This mass start, long distance race was renamed the Tim Watkins Trophy
in memory of Tim who died following a car accident in March 2005. Tim
was instrumental in introducing this demanding race to the UK and had
already organised the first two races.
It is usually held every 18 months, in March or November.
For 2021 the event will be on highly technical orienteering terrain when
it returns to Hutton Roof which is about 10km SE of the South Lakes
junction (J36) on the M6. It is a top class orienteering area on complex
limestone terrain which ranges from open and semi-open fell to
This event will challenge your endurance and mental agility to the
extreme over some of some of the finest orienteering terrain on the
fringes of the Lake District.
If the pandemic restrictions have been lifted we hope to have
refreshments and the prizegiving in the village hall – to make up for
all the socialising with fellow orienteers during the last year or so.
In Norway, each autumn since 1977, Fredrikstad Skiklubb has staged the
original Blodslitet. The nearest literal translation to "Blodslitet" is
"Blood letter". During this period it has been raised to an almost cult
event, recent years have seen around 2000 competitors from all over
Scandinavia and elsewhere. Whilst the Tim Watkins Blodslitet not grown
to this scale it has established a high reputation as a top quality
event attracting some top orienteers from far and wide. It may not
produce blood, but it is designed to challenge at each and every entry
Further information will be available nearer to the event.
Organiser: Brian Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org