British Orienteering Championships 2018 – event results

The Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) staged the British Orienteering Championships 2018 over the weekend Saturday 19th May to Sunday 20th May in Royal Deeside. The Long Distance Championships were held over the Balmoral Estate with the British Relay Championships at nearby Torphantrick (Cambus o’May).

RESULTS – Long Distance

British Orienteering Championship logo
BOC Logo

Simple results and splits
Split times, WinSplits Online
All results(pdf)

– Relay
Simple results and splits
Split times, WinSplits Online
All results(pdf)

The British Trail Orienteering Championships were staged on Sunday 20th May at nearby Crathes Castle.   Congratulations to all the winners:

Elite Open:  Charles Bromley Gardner  (BAOC) Elite Para:  John Crosby  (NATO) Elite Junior:  Max Straube-Roth  (OD) Standard course:  Howell  Family (IND) & Alan MacGregor (GRAMP) Unofficial Scottish TrailO Champion:  Helen Rowlands  (GRAMP)

See the following section for comments and full results

British Orienteering Championships 2018 Location Map
British Orienteering Championships 2018 Location Map

Photos from the event include:

Wendy Carlyle Long Distance

Wendy Carlyle Relay

Steve Rush

Organisation and Volunteering

Many thanks to Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC), Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO) and Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC) who staged the Long Distance Championships at Balmoral. TAY, ECKO and CLYDE assisted with parking.

Grampian Orienteers (GRAMP) acted as lead club for the Relay Championships and were assisted by Badenoch & Strathspey Orienteering Club (BASOC).

Balmoral – Saturday 19th May, Long Distance Championships

The race venue was Balmoral Estate, used for the World Ranking Event at Race the Castles 2014 and the Scottish Orienteering Championships 2016.

Event parking and the race arena were close to Balmoral Castle itself, with access through the estate.  Thanks go to Her Majesty the Queen and Balmoral Estates for allowing us to use the area and in particular to Garry Marsden, Estate Visitor Enterprise Manager for his great co-operation.

Balmoral is one of the more runnable Deeside forests and does enjoy spectacular views out over the River Dee (and Scottish 6 Day area Glen Feardar) as well as Munros including Lochnagar and Ben Avon.  There are three main hills in the area, the southwest and southeast craggier and rockier.

The map was surveyed and drawn by Deeside Orienteering & Leisure Maps (Jon Musgrave) and was updated to ISOM 2017 specification.

Planner: Steve Nicholson Assistant Planner: Ian Hamilton
Controller: Brian Bullen Assistant Controller: David Armitage

Torphantrick – Sunday 20th May, British Relay Championships

The race venue was Torphantrick, used for the Middle Distance race at the Jubilee Five 2012 (named Inchmarnoch) and WOC selection races.

Thanks go to Clare Carson of Inchmarnoch Estate and Factor Andrew Duncan and Matthew Havers for allowing access.

This is a fantastic moraine area with some of the best contour detail in Deeside. The forest has been thinned over the years (on-going) and now offers a mixture of fast high visibility forest and slower thicker areas providing a major challenge to hold together the technique needed to spike all controls cleanly.  A deer fence (with gates) erected across the centre of the area constrained some of the route choices previously used.

The map was surveyed and drawn by Deeside Orienteering & Leisure Maps (Jon Musgrave) and was updated to ISOM 2017 specification.

Planner: Clive Masson Assistant Planner: Chris Huthwaite
Controller: Donald Grassie

Crathes Castle – Sunday 20th May, British Trail Orienteering Championships

The race venue was Crathes Castle (National Trust for Scotland).

Thanks are due to the National Trust for Scotland for permission to use the area.

Organiser’s Comments

Elite Results Standard Results Elite Map Standard Map Solutions East Solutions West Notes on BTOC Course Problems

Organiser/Planner: Anne Hickling Controller: Rob Hickling


Thanks go to Aberdeenshire Council for their financial assistance as well as help in kind including loan of equipment and signage; traffic restrictions and waste and recycling services for the event.  Burness Paull, commercial law firm, kindly sponsored the string course.

World Orienteering Day

A reminder that World Orienteering Day falls on Wednesday 23rd May.  There will be events happening locally (including MAROC and GRAMP) so anyone staying on for the Scottish Orienteering Championships weekend has a chance for more practice.  There are also controls out at Glenmore Lodge and maps can be pre-ordered or collected. See ROMP for further details.

British Orienteering Championships 2019

YHOA are staging the British Orienteering Championships over the weekend 5th and 6th May 2019 with race venues Kilnsey North & Arncliffe and Middleton Park.