Month: September 2016

General Info

Thank you

Thank you to the Forestry Commission Scotland who have given us permission to use South Achray and Fairy Knowe & Doon Hill Forests and to Stirling University for allowing us to use their University grounds. Thanks to all the dedicated volunteer helpers who have delivered this major event. And to our sponsors and supporters – see final page – without which we would be over budget and have naff prizes!

Venue

Central Scotland There is a lot of history to the area around Stirling and a heap of wonderful countryside within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Look around you when you’re not racing hard.

Here is a handy Googlemap which shows where all the training, racing and accommodation venues are. Please print off all travel details/maps you will need for JEC as the organiser will not provide further support here.

Travel

Teams will be expected to make their own transport arrangements both to and from the airport and between accommodation and race venues.

Accommodation

All entered teams will be accommodated at the Scottish Outdoor Education Centre, Dounans, Aberfolyle. http://www.soec.org.uk/our-centres/dounans/

Teams will be accommodated in a number of large multiple-bedded units with toilets and showers in the same block or very close by. Bedding will be provided, please bring towels. The accommodation is basic but adequate (please do not expect hotels). Each Team should also be able to find a suitable meeting/chill-out area close to their block. Any questions about the accommodation please report to our on-site volunteer – Louise Longhurst.

Upon arrival, teams will be given “Team Bags” which will have a few final bulletins, start lists, meal time details, SI-Air dibbers and competitor bibs for all three events and other useful things. Teams going directly to the sprint race can collect their “Team Bag” from the Sprint Arena.

Catering

Breakfasts and evening meals will be provided at the accommodation in a large dining hall. Please adhere to the eating times given in your team packs. Packed lunches for each day must be collected at breakfast by Team Leaders.

We will do our best to cater for “special” requests such as vegetarians. We will also try to ensure an adequate supply of food and carbohydrates for hungry athletes. However, this centre is used to catering for younger people – it is advised that teams bring their own back-up supplies of late evening snacks and pre and post-race snacks.

Programme

Friday 30th September: Sprint, Airthrey Castle and Stirling University

Saturday 1st October: Relay, South Achray, Aberfoyle

Sunday 2nd October: Long Distance, Fairy Knowe & Doon Hill, Aberfoyle

There are spectator races following the JEC events on the Friday and Saturday. There is a Scottish Orienteering League open race on the Sunday alongside the JEC Long Distance – details can be found on the Clydeside webpage.

Categories

The Junior European Cup is open to national teams of competitors not older than 20 years of age on 31 December 2016.

Sprint Classes: W18, M18, W20, M20 (max 6 competitors per nation in each class)

Relay Classes: Women, Men (max 4 relay teams per nation in each class)

Long Distance: W18, M18, W20, M20 (max 6 competitors per nation in each class)

National Team Scoring

There will be a National Team score based on the results of all three competitions according to:

Sprint & Long Distance: The two best results (positions) from each nation and class will be counted. If any nation fields one or no runner in any class then the non-existent starts will be counted by taking the maximum number of points (total number of starters in that class) + 1.

Relay: The highest placed team for each nation in each class will be counted and its position will be multiplied by 6.

The National Team with the lowest sum after the three competitions will win the National Team results and will be crowned Junior European Cup Team Champions 2016.

Training

There are three dedicated training sessions available to teams to use on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before JEC – Team Leaders have been emailed full details. Please print off your own team maps in advance of travel. For any further information contact: jec2016@scottish-orienteering.org

Schedule

Thursday 29th September

10:00 – 17:00 Training available at two forests and one sprint area

15:00+ Check-in at accommodation – Dounans Centre, Aberfoyle. Please do not arrive any earlier. Teams arriving after 22:00 must text Jason an accurate time of arrival on +44 7967 976059.

Please note there is no evening meal (dinner) booked for this evening.

20:30 Team Leader Meeting (Welcome, accommodation, sprint – minimal info). It is hoped this bulletin should answer most of your questions!

Friday 30th September

08:00 Breakfast, collect packed lunches for your team

09:00-10:00 Competition Office open, Dounans Centre

09:00-14:00 Training available at two forests and one sprint area

Not before 14:00 Stirling University available for teams to arrive at parking

14:15-18:00 Competition Office open at Sprint event, Stirling University

15:50 All competitors must have signed in at Sprint Quarantine – see event details.

15:50 First start at Sprint race

17:43 Expected conclusion of the sprint races.

19:00 Competition Office open at Dounans Centre

19:00-20:00 Dinner at Dounans Centre, Aberfoyle (See Team meal time list in team bags)

20:00 Team Leader Meeting, Dounans Centre (all teams) – Large Hall

20:30 Prize Giving Ceremony for Sprint Distance, Dounans Centre – Large Hall

Saturday 1st October

07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast available, collect packed lunches for your team

09:30am Competition Office open at Relay event, Dounans Centre

11:00 Men’s Relay Start

11:20 Women’s Relay Start

15:00 Competition Office closes at Relay event, Dounans Centre

PM Free time for teams – why not be tourists?

17:00-18:00 Competition Office open at Dounans Centre

18:00-19:00 Dinner at Dounans Centre, Aberfoyle

19:00 Team Leader Meeting, Dounans Centre – Large Hall

20:00 Prize Giving Ceremony for Relays, Dounans Centre – Large Hall

20:30-23:00 Disco for athletes – Large Hall, Reception for Team staff – Room to be confirmed

Sunday 2nd October

07:00-08:00 Breakfast available, collect packed lunches for your team

08:00-09:00 Competition Centre open for Long Distance at Dounans Centre

09:30 First Start – Long Distance

13:00 Prize Giving for Long and Team Event, Dounans Centre, Aberfoyle

14:00 Teams depart

Embargoed areas

The forests of South Achray and Fairy Knowe & Doon Hill (new extension 2016) both near Aberfoyle are embargoed for orienteering activities, as are the grounds of Stirling University for the sprint. As the accommodation is in the centre of the relay area teams will receive a map in their “Team Bags” highlighting where it is safe to train and warm-up/down.

Electronic Punching System

SportIdent SI-Air (SIAC) system will be used in all JEC 2016 races. JEC 2016 will supply all athletes with one SIAC dibber for use over the weekend; they will be in the Team Bags. Please do not use your own. It is the responsibility of the team leader to sign out the correct number of loaned SIACs and take responsibility for ensuring all are returned. They must be handed in by athletes at the finish of the Long Distance race. A charge of £60 will be made to a Nation for every missing SIAC. During competition should the SI Air (touch-free) punching appear to fail at any control please punch the unit as normal. If this also fails, punch anywhere on your map using the pin-punch attached to the control.

Fairness

This competition is not JWOC but we would like to keep all the races as fair as possible. Please do not bring any old maps of the areas to the competition areas, do not show your map to runners who haven’t started, do not use any communication devices at the pre-start areas and do not go to the pre-start area after finishing your run. We expect Team Leaders and staff to police such things and ensure the competition is as fair as possible.

Clothing

Please abide by IOF rules (long trousers for Relay and Long).

Ticks

Athletes may well encounter ticks during the forest competitions. Please do an all-body check after your race and deal with them appropriately.

Weather

As the famous comedian Billy Connolly said, “Scotland has only two season, June and Winter” Please come expecting wind, rain, snow, midges, tourists and haggis. For a more accurate prediction, nearer the time, please refer to the yr.no

Team Tents

We strongly recommend that each nation brings a team tent with them and erects it at the Assembly area for the Relay and Long. The sprint will have some indoor accommodation teams can use.

Insurance & Medical Emergencies

Participation for staff and athletes at the Junior European Cup 2016 is at your own risk. Each National Team is responsible for their own valid insurance for travel, medical cover, etc. The nearest Hospital Accident & Emergency department is: Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Stirling Road, LARBERT, FK5 4WR, Telephone: 01324 566000

Or closer to the events:

Minor Injuries Unit, Stirling Community Hospital, Livilands Gate, Stirling, FK8 2AU, Phone: 01786 434036

Open every day from 9am – 9pm – no appointment necessary

Team Leaders & Team Leader Meetings

Each National team is expected to nominate a Team Leader who shall be present at meetings and be the main contact for the organising staff. Team Leader meetings will be held at the Large Hall at Dounans Centre (details on arrival). It is presumed that not all teams will be present until the Friday evening and so all details regarding the Sprint event are included in this bulletin.

Transport

The organisers cannot provide any transport for any part of JEC 2016. Allow for delays in travelling times, plus vehicle drop-off and check-in times when departing for your return flights.

Entries

The cost includes entries to all 3 competitions, maps, accommodation, meals from Friday dinner to packed lunch on Sunday. There will be no reduction for later arrivals.

Teams arriving on the Thursday afternoon will be provided accommodation (breakfast, packed lunch) and have access to training areas for Thursday (all day) and Friday morning.

Final Entries and Final Payments

Final and complete entries with full payment are to be received now (!) using the Final Entry form on the website and the electronic transfer of fees. Remember that entries are closed and only minor changes to your entry lists can be accepted.

Start Lists

The start lists for the Sprint and Long Distance have been drawn using random number sequencing, under the supervision of someone who we think isn’t mad. We have taken into account the team requests for early, middle and late start blocks and all 3 races start times and relay team information will be available in advance of the competition for Team Leaders to print off.

Race Bibs

There will be bib numbers for all three competitions. For the individual races bib numbers count downwards so the last starter in each class ends in 01. The relay order has been decided using last year’s JEC relay results. Bibs should not be folded or cut. Bibs will be in team bags to be collected on arrival at Dounans Centre or will be available at the Sprint competition office on the Friday for teams going directly to the sprint race.

Maps

Details of the maps are provided in each event details section below. They will be printed on waterproof paper. After the problems at WOC it may be wise that in the event of heavy rain you may wish to bring your own map bag for protection, these will not be provided by the organisers. All maps will fit, folded appropriately, or whole, into an A4 sized map bag.

Starts for the Sprint & Long Distance

The start will be silent – competitors should make their way to the start and indicate their presence to the Start Official when the pre-start clock shows their start time. Competitors must arrive in time for their allocated start.

The pre-start clock will show race time minus call up zones (eg -3 or -4) time. It is a timed start.

In the Pre-start area you will have the opportunity to check that your SI Air punching is working with a Clear, Check and Test unit. After this the SIAC needs to be cleared and checked again. A clear station will be located in front of the starts and a final safety check will be done by the start team.

Late starters – if you miss your start time and it is not the fault of the organisers then you will start when the officials can accommodate you and your start time will be the original start time. If it is the fault of the organisers we will attempt to start you at a suitable time and offer a punching start.

Descriptions will be printed on your map in all races and will be available loose, in the start lanes, for the Sprint and Long distances. They will not be available prior to the events.

Relay Start

See Relay day details.

Finish

It is a SI-Air punching finish; athletes should register a punch at the finish unit in the same way as at every other control.

Results

Results will be displayed on laptops at the arenas, on a local Wi-Fi network called O_results, with the URL o.net and, subject to signal, on the internet at:

Sprint
http://liveresultat.orientering.se/followfull.php?comp=11937

Relay
http://liveresultat.orientering.se/followfull.php?comp=11938
Long
http://liveresultat.orientering.se/followfull.php?comp=11939

Result links, overall results, team scores, routegadget etc will all be linked from our website.

Water/Refreshments

In accordance with our Green Policy there will be no refreshments at the finish arenas. Teams are advised to bring plenty of water to each competition for post and pre-race refreshment. In the UK all tap water is regarded as safe to drink unless there are clear signs at the tap advising you not to drink it.

Protests

In the event of a protest please make this in writing as soon as possible and before final results are published. Pass it to the JEC Day Organiser who will endeavour to resolve the issue as soon as possible. In the event of an appeal against the result of a protest then the race Jury (agreed at Thursday Team Leader meeting) will consider the appeal. A period of 20 minutes will be allowed from publishing the provisional race results until the final results are confirmed.

Presentation Ceremonies

All three ceremonies will take place, as timetabled, at the accommodation centre. Teams are recommended to bring up to three national flags.

Entry Status as of 26/09/16

W18 W20 M18 M20 Officials
TOTAL 43 44 43 43 30

Previous map samples

South Achray mapFairy Knowe & Doon Hill mapStirling University map

JEC 2010

2010 was the last time the event was held in Scotland, you can see the JEC2010 website here.

Long

Planner: Patrick Walder (Clyde)
Controller: Trevor Hoey (FVO)
Organiser: Kate Thomas (Clyde)

Location

Fairy Knowe and Doon Hill, Aberfoyle. Grid Reference: NN516004 (Finish/Spectator Area)

Directions to start from Dounans Centre

See map below with route marked in red. This route is 2.1km and is along roads, paths and tracks. There is no climb to the start. The route to the start will be taped at intervals.

From Accommodation at Dounans, follow the track down to the A82/main road. Turn right and carry along road for 50m. Cross road – please take care as this is a major A road – to join path/cycle track through park and into the Aberfoyle main Car Park. The public toilets are located in this carpark adjacent to the Tourist Information office, on the north side of the car park. When passing through the carpark please use pavements where possible and take care as it will be busy with cars, cyclists and occasional buses. You will see the Information desk for the SOL in front of the Scottish Wool Centre. At the west end of the carpark turn left onto Manse Road. Follow the road past the Finish arena on the left to where the road divides. Take the left fork and Start is 300m further on.

The forest on either side of the route to the start is out of bounds. Please warm up on the track just before the start.

Clothing can be left at the start or finish. This will be at your own risk and must be collected by you or a coach afterwards.

Location map

Toilets

Public Toilets can be found on the route to the start in the Aberfoyle public carpark. They are located next to the Tourist Information Office. There are no toilets at the Start or Finish.

Finish and Spectator Area

Is located at NN 516004, indicated on the map above. It is on the route to the start. There will be a spectator control at this location with opportunity to cheer athletes along. Commentary will be provided. There is limited space for team tents and officials may ask you to move tents if they are obstructing the entrance/ exit areas. There is no parking here.

Safety and Clothing

Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety at all times. Full body cover is recommended and competitors should check their person for ticks as these are abundant in the area.

The forest is a popular recreation area for horse riders, cyclists, walkers, and dog-owners. Please take care, especially on forest roads. There are occasional vehicles on some of the roads to access houses in the forest. Early starters may encounter deer.

Permission for the event has been granted with conditions that we avoid areas of sensitive habitat for bats and some ground vegetation. Areas marked as Out Of Bounds (OOB) on the map (purple overprint) must not be entered.

Fences that must not be crossed are marked with purple overprint. Crossing points are indicated on the map. Other fences can be crossed at any point, but crossing points are provided (marked with red/white tape) for competitors’ convenience. Competitors must avoid climbing over or through any stacks of timber located at various places throughout the forest. All courses cross streams and ditches. Please take care doing so – where these are too deep to cross safely, they have been overprinted as OOB. DO NOT drink from any streams in the forest.

Technical Details

Map survey by Marcus Pinker in Spring 2012 and updated and extended in 2016 by Jon Musgrave (Deeside Orienteering and Leisure Maps). Scale: All Courses: 1:10,000; Contours 5m.

All maps are printed double-sided.

All courses include a butterfly/phi loop. The two loop variations for each course will be designated A and B on maps and runners will be allocated A or B maps depending on their Bib Numbers and start times. Maps and control descriptions will be labelled with competitors’ bib number.

The JEC courses have a spectator leg towards the end of the course. Competitors should turn over their maps after the spectator run-through. From the finish arena you will be able to see runners on this leg, and cheer them on. Coaches can also use this area as a coaching zone and an opportunity to pass drinks/food to athletes. Please do not cross tapes into the competition area and obey all signs. Runners will follow tapes through the arena – the taped route is parallel to the route from the last control for part of its length – please do not cross the tapes and end up in the wrong lane.

The maps use standard ISOM symbols, with the addition of ‘Windblow’ (dark green hatching); windblow has been mapped to aid route choice, and individual fallen trees that can easily be avoided have not been mapped.

Windblow symbol

 

  Course Distance(km) Climb(m) Controls
1 M20 9.1 440 27
2 M18 7.8 375 26
3 W20 7.0 315 26
4 W18 6.0 260 23

 

Terrain notes

The mapped area comprises a mixture of mature deciduous and plantation forest. The deciduous wood is mostly very runnable aside from some small patches of bracken (large areas are mapped) which are now dying back and shouldn’t affect running speeds significantly. The remainder of the area is mature working coniferous plantation. Some of this has been severely affected by gales and subsequent forestry operations to extract fallen timber. As a result, parts of the map contain unmapped vehicle tracks.

Start Procedure

Starts will be from 09.30 till 11.00.

Start layout

Start boxes:

-4 Call up and check SI card

-3 wait in box

-2 given control description by official

-1 start line – official will lay map in front of each competitor just over the start line. At 10 seconds before start the competitors may step over the line. At the long beep pick up map and make your way to start kite.

Finish procedure

From the last control, competitors should follow tapes to the Finish control. Please stay in lane to avoid getting mixed up with the spectator control run-through. There is no map collection as competitors are being trusted not to discuss or show their map to anyone who has still to run their course.

Download is immediately after the Finish. Your SI-Air Card MUST be handed in at this point.

Courses Close at 4pm. There are no official water stations. It is not advisable to drink from streams.

First Aid

This will be provided by trained First Aiders and will be sited at the Finish.

Maze

A maze will be set up in front of the Scottish Wool Centre as part of the SOL event. You are welcome to take part. This is free and open from 11.00. You can borrow an SI card at the Maze information tent. The maze will be set up to offer the opportunity of head to head racing on symmetrical maps.

Junior Inter-Regional Championships 2016

Event Report

The Scotland team converged on Cambus O’May near Ballater on Saturday 24th September ready to take on the 9 regions from England, plus Wales and Northern Ireland. It soon became clear that the courses planned by Jon Musgrave would be a tough physical and technical challenge but our athletes were equal to the task and the local wi-fi meant we were able to enjoy (!) nail-biting moments waiting for anticipated runners to appear within the finish times already posted.

Read More…

Spectator Races

Routegadget doesn't cope very well with the way we ran the Relay Spectators' race. All of your results are under the final entry of Men or Women.

After that you have got to cope with the fact that both halves of your course are on the same map.

This report shows you who were running the same gaffle and also you can compare with the JEC runners times on your gaffle.

Scottish team selections for the Senior Home Internationals

W21

Hollie Orr, Fanni Gristwood, Kirsten Strain, Rona Lindsay, Kirsten Maxwell, Sarah Dunn, 
Reserve: Hazel Wright

W20

Jennifer Ricketts, Clare Stansfield, Emma Wilson subject to fitness, 
Reserve: Lindsay Robertson

M21

Alasdair McLeod, Doug Tullie, Murray Strain, Mark Nixon, Jamie Stevenson, Duncan Coombs, 
Reserve: Ant Squire

M20

Sasha Chepelin, Dan Stansfield, Andrew Barr, 
Reserve Alex Carcas subject to fitness

New SCORE Editor

I’m Sheila Reynolds.  My husband, Scott, and I are expats from the U.S.
Some of you may know our youngest daughter, Charlotte, who introduced us
to orienteering through MAROC’s Active Aberdeenshire After-School
Orienteering programme.  This is our second stint in Scotland, and
although we are expats, we live here because Scotland is the home of our
hearts, and are thankful every day to be able to live in such an amazing
place.

My background is in the oil industry and technical writing, but it’s been
a while since I’ve done either, so I do hope that everyone will bear with
me as I take on the editing of SCORE.

I was born and raised in Alaska, so am no stranger to the outdoors or to
forests, but am new to the world of orienteering.  While Scott has moved
from walking through white courses with Charlotte to running in races
himself, I don’t see that in my future, as I am perfectly content to cheer
them on and volunteer where I’m needed.

We are, as a family, passionate about orienteering as the newly-converted
tend to be, and are very much enjoying meeting new people and exploring
areas of Scotland through this new-found – to us – sport.  We’ve all very
much appreciated the kindness and support of the orienteering community as
Scott and Charlotte have begun their orienteering journey with MAROC, and
volunteering to edit SCORE will be my attempt to pay that kindness and
support forward.

You can send a message to Sheila from the Contacts page

New Regional Development Officer Central / South appointed

In Rona’s words:

Orienteering has been a part of my life since 2001 when I started with my family, and I haven't stopped since! I came through the Scottish and British Junior Squads before going to Edinburgh University to study Genetics. I live in Edinburgh, am a member of ESOC and when I'm not orienteering I enjoy baking and spending time with friends.

Please join us in welcoming Rona to the team! 

SOA Patron Karen Darke wins Gold at Rio

Congratulations to Inverness-based hand cyclist Karen Darke, who has won gold for Great Britain in cycling’s H1-3 time trial at the Rio Paralympics.

Development Officer changes at Scottish Orienteering

Mike Rodgers

Mike RodgersMike started back in August 2012 to focus on the club development of Moravian. Thanks to his vast experience in orienteering and his enthusiasm, he was able to support the club to raise membership to well over 200. He can be proud of his achievements over these past four years and we are wishing him all the best with his career at the National Trust for Scotland’s property, Brodie Castle.

Mel Nicoll

Mel NicollLocal to Birnam, Mel has focussed on Tayside Orienteers and has been working hard to develop and promote the benefits of membership – a healthy programme of local events, coaching opportunities, regular training nights, improved capture and retention of potential member contact details and regular communication with them. Mel will continue to be involved in the club and will otherwise focus on her work with the John Muir Trust.

Sarah Dunn

Sarah DunnSarah’s home in Aboyne was a perfect base to work with MAROC and she has done so since February 2015. A primary focus initially was to re-invigorate membership in the Aboyne area where it had declined significantly in recent years, while aiming to maintain the club’s strong base in Banchory. Activities have focussed on autumn and spring blocks of introductory sessions for families and after-school clubs in both Banchory and Aboyne. 

With Sarah's contract coming to an end, she has been working on an application to the Cairngorms LEADER Programme for funds for a completely new kind of project, called Community Orienteering and Protection of the Environment (COPE). This is an innovative departure for orienteering and we of course hope the application will succeed – watch this space!

Johannes Petersen

Johannes PetersenAnd last but certainly not least, Johannes Petersen will remain the Club Development Officer for INVOC and BASOC until October 2016. At which time his role will morph into the new Regional Development Officer North. We are delighted that Johannes will stay on board in this exciting new role after all his great achievements with his local clubs. Great to have you on board, Johannes!

We hope to be appointing a new Regional Development Officer (Central / South) within the next few weeks.

Scottish Orienteering is extremely grateful for the dedication, hard work, bright ideas and new initiatives that all four have brought to their jobs. Our thanks to sportscotland and the Robertson and Davidson Trusts for helping us to fund these positions. Here is to the next chapter of development work within orienteering!