British Orienteering Championships 2018

19/20th May

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

The British Trail Orienteering Championships will be staged on Sunday 20th May at nearby Crathes Castle.

Masterplan Adventure will be staging an informal Pre-BOC event in Ballater on the evening of Friday 18th May.

The British Orienteering Championships are only held in Scotland every 10 years. The Championships are open to all orienteers with no restriction by age, sex or ability.  Those with Scottish Orienteering membership only can take part, but are not eligible for medals and prizes.  Entry fees are higher, due to some unavoidable costs, but we have kept junior entry fees as low as possible.  The British Orienteering Championships are still cheaper than entering your average running race - you can run in wonderful Balmoral (and Relays in Torphantrick) and even appear on the BBC Adventure Show. Next closing date for entries is 4 May.

Latest:  Later start time for Saturday. Enlarged map at 1:7,500 for older competitors

 

 

 

03rd Apr 18

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The Scottish Orienteering Championships will be held the following weekend (26 May) with the Scottish Relay Championships on the 27 May. Why not take a weeks holiday and have a double dose of classic Scottish terrain?

The event will be staged by the SOA for British Orienteering under a super-levy agreement (two times normal levy)

Venues for all races as shown below:

British & Scottish Champs 2018 location map
Organisation and Volunteering

Many thanks to Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC), Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO) and Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC) who have volunteered to help stage the Long Distance Championships at Balmoral.

Grampian Orienteers (GRAMP) have kindly offered to act as lead club for the Relay Championships and will be assisted by Badenoch & Strathspey Orienteering Club (BASOC).

Thanks go to various individuals who have also offered help but if you feel you can assist either as a club or as an individual please get in touch with   Volunteers for String Courses especially welcome as well as prizegiving and car parking (both days).

The Planning Team are looking for helpers for the deployment and waking up of controls on Friday and Saturday respectively as well as control collecting.  Help with the Adventure Show team may also be required, possibly including shadowing Desiree Wilson.  All offers of help to

Entries

Individual entries for the Long Distance Championships

The British Orienteering Championships are open to members of the British Orienteering Federation and to members of overseas IOF affiliated Federations. Those with the new “Scottish” membership may enter their age classes in the Championship courses but are not eligible for medals or trophies. Eligibility rules to be a British Champion are detailed in British Orienteering's Competition Rule A.

Entries will be through the SiEntries system

All individual long distance championship age class courses will be offered, with course combinations as per Competition Rule A at www.britishorienteering.org.uk/rules

Championship courses need to be pre-entered, and there is no entry at the event for these courses.

Entries are open now and close at midnight on 4th May 2018.

Entry Fees for Championship courses are:

 

Entries open now -  14th Feb 2018

Entries 15th Feb 2018 –  4th Apr 2018

Entries 5th Apr 2018 –      4th May 2018

Seniors M/W21+

£21.50

£23.65

£25.80

Juniors M/W20- and students M/W21+

£9.00

£9.90

£10.80

 

Colour coded courses (White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green) can also be pre-entered at SiEntries. There will be a £1 supplement for entry at the event.

Entry Fees for colour coded courses are:

 

      Entries open now – 4th May 2018

Seniors M/W 21 +

£12.00

Juniors M/W 20 -

£6.00

 

Mixed punching will be used at the event.  SI-cards can be hired for £1 but SIAC (SPORTident Active Cards) are also available to hire for £4 (to cover just one day or the weekend).

Start times for the Long Distance Championships will be from 1100 hrs-1430 hrs (subject to numbers) with courses closing at 16:30 hrs.  Prize giving will take place on the Sunday immediately after the Relays.

Team Entries for the British Relay Championships

Entries will be through the SiEntries system

All relay classes are available as defined in  Competition Rule D at:
www.britishorienteering.org.uk/rules

Relay Championship courses need to be pre-entered .  There may be limited entry at the event for teams to run non-competitively.  Eligibility for Championship courses is defined in the rules.  All team members must meet eligibility criteria. Teams consisting of “Scottish” members may compete but are not eligible for medals or trophies. Eligibility rules to be British Relay Champion ares detailed in British Orienteering's Competition Rule D.

Entries are open now and close at midnight on 4th May 2018.

Entry Fees for Relay Championship courses are:

 

Entries open now –  14th Feb 2018

Entries 15th Feb 2018 –  4th Apr 2018

Entries 5th Apr 2018 –      4th May 2018

Seniors M/W 21 +

£45.00 per team

£49.50 per team

£54.00 per team

Juniors M/W 20 -

£24.00 per team

£26.40 per team

£28.80 per team

Entering Teams

Team captains must enter the team name and class for each entry made.

Changes to entries for the British Relay Championships (i.e. changes to team name or class) can be made for free up to 4th May 2018.  Team name changes can be made online. 

From 4th May 2018 changes to a team’s class can only be made by the Entries and a charge equivalent to the late entry surcharge will apply (£12 senior teams, £6 junior teams). 

Ad-hoc teams

A few individuals have expressed a desire to join an ad-hoc relay team.

Some relay teams may be short of a member

This spreadsheet lists both (i) relay team places wanted and (ii) available relay places. You may either choose to advertise your contact details directly or via the entries secretary (David Nicol - ). The entries secretary will then pass on contact details and enquires to and from competitors advertising their availability or team captains offering places.

Declaration of Runners

Details to be announced.

Team bibs will only be given out for declared teams.

Cancellations

Via the Entries Secretary only.

For team cancellations up to 4th May, a refund of 90% will be given. From 5th May to 12th May a refund of 75% will be given. No refunds will be given after 12th May.

Should all or part of the event be cancelled, the Organisers reserve the right to retain all or part of the entry fee to cover committed costs.

Late Entries

After 4th May some entries may be accepted (subject to map availability), at a surcharge. This surcharge will be £12 for Senior teams (i.e. £66 fee) and £6 for Junior teams (i.e. £34.80 fee).

Entry by Post

Should you wish to enter by post team captains should send the following details, with payment, to the entries secretary, by the relevant closing date (BRC Entries, National Orienteering Centre, Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore PH22 1QZ)

  • Team name
  • Club
  • Relay classes entered

Teams must be declared either online or at the event.

Mixed punching will be used at the event.  SI-cards can be hired for £1 but SIAC (SPORTident Active Cards) are also available to hire for £4 (to cover just one day or the weekend).

 

Start times for the British Relay Championships will be from 10:00 hrs to 11:00 hrs.


Individual Entries for the British Trail Orienteering Championships

The British Trail Orienteering Championships are open to members of the British Orienteering Federation and to members of overseas IOF affiliated Federations. Those with the new “Scottish” membership may enter the appropriate class but are not eligible for medals or trophies.

Entries will be through the SiEntries system

Entries from now-4th May

Elite Seniors £12/Juniors & Students £6

Standard Seniors £8/Juniors & Students £4

Late entries/EOD will be subject to map availability and a late entry fee.

Starts will be from 12.00 – 14.00.  Start times will not be allocated.  BTOC competitors not running in the British Relays Championships are encouraged to arrive for an early start at BTOC.

 

Ballater - Friday 18th May Pre-BOC Sprint

Masterplan Adventure are organising a Pre-BOC Sprint in Ballater. Entry fees £8 Seniors and £4 Juniors (Non BOF members £2 supplement). Parking and registration central Ballater.  Terrain is steep runnable woodland and flat urban terrain as used at Royal Deeside 2017. Grip recommended.  Map scale 1:5,000 to ISSOM sprint specification. Starts 1700-1900 hrs. Long and Short course option.

Planner and organiser: Graham Gristwood

 

Balmoral – Saturday 19th May, Long Distance Championships

The race venue will be Balmoral Estate, used for the World Ranking Event at Race the Castles 2014 and the Scottish Orienteering Championships 2016.  Embargoed areas were published in May 2016 and can be seen below.  Balmoral Castle is located at grid reference NO253948.

Event parking and the race arena will be 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.  A parking permit will be required - link to be provided shortly.

Balmoral runner
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.  Many substantial cairns adorn the area, erected in memory of various members of the Royal Family.

British Orienteering Rules apply as well as Competition Rule A: British Long distance Orienteering Championships.

The map was surveyed and drawn by Deeside Orienteering & Leisure Maps (Jon Musgrave) and will be 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 will be Torphantrick, used for the Middle Distance race at the Jubilee Five 2012 (named Inchmarnoch) and WOC selection races.  See above link for embargo details. Torphantrick is located at NO413977, 5 km east of Ballater.

Event parking will be near the forest, with access north over the River Dee currently constrained as the Cambus o’May footbridge was seriously damaged during floods in 2016.  Thanks go to Clare Carson of Inchmarnoch Estate and Factor Andrew Duncan.

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 will constrain some of the route choices previously used.

British Orienteering Rules apply as well as Competition Rule D: British Relay Orienteering Championships.

The map was surveyed and drawn by Deeside Orienteering & Leisure Maps (Jon Musgrave) and will be 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 will be Crathes Castle (National Trust for Scotland). This will be a PreO event. There will not be a TempO.

Crathes Castle is located on the A93 approx 2 miles east of Banchory.  The entrance to the estate is at grid ref NO742963.  This is about 25 miles from the British Relays area at Torphantrick.

Thanks are due to the National Trust for Scotland for permission to use the area.  Parking charges will apply, except for members of NTS and NT.  Please remember to display your membership sticker on your car.  Other facilities will include toilets, cafe and castle/garden tours (charges apply).

There will be 2 courses – elite and standard.  The standard course will be shorter and less technical than the elite, but will include ‘z’ controls (no correct kite) and a timed control (subject to availability of sufficient helpers).

There will be 3 classes – open, para and junior. More information on course details will be posted here in due course.

Organiser/Planner: Anne Hickling

Controller: Rob Hickling

Dogs

Permission for dogs on leads in the car parks and race arenas has been granted for Balmoral and Torphantrick.  No dogs in the competition area.  

Traders and caterers

Orienteering equipment suppliers Ultrasport and Compass Point will be at each race arena (Saturday and Sunday).  Food will be provided by Onosh and Eat Van Drink, both popular caterers at the Scottish 6 Days in 2017.  Sports massage will be available throughout the competition from Helen Mann - again a very popular choice and excellent service provider at Royal Deeside 2017.  Helen will take advance bookings and can be contacted on  

Accommodation

Accommodation can be found from a number of sources, below is a list of the main ones:

Visit Scotland

Visit Ballater

Visit Aberdeenshire

The Walkhighlands website has an excellent accommodation search feature as well as lots of info if you fancy a walk while your here.

There is no specific event campsite.  There is an excellent site at Braemar and in Ballater they welcome campervans and caravans.

Sponsors

Thanks go to Aberdeenshire Council for their assistance including loan of equipment and signage; traffic restrictions and waste and recycling services for the event.

Contact Us

Event Coordinator: Colin Matheson

Entries Secretary David Nicol   

Embargo information

Orienteers are advised that the Balmoral Estate is embargoed for the British Orienteering Championships (Long Distance). Torphantrick (5 km east of Ballater) is embargoed for the British Relays.

Link to the embargo details on the British Orienteering website

Access is allowed along public roads shown within the embargoed area.

BOC2018 embargoed area map

Visits in the immediate vicinity of Balmoral Castle, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and coffee shop are permissible. The start of the Scottish 6 Days (Royal Deeside 2017) coincides with the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and Balmoral Castle (normally open April till the end of July) is a popular tourist attraction.

Balfour Forest, used for Day 2 of the Scottish 6 Days in Royal Deeside, is also embargoed and has been designated as a reserve area for the British Orienteering Championships 2018.

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British Championships logo

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Balmoral Estate, Credit:Colin Matheson

Balmoral Estate (Full size)

Balmoral Castle, Credit:Colin Matheson

Balmoral Castle (Full size)

Balmoral map extract

Balmoral map extract (Full size)

Torphantrick map extract

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Balmoral runner, Credit:Colin Matheson

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Balmoral runner, Credit:Colin Matheson

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Balmoral runner, Credit:Colin Matheson

Balmoral runner (Full size)

Balmoral runner, Credit:Colin Matheson

Balmoral runner (Full size)

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