JK 2009 : Northumbrian Hills

10th - 13th April 2009

Event Details


JK 2009 will take place in the North East of England, starting in Newcastle and then moving into the Northumbrian Hills.

Newcastle will provide a stunning backdrop to the sprint race, with its combination of historic architecture including the Tyne Bridge and buildings around the city centre, right through to the modern sights at the riverside including the Sage Theatre and Millenium Bridge.

Further north the Northumbrian scenery is breathtaking, rising from the unspoilt coastline, featuring famous sights such as Lindisfarne (visible from the assembly area of Days 2 and 3) and the castles at Bamburgh and Alnwick, to the Cheviot Hills in the west.




Day 1: Friday 10th April 2009 - Sprint - Newcastle

UK Cup race, FCC race

The opening day sprint races will use a combination of intricate urban terrain around the Civic Centre, University grounds and the fast parkland of both Exhibition and Brandling Parks. Much of the area will use a new map specially produced to the latest sprint specifications for this event.


Kyloe Woods Kyloe Woods


Day 2: Saturday 11th April 2009 - Middle/Long - Kyloe Woods

World Ranking Event, UK Cup race, FCC race, VHI selection race

Kyloe has proved its pedigree as an area of national standing, hosting previous major events including the British Championships in 1991 and the Veteran Home International and National Event in 2005. It has some intricate sections of detail to test technique to the limit, especially as the elite competitors race around a middle distance course. This combined with mixed and undulating woodland will provide exciting route choice challenges for the longer courses.


Greensheen Hill


Day 3: Sunday 12th April 2009 - Long - Detchant, Shiellow, Greensheen Hill & Cockenheugh

World Ranking Event, UK Cup race, FCC race, VHI selection race

This overlapping area also includes open moorland with rock and contour detail, runnable undulating woodland, and the exciting sandstone rock pillars close to the ancient site of St. Cuthbert's Cave. This will be a true test of your orienteering skills, demanding changes in pace and technique throughout the course.




Day 4: Monday 13th April 2009 - Relays - Dipton

UK Relay League

The relays will take place in Dipton Woods - an area once used for an early British Championship event. It consists of a forested plateau area, with subtle and sometimes vague features, which then gives way to a sloping woodland at the edges. There is a good path network throughout and this area should provide a close and exiting culmination to the weekend.


Day 1 will have a Temp-O event adjacent to the main Sprint-O (subject to permission). Days 2 and 3 will have full Trail-O events in Kyloe. All events will have open, paralympic, open-junior and paralympic-junior courses. To qualify for paralympic classes you need to be registered with IOF and British Orienteering.

There is no need to pre-enter for the Trail-o but competitors are requested to email trailo if they plan to attend, to help gauge map numbers.

Colour Coded courses

Days 2 and 3 will have White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green colour coded courses. These are open to all including non-British Orienteering members. On-line pre-entry is available, but start times will be allocated on the day. Entry on the day is also available (same price).

String courses

Days 2 and 3 will have a free string course for budding orienteers, with prizes for all.

Training event

There will be forest training on Day 1, distinct from the sprint race in Newcastle. This is expected to be at Chopwell Woods, GR NZ 137 584, west of Gateshead, although this is still to be confirmed. Further details will be posted in due course.

Embargoed Areas

  • Day 1 - Sprint - Area around Newcastle University. See map. This includes public areas around Newcastle University. The intent of an embargo is to prevent competitors gaining unfair advantage by prior visits to the area and therefore competitors are asked to avoid non-essential visits, and not to attempt to gain an unfair advantage by visiting the area before the event with a map. Anyone who feels they are too familiar with the area to be able to race fairly should declare themselves non competitive.
  • Days 2 & 3 - Land enclosed by the A1 Belford to Fenwick, B6353, B6349 roads, and the C road linking the latter two, passing through Holburn and Lyham. See map. The area is embargoed (i.e. out of bounds to prospective competitors) with immediate effect.
  • Day 4 - Relay - The forested area SE of Hexham named Dipton Wood on the OS 1:50,000 map. See map. The area is embargoed (i.e. out of bounds to prospective competitors) with immediate effect.

Any competitors who feel they have reasonable grounds for breaking any embargoes, or to check individual circumstances, should contact enquiries.

Previous Maps

Event flyer

All details from the event flyer are duplicated on the pages of the website. The flyer can also be viewed here (11MB)


We regret to have to announce that there must be NO DOGS (even in parking fields) on Days 2, 3 & 4. This is prime sheep and lambing time, and, no matter how well controlled you dog is, we cannot run the risk of them disturbing nearby animals.

JK 2009 was attended by:

JK 2009 was kindly sponsored by: