First of our 2022 Autumn seriesGanavanSat 10 September, 2022

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.



EckO’s autumn series got under way on Saturday with a low-key local event designed to support Lizzie Rose and Chris Vind as they embarked on their orienteering coaching journeys, overseen by senior coaches Ross Lilley and Jan Kersel. My spies inform me that the coaching sessions went well.

Ross also planned and set out three courses – a Yellow course for beginners, a Long Orange course for those with a little experience, and a Green course for experienced orienteers. Yellow was competitive at the top end, as was the Green.

Ganavan terrain has changed in recent years due to the lack of grazing livestock, with vegetation becoming denser and less runnable. Ross wisely planned the Green course to allow those who were aware of this to take advantage; direct routes were usually the wrong choice. One or two competitors returned looking as if they had not taken on this advice.

Thanks to Ross (coaching and planning), Jan (coaching), and all the control collectors.

A few competitors have yet to pay entry fees. If you have not done so, please use bank transfer into the EckO bank account. (If you do not have EckO bank account details, please email


Last updated: Fri 22 March, 2024

Location Info

Near: Oban
Lat,Lng: 56.43763,-5.46905
OS Grid Ref: NM862327
Postcode: PA34 5TB

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Directions / Parking

Assembly is at northern end of Ganavan Sands carpark.

Take the minor coastal road extending beyond the north promenade in Oban bay for approximately 3.5km until you reach the public carpark.

You will be required to purchase a parking ticket from machine/app to park in the carpark.

Map / Terrain

Rough coastal grassland, heath and native oak/birch woodland with network of small paths. Open areas offer challenging running conditions. Paths and upper heath areas offer easier running. The woodlands are runnable under the tree canopy.

Registration and Start times

Punching starts.

Starts from 11am

Courses close 1pm

Course Information

Yellow - 2.0Km - Suitable for juniors/families and new orienteers. The course uses simple linear features such paths, fences and ruined walls.

Long Orange - 3.0Km - For novice adults or experienced juniors. Basic use of compass and route choice is required at this level

Green - 4.0Km - For experienced older juniors and adults wanting a challenging course, with harder navigation.


We will potentially have two new trainee coaches attending who intend to run a practice session for their Foundation Coaching course. This will involve some simple orienteering techniques.

If you would like to take part in the coaching please indicate in your registration e-mail so we can guage the level of interest.

Entry Details

British Orienteering(BOF)/Scottish Orienteering (SOA) member - Senior £5.00, Junior £3.00

Non BOF/SOA - Senior £6.00, Junior £3.00

Please enter by e-mailing

Your email must include:

Name and Age of each person who is entering or being entered

Their club

Chosen course

Number of their SI dibber if they have one (we will allocate an EckO dibber if you do not have your own)

Name and phone number for an emergency contact

Confirmation of entry and details of payment by BACS transfer will be sent to you by email.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed - but please note this is a public recreation area regularly used by dog walkers. It is recommended dogs are kept on a lead.


There are public toilets at Ganavan carpark.

Contacts / Officials

Ross Lilley - Planner/Organiser 07747760669