WOLF - Uath Lochans (SOL 5)

Compass Point Scottish Orienteering League

Based in one of the classic Speyside areas Uath Lochans. The race was run on a brand new map of the area from Stirling Surveys and maximised the enjoyment of this brilliant area. The assembly was in a previously unused site in scenic Glen Feshie. Planner Steve Barrett's courses proved to be a great test and let you finish the weekend on a high. 

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Sun 11th Sep 2016

Type of event: Regional Race-(B)
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 15th Sep

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Event Report

Pre-O Report

The ‘A control’ course proved rather more straightforward than previous Pre-Os where the more usual multi-kite control points have been used. 39 people took part with 35 returning their answers. Of these 17 were 100% correct.

Pre-O maps

Control 1: Z. 80% correct answers.
The key to this one is how far away the kite is. The kite at 1A was only around 50m from the track. Crucial to note the scale of the map! It might have become clear at no 2 if an error had been made at no 1, as the kite on the boulder was about the same distance from the track as 1A.

Control 2: A. 97% correct answers.
The northern boulder was not easily visible but the position of the kite relative to the contours (above the slope) was the deciding factor.

Control 3: A. 86% correct answers.
The kite was in line with the heathery gap between the two marshes. The contours were vague here and obscured by fallen branches but the kite was clearly on the first high-ish point beyond the marshes. (Note that in TrailO Z controls will be clearly wrong, not just a case of a few centimetres out!)

Control 4: Z. 83% correct answers.
The determining factor here was that although the control description fitted both 4A and 4Z, the circle is on the northern edge of the patch of semi-open W of the marsh. The kite was on the southern edge. 

Pre Event Info

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

Maps for White and Yellow courses should be collected from Registration.

Location

map

Directions / Parking

Take the A9 to Kingussie or Aviemore (depending on whether you’re coming from south or north), then turn onto the B9152 and go to Kincraig.
In Kincraig, turn southeast on the minor road signposted for Loch Insh Watersports (and other places).
Continue for approximately 1½ miles to the T junction with the B970, and turn right for less than a mile then take the no-through-road that goes straight on as the main road bends right. (Please avoid using the B970 for longer parts of the journey, it’s not designed for large amounts of traffic!)
Continue carefully on the minor road for 1.5 miles, past the FCS car park that you might know from previous events, then turn left onto the track signed for Ballintean.
Continue on that track for half a mile and park in the large, flat, well-drained field, using the marked access point through the rough edges.
Donation to landowner for parking is included in the entry fee.

Please arrive before 12:00 and do not attempt to leave before 12:30.

The finish is very close to registration and download, next to the car park. Space will be reserved in the car park for club tents.

Two cycle races are being held around Kincraig on our SOL day; both will use the B9152 between Kingussie and Kincraig.
In the morning, you might encounter individual cyclists doing a time trial, so delays should be minimal.
In the afternoon, groups of cyclists will be using the same route, Kincraig to Kingussie on the B9152 (and then back via Insh on the B970). The groups will be accompanied by officials' cars, so delays could be significant. Please be patient and give everyone lots of space, and please do not use the B970 through Insh.

Also please be aware that Kincraig has a low bridge (11ft. 9in. height restriction) and a narrow bridge with a weight restriction of 17 tonnes, and a tight turn at its southern end. Minibuses won’t have a problem but please don’t hire a full-size coach or double-decker bus for your trip!

Road map

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration will be in the barn at the side of the parking field.

Registration 10:00 - 12:00

Starts 10:30 - 12:30

There will be one start for all courses. The walk to it should take 10-15 minutes, but it is a bit lumpy and definitely not suitable for buggies. If weather is lousy, there will be a clothing dump at the start.

Maps for White and Yellow courses should be collected from Registration before going to the start.

Pre-O

There will be a short Pre-O course on the route to the start. The course will consist of 'A controls' - that means only one kite per control and the task is to decide whether or not it matches the circle on the map and control description. This is a useful training exercise  - a lot of us sometimes see a control up ahead and run to it without really thinking whether it's the right one.
Collect a map for the Pre-O where the route to the start leaves the parking field. There's no charge.

Course Information

The SOL Rules and Guidelines are applicable for this event.

Course Distance Climb
Black 11.6km  270m
Brown 9.4km 255m
Short Brown 7.7km 215m
Blue 6.4km 155m
Short Blue 5.1km 165m
Green 4.4km 95m
Short Green 2.7km 55m
Light Green 3.4km 60m
Orange 2.8km 40m
Yellow 2.2km 55m
White 1.7km 15m

String Course

The string course will be in a sheltered bit of woodland adjacent to the parking field and near the finish; access to it is by a track that will be OK for buggies, but the string course itself is definitely a foot-only affair. 

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

The late entry fees now apply. Online entries are closed but you can still enter on the day whilst maps are available.

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

Terrain Description

Mature runnable pine forest with contour and rock detail throughout.

Brand new map 2016 Stirling Surveys.

Most courses will run on A4 maps, longest courses will be A3 size.

The area presents the usual hazards associated with orienteering, plus some large crags and big ponds;  it is generally sheltered.

Competitors (except White, Yellow & Orange courses) cross the minor road that you will use to approach the parking area – please take care both when driving and when competing.

Forest rides - the ground vegetation in rides can be indistinguishable from the forest floor, therefore they can be hard to see until on them. Check by looking up, not down.

Boulders - boulders may be partially moss covered and in certain circumstances could be hard to see.

Facilities

Spacious assembly field with stunning views - what more do you need! Registration in a barn. CompassPoint shop will be in attendance. Scotjos stall will be there with soup/cakes/other goodies. 

Portaloos will be on the nearby hardstanding.

Hygiene – the parking field and barn are regularly used by cattle, and there are no facilities for washing hands.  Please ensure you and your children take sensible precautions especially before eating.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs allowed but should be under close control as per the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and owners must clean up and take home any mess left by their dog.
The area is farmed by Alvie estate and any disburbance of livestock could compromise our use of this wonderful area.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Steve Barrett

Controller: Robin Sloan

Organiser: Hilary Quick

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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