Creag DhubhSun 09 October, 2022

National level event

Explanation of Event levels

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Activities are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships.

Last updated: Sun 07 August, 2022


Welcome to BASOC’s day of amazing events on Creag Dhubh, Newtonmore. Compass Point SOL6, Junior Home International, final 2022 Scottish Junior Cup event.

In addition, we will have string and off-string courses, amazing mazes, and equipment, food and beverage vendors.

Russwood logo
Russwood logo

Location Info

Location map

Near: Newtonmore
Lat,Lng: 57.05733,-4.13156
OS Grid Ref: NN708982
Postcode: PH20 1BB
What3Words: ///across.outdone.tangling

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Directions / Parking

Assembly is one mile from the A9, off the B9150, on the SW side of Newtonmore. The main car parking field is next to assembly.

For safety, there is NO EXIT FROM THE PARKING UNTIL 12:30pm.

Map / Terrain

Creag Dhubh is a very technical area of hillside; the terrain has a mix of open moorland, marsh, birch woodland with an abundance of rock features. Courses are planned to avoid competitors climbing or descending crags. Deer and goats may be spotted in the area.

There is a fair amount of bracken which should have died back to some extent by October

Most of the area is very exposed. In the event of poor weather, we may make cagoules with a hood and taped seams compulsory. In this event, we will update the website and have a sign at assembly. Water will not be provided on the courses or at the finish. We do NOT recommend drinking from the streams! Whatever the conditions, we strongly recommend that you carry a whistle.


The map was updated in 2021 by Stirling Surveys. Map scales tbc. Loose control descriptions will be available in the start lanes.

To see a map of the area, visit Lochaber 2021 Days 4 & 5 RouteGadget

Thanks to Angus Macpherson of Creag Dhubh Estate for allowing us to use the area and the Newtonmore Shinty Club and Peter Ross for permission to use their locations for car parking and assembly.

Many thanks to our sponsors Russwood, based in Newtonmore, who supply premium sustainable timber flooring, cladding and decking throughout Scotland and the UK.

Registration and Start times

Registration, Enquiries and Download will be in the Shinty Clubhouse. Look for the BASOC banner.

Please note: White and yellow course maps will ONLY be available at registration.

All competitors, including those that are pre-registered, must follow the taped route via Assembly to the Start.

JHI Starts are from 10:00-11.00.

SOL6 and SJC Starts are from 11.15-13.00

White and Yellow courses will have a punching start with no allocated start times. These maps are ONLY available at Registration.

For all other courses, start times will be allocated and you need to keep to them. There are very few empty slots to fit you in if you are late.


The Finish is about 1.1km from Assembly. Follow the taped route from the Finish to Download.

The JHI courses close at 13.30.

The SOL and SJC courses close at 15:30.

PLEASE GO TO DOWNLOAD IN THE CLUBHOUSE, EVEN IF YOU DON’T FINISH. This is our way of checking that no competitors are left out lost or injured.

Course Information

A full range courses will be available: White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Short Blue, Blue, Short Brown, Brown and Black.

JHI runners will be kept up to date via their dedicated bulletins.

For SOL6 there will be the full range of colour-coded courses, from White to Black.

Shadowing juniors on the white and yellow courses is allowed. Parents are reminded they should declare if they are helping a junior competitor as opposed to following. Assisted juniors are competitive in their colour course (e.g. White) but not in age class (e.g. W10B). SOA rules state that you must have completed your own race before undertaking any shadowing.

We recommend SJC runners compete in their age-appropriate colour coded SOL courses.

Entry Details

Entries will be opening shortly via SIEntries.

Seniors: SOA/BOF member £15, non-member £17
Juniors, full-time students: SOA/BOF member £8, non-member £10
Seniors on White, Yellow or Orange courses: SOA/BOF member £8, non-member £10.

Entries close: 23:59 on 2nd October 2022.

SI Air and dibber (contact) punching on all courses. Use the pin-punch to mark your map if there is a problem with an SI box.

In the event of cancellation, a notice will be posted on the SOA and BASOC websites. The organising team reserve the right to retain all or part of the entry fee to cover any costs associated with the event.

Hired timing chips (SI-Cards, dibbers)

We provide a free loan of standard SI cards if you don't have your own, but if you lose it, there will be a £30 charge for its replacement.

Dog restrictions

The route to/from the Start/Finish goes through a working farm. Under the landowner’s instructions, dogs are NOT allowed. NO dogs are allowed on any of the courses. In the assembly area they must be on leads at all times. There will be a dog walking area on the edge of assembly. Please ensure you pick up and take home any poop.

Contacts / Officials

Planners: Lynne Walker and Laura Holland
Organisers: Jo Cumming (07905 599195) and Ben Hayes.
Controller: Alan Halliday (MOR)


The string and off-string courses will be at assembly.

Mazes. The beginner and experienced mazes are in the assembly area; self-service with maps hanging near the entrance. Go round as many times as you like. Please return your maps so others can enjoy the mazes too.

Prize-giving. Prizes will be awarded to JHI winners at tbc.

Toilets and showers will be provided in the Clubhouse. PLEASE NOTE there are no toilets at or on the way to the Start.

Refreshments: tbc

Equipment: Browse new gear at CompassPoint who are sponsors of the Scottish Orienteering League.

Club tents/banners can be erected in Assembly.

Results will be displayed tbc

No bins will be provided. Please take your litter home with you.

Key-drop available at enquiries. Solo travellers please complete an envelope with details to identify your car should you be late back.

First Aid cover will be provided by club members. Go to Registration if you need assistance. Please bring your own first aid for simple injuries.

Safety Notes

Ticks: Please wear full leg cover, check thoroughly for ticks after your run, and be aware of the symptoms of Lyme Disease.

The route to and from the Start/Finish crosses the A86: This can be busy. We will have a marshal at the designated crossing point. Please leave enough time to get to your Start and obey any instructions.

Insurance: Non-members registered at recognised BOF events are covered by the BOF public liability insurance.

COVID: Please refer to this page close to the event to see what COVID rules might be in place.

Medical Conditions

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

Nearest A&E Hospitals

Raigmore Hospital, Inverness IV2 3UJ

Nairn Town & Country Hospital, IV12 5EE


Enjoy your run!