Moray & Highland Junior Champs + Level D Event

Dulnain Wood

The M&H hit Speyside this year. Full report and photos now published.

Sun 04th Jun 2017

Type of event: Local Race-(D)
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 08th Jun


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Event Report

BASOC were delighted to host the Moray and Highland Junior Championships this year. Thank you all who came along and supported it, the buzz in the hall afterwards was great to see :)

Many of you came along and enjoyed the courses that Jane Pottie had set out in Dulnain Woods, and we just about managed to avoid the rain! 

We had medallists from all 3 northern clubs, which made for a colourful array at the prize giving. See photos down the side of this article.

Report of the Moray and Highland Schools Championships

This event based at Dulnain Bridge on 4 June was a great success.

112 competitors took part representing the 3 North Area clubs - BASOC, INVOC and MORAVIAN. The very large number of young juniors was particularly encouraging with a total of 39 runners on the White and Yellow courses.

Both the Planner Jane Pottie and the Controller Gemma Karatay deserve to be mentioned as the success of the event was due in large measure to their efforts. The courses were all much appreciated by all runners no matter their age.  Jane’s use of the area to suit young juniors on the White and Yellow courses as well as the success of both the Blue and Green courses for the more experienced runners shows her development as a planner of some note who will be well able to serve the club in the future. For Gemma too this was her first event as a Controller and the appreciation of the courses by the adult runners indicates that as a team Gemma and Jane are now well placed to move on to events at higher levels.

As usual there was a good showing of club members all willing to play their part to make our event run smoothly. The Registration and Download teams allowed everything as far as pre-event registration and results to work seamlessly. This is always a great help to the organisation. Other club members were willing to spend long hours at both the Start and the Finish - again vital to the smooth-running of the event. In the kitchen a very busy team was able to provide much-appreciated soup and cakes. Hopefully a lot of money was raised for our juniors. Finally mention must be made of the two youngsters from Inverness Royal Academy and of our own Lucy for their work in helping keep everyone safe at the various road crossings.

We are always fortunate to have Jess Tullie along to help and to encourage and having her as the prize giver will certainly inspire some of the Juniors.

Finally we should mention our own Juniors Katrina and Izzy who came first and second on their Green course and went home with the only BASOC medals. Well done girls!

Marion - Organiser


I would like to add a massive thank you to Marion, whose incredible organisation skills were vital to the success of the day. She put in so much background work to make sure everything ran smoothly, from car parking to manning the start, finish and road crossings, as well as the all important buying of the medals! Many thanks Marion; we couldn't have done it without you.

Gemma - Controller

Pre Event Info

See course and other info below. 

Other users

Dulnain Wood is used by the local public including dog-walkers. Please respect all other users.


The wood is very 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.


These will be declared as close to 1.30 as possible.


There are ticks in this forest. Please check and remove any ticks after you run.


We will be selling soup, cakes and hot drinks in aid of our club juniors.



Directions / Parking

The event centre is the village hall in Dulnain Bridge. From Inverness approach via the A9 and theA938 via Carrbridge. From Grantown on Spey approach via the A95 and the A938.

Parking for cars is at the rear of the village hall. Once this becomes full, there are other opportunities to park in the village. One lay-by is about 5 moinutes' walk from the village hall Those arriving later must be aware of this.

Coaches: if you intend to bring a coach or minibus to the event please inform the Orgainser by Wednesday 31 May. Coaches will drop competitors at the village hall and then proceed to park at the Heather Centre in Skye of Curr. Directions will be given to drivers. A café is available at the Heather Centre.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration from 10:30 - 12:00.

Starts 11:00 - 12:30

Punching starts for all - no pre allocated start times


There is one Start for all competitors. This is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the Event Centre. Please follow the tapes to the Start. The walk to the Start crosses a main road where there will be a Marshal. Please pay attention to the instructions from this person. The walk then continues along the side of a more minor road with a 30mph speeed limit. However, the road is narrow and competitors should follow the taped route crossing from the pavement on one side to a wide grass verge further on. please DO NOT walk on the road. Adults in charge please stress this to junior runners. 

School Groups

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

The START and FINISH are adjacent. There is room at the Finish for competitors to wait for other club/group runners.

Course Information

Course  Distance Age category for Championship Placings
White 1.6km 10s and under (M/W10)
Yellow 2.5km 12s and under (M/W12)
Orange 2.7km 14s and under (M/W14)
Long Orange 4.5km 16s and under (M/W16)
Light Green 3.7km 18s and under (M/W18)
Green  5.0km Open Girls
Blue  6.2km 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 ie:

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! This is a big help. There will be entry on the day subject to available maps. 

Adult members £6, Junior member £3.00

Adult non-member £7, Junior non-members £4.00

If any schools wish to block enter please contact us directly - 

by Wednesday 31st May at the latest

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

Terrain Pine forest with a bit of bog land thrown in for good measure. Good path network and good runnability throughout the forest. The bog is a bit tougher going but very scenic. As the weather has remained dry there are no problms of runnabilitty in the marsh area. All courses pass near the river Dulnain. This is a fast- flowing river and competitors should not approach the river banks.


Soup and Cake will be available.

Toilets in the hall.

First Aid

A club member qualified in First Aid will be available at the event. For any major incident Aviemore Out of Hours is available at the Health Centre in Aviemore. Raigmore hospital has the closest Accident and Emergency unit. Contact details will be at the Event Centre

Dogs allowed?

Dogs OK on leads

Contacts / Officials

Planner - Jane Pottie

Organiser - Marion MacCormick

Controller - Gemma Karatay

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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