Varsity 2014-2015


Date: 28-Mar-15
Area: Hampsfell & Eggerslack Woods
Location: Lake District
Organiser: David Maliphant
Planner: Matthew Vokes
Organising Club: DrongO
Comments: Controller: Quentin Harding


Men A: Oxford (04:03:05 to 05:10:09, 4 to count)
Women A: Cambridge (02:32:48 to 03:47:37, 3 to count)
JOK/DrongO: JOK (11:01:18 to 11:45:05, 8 men, 2 women to count)
Men: Aidan Smith, Oxford
Women: Carrie Beadle, Cambridge
JOK/DrongO Men: Edward Catmur, JOK
JOK/DrongO Women: Helen Hanstock, JOK


Men A7.122021 Map Results
Men B4.615014 Map Results
Women A4.615014 Map Results
Women B3.710512 Map Results

Dates, Location and Contact

Individual - Saturday 28 March 2015 - Hampsfell & Eggerslack Woods
Relay - Sunday 29 March 2015 - Great Tower

These areas are now embargoed for anyone wishing to be competitive in the Varsity Match – see map of embargoed areas.

Contact Matthew Vokes if you have any questions.

Individual (Saturday) - Hampsfell & Eggerslack Woods

Windermere Road public car park in Grange-over-Sands (Pay & Display). Grid Reference: SD 411783

750m walk, 75m climb. Allow 10-15 minutes. A map will be provided in the final details and the route will probably be taped. Other than download, there will be no facilities at assembly (public toilets should be available 250m from the parking in Grange-over-Sands).

Adjacent to assembly. Provisional start times: 10:30 – 11:15 (alumni), 11:45 – 12:45 (Varsity Start Block), 13:15 – 13:30 (alumni (limited)).

At assembly. Provisional course closing time 15:30.

Two distinct areas, each providing their own challenges. The eastern part is runnable but complex rocky woodland with steep slopes and sections intricate contour detail. The western part is fast open fell, with patches of woodland, some of which is low visibility. The whole area is limestone rock underfoot and in places this is exposed as limestone pavement. If it is wet, this will be very slippery – take care! The open fell is divided and bound by a number of drystone walls. These must not be climbed and the marked crossing points MUST be used to cross them. Do not listen to anything Peter Hodkinson tells you.

The map was updated for the Lakes 5 days in 2014 by Martin Bagness, this can be seen on Routegadget. Scale 1:10,000, 5m contour interval. Standard IOF symbols, with a plain grey screen depicting limestone pavement. The legend will not be on the map.

Relay (Sunday) - Great Tower

Main car park at Great Tower Scout Camp. Grid Reference: SD 394194

450 m walk, 25 m climb. Allow 5-10 minutes. Start / finish / handover will be in assembly. There are toilets (& showers) available in a block close to the car park. Handover layout & details will be advised in the final details.

Typical Lake District woodland with good contour and rock detail

Scale 1:7500, 5m contours

3 person relay. Legs 1 & 3 long (length 4.0 km), leg 2 short (length 2.7 km). Mass start will be around 10:30 / 11:00 (to be confirmed). There will be a spectator control for all legs.

Accommodation & Social

Accommodation will be at Cartmel Fell Parish Hall. Accommodation (floor space) for students is available on both Friday & Saturday night. Space may be available for alumni too, though not guaranteed.

The Saturday night social, a sit-down buffet meal, will be held at the hall - all are invited.

The Boat Race will be held before or after the meal by mutual agreement of the four social secretaries.

Varsity Match prizegiving will be held immediately before the meal.

Directions (and access to the hall on the Friday night) will be confirmed in the final details.


Alumni and guest runners: Enter using the Google form.
Students: Club captains should enter their teams separately (details will be provided via email).

Costs: Entry fees & social costs will be worked out post-event based on the actual costs incurred per person. Details for payment will be provided after the weekend.

Don’t forget to do your Varsity Match Programme Profile! Entries Close: 23:59 on Sunday 15th March (late entry may be possible subject to map numbers)

Varsity Programme

This year the varsity programme will be resurrected!
Alumni can enter their information along with their entry - but leave the profile section blank so that somebody else can write it for you!
Students will be allocated other students to write for by their club captains. Varsity Match Programme form for students