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Newtyle - Relay Races

Last edited: 29th Mar

Monday 9th April

The start/changeover/finish area is in a fine setting with spectacular views for competitors and spectators alike. The terrain is a mix of deciduous pine plus conifer woodland and open hillside, with good contour and rock detail.

Organising Clubs: TAY, MAROC, ECKO, EUOC & BAOC
Organiser: Angela Dixon (TAY)
Planners: Michael Stewart (ESOC)
Controller: Dick Carmichael (TINTO)

Directions

Grid ref: NO064405
Lat/Lon: 56.55N 3.52W
Postcode: PH8 0JD
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Black and yellow “Orienteering Event” signs will direct traffic off the trunk road (A9).  Directions for Day 2 to Day 4 are given from the A9. Please follow these routes where possible to avoid adding to congestion or putting fellow competitors at risk.

Southbound traffic on the A9 should use the “Rotmell” junction (signposted Blairgowrie (A923) Coupar Angus (A924).   You should proceed for 6.4 km through Dunkeld to the A984 junction by the Atholl Arms. Turn left at this junction and follow the A984 for 5km before turning left into the Dungarthill Estate just before Stenton.

Competitors travelling northbound on the A9 (or eastbound from the A822) should use the turnoff signposted Birnam/Dunkeld (A923) and not the main Dunkeld turnoff (signposted Dunkeld/Birnam/Blairgowrie A923  and Coupar Angus (A984)) .  Follow the “Perth Road” 1.7 km through Birnam to the A923 junction.  Turn right and cross the bridge over the Tay to the A984 junction at the Atholl Arms (300m).  Day 4 traffic should turn right and proceed 5km as described above.

Please allow plenty of time for getting to the relays as the last 2 km after leaving the A984 is along a single track road with few passing places. The traffic will be one-way going into the parking area until 11.30 and after this traffic will only be able to leave the parking area and return by the same route. There is a sharp bend of about 30 degrees that will not be negotiable by coaches because the road is very narrow.

Parking

In 2 fields either side of a minor road. All competitors should arrive before 11.30am. Please only travel to the event along the signposted route and not via Darnoch farm. Allow plenty of time to get to parking as Dunkeld is a popular tourist destination and everyone will be arriving at a similar time.

Exit

No exit from the car parks until 11.30. The only possible drop off point for competitors is on the A984. Please do not impede the traffic flow. Respect and give way to local road users.

Traffic leaving the area must re-join the A9 through Dunkeld and not attempt to turn northbound at the Rotmell Junction.

Campervans

Large campervans may find the road to the start too narrow and twisty and may be better sharing a lift with someone in a car.

Because hardstanding is very limited only those who have made prior arrangements can be accommodated in the event of severe weather/wet ground conditions. Other campervans may be directed to alternative parking venues by the organisers from key junctions prior to arrival at the entrance to parking – these venues could be some considerable distance from the assembly area. Please consider other arrangements e.g. lift share to avoid disappointment.

Dogs and Sheep

Keep dogs on a lead and under control in parking fields only. No dogs allowed in the assembly area due to nearby livestock. Sheep have been in the assembly fields prior to the event, so sensible precautions of hand cleanliness should be taken by competitors for ecoli risk when eating.

Toilets

There will be portaloos at assembly and by the parking fields.

Public Transport

Dunkeld station is on the other side of the A9 from Dunkeld and is about 8km from the assembly area.

Assembly

The walk to assembly is 1 km over rough and boggy open ground with no path for the first 500m before crossing a small footbridge. “All terrain” pushchairs should be able to cope. Parents should supervise small children going over the small footbridge as there is no handrail.

The assembly and spectator arena offers a spectacular amphitheatre relay atmosphere. In fine weather this is a wonderful spot but dress appropriately if the forecast is poor as the area can feel very exposed.  Binoculars may be handy to identify runners out in the competition area but there may be limited pre-warning prior to handover . There will be room for club tents both on the hillside overlooking the finish and on flatter ground below the hill where it is a bit more sheltered.

There will be no water at the finish.

Maps will be collected at the finish and can be collected after the mass start by club reps at 12.45.

UK Relay League

The Premier classes will form part of the of the UK Relay League

Entries

For team changes of class (assuming there is space free), the cost will be £15.00 per relay team. Please try and keep on the day relay team changes to a minimum. See Entry Info for more details.

Start Times and Start / Handover Info

Call-up time

Class

Class name

Race numbers

Start time

9.45

M

Mini Relay M/W 12 &

under

1001+

1000

9.55

A

JK Trophy

201+

1010

9.55

E

Senior Men M120+

2001+

1010

10.05

B

Women’s Trophy

301+

1020

10.05

G

Veteran Men M165+

3001+

1020

10.15

L

Junior Relay M/W40-

4001+

1030

10.25

N

Mixed Ad Hoc

5001+

1040

10.35

C

Men’s Short

6001+

1050

10.35

F

Senior Women W120+

6201+

1050

10.35

J

Intermediate Men M48-

6301+

1050

10.45

D

Women’s Short

7001+

1100

10.45

H

Veteran Women

7101+

1100

10.45

K

Intermediate Women

W48-

7201+

1100

Relay Class details

Class

Class name

Approx Course length km /climb m

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

A

JK Trophy

5.3/235

4.2/225

5.3/235

B

Women’s Trophy

4.1/190

3.1/170

4.1/190

C

Men’s Short

3.3/205

2.9/150

3.39/205

D

Women’s Short

2.7/150

1.9/105

2.7/150

E

Senior Men M120+

5.3/235

4.2/225

5.3/235

F

Senior Women W120+

3.3/205

2.9/150

3.3/205

G

Veteran Men M165+

4.1/190

3.1/170

4.1/190

H

Veteran Women W165+

2.7/150

1.9/105

2.7/150

J

Intermediate Men M48-

3.4/175

2.1/90

3.4/175

K

Intermediate Women

W48-

2.9/130

2.1/100

2.9/130

L

Junior Relay M/W40-

2.2/80

2.0/40

2.2/80

M

Mini Relay M/W12 &

under

1.9/40

1.9/40

1.9/40

N - Mixed Ad Hoc*

Approx Course length km/climb m

Long

4.0/220

Medium

3.1/135

Short

2.2/100

* the running order of each team in the Mixed Ad Hoc class on the Long, Medium, and Short courses will be indicated on the Relay Team Declaration Form, and competitors should register on that basis.

There will be one mass start for remaining leg 2 and 3 runners at 12.45 pm. Courses close at 2pm.

Competitors will be called up 15 minutes before their start time. There are 3 different map collection entrances to the pen for the 3 legs. You will be handed a double folded map that should match the class, course, team name, leg details on your bib. Please check the details on the map are correct. There are no loose control descriptions but they are printed on each map.

Leg 1 starts will be in the mass start pen. Leg 2 and 3 starts wait in the pen when they are expecting their previous leg runners. There is no need for any runners to punch a start control. S1 on the assembly map is a non-punching starting kite.

Courses close

2pm

The Finish

Legs 1&2 tag their next runner at the handover rail and then dib in the finish control that is near download. Their subsequent runner’s time will start from the moment they dib.

Final leg runners finish under the finish banner. It is the finishing order past the banner that counts, not punching order. Marshalls will be at the finish to ensure competitors punch in finishing order. The finish punches for leg 3 will be beyond the finish banner.

There will be no water at the finish.

Prize Giving

Prize Giving will be at 1.45pm.

String Course

The string course is 250m from the centre of the assembly area. You will pass the entrance on the way in from the car park. It is on a rough hilly area with widely spaced trees. There is a large loch at the eastern end of the area. The string will keep well away from the loch but small children who are likely to wander off should be accompanied around the string course by their parents. It is too rough for push chairs, although push chairs can be taken to the start of it.

Map and terrain 

Map: Scale 1:10000 with 5m contours, originally surveyed in 2004 by Peel Land Surveys and updated for JK 2012 by Stirling Surveys. The area has previously been used for a Scottish Orienteering League (SOL) and minor events.

The landowners have been very helpful in allowing us to use the area. Please help maintain good relations by using the compulsory crossings. Fences that should not be crossed are marked as such in bold purple lines. There will be an element of policing on the day. Crossing points will be either gates opened for the day or prepared fence crossings.

The terrain is a mixture of deciduous and pine woodland on open hillside. Upper areas have good rock and contour detail providing excellent orienteering. Lower and upper areas are terraced with steep hillside between them. Hillsides are generally wooded with some care required on descent, especially in areas of former slate workings. Lower open areas have good sheep grazing on grass and bracken with further grazing on the upper terraces consisting of heather and bracken. The bracken is well down at this time of the year and the heather is generally grazed short with numerous animal tracks allowing fast progress. Animals are expected to be out of these areas for the day of the event.

Woodlands to the east are mostly birch and open with fast running. Woodland to the west is generally plantation conifer and larch with varying runnability. There is some windblown damage from recent storms that affect plantation areas. Courses generally have been re-jigged to avoid them.

This area is not a “typical” relay event area so expect some climbing during your relay legs. Courses have been planned to use the best of what is available in keeping with the format and ethos of relay events. On the flat, running is generally fast. The plantation and heather areas also offer at worst moderate running. Expect good quality and enjoyable orienteering in a prime area.

Not all features are mapped, especially some small enclosures and feeding stations associated with pheasant breeding. This is a working estate.

Safety information

All competitors take part entirely at their own risk. Competitors shall take into account their own ability to compete safely.
BOF Rule 1.7.1:

The competition area and the assembly itself are partly exposed open facing hillside so in bad weather cagoules may be compulsory for competitors and warm and weather proof clothing and shelter tents are advisable for spectators. There will be a shelter tent provided for runners without a club tent.

There are old slate workings affecting the longer classes with dangerous crags taped. The area has been used for mining and though there are no large cliffs there is a small quarry to the west of the area and areas of mine workings with steep and rocky sections. There are 2 very obvious lochans in the area, one near the assembly and finish and one to the East of the string course. Please supervise small children

The Red Cross will be at Assembly. The nearest Hospital is Perth Royal Infirmary which is in the Centre of Perth 26km south of the event and has a 24h A&E.

Elite Courses

The trophy courses have a spectator control high on the hill visible from the spectator arena with radio control and commentary, approximately 8 minutes before the finish.

Special Information

Mass start for remaining leg 2 & 3 runners 12.45pm.

String Course

250m from the centre of the assembly area. It is on a rough hilly area with widely spaced trees. There is a large loch at the eastern end of the area. The string will keep well away from the loch but small chil- dren who are likely to wander off should be accompanied around the string course by their parents. It is too rough for push chairs.

Last edited: 29th Mar

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Newtyle map sample

Newtyle map sample

Example of an older map of Newtyle

Example of an older map of Newtyle

Assembly layout

Assembly layout

Directions map

Directions map

Newtyle assembly area

Newtyle assembly area

Newtyle assembly area

Newtyle assembly area

Newtyle woods

Newtyle woods

Newtyle open running

Newtyle open running

Above the run-in, Dick (controller), Ted; Mike (planner), Angela (organiser) and Colin (Coordinator)

Above the run-in, Dick (controller), Ted; Mike (planner), Angela (organiser) and Colin (Coordinator)

Looking out to the run-out.

Looking out to the run-out.