Sadly we have had to cancel the 2019 New Chew due to access issues, Saddleworth Runners will work with the relevant parties to try and resolve these issues and get the race up and running again in 2020.


2 Demanding courses over rough terrain. Navigation experience is required. Poor weather and tough running can make this a very demanding event. We aim to provide a challenging course without compromising safety.

This is a traditional O event in the finest sense. Remember MM’s when you were given more food than you could eat at the end with a few pints to wash it down? And far cheaper than the average regional Orienteering event. It covers a physically challenging area of rough, exposed and often featureless moorland.
Event centre is Dovestones Sailing Club which has changing facilities and hot showers. After the race, there will be plenty of hot food, endless tea or coffee with cakes.
Prizes will be available for male, mixed and female classes.
This is not a BOF registered orienteering event as it is being organized by a fell running club. It appears in the FRA Calendar and not in the BOF Fixtures.

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Date and Time

17th February 2019
Registration 8:30am
Race start from 9:30am


Dovestones Sailing Club, Greenfield, OL3 7NE

If you are coming along to the New Chew event there is parking available, however you will need to bring change for the meter in the main car park.


We have a reserve list. If you decide to pull out please email me. Your entry fee will be donated to OM Mountain Rescue. Thankyou.

Online entries open on 1st January 2019 via

NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY. Contact organiser to be placed on reserve list after race entry is full.

£15 per person. Minimum age 18 years. You can run either solo or as a team of 2. Limit of 90 runners.

Please don’t enter by post.

Start Times


Please turn up from 8:30am and register for your course. Kit check and then proceed through the start as you are ready. 


Long score – 4.5 hours.
Short score – 3.5 hours.

Kit Requirement

Kit check to be rigorously observed and enforced. Min equipment to be worn or carried :

1. Waterproof (taped seams) Jacket with hood

2. Waterproof overtrousers

3. Hat and gloves  

4. Emergency food.

5. Each pair or solo team MUST carry a survival bag or bivvy (NOT a space blanket).

6. Each pair or solo team MUST carry a mobile phone (please register (for text) 999 or 112 with emergency services) A text may get through where a phone call won’t… and it keeps trying. (Please ensure that you either bring an old phone or wrap up a smart phone against water damage.  The RO will not be held responsible for damage to equipment. Please refrain from using GPS function in the race. Emergency use only.

7. Each runner Must carry a Head torch

8. Compass and whistle.

How to register your phone for the 112 service:

Be prepared to carry other body cover suitable for conditions on the day. Also you may want to consider a basic first aid kit. I know that many of you will carry this gear anyhow and know how to look after yourself on the hill. Please take time to acquaint yourself with the symptoms of ‘Hypothermia’ and what to do if someone is showing the signs.

Organisers decision concerning kit is final. Competitors take part at their own risk. This is a navigational Event please don’t spoil the fun by using GPS to locate the checkpoints.


Please observe all out of bounds marked on the map…..There is a lot of heather reseeding work going on. Access is restricted at present but we’re work ing with UU and Marsden moor to bring the whole moor back into the race. They are doing some great work. Please avoid  litter and observe the countryside code. We rely on the good will of local landowners.


Sue Hinde: 07970 170442

New Safety Information

Due to changes in requirements from the FRA , Saddleworth Runners have implemented a few changes to competitors mandatory Kit. We’ve asked for a Bivvy and a mobile phone to be carried. I know that runners who enjoy this kind of navigational event are generally well prepared and experienced in the kind of conditions that February on the fells can produce, we hope to continue to organise a safe but tough event. The extra kit is to help keep competitors from hypothermia in case of accidents. In the case of a damaged ankle, in a remote location, body heat is soon lost and the ability to summon help will be invaluable. I have included a head torch for each runner to the kit, the reason being that the event finishes at 4:00pm as its starting to get dark. If mountain rescue are called out to search, they will stand a better chance of locating you if you have a light. The kit requirement is the same for everyone.

Saddleworth runners expect competitors to realise the testing nature of the terrain and to be prepared to take care of themselves and each other in the event of an emergency.

There will be Safety points printed on the course map (both manned and unmanned) that will provide communications, shelter and food.  Runners in distress should head either to the finish if possible or to a known safety point and contact Race HQ. Marshalls will be recording numbers at certain points on the course. Please make sure your number is visable at all times. Anyone retiring from the race MUST report to the race finish and hand in their number.

I’m sure this added level of precautions won’t spoil the character of the event or prevent competitors from having a great race. It is the same for all teams and will be strictly adhered to. We hope to keep the event running for the enjoyment of all and that means we have to comply with our race insurers wishes. Thanks for your understanding.

Map and Controls

At the start, we will provide you with a 1:25000 A3 map in a plastic bag. It will have all control letters marked on it. You will also be given a control description sheet with varying points for the controls. The map is pre-marked with the control points. Controls will be yellow 1m wooden posts with a code letter and an orienteering punch attached. We do not use the SI dibber system.

The map will be marked with an emergency contact, safety points and areas where phone signals are available.

Approx Area of Map

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