Autumn/Winter 19/20KerreraSun 17 November, 2019
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.
A whole bunch of hardy orienteers from the very young to not so young and several dogs, set out for Kerrera today keeping CalMac very busy. Thankfully, the weather was in our favour this year. Last year's event had to be cancelled due to the gale force winds that prevented the ferry from running. We either walked, jogged or biked the 2km to Horseshoe Bay to enjoy some excellent orienteering in relatively dry terrain complete with some stunning views if you had time to stop and notice!
Apologies to those affected by a mix-up between controls 108 and 103, which got switched (Yellow, Orange, Light Green). Everyone has been credited with visting those controls correctly, though some spent more time searching than others. Also, a reminder that you need to punch the finish control to stop the clock ticking. We can easily guess a run-in time for you, but you'd be classed as not finishing at a larger event.
Our grateful thanks to the landowner, Sheila MacGregor, who kindly allowed EckO to use her land and to Robert and Fiona Kincaid for planning, organising the event and for putting out the controls. Thanks also to Briony and Ross for helping to collect the controls in.
We hope to see everyone next week at Dunollie.
Pre Event Info
The fifth of the Autumn/Winter series of local events with coaching.
The event day has now been confirmed as SUNDAY 17th NOVEMBER, 2019
Near: Oban Lat,Lng: 56.39975,-5.51771
Directions / Parking
Follow the coast road (Glenshellach Road) south west from Oban to the mainland Kerrera ferry slipway. Parking is at this point. Please park considerately as the public use this parking area as well. Walk or bike approximately 2km SW along the farm track to Horseshoe Bay where the event area and starts are.
Ferry times are:
to Kerrera: 10.25, 11.35, 12.35
From Kerrera: 11.30, 12.30, 14.00, 15.30, 16.30
They will run extra crossings if there are excess numbers to loading limits of vessel
Return adult £3.20, child £1.60 and cycles go free
Map / Terrain
An exciting area on an island just SW of Oban. Open moorland running with interesting contour detail supported by patches of intricate rock features.
Registration and Start times
Registration will be from 10:30 and start times will be from 11:00 to 12:00 with courses closing at 13:30
Entry on the day, but please email in advance to book your map(s)
There will be five courses - Yellow for the very young or those with no previous experience; Orange for those with a little more experience; Light Green for those with some experience wishing to transition from Orange to Green; Green for fully experienced orienteers and Blue for those who are fully experienced orienteers but also wish a longer run.
There will be plenty of EckO members available if you wish to talk through your map and route choices beforehand or answer any questions you might have.
Approximate course lengths:
Yellow 1.9km 85m climb
Orange 2.5km 105m climb
Light Green 3.0km 130m climb
Green 3.9km 165m climb
Blue 5.2km 250m climb
Juniors (under 21) - £3
Seniors - £5 (members); £6 non members
Dogs are permitted but must be kept under control on leads at all times
There is no shelter on the island or toilet facilities and once on the island getting back over to the mainland will entail a walk and possible wait so to be prepared. Although the forecast is looking good, bring warm, waterproof clothing, food and hot drinks. ECKO will provide a tent for entries and download and emergency shelter.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Jan Kersel ()
Controller: Ross Lilley ()
Organisers: Fiona and Robetr Kincaid (who have done/will do most of the work) Robert and Fiona Kincaid ()