Loch Vaa

A range of courses will be available to suit all abilities.
Stop press: Soup & bread £1

Maps will be issued at the hall.
Please collect your map before going to the start. If you only need to collect a map they will be available at the hall entrance - you won't need to remove shoes. If you need anything else - entry on day/dibber collection/course change - you will need to go into the hall. Please remove muddy shoes and spikes. For all courses except yellow, please don't look at your map before you start.

Sun 11th Feb 2018

Type of event: Local Race
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 11th Feb


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Pre Event Info



Directions / Parking

Boat of Garten Community Hall

If the car park at the hall is full we will put a sign on the main road through the village. Please find an alternative place to park with consideration for local residents. There are plenty of side streets - don't park on the main road to keep traffic flowing. Please do not use the church car park until after the 10am service has finished.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration: 10am to 11:30am
Start: 10:30am to 12 noon; the start is 400m flat walk
No allocated start times, the start will not be manned, just turn up and go
Finish: adjacent to Community Hall
Courses close 1:30pm

Course Information

The following courses will be available, lengths and climbs subject to final controlling:
Yellow: 2.4km, 50m
Orange: 2.5km, 50m
Light Green: 3.4km, 50m
Green (short TD5): 4.7km, 65m
Blue (long TD5): 6.4km, 115m

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

Pre-entry through SIEntries will greatly assist the volunteers on the day.

Senior: £6
Junior: £3

If you are not a member of an orienteering club / British Orienteering / Scottish Orienteering: +£1
Entry on the day: +£1

Hired timing chips (Si-Cards, dibbers)

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

Terrain Description

Map 1:10000 Contour interval 5m

Loch Vaa is a classic Speyside forest - generally runnable (but heathery in places) terrain with good contour detail. There are areas of very challenging subtle contour detail. Areas of recent forestry work will be avoided by the courses.


Toilets available at the Community Hall.
Soup & bread available £1
Bring along your sandwiches and stay to chat after your run.
Play park adjacent to the hall for younger ones!

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are allowed on the courses, under close control or on a short lead.
No dogs inside the hall please.

Contacts / Officials

Planner / Organiser: Gemma Karatay
Controller (Risk assessment): Lynne Walker

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.


If you have joined an orienteering club, or are competing in one of your first 3 events, then you are 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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