Autumn 2022 seriesSutherland's Grove, BarcaldineSun 30 October, 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.
Weather reports for Sunday's event at Barcaldine were dire, and with the club event tent currently under repair, I had visions of competitors passing their dibbers through my barely open car window to download their results. Thanks to Ross erecting a tarpaulin using convenient trees adjacent to the car park, I was able to run download and mains printer in (almost) moisture-free conditions.
Barcaldine is a challenge for planners. There is an extensive track and path network and so true TD5 courses are not really possible. And the recent felling in the middle of the map has made off-track Orange/ Light Green difficult to plan. So I added a little to the north end of the map, dropped Light Green, and lengthened Orange. That seemed to go well.
I added a couple of bikers' downhill tracks at the south end of the map (they are lovely, by the way) to extend the Blue course.
The downside of Blue/Green was the dead running between the north and south areas of the map; so I stuck a couple of easy controls there to keep you awake at least.
My thanks to all those of you expressed how much they enjoyed themselves; that makes my time spent worthwhile. Thanks also to Ross for help on the day and for collecting most of the controls. ( And to Mandy P for finding the compass I lost whilst placing controls).
Near: Barcaldine Lat,Lng: 56.52303,-5.31568 Postcode: PA37 1SQ
Map / Terrain
The map is a mixture of forestry woodland, some dense, some open; occasional pockets of deciduous trees; and felled areas (best avoided). There is a extensive network of tracks and paths.
Registration and Start times
Since clocks change over the weekend start times will be from 11.30 to 12.30, with registration from 11.00.
Courses will close at 14.30.
There will be four courses:
- Yellow - short and easy, suitable for beginners. Mostly using paths/tracks. Distance 2.5 km
- (Long) Orange - longer and slightly more challenging, suitable for those with some orienteering experience. Distance 3.6 km.
- Green - for experienced orienteers. Physically and technically challenging. Distance 4.1 km
- Blue - longer than Green. Distance 5.3 km
There is no Light Green course, but given the nature of the forest, the Green course should be not be too great a challenge for those who are confident on Light Green.
We very much prefer online entry and online payment of entry fees.
Please email email@example.com with the following details for each competitor:
- Dibber number (we will allocate a club dibber for those who don't have their own).
- Payment method (bank transfer or cash)
If you choose to pay by bank transfer EckO bank details will be sent. Cash payment should be placed in a labelled envelope and handed in at registration.
Online entry will close at midnight on Friday, 28th.
Entry on the day is possible, but we print only a few extra maps for each course and so there is a risk you won't get your preferred course.
Juniors (under 21): £3
Seniors: £5 (members): £6 (non members)
Well-behaved, under control dogs are welcome, but please clean up after.
There are no facilities at Sutherland's Grove. Nearest facilities are Ben Lora Cafe (Benderloch), Racer Cafe (Barcaldine), and Creagan Inn (Creagan).
Sutherland's Grove is well used by walkers, dog walkers, runners, and cyclists. Please respect these fellow users.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser/Planner: Alan Partridge (firstname.lastname@example.org)