Scottish Championships Relay
Sunday 21st May, Binning Wood
Routegadget (please read the note about using Autofit)
Photographs of relay and prize winners, thanks to Crawford Lindsay.
Running top: Great Edinburgh Run 2017 Finisher (size M; colour black)
By default, items will be brought to the North Berwick event on 27th May. Contact Tim Harding via Interlopers
Please remember to check for ticks after this weekend.
The first choice for the relay was to do both days on Gullane, but once we lost permission for the southern extension this became unviable. Second choice was a bijou relay on Yellowcraigs. Probably two laps would be needed. But when we lost even more of Gullane we needed that to for the individual. Third choice was Riccarton, but the idea of an urban relay got slapped down. Fourth choice. Binning.
After the ELO event there in September was not universally well received, the queue for the planning job was zero, so I took it on. The ongoing rhodo work meant delaying the planning until very late, and the main rationale was to funnel the courses through the nice bits, continually changing the required orienteering style. A bit of gardening and ungardening created the control pick in the little maze of paths and the final loop gave something for spectators to watch.
The handicap was mighty close as always, Tullie just taking Musgrave on the last loop, with the Maroc Juniors a minute clear. Women's open had the lead change hands repeatedly with 9 teams finishing within 10 minutes. Men's open was a bit more of a parade, with EUOC hitting the front on leg 2 and never looking threatened.
It was never going to be like planning WOC on Darnaway, but generally pretty pleased with how it went. The gaffling was simple, but with enough crossovers that following was never safe. The D course was a tad too long, deliberately so to get the maximum time in the nicest but far away bit of wood (winner still ran sub-29). I took the decision not to gaffle yellow and orange and the absence of DQed children makes me happy.
Thanks are due to many people, but especially to Mikey and EUOC for grabbing my all-controls map and collecting everything in next to no time, and to Trina for sorting access and permissions with relentless calm (if that's a thing).
In a year or so the rhodo cuttings will be gone, but there's already evidence of regrowth. If that gets sprayed this year the wood could become a gem. If not, this may be the orienteering highpoint.
Graeme Ackland, INT
Hosted by Interlopers Orienteering Club.
Organiser: Max Carcas (email: chairman AT interlopers.org.uk)
Planner: Graeme Ackland
Controller: Paul Caban
Entry fees will be by club £36 for classes 1-6 and £18 for Junior classes 7-8.
The closing date for pre-entries was Sunday 7th May. Late entries may be possible, contact the Organiser.
In the event of cancellation, the organising team reserves the right to retain all or part of the entry fees to cover any costs associated with the event.
Relay Declarations should be made through clubs online ahead of time with entries (this will be much appreciated as it will help the entries team). Late changes can be made at enquiries in the Event Arena up until 5pm on the Saturday. It is not necessary for all team members to be from the same club, however, only teams comprising three BOF members from the same Scottish club will be eligible to be Scottish champions.
The SI timing system will be used, with Siair enabled. SIAC cards may hired for the weekend via the Individual entries.
Collection of Relay team numbers should be done from enquiries at the Individual race, and in extremis from 9.00am on the day of the event. Numbers must be worn by all competitors. Whistles may be carried at your own risk.
Relay team information for individual competitors who would like to run:
We know that it's difficult for some clubs to put relay teams together. If you would like to run and haven't been entered in a team with your club, you may either enter with another club, or email the organiser with your name, class, course preference (A/B/C/D) and contact details (mobile phone number). We will compile team sheets and recommend that you come to registration on Saturday as soon as possible after 1500 to see what's available.
Costs will be £12 per person for adults and £6 per person for juniors (whatever class). Please pay with cash/ cheque on the day.
Parking and toilets will be next to farm buildings on Lawhead Hill to the south of the area, some 500m from assembly. This will be signposted from the A198 north of Tyninghame, and the B1407 from East Linton. You may arrive from either direction, however you must leave in a westerly direction because the junction onto the A198 is dangerous. Parking may be tight and muddy, so please consider sharing transport if possible: one option is to park in East Linton and hitch a ride with a passing orienteer for the final 3km. Parking charges are already included in your entry. There is hard standing for coaches but please let the organiser know if you are planning on bringing a coach.
Assembly & Arena
The assembly area is in a field just outside the wood, and runners may only leave or approach via the gateway by the start kite.
Toilets are on a track just inside the wood: spectators should use the small stile in the corner of the field to access them.
There will be space for club tents and banners.
At present no outside catering is expected due to the difficulty of vehicular access, although there may be a Scotjos tent selling cakes.
Binning Wood is a flat forest with an unusual network of paths and rides originally laid out in the early 18th century thought to represent a plan of the major boulevards in Central Paris. Over the last 20 years it had become overrun with rhododendron. The majority of this has been cleared in time for the event, and the entire area has been professionally resurveyed by Stirling Services. The white forest is generally fast and clean underfoot, though in some places rhododendron brashings are present: these are marked with “slow run” vertical stripe where runnable, and “walk” where it is quicker to go round. In a few areas near to the start brambles are present, also shown with vertical green stripe. The dark green is truly impassible rhododedron. There are some substantial drainage ditches which have been recently dredged. In the north west of the area, Binning Memorial Wood is a peaceful and idyllic burial ground which is out of bounds to orienteers: the boundaries of the area are obvious large features, but are not taped.
Surveyed and printed by Stirling Surveys based on Lidar data and photogrammetric plot in April/May 2017 to ISOM 2000 standard.
The maps will be A4 in size and printed on waterproof paper. Map scale 1:7,500 for all courses.
Approximate course lengths will be:
A Courses - 6.2km
B Courses – 5.7km
C Courses – 4.7km
D Courses – 3.9km
Light Green – 4.4km
Orange - 2.8km
Yellow - 1.8km
Climb is negligible on all courses[MCC1] .
On some courses, the line to the first control passes quite close to other controls later in the course. Competitors should double-check that they are heading to the right place from the start.
There are six Scottish Relay Champions: M/W36-, M/W44-, Junior, Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Age-Class. These are awarded to Scottish Clubs. There will be additional prizes and mementoes for other course-winners, regardless of composition or nationality.
The two Open Classes have defined courses.
The children's courses are intended for teams containing three individual runners whose total BOF age is equal to or below 36 or 44 respectively. Teams with total ages exceeding this, pairs, or shadowed runners may participate but are not eligible for prizes.
The handicap courses allow teams with different age-class composition to compete head to head. Each team member has an age-related handicap (see online details) and the courses to be run are determined by the sum of these handicaps. The Junior handicap winners are the first team comprising three juniors. The Age-class handicap winners are the first team with at least one senior runner.
The winning team will be the first across the finishing line after completing three legs. The final punch is after the finish (or changeover) - please stay in order.
|Courses to be run|
|1. Men's Open||A||A||A|
|2. handicap: 8+ point||A||B||C|
|3. handicap: 11+ point / Women's Open||B||C||C|
|4. handicap: 14+ point||B||D||C|
|5. handicap: 17+ point||C||D||C|
|6. handicap: 20+ point||D||D||C|
|7. Junior: Total BOF age 44-||LG||O||LG|
|8. Junior: Total BOF age 36-||Y||Y||O|
Please take note of the SOA relevant rules & guidelines for the Scottish Relay Championships when entering teams:
- Any team shall be competitive in any class, however to be eligible to be Scottish Champions, teams shall comprise three members of the same Scottish club or a neighbouring club “alliance” of neighbouring clubs. Teams comprising competitors of inappropriate age or gender shall not be eligible to become Scottish Champions. Other course winners should be acknowledged, but will not be designated Scottish Champions.
- Competitors may run more than once, however only the team of the first run can be eligible to be Scottish Champion.
- Teams eligible for Men’s Open, Women’s Open or Junior Competitions are not also eligible for the Age-Class Competition.
- Courses A, B, C and D are TD5 with an estimated winning time of 35mins for good M21, W21, M60 and W60 respectively; LG, O and Y correspond to the colour coded system.
- Team captains are encouraged to ensure club members run appropriate length courses, even of this means they are not able to become Scottish Champions.
- Alliances of neighbouring clubs may enter teams at the competition convenor’s discretion. The spirit of this is to allow as many people as possible to take part, not to encourage the formation of especially strong teams. Any combination team which appears much stronger than their likely competition will not be accepted.
- Typically, two neighbouring clubs will be allowed to compete as an “alliance” if one or both have insufficient competitors at the event to make a full team. The neighbouring clubs alliance at the Scottish Relays applies to all classes not just the open and may include, e.g. only one or two juniors in a club with many adults. The concept of “neighbouring” will be interpreted flexibly for particularly far-travelled clubs.
Collect your map in good time from the map issue tent before your start or expected handover. Your bib number will be visible on the sticker. Start when tagged by your incoming runner.
Incoming runners will not be announced - look out for your teammates.
Junior classes BOF 36- and 44- will start at 10.30am, with call up 15 minutes before, at 10.15am.
All senior classes will start at 10.45am, with call up 15 minutes before, at 10.30am.
A mini-mass start will happen at around 12:30am for all remaining second and third leg runners. Teams participating in the mini-mass start will be competitive based on total running times.
Courses will close at 2.00pm.
Download will be in the event arena next to the finish. Please remember to download.
Hired SIACs must be returned after the relay at download.
This will take place as soon as possible after the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place runners have finished, hopefully by 1pm. If your club is a 2016 trophy holder please return the trophy to enquires on the Individual Day.
We would especially like to thank Ben, Sarah and Quentin Gray for their help in the organisation of the event and use of their land.