Month: September 2016


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


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


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




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.


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.

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

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!