WOLF - SOL - Dunachtonmore

Compasspoint SOL3

Thank you to all competitors for your comments at the event. Alongside many positive comments, which are much appreciated, three issues were raised with the event team. These have been considered by the Controller with advice from three experienced controllers from clubs not involved in this event. The decision and observations on these are:

  • Complaint that the direct route across the main stream on the map was dangerous and crossed unmarked crags: the direct route on several long legs did go across a deep, steep valley. The issue here is whether the map contained all of the information needed by competitors to make a sound decision on route choice. The map clearly shows contours very close together and almost touching, which is evidence of very steep ground. Also, some discontinuous crags are marked on the map close to the steepest parts. The valley is crossable in its steepest parts, although not at every location. The map does therefore contain all of the required information for competitors, and the complaint was not upheld.  Direct lines between controls often cross impassable or difficult terrain and a navigational skill is to recognise and avoid such hazards.
  • Comment that control 2 on the Yellow course was unable to be seen from the track: this is a mistake in hanging and checking the control – the site was chosen knowing that the control needed to be hung high and visible to young people from the track. We apologise for not checking this carefully enough, and appreciate the runners and parents who pointed this out to us extremely politely. No action taken, although noted as a learning point for future events.
  • Comment that control 195 was incorrectly positioned: this control was in the correct place, both in terms of distance to nearby crags and in relation to the contour shapes on the ground. The issue is that it is a sloping crag that is not so prominent as the vertical crags nearby. The use of the crag symbol for this outcrop is reasonable and not uncommon.

Some competitors failed to punch at the start despite clear instructions to do so, and this being in the pre-event information. While the rules would suggest that these competitors are listed as dnf, we have evidence of the times that these runners started from the Check box, and we know which other competitors they started alongside. Hence, it has been possible to determine accurate start times to everyone in this situation, and they appear in the results as competitive runners.

Trevor Hoey (FVO; Controller)

Sun 23rd Sep 2018

Type of event: National Race
Type of terrain: Moorland, Woodland
Info updated: 01st Oct


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Pre Event Info

Thanks to John Forbes-Leith of Dunachton Estate for allowing us to use the area and creating a car parking space.

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We have negotiated a discount for people wanting to visit the Highland Wildlife Park. If you have at least one Dunachtonmore SOL3 map per group if walking, or per car, adults and concessions will pay only £9.95 (instead of £17 and £14.50). Children 3-15 pay £9.95.  Under 3 free. If you leave your car at SOL parking you can see almost all of the animals from the walkways.



Directions / Parking

The assembly is 9 miles south of Aviemore, adjacent to the Highland Wildlife Park. Follow the signs "Polar Bears at Highland Wildlfe Park".  N.B. Since the dualling there are no short cuts across the A9. Travelling north towards Inverness on the A9, turn off for Kingussie / Kincraig, and follow the B9152 north. Travelling south towards Perth on the A9, turn off south of Aviemore for Kincraig and follow the B9152 through Kincraig to the Park.

Take the turning off the B9152 to the Wildlife Park. This entrance is shared with the Park traffic so look out for the marshals directing the SOL traffic.  The Park is even more popular this year because of visitors coming to see the baby polar bear and baby leopard so please allow plenty of time to reach the event.

The main car parking field is next to assembly. For safety, there is NO EXIT FROM THE PARKING UNTIL 12:30pm.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration, Enquiries and Download will be in the BASOC tents. Look for our banner. Registration will be open from 10:00 - 12:00 for EOD and other enquiries.

Reminder: White and yellow course maps will ONLY be available at registration.

All competitors, including those that are pre-registered, must follow the 1.2km taped route via Assembly to the Start. It is mostly flat with only 35m of climb. It is not suitable for buggies, although you might get one through with persistence.

Starts are from 10:30 am until 12:30pm.  Start times will be allocated and you need to keep to them. There are very few empty slots to fit you in if you are late. White and Yellow courses will have a punching start with no allocated start times. The maps are ONLY available at Registration.

Start times will be available at Registration and the Start.

Competitors who miss their allocated Start-time must wait until the Starter finds an available slot complying with Competition Rules. Start procedure is a -4 min call-up and punching start.

Finish: The run-in finishes in the assembly area. Follow the taped route from the Finish control to Download.

The courses close at 15:00.

PLEASE GO TO DOWNLOAD, EVEN IF YOU DON’T FINISH. This is our way of checking that no competitors are left out lost or injured.

Course Information

There will be the full range of colour-coded courses, from White to Black (10km+), and a string course. As with all SOLs you may choose to run any course, but to be competitive in your age class you should run the course specified below. Details below are now FINAL (updated 17:20 on Friday 21 September - a few very small adjustments).

Shadowing juniors on the white and yellow courses is allowed. Parents are reminded they should declare if they are helping a Junior competitor as opposed to following.  Assisted juniors are competitive in their colour course (e.g. White) but not in age class (e.g. W10B). SOA rules state that you must have completed your own race before undertaking any shadowing.

Course details
Course Tech. Diff. Length (km) Height gain (m) Junior M Junior W Adult M Adult W
Black 5 10.8 365     M-E  
Brown 5 9.3 320







Short Brown 5 7.9 265    




Blue 5 56.0 175 M16









Short Blue 5 4.9 160










Green 5 4.6 125   W16








Short Green 5 3.7 110  















Light Green 4 3.4 55





Orange 3 2.9 60





Yellow 2 2.2 35





White 1 2.2 30 M10B W10B    

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

Fees: 21 years of age or older £15 + £3 for entry on day (£2 discount if BOF/SOA member)
20 years of age or younger, students and adults on light green or shorter £7 + £2 for entry on day. (£1 discount if BOF/SOA member)

Entries closed at 23:59 on Saturday 15th September. SOME entries on the day might be possible but we guarantee nothing. 

SI dibber (contact) punching on all courses. Use the pin-punch to mark your map if there is a problem with an SI box.

In the event of cancellation, a notice will be posted on the SOA website and the BASOC website. The Organising Team reserve the right to retain all or part of the entry fee to cover any costs associated with the Event.

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

The map was updated in 2018 by Stirling Surveys and will be printed at a scale of 1:10,000 for all classes/courses.

The area consists of open moorland, runnable woods and, near the finish, open fields. The moorland is partly heather and partly bog (although as of July, these are almost dry) and can be very physical to run through. There is a fair amount of juniper and bracken, particularly to the west of the Dunachton Burn. The woods are mainly birch and cover some very technical ground. The open fields are mainly grazing so are very runnable at speed.

There are some large crags in the west of the area. Courses have been planned to avoid these. For your own safety, please do not attempt to climb or descend them.

There are several deer fences across the area. These are marked as uncrossable on the map. Courses have been planned to use gates. Please do not attempt to cross at any other point. Any competitors seen climbing deer fences will be disqualified.

There is livestock in the area, sheep in particular, also deer. For this reason, the gates will be unfastened but held closed with elastic during the event. They should be easy to push/pull open and will swing shut behind you. You can try this out at the gate beside the start if you are unsure how it works. If you notice a gate which is open, please report this at download.

Most of the area is very exposed. In the event of poor weather, we may make cagoules compulsory. In this event, we will update the website and have a sign at assembly. If the weather is particularly hot, you may wish to consider sun protection and carrying water. Water will not be provided on the courses or at the finish. We do NOT recommend drinking from the streams! Whatever the conditions, we strongly recommend that you carry a whistle.

Be aware that we are orienteering in a working estate so please try not to startle any livestock and let us know at Registration if you know of any walls or fences that have been damaged. Also look out for adders and be aware that some low fences include barbed wire.


The string course will be near assembly. 

Mazes - The beginner and experienced mazes are in the assembly area; self-service with maps hanging near the entrance. Go round as many times as you like. Please return your maps so others can enjoy the mazes too.

Prize-giving - at 2p.m. prizes will be awarded to FVO and BASOC for the Scottish Inter-club Championships (details here) and BASOC will receive their SOA Bronze Accreditation.

Portable toilets will be provided.

Refreshments: The Scottish Junior Squad will be raising funds by selling cakes and biscuits and there will be pizza, Barista coffees, teas, and hot chocolate. Please bring cash for pizza in case their credit card machine doesn't have a signal.

Equipment: Browse new gear at Compasspoint, who are sponsors of the Scottish Orienteering League.

Club tents/banners can be erected adjacent to the finish. There are power lines in the assembly field so please keep your banners well away from them.

Results will be displayed near the finish.

No bins will be provided. Please take your litter home with you. 

Key-drop available at the BASOC tent. Solo travellers please complete an envelope with details to identify your car should you be late back.

First Aid cover will be provided by club members. Go to Registration if you need assistance.

The nearest hospital with full Accident & Emergency (A&E) cover is: Raigmore Hospital, Old Perth Road, Inverness.IV2 3UJ.  Tel. (01463) 704000

Aviemore Medical Centre has a Casualty Service; this is not a drop-in facility out of hours. Call NHS24 (111), or (01479) 810258 for advice before attending.

TICKS! There are ticks in the area; please wear full leg cover, check thoroughly for ticks after your run, and be aware of the symptoms of Lyme Disease. Rita Ribeiro is conducting research about ticks and will be at the event with a tent and information about her project, about ticks and Lyme disease and to collect data for her project.

Training available at nearby Inshriach North on Saturday 22nd - see separate page for details and to order maps.

Dogs allowed?

There will be sheep in the assembly field, so dogs must be on leads; NO dogs are allowed on any of the courses. Please ensure you pick up and take home any mess.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Gemma Karatay & Steve Barrett
Organiser: Jo Cumming (07905 599195) & Clare Kemsley
Controller: Trevor Hoey (FVO)

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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