Spring SeriesGlencruitten WoodsSun 25 April, 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.
What a fantastic day! Great weather, great courses, happy people and a return to events. Finlo did a great job planning interesting courses making best use of a plantation forest. Many thanks to Andy Dale for controlling the event and helping Finlo to put out the controls, to Bill Kersel managing the starts with his usual finesse, Alan Partridge for fielding the entries, preparing the start list, printing the maps, allocating the dibbers and managing download and the results which were up on the website impressively quickly. His support for EckO was recognised by the SOA this week - much to his surprise he received an amazing SOA buff in the post which he will be sporting at the next event. Thanks also to our control collectors - Max Holloway and John McLuckie who were so quick gathering in the controls.
We look forward to seeing everybody at our next event in Glen Nant (Sunday, 23rd May 2021). A ROMP (changing shortly to TOC - Temporary Orienteering Course) will be available from Saturday, 1st May 2021). More details will be posted shortly
Planners comments - Finlo Cottier
Whilst I've spent many hours in Glencruitten, this was my first full planning for an event. The main thing that struck me when planning this was how much of the area of Glencruitten is un-runable because of the tree felling. There are also a lot of new mountain biking tracks that could be used to move across this difficult ground but it wasn't easy to find technical contour features off the main paths so many of the controls had to be fairly close to paths. The exception was the moorland area above the housing estate which was used for Orange, Light Green and Green. Even though the going was quite hard in places it provided something other than forestry track to navigate across. We managed to find a number of new features and update the map which hopefully provided some variety for all the courses and I tried to build into most courses a few route options that might bring time/distance advantages. It was really important to have someone checking my courses and Andy Dale did a great job as my Controller. He picked up a number of things that would help make the courses manageable and the control descriptions accurate.
Pre Event Info
Entries are now closed.
Welcome to our first event since Tralee in December. The event will be held in Glencruitten Woods near Oban and is scheduled for Sunday, 25th April.
Why not try the ROMP in Glencruitten Woods to refresh your orienteering skills. If you are fairly new to orienteering there is a help sheet to assist you round the short course.
Please read this information carefully:
- If you are displaying one or more COVID-19 symptons you must not attend.
- If you are in COVID-19 quarantine you must not attend
- People in higher risk categories as set out by the government should be aware that attending activities/ events places you at increased risk.
- The 2 metre rule applies at all times, including at controls, so please move away from controls as soon as you have punched.
- Please keep young children with you at all times
- You need to turn up for your start on time. There is minimal room for re-scheduling late starters
- Please do not congregate at the start, finish, download or car park.
- By taking part you agree to British Orienteering code of conduct (see https://www.scottish-orienteering.org/about/club-toolkit/#toolkit-Conduct)
Near: Oban Lat,Lng: 56.40940,-5.45993
Directions / Parking
NB: Parking is by the Rugby Club near Mossfield, Oban.
From the centre of Oban travel 400m SE on the A816; take a left at the church into Glencruitten Road; take the second right turn into Mossfield Avenue; parking will be signposted from the SE end of Mossfield Avenue
Map / Terrain
Glencruitten is a spruce plantation with network of paths and tracks on edge of Oban.
Registration and Start times
There is a 700m walk to the start from the car park so please take this into account when you receive your start time.
Starts will be from 11.00 - 12.00 with the courses closing at 1.30pm.
Start Times are here
You will be given your map and dibber (if you have arranged to borrow one) at download .
Please do not arrive at the event more than 30 minutes before your designated start time and do not turn up at the start more than 10 minutes before your start time.
Remember to download when you have completed your run.
Apologies for all these requests but we are trying to keep our volunteers and competitors as safe as possible by avoiding crowds congregating.
Light Green 3.3km
NOTE - This event is ONLY for ECKO members who have pre-entered.
There will be NO entry on the day.
- Names of people entering
- Which course each person is entering
- Include your dibber/ SI number or whether you would like to borrow a dibber.
- BACS transfer - this is ECKO’s much preferred method of payment (if you choose to use this method, EckO will send you out an email with bank details - please pay before the event.)
- Cash - we will ONLY accept cash if the correct amount is placed in a bag with your name and amount written on the bag and then the bag is placed in a bucket at download. This allows us to quarantine the cash for the required length of time
- Cost - Adult member - £5.00, Junior member (up to 21) - £3.00
- Entries close at midnight on Sunday 18th April, 2021
- Start times will be published Thursday 22nd April, 2021
- Each event takes a lot of organisation so help would be very much appreciated. The registration form now has a list of some of the essential jobs. If everybody does a little then nobody has to do a lot. Please tick the appropriate box(es) if you are willing to help/ assist in our future events and you will be rostered in. Many thanks!
Differences to ‘normal’ due to Covid-19:
- Please don’t arrive at the START more than 10 minutes before your start time
- No splits or results will be provided at the finish but you MUST download even if you have retired.
- Please avoid touching the controls
- Avoid any unnecessary contact with gates, fences, etc
- No car key drop box
- You will be asked to use hand sanitizer before picking up your map and after you download
- Please don’t linger after your run but make sure you download and drop your hired dibber into the ‘dibber’ bucket provided
- If you must pay by cash please ensure that you have the right money and it’s in an envelope with your name and amount. Otherwise (preferred) please make your BACS transfer as you enter or as soon as possible.
- EckO would advise that participants carry a face mask somewhere on their person, in the event of an accident and a rescue needs to take place.
- Glencruitten is very popular with the general public and likely to be very busy with walkers, dog walkers and cyclists particularly on the cycle track and around the car park area so please be aware and maintain your social distance.
- There is ongoing felling in the forest. Courses will not take you into these areas, but if you go astray please obey signage and stay clear of log stacks. Timber lorries are not expected on the tracks on Sunday, but are a possibility.
- Ticks: There are ticks around particularly in the bracken so please check yourself carefully after your run.
Well-behaved dogs on a lead please.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser - Jan Kersel
Planner - Finlo Cottier
Controller - Andy Dale