WOLF - Loch Vaa North (SOL 7)

Highland WOLF and Compass Point Scottish Orienteering League

Loch Vaa always delivers a technical challenge and great terrain. This area was remapped during Spring 2015. Jess & James Tullie were the planners.

The weather was perfect, the courses were good, the terrain is very runable, but challenging, and the school made an excellent event centre, why would you want to have been anywhere else?

Sun 06th Sep 2015

Type of event: Regional Race-(B)
Type of terrain: Forest, Woodland
Info updated: 08th Nov

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Northern Lights Trophies 2015

This annual competition is organised by the North Scotland clubs. There are trophies to be won in all the Junior classes from M/W10 - M/W18 which are open to anyone (from a Scottish Club) who enters.

There is also the Pitvagenny Trophy for the best junior performance from a North area club, on the day and the Contours Trophy for best Vet performance from a North Area club on the day"

Pitvagenny Trophy WInner
Best junior performance on the day: Jenny Blackwood, INVOC

Contours Trophy Winner
Best veteran performance on the day: Carolyn McLeod, GRAMP

Age class winners

M10: James Hammond FVO
M12: Ewan Musgrave, MAROC
M14: Alistair Chapman, MAROC
M16: Tom Lines, ECKO
M18: Sasha Chepelin, GRAMP

W10: Morven Farquharson, GRAMP
W12: Rachel Brown, ESOC
W14: Lizzie Stansfield, FVO
W16: Emma Wilson, CLYDE
W18: Jennifer Ricketts, MAROC

Pre Event Info

Desher Primary School near Boat of Garten is the event centre, with most parking in the field opposite.

CompassPoint logo

Compass Point will be attending with their mobile shop. This a good chance to stock up with all those orienteering specific goods that are hard to get in normal shops.

Prize-giving: 2:30pm.There will be spot prizes for the WOLF weekend, as well as the Northern Lights trophy and the Junior Inter-area competition.

RUN 4 IT

The prize draw has been generously sponsored by Run4It. If you entered all 3 WOLF events your name will be entered into the draw - but you must be there to claim your prize otherwise we'll draw a new name out of the hat! Prizes will be presented by Jess Tullie.

Location

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Directions / Parking

From the A9 Granish junction, north of Aviemore, turn left on the A95 and follow signs to Boat of Garten.
From Grantown on Spey, follow the A95 south towards Aviemore. Please don't use the first turning into Boat of Garten, next to the sawmill, but continue to the junction at Deshar School.

Cars and small vans will park in the field opposite Deshar School. Access to the field is from the Boat of Garten road. Follow signs from the junction with the A95.
The gate into the field is about 200m from the junction with the A95. Please keep moving when you enter the field to avoid cars queuing on the road and blocking the junction. If this does happen, we may need to ask you to drive into Boat of Garten and turn around. Please follow instructions from the marshall. The crossing from the parking field to the event centre will be marshalled, but please be aware of traffic.

Minibuses and heavy campervans will be parked at the Community Hall in Boat of Garten. Please contact us in advance, if you are bringing a minibus or campervan. Be aware that the Community Hall is accessed via a residential street, where there are often children playing. To access the event centre from this parking, please follow the taped route along the pavement rather than cutting through the woods, as this would take you through the competition area.

The main car parking field is opposite the event centre. The Community Hall is 1.4km away from the event centre, but adjacent to the start.

A car parking charge of £1 will be collected on the day and will go to the farmer.

Livestock - there will be no farm animals in the fields at the time of the event, but the parking and finish fields have been used for livestock until recently. Please wash your hands before eating or drinking. 

SOL locations

Registration, Start & Finish

The event centre (Deshar Primary School) will be the base for Registration, Download and Toilets. Please remove ALL metal stud or muddy footwear before entering the school building.

Start Times on oentries.com

Registration: 10:00 to 12 noon in Deshar Primary School. Collect hired SPORTident timing chips from here as well as White and Yellow course maps.

Start: 10:30 to 12:30. There is a single start for all courses, 1.4km from the event centre mostly along a fairly flat tarmac path. The path is entirely off-road, but crosses a car park entrance at one point. We will not be using this car park, but members of the public may be around. The final 100m is through the woods. Please keep to the taped route.
If you are parked in the minibus/campervan car park and going direct to the start, please follow the taped route along the road to the bottle bank car park, rather than cutting through the woods, as this would take you through the competition area.

Finish, Download and Courses close: The Finish is in the field adjacent to Deshar Primary School. Club tents/banners can be erected adjacent to the finish. From the Finish there is a 50m taped walk over a stile back to Download in Deshar Primary School. Please remember to DOWNLOAD. Courses close 2:30pm.

Prize-giving: 2:30pm at the event centre.There will be spot prizes for the WOLF weekend, as well as the Northern Lights trophy and the Junior Inter-area competition.

The prize draw has been generously sponsored by Run4It. If you entered all 3 WOLF events your name will be entered into the draw - but you must be there to claim your prize otherwise we'll draw a new name out of the hat! Prizes will be presented by Jess Tullie.

Course Information

Compass Point Scottish Orienteering LeagueFor information about relative course lengths and which age class is paired to which course see the SOL Competition rules and guidelines.

You are free to enter any course you like, but if you want your result to count in the 2015 league table you need to enter the suggested course or a longer one.

Course lengths, climb and number of controls below.
Black 11.7km, 325m, 31 controls
Brown 10.2km, 220m, 27 controls
Short Brown 8.2km, 190m, 22 controls
Blue 6.6km, 155m, 20 controls
Short Blue 5.4km, 115m, 15 controls
Green 4.7km, 95m, 18 controls
Short Green 4.0km, 85m, 13 controls
Light Green 3.9km, 90m, 13 controls
Orange 2.7km, 55m, 10 controls
Yellow 2.5km, 50m, 12 controls. 
White 2.1km, 35m, 10 controls
White and Yellow course competitors should collect their map from Registration BEFORE they go to the Start.
String course will be in the finish field adjacent to the event centre. Follow the signs. Open from 11am to 1:30pm.

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

21 years of age or older (TD5) = £12 (late entries and entry-on-day + £3)

20 years of age or younger and Students  = £5 (late entries and entry-on-day + £2)

Adult on White/Yellow/Orange/Lt Green = £5 (late entries and entry-on-day + £2)

String course free

Car parking £1 on the day

Maps still available for on the day entries

Black 1
Brown 4
Short Brown 1
Blue 7
Short Blue 1
Green 4
Short Green (none left)
Light Green 2
Orange 8 
Yellow 11 
White 10 

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

Map scale 1:10000, contour interval 5m. Remapped using LiDAR Spring 2015, Stirling Surveys.

Loch Vaa North has seldom been used for competition. Most of the area is pine forest with good visibility and excellent contour detail, challenging the competitor to switch from complex contours to subtle. Heather and bilberry can slow running. Birch woodland and heather moorland fringes the pine forest to the north and west, providing a change of pace.
The longer courses visit an area of birch woodland with some small open areas. There are areas of bracken in this part of the forest but to aid map clarity they are not marked on the map.
An area with a detailed path network will be used for White to Light Green courses.

Ticks are present throughout the area, including in the parking and finish fields. Please check yourself and your children thoroughly after the event.

Facilities

Refreshments will be provided by Deshar School PTA. They will be selling soup, tea, coffee and cakes at a gazebo in the school grounds. Please support them in their fund raising.

Toilets will be at the event centre. There are 4 “kiddy” toilets at the entrance to the school hall. Portable toilets will also be provided. Please try to use both sets to prevent queues, remove ALL metal stud or muddy footwear before using the inside toilets.

Bins will not be provided. Please take your litter home with you.

CompassPoint logoCompass Point will be attending with their mobile shop. This a good chance to stock up with all those orienteering specific goods that are hard to get in normal shops.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs allowed on leads in the car park and Finish field only. Please do not take dogs into the school grounds. Please clear up after your dog and dispose responsibly.

Contacts / Officials

Weekend coordinator: Lynne Walker

Organisers: Marion MacCormick, Mehmet & Gemma Karatay

Planners: Jess & James Tullie

Controller: Ross McLennan

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.

Insurance

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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