Autumn/Winter seriesInveraweSun 18 November, 2018
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 difference a week makes. Last Sunday we were taping controls in the wind and rain and fighting off hypothermia. Today, Inverawe was a totally different place. It welcomed us all with warm sunshine and treated us to some spectacular views, stunning colours and great orienteering.
Only a few diehards ventured up onto the hinterland to tackle the Inverawe Jungle renowned for its giant bog myrtle! Thankfully, they all returned more or less in one piece albeit a bit bloodied here and there.
We had a wide spread of abilities and lots of new faces today but there was a course for everyone to tackle and hopefully enjoy, and what's more, after all the effort put into completing the run, Iris's delicious cakes and warm drinks revived everyone.
For each event that EckO holds, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. Many, many thanks to Alan for planning and organising the event, the volunteers who put the controls out and also to all our volunteer control collectors. We would not be able to hold these events without our volunteers and if you would like to offer your services on the day, helping at registration or control collecting, EckO would be very grateful. As the saying goes...'Many hands make light work!'
Jan has been overly modest in her event report. She was an equal (and more) partner in checking out control sites and setting out controls, and took more than her fair share of control collection. Also a nod in the direction of Ross Lilley whose 2012 courses I unashamably offered with just a few minor tweaks.
I strongly endorse Jan's comments regarding our need for folks to volunteer to help out before, during, or after our local events. Please help if you can.
Near: Taynuilt Lat,Lng: 56.43621,-5.21177 OS Grid Ref: NN020317 Postcode: PA35 1JL
Map / Terrain
An area of many terrain types which is bordered by plantation forestry to the east. An intricate path network in the south around the ponds and through the surrounding broadleaved woodland. To the north the land rises steeply over a broadleaved-covered hillside which opens onto contoured, tussocky moorland where it is easy to make parallel mistakes. Clumps of gorse bushes reduce visibility at times.
Registration and Start times
Start your course between 11.00 am and 12.00 am. Courses close at 2.00 pm.
- Yellow (beginner = TD2): 2.0 km
- Orange (intermediate = TD3): 2.4 km
- Light Green (intermediate-advanced = TD4): 2.7 km
- Green (advanced = TD5): 4.4 km
- Blue (advanced = TD5): 5.4 km
We'll guesstimate map numbers but it would help if you email Alan your map order beforehand (see 'Contact' below), and you'll also be sure of getting a map of your chosen course. Fees: Juniors £3, Seniors £5 (members), £6 (non-members).
We hope to have the use of the Fisherman’s Hut for registration purposes. The cafe will not be open but Iris Macmillan is holding a cake and hot drinks stall in order to raise funds for her trip to the World Schools Orienteering Championships next year. It is likely that we will have the use of toilets but that has yet to be confirmed.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Diane Mailer
Organiser: Diane Mailer and Jan Kersel
Controller: Alan Partridge