Autumn/Winter seriesSutherland’s GroveSun 23 December, 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.
A very belated (multiple computer failure) thank you to all those who turned out for our pre-Christmas event. Recent windblow and felling have made planning the longer, technical courses more difficult at Barcaldine. I had great plans for paths versus felled areas legs, but would have been ejected from EckO membership for one or two of my proposed legs, So it wasn't about finding the control, more about choosing your route to the next control - hence #5 on Green; sorry. I made the decision not to include the river ford, as Andy did last year, and there was therefore no Blue course. (A good few of you would have taken on the ford on Sunday, but I wouldn't have on Friday, and Health & Safety . . .).
Also a big thank you to Bill Kersel and Jan for the reindeer string course. Much enjoyed by smaller people
Pre Event Info
The fifth event of the autumn/winter series, including this year's league.
Near: Barcaldine Lat,Lng: 56.52761,-5.30874 OS Grid Ref: NM965421 Postcode: PA37 1SQ
Directions / Parking
Sutherland's Grove public car park is signposted off the A828 at Barcaldine.
Map / Terrain
Sutherland's Grove is a mixture of (young, mature, felled, and windblown) commercial forest with pockets of delightful deciduous woodland and an extensive path network.
Registration and Start times
Registration will open at 10.30 with start times from 11.00 until 12.00. Courses close at 13.30.
There will be four courses:
- Yellow. For young, inexperienced orienteers. 1.9 km
- Orange. For youngsters with some experience and adults with no experience. 2.5 km
- Light Green. For those experienced enough to venture away from line features such as paths, fences, etc. The use of a compass (we can lend you one) is recommended. 2.7 km
- Green. For experienced orienteers. 4.2 km, 160 m climb. (A loop can be missed out to create a Short Green of 3.4 km, 120 m climb.
- A Reindeer-themed String Course for toddlers and tinies (and grown-ups). This course will close at 12.00, so come early.
To avoid disappointment please email to reserve the map(s) of your choice. Not only does this give us an indication of how many maps to print, but also speeds up registration.
Costs (pay on the day):
- Juniors (under 21) : £3
- Adults (members) : £5
- Adults (non-members) : £6
Dogs are allowed, but please keep under control and clean up waste.
There are no facilities at Sutherland's Grove. Nearest facilities are at Creagan Inn at Creagan, and Ben Lora Cafe in Benderloch.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Alan Partridge ()