WOLF - Glen Gynack, Middle Distance

The opening event of the WOLF (Weekend of Orienteering in Lovely Forests).
The area consists of a runnable wooded slope and open moorland and is right on the edge of Kingussie. The assembly will be right in the centre of town based in the Duke of Gordon hotel with the race arena in the park right behind the hotel. Planner Gemma Karatay has all courses finishing in the arena and it promises to be a great start to the weekend.

Sat 10th Sep 2016

Type of event: District Race-(C)
Type of terrain: Forest, Moorland
Info updated: 15th Sep


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Pre Event Info

White, Yellow and Orange do not have an allocated start time, but can start when it suits them (or their parents!).

First Aid Cover will be provided by club members. Go to Registration in the Duke of Gordon if you need assistance.

TICKS! Please check yourself and your children for ticks after the event and seek medical attention if bitten.

Wear a whistle to attract attention in case you have an accident.

If the weather turns bad, you may be asked to carry a waterproof jacket with you.

Be aware that local residents walk and take their dogs and ride horses in Glen Gynack Woods so please try not to startle them.

Road Safety

Please use the path that goes from Ardvonie Park and through the parking area of the Duke of Gordon to Registration and Download to avoid Gynack Road.

All parking is on the south side of Newtonmore Road, the A86. Take care while crossing to the event arena behind the Duke of Gordon, on the north of the road.

Follow the tapes to the Starts and keep to the side on the narrow roads.

All finishers run down a short stretch of Ardvonie Road before entering the event arena. Accordingly, traffic management arrangements will be in place. Keep to the side and obey the marshal’s instructions



Directions / Parking

The event is in Kingussie, on the north side of the A9. It will be signed on the A86 as it enters the town from the north and south. Competitors will be crossing the A86 (Newtonmore Road) to reach the event arena so please take extra care when driving through the village.

Ardvonie Car Park, behind the Duke of Gordon hotel, and Gynack Road will be closed to competitor parking in the interests of safety.

Self-managed parking is off the B970 Ruthven Road outside and inside the grounds of Kingussie High School (on the left over the level crossing), on the opposite side of the road to the school in the market, and in the small car park on the right before the station. Please park sensibly, especially if you can’t find space in one of the above options. Please do NOT block areas used by local residents by parking in the station car park or outside the shops.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration 10:00 - 11:30

Start times 10:30 - 12:30

Courses close 14:30


The starts are signposted from the event centre in Ardvonie Park behind the Duke of Gordon Hotel.

Distance to the Short Start is 950m with a 50m height gain (15 mins). Follow the white taped route. WHITE, YELLOW, ORANGE, LIGHT GREEN COURSES

Maps for the white and yellow courses must be collected from Registration

Distance to the Long Start is 1.7km with a 150m height gain (25 mins). Follow the red/white taped route. SHORT GREEN, GREEN, BLUE, BROWN COURSES



Course Information

Courses available are listed below. Intended winning time for all courses is 30-35mins.

This is roughly based on M21E running brown, W21E blue, M55/W50 green, M65/W60 short green though runners can enter whichever course they wish. Last years results should be a guide. http://www.basoc.org.uk/results-archive/2015-09-05-wolf-middle/index.html

CourseR Distance Climb
Brown 4.7km 165m
Blue 4.3km 130m
Green 3.3km 95m
Short Green 2.9km 105m
Light Green 2.7km 110m
Orange 2.2km 55m
Yellow 1.8km 60m
White 1.3km 30m

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 now via oentries.com

21 years of age or older (TD5) £9.00

20 years of age or younger and Students £5.00

Adult on White,Yellow, Orange or Light Green £5.00

Entry-on-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 loose it there will be a £30 charge for it's replacement.

Terrain Description

Glen Gynack consists of a mixture of open hillside and a sloping coniferous forest. The hillside has good contour and rock detail throughout and is mainly heather underfoot. There are a few small patches of bracken but these are easily avoidable and shouldn't impede progress too much. The woodland is runnable thorughout with almost no undergrowth and is well walked so has a good path network. There are numerous crags strewn accorss the slope which will provide a good navigational challenge. The last 100m will involve a run down tarmac. 

There are several high fences marked on the map, particularly between the wooded area and the moorland. They are not marked as uncrossable, but we request that you do not attempt to climb them. Gates are marked on the map, and the courses have been planned to take advantage of these. There are also many gaps in the fences that are not marked but you may use them to cross if you prefer.

The map has been updated in summer 2016 by Stirling Surveys with the forest being remapped using lidar data. 


The Registration & Download and Enquiries entrance is on the east side of the Duke of Gordon Hotel, Newtonmore Rd, Kingussie, Highland PH21 1HE. You can enter for all the WOLF 2016 weekend events providing there are still slots available. Saturday: Middle Distance, Sprint SOUL8. Sunday: SOL5. 

Remove muddy footwear and o-shoes before entering the hotel. 

The hotel will offer a selection of healthy hot and cold options, as well as tea, coffee and soft drinks. Please consider supporting this local business during your visit. There are many other cafes and local shops along Newtonmore Road and King Street, adjacent to the event arena.

You are welcome to bring your club tent to the event arena in Ardvonie Park, behind the Duke. Please take all your litter home.

There is no String course but there are play areas in Ardvonie Park. 

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are OK in the town and event arena on leads but not allowed in the hotel.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Gemma Karatay

Controller: Donald Grassie

Organiser: Jo Cumming

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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