Moray & Highland Junior Championships, Anagach west

BASOC are delighted to welcome you to the Moray and Highland Junior Championships at Anagach West, Grantown on Spey.

Sat 09th Jun 2018

Type of event: Local Race
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 10th Jun


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Pre Event Info

Anagach is a very pretty birch and pine wood with interesting contour features and a well-used path system, which skirts around wooded marshy areas.

There are 7 courses available; competitors can run any course, but medals will only be awarded within the age category (unless ‘running up’) stated for the course colour.

Adults are welcome to enter a course of their choice.

Please respect other users of the forest as the paths are popular with walkers (with & without dogs) and mountain bikers.

Other users
Anagach Wood is used by the local public including dog-walkers and cyclists. Please respect all other users and adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC).

Full torso and leg covering is recommended due to the presence of ticks throughout the area.  Please check for, and remove, any ticks after you run.
The wood is sheltered but if the weather is wet competitors should wear/carry appropriate wet-weather clothing. The Start and Finish are adjacent; there will be black bags in which to leave clothing for your own collection once you have finished your run.

All competitors should carry a whistle. These will be available at Registration. Whistles should only be used in case of a real emergency.

We are unlikely to be able to offer refreshments at the Primary School, but there are lots of options for take-away food, ice-creams, drinks and cafes in the town, a short walk away.

First Aid
A club member qualified in First Aid will be available at the event. There is no ‘out of hours’ medical assistance locally; in the first instance call NHS24 (111) for advice, or 999 in emergency. Raigmore Hospital has the closest Accident and Emergency unit. Contact details will be at the Event Centre.



Directions / Parking

The Event Centre is at the Grantown Primary School in Grantown on Spey.

From Inverness: via the A9 and A938 to Carrbridge and Dulnain Bridge. Then A95 to Grantown on Spey, and continue into the town along the B9102. 

From the A96 (Nairn/Forres): A939 or A940/A939 to Grantown on Spey, and then the B9102 through the town.

Event will be signed from the B9102/Forest Road junction, opposite the Co-op.

Parking for cars is in the school playground, surrounding streets, or car park behind The Court House (5 mins walk).  Coaches, mini-buses etc. are advised to park in the car park behind the Court House. If parking on the street please show consideration for local residents.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration: Grantown Primary School, 10:30am to 12 noon for EOD, dibber hire and collection of White & Yellow maps.

Start: 11am to 12:30pm. Punching starts for all - no pre allocated start times. There is one Start for all competitors. This is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the Event Centre. Please follow the tapes to the Start. The walk to the Start begins along the side of a minor road (with pavement) with a 30 mph speed limit, and no road-crossing required. Latterly, the route continues along Forest Road which leads only down to the Forest car parks and a few residential properties; it has no pavement, and only light, slow-moving traffic.  Please walk at the side of the road, and stay aware of moving vehicles.  Adults in charge please stress this to junior runners. The last part of the route is on forest paths.

Finish: adjacent to Start and in a clearing, so there is room at the Finish for competitors to wait for other club/group runners.

Download: Grantown Primary School.
Courses close: 1:45pm

School Groups
A responsible adult should accompany all competitors to the START and from the FINISH.

Course Information




Age category for Championship Placings


1.6 km

 60 m

10s and under (M/W10)


2.2 km

 65 m

12s and under (M/W12)


2.8 km

 80 m

14s and under (M/W14)

Long Orange

5.5 km

 170 m

16s and under (M/W16)

Light Green


 110 m

18s and under (M/W18)


4.6 km

 140 m

Open Girls


5.9 km

 165 m

Open Boys

Juniors should run in the appropriate colour-coded class for their ability.   Championship placings will be for any junior under the age stated for the course e.g. a 13-yr old can be placed in any of Orange, Long Orange, Light Green, Green or Blue.  If a 13-yr old wants to run yellow they will not be eligible for medals but will appear in the results list as normal.

Note - the age category is based on age at the end of this year i.e.
10 and Under = M/W 10
12 and Under = M/W 12
14 and Under = M/W 14
16 and Under = M/W 16

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

Enter online at SIEntries.
Please enter in advance (entries close Wednesday 6th June 2018)! This is a big help. There will be entry on the day subject to available maps (plus £1). 
Adult member £6; junior member £3.
Adult non-member £7; junior non-member £4.
If any schools wish to block enter please contact us directly - by Tuesday 6th June at the latest.
While the focus of the event is for juniors, there are courses available for adults as well - please come along and enjoy Anagach West.

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

Mainly pine and birch woodland with some marshy areas, and a good path network. Anagach Wood is close to the River Spey in places; this is a fast- flowing river and competitors should not approach the river banks.

Our thanks to INVOC for use of the map, which was funded with the generous assistance of the Berry Burn Community Fund. 

Map scale 1:10.000 with 5m contour intervals


Disabled toilet available in the school.

Public toilets by the car park behind The Court House.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs on leads are OK on courses; no dogs inside please.

Contacts / Officials

Organisers: Jane Cox and Marion MacCormick
Planner: Gavin Miles
Controller: Johannes Petersen

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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