Bring a friend!

Come and run in the lovely forest at Achelan. Event will feature the Scottish Elite Squad - come and take on the best!

Sat 17th Dec 2016

Type of event: Local Race-(D)
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 17th Dec


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Pre Event Info

Achlean is a beautiful forest for orienteering, a great challenge with also great running conditions. One of our superstar juniors, Izzy Cox, has set up the courses for you. A range from yellow (staying on the paths) to blue (longer and as tricky as she could make it!). There is something from everyone from complete beginners to the eagerly anticipated Scottish Squad coming along.


We are always looking for ways to increase the participation at our events and realise that a lot of newcomers come along because someone has told them/persuaded them/twisted their arm!! So we've decided to do a promotion that if you bring along a non-member friend then you both get a half price entry. Please do have a think and ask some friends that you think would enjoy our wonderful sport!


We look forward to welcoming you all!



Directions / Parking

Event will be signed off the B970 just south of Loch Insh. Take the road up Glen Feshie heading past the Uath Lochans ponds and on to the forest of Achlean.


Parking will be on a forest track. Please drive along the track and park behind the cars in front, continuing the line. You will pass the registration/download/finish area as you drive along to park. The track is wide enough in nearly all places to easily turn round when you are ready to leave.


Please be aware of runners when parking and leaving the event as the walk to the start is along the same forest track.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration 10 - 11am

Starts 10.30am - 1200. 

Courses close 13.30.

No allocated start times - punching start for all competitors

Registration, download and finish are all adjacent to each other, which you will pass on the way to park.

Start is 500m along the forest track to the south of the finish.


Course Information

Yellow 1.4km, 20m climb, 9 controls
Orange 1.7km, 50m climb, 9 controls
Light Green 3.5km, 100m climb, 11 controls
Green 3.8km, 135m climb, 14 controls
Blue 5.7km, 220m climb, 17 controls

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Senior - £6

Junior/Student - £3

Special promotion - bring a newcomer friend and both you and friend get a half price entry! (friend must be a non-member)

Online entry via


There will be entry on the day, subject to map availability. Please help us by entering online before the event and also guaranteeing your map of choice.

Hired timing chips (Si-Cards, dibbers)

We provide a free loan of these if you don't have your own, but if you loose it there will be a £30 charge for it's replacement.

Terrain Description

Scots Pine plantation with lovely morraine contour detail throughout. The shorter courses enjoy a detailed area of morraine, whilst the longer courses also visit a larger slope. The yellow and orange use rides as their line features. These are nice and obvious, but can be quite tough going in the heather - this is reflected in the course lengths.


Nearest public toilets are in Kingussie to the south and Aviemore to the north. Please try to use these facilities on your way.

Post-run there is a cafe at Loch Insh Watersports, just a couple of miles from the event.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs OK on leads.

Contacts / Officials

Planner - Izzy Cox

Organiser - Jess Tullie

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.


Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events and not joined an orienteering club that is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance.

Medical Conditions

You have the option of downloading and completing this Medical form. It could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions in the event of an incident. You can leave it at registration/enquires in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.


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