November eventGlen Nant NWSun 21 November, 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.
Glen Nant NW lived up to all our expectations. Even the weather decided to be kind to us - dry, crisp and cold beats wet and windy any day. The start was up the farm track from assembly where all the courses went straight up the hillside with TD2 and TD3 contained with in the fence boundary. TD4 and TD5 ventured further out into the woodland but not going up onto the open hill - that's for the next event. All the courses provided a suitable navigational challenge for their level. They appeared slightly shorter than usual but the amount of climb had to be taken into account and all the courses had a significant amount of climb! The mixed woodland provided a great mix of intricate detail meaning close contact with the map was a must. It was just lovely to see so many people out enjoying themselves pitting their wits against the terrain and Dave's courses.
As with all our events, a huge amount of time and effort went into planning and organising this event.
Massive thanks to: Dave Bleazard - planning and organising, Carol Burnapp - controlling, Bill kersel - starts, Alan Partridge - entries, website, download and results, Finlo, Jan, Carol, Ross, Leigh, Fiona and Robert - control collectors,
Martin Charlton (farmer) for giving EckO permission to run the event on the hillside. JK
The results computer has been lenient with three competitors who omitted to punch the Start control since it knew they must have been there to pick up their maps. It has been less accommodating with those who punched the wrong control. A lesson learned: check the control code.
Pre Event Info
The event will be on the North West part of the Glen Nant map and will be accessed via Glen Lonan, Taynuilt. This area has not been used as yet for orienteering but is a fabulous mixture of open, runnable, deciduous woodland and open moorland. Many thanks to Dave Bleazard who has been very busy planning some intriguing courses, Carol Burnapp for controlling the event and to Martin Charlton for giving EckO permission to run the event using his hillside.
Near: Taynuilt Lat,Lng: 56.40902,-5.26245 OS Grid Ref: NM988288 Postcode: PA35 1HY
Directions / Parking
Turn off the A85 at Taynuilt and follow the Glen Lonan Road east for approximately 2 miles. The event assembly and download will be at the junction of the Glen Lonan Road and the farm track with the start a further 200m up the track.
Parking will be further east along the Glen Lonan Road on the gravel outside the Barguillean Nurseries/polytunnels - OS Grid Ref for parking (NM 980289) The distance from parking to Start is 1.2km so please allow at least 20 minutes to make your start time.
Finish to Parking is 1km west along the single track road, reversing your outward route.
Map / Terrain
A fabulous mixture of open, runnable but steep, deciduous woodland and open moorland.
Registration and Start times
Start blocks will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 midday with courses closing at 14:00
PLEASE READ - EVENT DETAILS UPDATE
· All Competitors take part at their own risk and should choose a course that matches their experience and fitness.
· Competitors are advised to notify the organiser of any relevant medical conditions. If you wish to do so, please email event organiser as soon as possible. All details are confidential and will be removed after the event.
· The walking route from parking to the competition area is 1km along the single track Glen Lonan road. Traffic can be moving quickly on this road. Please ensure that young juniors are accompanied.
· All competitors must wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions.
· The competition area has some steep slopes, crags and significant marshes.
· There may be livestock present in the competition area – cattle and sheep.
· Ticks may be present. Competitors should check for ticks as soon as possible after the event.
· You MUST report to Download by Course Closing Time of 1400
Start times are available here.
Yellow (2.0 km, 135 m climb) - uses simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. Mainly used by under 12’s and family groups
Orange (1.7 km, 140 m climb) - basic use of the compass and route choice. Ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters
Light Green (2.2 km, 225 m climb) - ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and ‘point’ features
Green (2.5 km, 225 m climb) - mostly experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty
Blue (3.5 km, 325 m climb) - as for Green, but physically more challenging
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 much prefer PRE-ENTRY and payment by bank transfer, 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 are now open and will close on Mon 15th November.
HOW TO ENTER: Complete the attached form.
Juniors (under 21): £3
Seniors (members): £5, Seniors (non-members): £6
Dogs on lead in car parking area only.
Local facilities in Taynuilt
Contacts / Officials
Dave Bleazard - Planner/Organiser
Carol Burnapp - Controller