplits link


Three items of lost property to claim.  Answer the question correctly and you can have your lost item back.

  • An orienteering Yellow course map towel.  Of where?
  • Running vest.  County and colour?
  • Control description holder, with very wet M21E control descriptions.  Type?

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L'Etape du SHI was intended to be a wind down for anyone who still had the legs to run.  And so it proved!

3 gaffled SHI legs were run with all three team members starting at the same time - like a Harris Relay.  

2 teams ran the Long course (5.5k identical to the Men's SHI courses) competitively and 17 'others' ran, jogged or walked the Short courses (4.8k identical to the Women's SHI courses).  There were fast competitive times and leisurly not so fast times.

First on the Long course, the team comprising Pavel Prochazka BKO, Dan Safka DRONGO and Ben Stevens AIRE had a combined time of 139:22 (SHI winners 107:32).  Highly competitive with many other SHI teams.
Second were, the team comprising Alastair McKenzie CLOK, Michael Muggeridge HAVOC and Dave Marr OD had a combined time of 198:56

The Short course (4.5k identical to the SHI WOmen's course) appealed to the slower brigade with leg times ranging from 51:40 thrrough to 91:14. 
Adding the 3 fastest times together as a team the winners of the Short course would have been Anne Straub OD, Steve Wilson SELOC and Cath Wilson SELOC in a combined time of 161:12 (compares to SHI winners time of 126:33). 

Congratulations to everyone who completed the course.  Now you know what the experts did!


Pre-event details below here:

L'Etape du SHI Relays is an open-to-all event run over the Senior Home International Relay courses, but with later start times.  The relay Start and Finish are adjacent to the Assembly area.  SHI Relay starts are from 10:00 and the L'Etape starts from 13:00, so come early and support your home nation's team!

See how your scratch team compares to the best.

The competition area is the same as for the Hurstwood National on the previous day, but with an extended area which includes mature woodland.

Please observe:  No dogs, no naked flames, no litter.

events location


Nearest town: Hurstwood, Burnley
Grid Ref: SD881313
Postcode: BB10 3LF
Latitude: 53.78132
Longitude: -2.18561
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)


Planner: Martin Wilson BKO
Organiser: Helen Ashton PFO
Controller: Steve Wilson SELOC
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

This is sheep country.  Absolutely no dogs in the competition area.


Toilets at Parking and at Assembly.

Image Gallery

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Runnable woodland, GCS

Runnable woodland

Water feature., GCS

Water feature.

Spoils from afar., GCS

Spoils from afar.


The "Tips" old quarry workings.

The Cliviger Hushings., Noseyinround [2008-12-18]

About the area/map


The Hurstwood map covers 12 sq km from Hurstwood Reservoir to Cliviger wind farm.  The area has been used for orienteering on and off since the first map was produced from a photogramatic plot in 1989.  Unfortunately the origins of the map pre-date modern methods and only paper copies existed.  Today's map has been digitally recreated with the benefit of OCAD, Lidar and GPS, and has been progressively resurveyed from 2012 to 2018.

It is a large area of moors, reservoirs and a complex maze of spoils, large and small, from old mineral workings.  Unusual features include horizontal spurs, originally spoil tips, and lines of cannonball-sized stones which are slow to run along.  Shaley areas that do not impede the runner are not marked.   In many of the unworked areas there is tussock grass, shown on the map with the wide undergrowth symbol, which is generally very slow to run.  The edges of theses areas are indistinct and should not be relied upon for navigation.  The area is 95% open moorland where contour interpretaion and compass work are the key navigational skills.

We are idebted to the land owners, United Urtilities, the tenant farmer Michael Holmes, and Natural England for permission to hold events on this South Pennines SSSI area.  Sensitivities to nesting birds, peat hags and bogland are observed.

Cliviger Hushings:  Glacial eratic limestone boulders, originating from Yorkshire, littered this gritstone area like manna from heaven.  Naturally the locals made good use of this gift, leaving behind the lime extraction spoils.  Lime extracted by this method was used in agriculture and for building in earlier centuries.

Read more about the Hurstwood area and map


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Posted by George Crawford-Smith