Tigger Tor 2021

Tigger Tor 2021

Tigger Tor 2021

Race Organiser & more info
Chris Day – email tiggertor@totleyac.org.uk or 07930 944 001 (call / text / WhatsApp). This year the race HQ is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tiggertor/
Race date
Throughout January 2021
Race description
Main race – from the start point, visit all of the 6 checkpoints on Houndkirk, Burbage & Hathersage Moors in any order before returning back to the start. There are also other special categories for individuals and teams (see below). 
Start location
Lady Canning’s Plantation car park gate (car park off Sheephill Road) SK 290 834 (Google Maps link https://goo.gl/maps/xzb2Nqv5KoeACPPP8 )
Checkpoints
  • Higger Tor North Summit SK 257 821
  • Wynyards Nick SK 252 812
  • Toad’s Mouth Rock (road-side stile) SK 260 806
  • Carl Wark North SK 258 815
  • Stone Trough SK 264 808
  • Houndkirk Hill SK 283 817
Cost
Free to enter (however, runners are encouraged to donate the usual £10 entry free to Edale Mountain rescue
Facilities
None. However, the Norfolk Arms pub may be open for takeaway only (Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/pY6WcAjAUaJBcVBv7). Please note the Norfolk Arms car park is also shut due to tier 3 restrictions
Safety requirements
This is a tough fell race over boggy moorland. The weather in January is likely to be bitterly cold with snow and strong winds. This is a race for safety-conscious & experienced fell runners.

  • Always check the weather forecast before you run, don’t attempt the race in poor weather conditions, and make sure you have the correct clothes & kit for the conditions
  • Always let someone know when & where you will be running along with what time you expect to return
  • Always carry with you at least the FRA ‘min. kit’ i.e. waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood), hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle and emergency food.
  • Familiarise yourself with the symptoms of hypothermia, how to avoid it, and what to do if you get it. Please carefully read the FRA leaflet (https://fellrunner.org.uk/pdf/FRA_Hypothermia.pdf)
  • Familiarise yourself with the relevant FRA ‘Runner’s Rules’ (https://www.fellrunner.org.uk/documents/2020/FRA%20Requirements%20for%20Runners%202020%2007-10-2019.pdf)
Useful links

36th Tigger Tor Fell Race

The annual Tigger Tor was established 36 years ago and has grown to become one of the favourite fell races of the season. This orienteering race takes place on the Houndkirk & Burbage moors in the Peak District on the border of Sheffield. It’s a tough fell race over boggy moorland with weather that is often bitterly cold with snow and strong winds – a race for safety-conscious & experienced fell runners.

Due to current restrictions, the race this year is a bit different. Instead of the usual format with a mass start, the race is ‘virtual’ and can be run on any day within January 2021.

The start and finish is now at Lady Canning’s Plantation car park and there are only 6 checkpoints to visit on Houndkirk & Burbage Moors.

The race is open to anyone age 18+ with suitable experience (see rules below) and you simply turn up and run at any time and on any day in January – no need to register beforehand. Attempt the race as often in as many categories as you like

Besides the usual fastest individual categories, there are some new challenges including one for the most times run in the month and a team challenge

For more information see the FAQs below or visit the useful links to get in touch

Race HQ

This year the race HQ is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tiggertor/

The race

To race starts and finishes at Lady Canning’s Plantation. From there you need to visit all 6 checkpoints in any order, before returning to the start.

There is no set route for this race, no registration, and no course marshals. Runners should simply record their race using a GPS watch or similar to enter.

You can attempt the race as often as you like on any day in January 2021

Start & finish

The race starts & finishes from the gate in the car park gate at the bottom of the main path through Lady Canning’s Plantation SK 290 834 (https://goo.gl/maps/xzb2Nqv5KoeACPPP8)

Checkpoints

The checkpoints can be visited in any order:

  1. Higger Tor North Summit SK 257 821
  2. Wynyards Nick SK 252 812
  3. Toad’s Mouth Rock Road Style SK 260 806
  4. Carl Wark North SK 258 815
  5. Stone Trough SK 264 808
  6. Houndkirk Hill SK 283 817

Rules

  1. This is an orienteering race for safety-conscious & experienced fell runners. If you do not yet have the relevant experience, please do not attempt the race
  2. Be mindful of sunset times when planning your run – it’s very easy to get lost on the moors and the temperature drops quickly when the light goes
  3. Open to anyone age 18+
  4. No entry fee, however, competitors are encouraged to donate the usual £10 entry fee to Edale Mountain Rescue
  5. Start and finish for all categories is Lady Canning’s Plantation bottom gate (in the car park)
  6. Only entries which start & finish in the correct place and have visited all checkpoints will be accepted
  7. No tarmac road running or road crossing allowed whatsoever (besides the Houndkirk Road). This includes going on to the road side of any of the fences or walls bordering the moors. This also includes:
    1. Going out of the gate near Toad’s Mouth to the road side of the wall / fence (to take a short-cut over the stream)
    2. Along the side of the road between the end of the Houndkirk Road and the Fox House Inn     
    3. Through the Fox House Inn car park
  8. Full FRA min. fell kit should be carried at all times during every race attempt (waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood), hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle and emergency food.)
  9. No limit to the number of attempts you can have at the race or the number of times you can submit an entry
  10. No limit to the number of times you can enter any of the categories, and you can be a member of as many different teams as you like
  11. All submitted race attempts must be properly recorded using GPS (e.g. Garmin running watch or smart phone) and uploaded to Strava. Run recording cannot be stopped during a race attempt, even if you get lost. Wins cannot be awarded without proof
  12. Please follow the safety instructions including always letting someone know when you will be running the course (recces as well as race attempts) and also let them know when you are due back
  13. Main winning categories (individual)
    1. Under-23 M & F
    2. SEN (23-39) M & F
    3. V40, V50, V60, V70 M & F
    4. 1st Totley M & F
  14. Special competition categories
    1. Team category – team of 6. Create a team of 6. Within your team, allocate one of the 6 checkpoints to each of your team members – each team member has just one checkpoint each. The whole team starts together at the same time from Lady Canning’s car park gate. Each team member runs individually to their own checkpoint before returning to the start. The timer starts when everyone sets off together. The timer stops when the final team member get’s back to the start – this is the time you submit (fastest team wins ). Click here for more info
    2. Most completed runs (individual). This is awarded to the person who successfully completes the race the most times within January – recces included. In the event of a tie, the first submitted entry will be the winner
    3. Most direct route (individual). This category follows the standard race rules, but the win is awarded to the runner who completes the race in the shortest overall distance (i.e. the most direct route). In the event of a tie, the first submitted entry will be the winner
    4. Full race with checkpoints reached in alphabetical order (individual). This category is the same as the normal race, but with checkpoints visited in alphabetical order (i.e. start Lady Canning’s, 1. Carl Wark, 2. Higger Tor, 3. Houndkirk Hill, 4. Stone Trough, 5. Toad’s Mouth, 6. Wynyards Nick, finish Lady Canning’s)
  15. Remember this race is just for fun. Look after each other, always stop to help if someone needs assistance, and be courteous to others who are also using the moors
  16. If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid or have any other health issues that may affect your running or anyone else, please don’t attempt this race
  17. To reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus, please adhere to the social distancing rules at all times including keeping a 2m distance from others and minimise time spent with people you do not live with. The government guidance is available here: https://tinyurl.com/tt-distancing

Safety

This list is not exhaustive

  • Don’t take any unnecessary risks
  • Account well for sunset times when planning your race attempt – this race may take much longer to complete than you imagine and it’s very easy to get lost on the moors even in the daylight!
  • Always check the weather forecast before you run, don’t attempt the race in poor weather conditions, and make sure you have the correct clothes & kit for the conditions
  • Always let someone know when & where you will be running along with what time you expect to return
  • Always carry with you at minimum the FRA ‘min kit’ (waterproof whole body cover with taped seams and integrated attached hood), hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle and emergency food.)
  • Familiarise yourself with the symptoms of hypothermia, how to avoid it, and what to do if you get it. Please carefully read the FRA leaflet (https://fellrunner.org.uk/pdf/FRA_Hypothermia.pdf)
  • Familiarise yourself with the relevant FRA ‘Runner’s Rules’ (https://www.fellrunner.org.uk/documents/2020/FRA%20Requirements%20for%20Runners%202020%2007-10-2019.pdf)
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged before setting off

Prizes

Sorry, no actual prizes this year

Results

We’ll endeavour to keep the results updated in real time via our Facebook group as entries are submitted throughout the month. We’ll publish the final results shortly after the end of the race in early February

What you’ll need for the race

For this orienteering fell race you’ll need:

  • a GPS running watch (e.g. Garmin) or some other accurate way to record your run digitally
  • a Strava account (free) to log your run
  • a way of posting your run to Facebook (can be posted on your behalf by a friend)
  • an OS Explorer OL 1 (East sheet) or similar & good compass
  • good map reading skills
  • a running rucksack carrying the FRA minimum kit (see rule 8)

How to enter – individual categories:

  1. When you’ve finished your race, upload your run to Strava and title it ‘Tigger Tor 2021’ (also make public if possible)
  2. Screenshot the Strava run showing date, time, map, total distance and elapsed time (note: ‘elapsed time’ is different to ‘moving time’)
  3. Email the following info to tiggertor@totleyac.org.uk
    1. Your name, age, club (if you have one)
    2. Which category or categories you’re entering
    3. Your race time(s)

Feel free to also post your run on the Tigger Tor ’21 Facebook page

If you win, we’ll ask you to send in your Strava screen capture as proof of the time

How to enter – group category:

  1. Pick a unique team name
  2. When your team has finished the race, upload your runs to Strava and title them ‘Tigger Tor 2021’ + team name (also make public if possible)
  3. Screenshot the Strava runs showing date, time, map, total distance and elapsed time (note: ‘elapsed time’ is different to ‘moving time’)
  4. Email the following info to tiggertor@totleyac.org.uk
    1. Your team name, runner names, club (if you have one)
    2. Your race time

Feel free to also post your run on the Tigger Tor ’21 Facebook page

If you win, we’ll ask you to send in your Strava screen captures as proof of the time

Entry fee

There is no entry fee this year, however, entrants are encouraged to donate the usual £10 entry fee to Edale Mountain Rescue: https://tinyurl.com/emr-donate

FAQs

Are there any toilets or other facilities at the start or finish? No.

Do I have to submit my time every time I run? No, unless you’re entering the ‘most completed runs’ category

What’s the course record? This is a new race so there is no course record

Is there a set route? No. Provided you start and finish at the right place and visit all 6 checkpoints, you can take any route you like (unless you’re entering the ‘Full race with Checkpoints in Alphabetical Order’ category)

Do you assign teams for the team category or checkpoints to the team members? No, you organise your own team and allocate the checkpoints yourself within your team

Can I be a member of more than one team? Yes. There is no limit to the number of teams you can be part of and no limit to the number of times you can submit a race attempt

How much does it cost to enter? This year the Tigger Tor is free to enter, however, we’re encouraging entrants to donate the £10 entrance fee to Edale Mountain Rescue

Do I need to register? There is no registration – simply run the race and submit you time to enter

Is it just a mixed team or is there a mens team and ladies team? It’s completely up to you – all men, all women or mixed.  

Is there a minimum ratio of men to ladies in each team? E.g. could you have 5 fast men and 1 lady? No, you can have anyone you want in your team

Can you be in more than one team? Yes, you can be in as many teams as you like and have as many attempts at the race as you want

Checkpoints

Start & finish OS view

Start & finish OS view

Start & finish position

Start & finish position

Start & finish point wide view

Start & finish point wide view

Start & finish point SK 290 834

Start & finish point SK 290 834

Checkpoint – Higger Tor North Summit SK 257 821

Checkpoint - Higger Tor North Summit SK 257 821

Checkpoint – Carl Wark North SK 258 815

Checkpoint - Carl Wark North SK 258 815

Checkpoint – Houndkirk Hill SK 283 817

Checkpoint - Houndkirk Hill SK 283 817

Checkpoint – Stone Trough SK 264 808

Checkpoint - Stone Trough SK 264 808

Checkpoint – Toad’s Mouth Rock (road-side stile) SK 260 806

Checkpoint - Toad’s Mouth Rock (road-side stile) SK 260 806

For all other checkpoints, please follow this link: https://runtimes.co.uk/higger-tor-2021-guide-to-checkpoints/