Grantown on Spey

Highland Wolf Weekend

Urban orienteering with a bit of lovely forest on the side!

Sat 19th Oct 2013

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Info updated: 29th Dec


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Pre Event Info

Highland Wolf Weekend

General Info

The second part of our WOLF (Weekend of Orienteering in Lovely Forests) is a short race in mixed urban and forest terrain.  

The middle and long races use a mixture of forest with a well defined network of paths, urban and parkland terrains. These course cross roads so are unavailable to juniors who have not yet reached their 16th birthday unless accompanied by a responsible adult.

The short race does not go into the urban area. There are no road crossings on this course so under 16s may compete unaccompanied. Constraints of the area made it impossible to design this course to be wheelchair friendly.

For all courses technical difficulty is TD3 with route choice options on most legs. All controls may be reached using paths and roads. For competitors used to running TD1 and TD2 this may prove a challenge without help. If you have entered and plan to shadow juniors, please complete your run first.

M/W 16 and under can only enter the short course unless accompanied by an adult or have already reached their 16th birthday. The two longer courses cross roads where traffic speed is likely to be in excess of 15mph.

Start location

The start and finish are located in the park on the opposite side of the road from the registration building. The walk to the start is approximately 250m. Cross the road, turn right then take the second entrance left into the park. In the interest of fairness, runners are asked not to enter the park, other than to start, until after they complete their run.


Start times are from 1530 to 1643. The start interval between runners on the same course will be at least 1 min. It is a punching start; Start times have been allocated. Do not forget to clear first before starting.

Start times should be published by Tuesday evening.


On finishing, please report to download in the registration building. Courses will close promptly at 1700. At this time, any runner not having finished must return immediately to download. All runners must download even if retiring.
After finishing, please do not discuss your course with runners who have yet to start.

SI-Cards 10 & 11

These will work, all our units have the latest firmware (580)



Directions / Parking

Use public parking in Grantown on Spey (mainly street parking).

Registration will take place in St. Columba’s church, just uphill from the Craiglynne hotel in Grantown on Spey. Grid Ref: NJ028273, nearby postcode: PH26 3EN
Please remove dirty shoes and spikes before entering the registration building.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration: 14:30 - 15:30
Starts: 15:30 - 16:43
Notes: courses close 17:10

Course Information

Course length is the total straight-line distance measured between controls. Actual distance to complete the course is likely to be at least 50% greater. Course lengths are:

Short – 1.5km
Middle – 2.6km
Long – 3.4km

M/W 16 and under can only enter the short course unless accompanied by an adult or have already reached their 16th birthday. The two longer courses cross roads where traffic speed is likely to be in excess of 15mph.
These safety guidelines are from British Orienteering.

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

Fees: BOF Member - 21 years of age or older £8.00
Non BOF Member - 21 years of age or older £10.00
Junior - 20 years of age or younger or Student £4.00
Add £1 for entry on day.
Online closing date 13 Oct.
Entry: Online and on day

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.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Tim Sands
Organiser: Jenny Clarke
Controller: Steve Smirthwaite

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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