ECKO Spring Series 2020InveraweSun 01 March, 2020
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 to all the brave souls who braved the interesting weather to come and tackle some of the excellent courses planned for Inverawe by Andy Dale which were further enhanced by the amazing "Spaghetti Challenge". You wouldn't believe the lengths some competitors went to to keep their spaghetti strand dry and intact.
There were upward of 34 competitors with approximately 10 attending the adult training beforehand. The training consisted of a cones exercise concentrating on using the compass correctly to set the map, followed by a chance to do a short map exercise showing the course and controls only and relied on accurate compass direction and estimating the distance to the next control and if that wasn't enough a Norwegian course had been laid out which relied on the athlete setting the map at the control and memorising the route to the next control. A few hardy participants managed to complete all three exercises and then move on to complete their course too. They probably slept very well that night.
1st Green Ross Lilley
1st Light Green Daniel Baird
1st Orange and Yellow Finlay Cottier
Longest adult spaghetti Jana Baird
Longest junior spaghetti Sennen Last
Just a thought:
If you felt you lost valuable time on your course, try and remember where you lost time and what caused you to lose time. A mistake will have been made! Did you follow the golden rules when exiting your control - Did you have a plan? Did you set you map? Was your direction accurate enough? Did you trust your compass? Did you have a definite attack point and finally what was going to 'catch you' if you went too far. As I said - food for thought...!
Many thanks to all those who came to the AGM. Your support was invaluable and greatly appreciated. Details will be up on the EckO website shortly.
these events would not run without the dedication and support of a few EckO members. So a huge thank you to the following:-
Andy for planning and organising the event, putting the controls out and control collecting
Alan for running Entries, download and getting the results up on the website so promptly, and collecting controls
Ross for coaching, collecting controls, drying out the equipment and replacing it back in the EckO store
Jan for coaching
Finlo for control collecting
I apologise if I have missed anyone out - let me know and I'll add you to the list.
Thank you to the Campbell-Prestons for giving us permission to use Inverawe once again.
Pre Event Info
The third in this year's Spring Series, planned and organised by Andy Dale
Near: Taynuilt Lat,Lng: Postcode: PA35 1HU
Directions / Parking
Leave the A85 at Bridge of Awe and follow the signs for Inverawe Smokehouses for 3 km. Park in the car park.
Map / Terrain
Inverawe is extremely varied: flat, open fields; a wooded, intricate path system round fishing ponds; a delightful, but very steep, wooded hill; and rough, tussocky open moorland.
Registration and Start times
Start times: 11.00 - 12.00
Courses close: 13.30
Yellow (1.7 km): for beginners; easy to follow line features such as paths and fences.
Orange (2.5 km): for those with a little experience; a compass can be helpful.
Light Green (3.0 km): for those developing their orienteering skills; mistakes should not be too costly.
Green (4.5 km): for experienced orienteers.
The green course in particular will be 'middle distance' style, which means quite a few controls with twists and turns to keep you thinking.
There will be adult training starting at 10:00 for approximately 1 hour. This week we will be developing the skills of terrain recognition by concentrating on map memory using a Norwegian style of exercise! All will be revealed :)
If you wish to attend, please can you email me at
Oh and there will be a spaghetti competition too with a prize being presented at the AGM.
Enter on the day, but please order your map in advance. As well as guaranteeing a map this helps greatly with processing entries.
Juniors - £3
Seniors - £5 (non-members £6)
Well behaved dogs are welcome.
Unfortunately the Inverawe Cafe will not be open and there will be no toilets available