Come and TryGlencoe LochanSun 10 April, 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.
Congratulations and a huge thank you to the EckO Lochaber Hub for a superb effort running their first event. Almost 50 competitors ranging in age from 3 to 80+ were treated to some great orienteering in the beautiful Glencoe Lochan. Everybody was hugely enthusiastic and the main question at download was "when's the next event?"
As always, there is a lot of preparation and planning to do before each event so we extend an enormous collective thank you to all who helped with the planning, organisation, technology, control placing and collecting.
Keep and eye on the website for details of the next event in May.
Pre Event Info
Welcome to our April event which is being organised by the newly formed EckO Lochaber Hub at the beautiful Glencoe Lochan. This is a 'Come and Try' event where we hope to encourage many beginners, families and visitors to have a go at orienteering. Members of EckO will be on hand to chat through the magic of orienteering.
If you fancy orienteering just using your smart phone there will be experts on hand to talk you through this. There will be several courses to try out using Maprun6.
Near: Glencoe Village Lat,Lng: 56.68794,-5.09659
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
Glencoe Lochan is a scenic area with lovely, runnable woodlands providing challenges across all the difficulty levels. There is quite a mix of terrain ... some lovely woods, some rougher woods and it's 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
EckO The start will be open from 12.00 - 13.00 with courses closing at 14.00.
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
There will be 3 courses available:
Yellow - 2.0km - uses simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. Mainly used by under 12’s and family groups
Orange - 2.3km - basic use of the compass and route choice. Ideal for beginner adults or experienced youngsters
Light Green - 2.6km with 135m climb - ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and ‘point’ features
More complicated courses for the experienced orienteer will be available through Maprun6
NOTE - We much prefer PRE-ENTRY and payment by bank transfer, but will accept some entry on the day (dependent on the number of maps available).
This event is open to anyone who wishes to have a go at orienteering along with EckO, SOA, BO members.
Sportident (SI) electronic timing will be used. Please request a dibber when entering the event.
ENTRIES are now open
Please email the completed form back to EckO - firstname.lastname@example.org
Juniors (under 21): £3
Seniors (members): £5
Well behaved dogs will enjoy a good romp around the Lochan but please clear up any mess.
There are no toilets at the car park but there are excellent facilities in Glencoe Village and the surrounding area.
TBC - light refreshments might be available at download :)
A first aid kit and volunteer first aider will be available to provide first aid for minor injuries at the event assembly but for all other injuries please go to Belford Hospital, Fort William PH33 6BS Tel: 01397 702481
- All competitors take part at their own risk and should choose a course that matches their experience and fitness.
- You MUST report to Download by the Course Closing Time
- Please dress appropriately for the outdoors on the West coast of Scotland in April
- There are ticks in the area; please wear full leg cover, check thoroughly for ticks after your run, and be aware of the symptons of Lyme Disease.
- Competitors with a medical condition are invited to download a Medical Form, complete it and leave it in a named sealed envelope at Download. Once all competitors are accounted for after the event these will be destroyed.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Jan Kersel
Organiser: Chris Vind