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Distances and Loft Locations

Distance Requests

CLUB SECRETARIES ONLY may apply for distances by e-mail to [email protected], quoting your Organisation No only in the message subject box.

Your message must be laid out in the following format: lib site code comma loft number, on a separate line for each entry. For example,

4100,SW1234
4100,SW2345
4100,SW3456
4222,SW1234
4222,SW5678

These may be sent either in the body of the e-mail, or as an attachment in text or Word format (not Excel). Full lists of inland, continental and Irish liberation sites can be seen here.

We will endeavour to return the distances within 48 hours but please bear in mind the ever increasing popularity of electronic requests.

Please note that this is an automated service and any other correspondence sent to that address will not be read. For correspondence on loft locations (but not applications) please contact [email protected] or telephone 01452 858245.

Alternatively, you are able to apply for distances via post – you can download the form here.

Individual members applying for distances must apply by post as there is a charge of £2.53 per distance, plus return postage.

Loft Locations

In order for us to measure a loft location and calculate a latitude and longitude you need to either send us an Ordnance Survey map (clearly showing grid lines and grid line numbers, and pin-pricked at the loft position) or submit a Google Earth print in the required format (see below).

If you send us an OS map, please write the member’s name, loft number and date on the back of the map, which must be countersigned by a club official before you submit it to the RPRA Racing Support Office.

If you have a large map you might want to take a photocopy of the section depicting the loft. Please ensure that the grid lines and grid line numbers are clearly shown on the photocopy – if necessary you can write the grid line numbers on.

Instructions for submitting a Google Earth print are downloadable here, and an example of a Google Earth print can be seen here. Please note that Google Earth is a stand-alone program, and not a website – to download Google Earth to your computer follow this link.

The charge for a loft location is £3.11 plus return postage for your map and any distances you request at the same time. The loft location application form is downloadable here. Please send us this in a cheque or postal order – we advise you not to send cash through the post, particularly coins, as this is often lost when passing through the post office sorting machines, and we cannot be held responsible for any loss.

Please note – we do NOT accept loft location applications by e-mail. A pin-pricked map or Google Earth print, countersigned by the Club Secretary to verify the loft position, must be posted to us along with a cheque/postal order to cover the appropriate fees and return postage.

Club Radius

In the same way that we plot a loft location, we can also plot a club’s radius centre point. We then give this point a four digit code number, as we do a liberation site, and can provide precise distances from it to any loft. This service is free to clubs – just send us a pin-pricked map or Google Earth print pinpointed to the appropriate location.