Open5 Series Comes to Lee Quarry

Published on: Nov 11 2011 by Jon Swift

Open5 LogoLee Quarry will be hosting a round of the Open5 series on December the 4th. Open to anyone over the age of 18 (14 – 17 year olds can also compete in some circumstances if accompanied by and adult) with a number of categories the events combine mountain biking, orienteering and fell running. Events take place across the country and we’re particularly pleased Lee Quarry has been chosen as on of the venues this year. Event design will be by Emma Van Der Gucht who planned last series highly acclaimed Slaidburn epic. She will be assisted by local area guru Tony Lund.

The Haglofs Open5 Series is an adventure race style event where you visit as many points (controls) as you can by bike and on foot within a 5 hour time limit.You navigate to each control location using an OS map with pre-printed controls on it (see example map extract on the right). Each control is assigned a value that you get when you start (see example control sheet extract on the right). But beware – some controls are not live, so you can’t completely plan your route before you start! The winner is the person who has collected the most points. You can make the event as hard or as easy as you like as there are no fixed routes. You can either run or bike first – it’s up to you.

If you want more info or better still fancy taking part you can sign up on their website, if not you can always go along and offer encouragement. Please be aware though that whilst the trails in the quarries won’t be technically closed on Sunday the 4th of October they will be a lot busier than usual so if you’re planning on riding that day it might be worth considering a change of date (you could even visit MBR reader’s trail of the year at Gisburn).Open Adventure

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