Badenoch & Strathspey Orienteering Club

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Birnam Hill course 10
Birnam Hill course 10
Credit: Lynne Walker
Published: Mon 19 Feb 2024

CompassSport Trophy results and events to look forward to!

1. BASOC at the CompassSport Trophy

Club Captain Jane has sent in this report about BASOC at the CompassSport Trophy on Sunday 18th February at Birnam Hill.

A fantastic effort from all 18 members who made up the team at Birnam Hill. We had a full set of 13 counters, with everyone completing their courses and BASOC took 6th place, only beaten by much larger clubs. Our female-dominated demographic made for interesting course allocations with Laura (Blue Men), Rebecca (Short Brown) and Jane (Brown) all running in male classes to ensure we had the potential for a full team score. Rebecca made this look easy too with a 4th place!

Some of us had longer days on the hill than others and special thanks to Emma and Stuart for their perseverance to complete their courses. Quickest home was Lynne in under 50 minutes, taking 5th place in the Super Vet Short Green and new Club Chair Janette in 55 minutes, taking 4th in Green Women. There was also top-10 placings for Gemma (7th), Alice (9th), Clare (9th) and Marion (10th).

It was lovely to have to opportunity to catch up with each other in the club tent and later over coffee and cake, and we look forward to more of this as the season progresses.

Check out results and Routegadget:

The next big team event is the Scottish Relay Championships on 26th May in beautiful Roseisle. We also hope to have a relay team at the British Championships, near Whitby on 14th April. If you are keen to race either of these get in touch with Club Captain, Jane.

The CompassSport Trophy is for 'small' clubs; as Jane says above, many 'small' clubs are much larger than BASOC. There is a debate about the size of a small club (at the moment this is a maximum of 125 members) currently taking place on the Nopesport Forum.

2. Two events close to BASOC on really good terrain

Sunday 25th February: MOR event at Lossie East (a bit further east than most of us went at Moray 2023 - and parking on forest roads so no long walk!). To ensure a course of your choice, enter by this Wednesday (21st) evening. MOR have just announced that there will be a Green course in addition to Light green, Orange and Yellow. The terrain is intricate open dunes with marram grass and pine forested dunes, together with new pine tree growth and denser gorse sections in part. The main pine forest area has an extensive path and track network.

Sunday 3rd March: INVOC Regional event at Dallaschyle (near Cawdor). Entries close on Wednesday 28th February. The planner describes the area "There are several areas of excellent contour and rock detail with good runnability; other sections of rolling white forest which are generally runnable whilst the bracken is down". Check out the area on RouteGadget (it has been remapped since then!).

3. Improve your sense of direction

An interesting article on the BBC website. They consulted with GB orienteer Ralph Street for this article.