Festive Frolic

Church, Kylintra & Station Woods

An opportunity to burn off those extra calories you've consumed over the holiday.
There will be a mix of a normal linear course with options to collect extra points.
Not too much brain strain if you don't want it, as those that know me know I like to keep things as simple as possible.
Something for everyone, from a short jog round the paths up to a longer more competitive race.

Tue 27th Dec 2016

Type of event: Local Race-(D), Social, Tue=O
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Info updated: 27th Dec


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Event Report

A glorious day with sunshine and little wind. The snow was still around, so it still looked festive.

Thanks to everyone that turned up and enjoyed the challenge. The area is a lovely mix of woodland and parkland with lots of contour detail.

Apologies for not mentioning in my briefing that it was training kites rather than full size ones. But I'm sure you all preferred the extra challenge :-)

Please add your route to RouteGadget as there were some choices, and it would be good to see and compare. If you don't know about RouteGadget here are some video tutorials on how to use it.

Intro to RouteGadget

Drawing a route

Uploading a GPS route

Pre Event Info

We will again be offering you the ability to bring along those unwanted Christmas presents that we will then give away in a lucky dip draw.



Directions / Parking

Registration and the social afterwards will be at the St. Columba's church hall. This is just across the road from the start at the bottom of the high street. Park in the street oposite and to the south west on the south side of the road.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration opens at 10:50 with starts from 11:20 - 11:30. The idea is for most people to start very close together to create a competitive atmosphere.

Course Information

A hybrid 40 minute Score course, with a base of 8 linear controls that must be punched in sequence. But there are an additional 18 controls that can punched at any time 10 points per control with 1 point deducted for every 6 seconds late back.

There are 3 of the optional controls that require crossing the road at the western edge of the map, so juniors can take part without needing to cross a road

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

On the day and online

Adults: £6.00

Juniors/Students: £3

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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

Very runnable woodland with good path structure (see the map image).

Only one road run cuts through the western edge of the area.


The idea is that you bring along your lunch and eat it in the company of fellow competitors. Kitchen facilities will be available for heating up food and drink.

Dogs allowed?

No dogs are allowed in the church grounds or hall. OK outside on leads, except in Grant Park, which can be avoided and doesn't have any controls in it.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Paul Frost

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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