Autumn SeriesGlencoe LochanSat 25 September, 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 think everyone who was there yesterday will agree when I say that Glencoe Lochan Woodland is an area well worth holding an orienteering event in. Thanks to Andy's mapping skills, we were able to put on a yellow, orange, light green and green course all of which made great use of the intricate path network and beautiful woodlands providing the right amount of challenge and interest along with stunning views out across the Lochan.
We had several families and individuals (as a result of the Fort William coaching series and the Kinlochleven event) taking part in their first orienteering event and there was also a lot of interest from the general public enjoying various acivities round the Lochan.
A huge thanks to Andy for not only mapping the area but also planning and organising the event. Thank you also to Bill Kersel who excelled himself as start master, also to all the control collectors - Ross, Andy and Jan and finally to Alan for masterminding the start lists from the 'new entry form' and printing the maps.
Our next event is likely to be at Dunollie, Oban on Sunday, 31st Octobter so keep an eye on the website for further information.
Pre Event Info
Our first event at Glencoe Lochan. You're gonna like it! It's scenic, the woods are often lovely and runnable, and there are challenges across all the difficulty levels.
Over the last year or so, Andy Dale has been very busy mapping this amazing area. Many thanks to Andy for not only mapping Glencoe Lochan but also for planning and facilitating this event.
In running this event we have the support of FLS (Forestry & Land Scotland).
Near: Glencoe Lat,Lng: 56.68754,-5.09663 OS Grid Ref: NN104593 Postcode: PH49 4HT
Directions / Parking
Turn off the A82 at Glencoe village and take the first right and drive through the village over the river Coe. Glencoe Lochan is signposted (2nd left after the bridge). Follow this narrow minor road up to the car park. This car park is also open to other members of the public so please park considerately.
Please note that this car park is height restricted - 2.3metres. Camper vans and cars with roof racks/ bikes will need to park elsewhere. The Pap of Glencoe carpark is further along the village road and the walk up to the event is approximately 1km.
Once EckO has 20 cars in the car park, all other entrants will be asked to park at the Pap of Glencoe carpark which is approximately 1 km away.
Map / Terrain
A brand new map, which will be printed at 1:7500. Quite a mix of terrain ... some lovely woods, some rougher woods. Often hilly. There has been a lot of rhodie clearance, which leaves the woods very open, but watch out for the stumps! The many mountain bike tracks are largely mapped and often provide the only routes through thick stuff. In areas where they are small, complex or variable they may not be mapped. Bracken is not mapped but shouldn't get in the way too much.
Registration and Start times
Start blocks are available here.
The blocks are 11:00 - 11:15, 11:15 - 11:30, 11:30 - 11:45, 11:45 - 12:00. Just turn up at the start during your start block time.
Start times will be from 11:00am - 12:00 noon.
Courses close at 14:00pm.
We advise you not to turn up to the event more than half an hour before your start block and please do not turn up at the start before your start block.
Start and finish are very close to the car park.
Please ensure that you download before leaving the event. Download will be close to the car park.
All pre-ordered dibbers will be at download in the car park.
If you have not already paid, prompt payment would be appreciated. Thank you
A little shorter than usual but quite hilly!
Yellow (beginners) 2.4 km
Orange (intermediate) 2.5 km
Light Green (between intermediate and advanced) 2.9 km
Green (advanced) 3.9 km
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, 2m social distancing, avoid gathering in groups at download and that you are familiar with British Orienteering's Code of Conduct
Andrea Lines - EckO Covid Officer
Well behaved dogs on leads.
Good facilities in Glencoe Village and the Glencoe Visitor Centre
The courses circle round the main lochan - juniors should be aware of this and primed to keep away from the water.
Full leg coverings are advised due to the bracken, brambles and ticks. Please check yourselves thoroughly for ticks after the event.
It is also likely to be wet and chilly so waterproofs are advised.
You might well come across other users eg walkers, dog walkers and mountain bikers. Aim to maintain 1m social distancing.
Contacts / Officials
Andy Dale (Planner/ Organiser)