Badenoch & Strathspey Orienteering Club

Loch Vaa NorthSat 09 December, 2023

Last updated: Thu 25 January, 2024

Local 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 Training events 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.


Results with splits



Routegadget is there for the linear courses - it can't cope with a mixture of linear and score courses!

Friendly local event with FVO and anyone else who wants to come... beginners most welcome.

Pre-event Information

This is low-key competition, ideal for those who recently had their first taste of orienteering, as well as highly capable, experienced and fast orienteers.

Location Info

Near: Boat of Garten
Lat,Lng: 57.24825,-3.76389
OS Grid Ref: NH936189
Postcode: PH24 3BF
What3Words: ///boating.clearing.goodbyes

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Directions / Parking

Use the car park at Boat of Garten Community Hall.

Map / Terrain

Map scale 1:7,500, 5m contours for all courses.

Lovely woodland with paths and contours, plus a bit of heather that might impede progress.

Registration and Start times

For score course: registration 13:00-13:20, briefing 13:20, walk 800m to start, everyone starts at 14:00. NOTE: these timings will be somewhat dependent on prompt conclusion of AGM business.

For other courses, starts will be 13:30-14:00. Courses close 15:30. No allocated start times, just turn up and go (perhaps with a short wait).

sunset is at 15.32 so it could be getting gloomy towards the end if you take a while. Please take a torch if you will take some time.

Course Information

Score course with some easy controls and some very hard ones, 50 minute time limit, which will decide BASOC Club Champion. If you're not already a member but want to be eligible for the Club Championships you must have formally joined the club before Friday 8 December. Penalites for taking longer than 50 minutes are unashamedly harsh - lose 20 points for each minute (or part minute). Each control is worth 10 points and a handicap will be applied to give everyone a chance of victory.

Other courses, for FVO and other folk:

Yellow: 2.1km.
Orange 2.4km. Competitors on yellow and orange are welcome to pick up their maps at the start before they punch the start box, and plan their routes with parents, coach etc..

Light Green 3.1km.

Kind TD5 3.5km. TD5 course but planned a bit kinder using control sites that are either more distinct or easier to attack from distinct features.

Short TD5 3.7km Maximum difficulty course.

Medium TD5 4.8km Maximum difficulty course.

Long TD5 5.8km Maximum difficulty course.

Planning style will be mix of long/middle style orienteering. Course lengths may not appear long but this is Loch Vaa so very physical and technical. EWT for elite runners on LongTD5 around 35 minutes (6.4mins/km). Climb on courses is pretty minor – the heather is the main hindrance.

Big thanks to Andy Llewellyn for masterminding the courses.

Entry Details

SCORE EVENT: Entry on the day, in person. Please bring cash! BASOC members (must formally join before Friday 8 December) free of charge. Everyone else £4 senior, £2 junior, family group £6 (1 dibber, 2 maps, max. 4 people).

OTHER COURSES: Online entry via this link (opens in new tab), fees £5 seniors, £3 juniors.

Dog restrictions

Dogs may be taken into the area on a lead. No dogs in the hall please.

Contacts / Officials

Hilary Quick will handle queries.


Thanks to the wonderful people of Boat of Garten for use of the Community Hall, which has toilets and space to mingle and eat cake.

Dirty or spiked shoes MUST be removed at the door.

Please note other parts of the hall will be in use by a different group, please be quiet in corridors. We will be using the main hall, which is on the RIGHT as you come in. (Toilets are down the corridor on the left.)

Afterwards there will be a social involving tea/coffee and CAKE and any other food you might bring to share - all welcome. Cash donations will be welcome.

Safety Notes

Please heed the "Gloom" note above! Safety bearing NORTH to road.

Nearest A&E Hospitals

Raigmore Hospital, Inverness IV2 3UJ

Nairn Town & Country Hospital, IV12 5EE

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Details are just about final now but please check this page before you set off.