Autumn EventDunollieSun 31 October, 2021
Local level event
Explanation of Event levels
Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Activities are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships.
I hope all the participants enjoyed Dunollie woods today. I admit that it's a bit of a climb up but I think the woods are such a beautiful place to run through and I hope the variety of control sites suited everyone. The paths weren't as distinct as they might have been due to the leaf fall which also made the inclines quite slippery so well done to everyone for getting up there. The Battleship Hill area provided a nice contrast for the Light Green and Green participants. Various route choices and some careful navigation across the hillside. Again, it's just a lovely area for setting courses. You may have noticed that the course lengths were shorter than usual due to the total climb required; I hope this made it manageable. You may also have noticed a few TOC markers on the course; these will remain out until mid-November so if you want another run around the same area feel free to use the TOC. Apologies for any controls that may have been poorly placed - entirely my fault.
The weather failed to put a damper on today's excellent event at Dunollie. It was really motivating and uplifting to see so many Eckoteers both young and slightly less young and also to hear so many positive comments . Many thanks to Dunollie House and Dunollie Beag Farm for giving us permission to hold the event on their land. It was a huge advantage to be able to use the car park at Dunollie House as the 'event arena'.
Massive thanks must go to our planner Finlo who provided the competitors with 4 excellent courses which really made the most of Dunollie Woods and Battleship Hill. To quote one competitor, " what a fabulous woodland and a great course with so many interesting features and lots of changes of direction".
The offers of help were much appreciated. Many thanks to Bill in his role as start official, Alan for producing start times, download and results and finally Dave, Finlo and Andy for control collecting. All the equipment is now drying out waiting to be tidied away in readiness for our next event which is another EckO extravaganza not to be missed.
Put the date on your calendar for Sunday, 21st November for Glen Nant NW which is accessed up the Glen Lonan Road from Taynuilt.
Pre Event Info
Welcome to the next EckO event at Dunollie, Oban. The event will be based at Dunollie House car park. We are very grateful to Dunollie House for giving us permission to use the car park and to Dunollie Beag Farm who have given us permision to use their land. A huge thanks also to Finlo Cottier for planning and facilitating this event.
Near: Oban Lat,Lng: 56.42658,-5.48245 OS Grid Ref: NM853314 Postcode: PA34 5TT
Directions / Parking
Approaching Oban on the A85 take 2nd left at the first roundabout past The Corran Halls to the next roundabout and take 2nd left along Corran Esplanade, towards Ganavan Sands. Follow this road past the war memorial on the left. Take the right turn into Dunollie House and park in the Dunollie House car park which is open to event participants only. The event will be sign posted from the turn off.
Map / Terrain
Dunollie is a fun patchwork of woods, fields, gorsey areas and open hill. The courses will take you up onto Battleship Hill and the rarely-visited lost world of Dunollie Woods.
Safety: From the start, both the yellow and the orange courses follow a well made forestry path up the hillside. This is bounded on one side by steep crags in places. There will be black and yellow tape in place forming a boundary between the path and the crags. Parents - can you ensure that any young juniors are aware of the crags and that they understand to keep a safe distance away.
Registration and Start times
Start blocks will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 midday with courses closing at 14:00
The start block times are available here.
Yellow - 1.4km 80m climb. (uses simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. Mainly used by under 12’s and family groups)
Orange - 2.0km 130m climb (basic use of the compass and route choice. Ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters)
Light Green - 2.2km 160m climb (ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and ‘point’ features)
Green - 3.2km 175m climb (mostly experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty)
Please do not attend this event if you are currently exhibiting any Covid symptons. As with our previous events, we respectfully ask you all to observe the current COVID regulations, 1m social distancing, avoid gathering in groups at download and that you are familiar with British Orienteering's Code of Conduct
NOTE - We encourage PRE-ENTRY but will accept limited entry on the day dependant on the number of maps available
Non-members and orienteers from outwith Argyll may enter this event.
ENTRIES OPEN on Sunday 17th October, 2021 and will close on Sunday 24th October, 2021
HOW TO ENTER: Complete the attached form here
Each event takes a lot of organisation so help would be very much appreciated on the day. The registration form now has a list of some of the essential jobs. We need one volunteer available to open and shut the gate to parking as cars come in and 4 control collectors. Please tick the appropriate box(es) if you are willing to help/ assist in this event and you will be rostered in. Many thanks!
Dogs on lead in the car park only please.
Plenty of great facilities in Oban
Currently, rain is not forecast for Sunday but full leg covering is advised plus appropriate footwear for steep, muddy, rough ground. The area does have a lot of other users particularly dog walkers. There are still ticks around so please check yourself thoroughly after the event
Contacts / Officials
Finlo Cottier - Planner
Alan Partridge - Controller
Jan Kersel - Organiser