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).
Venues and details for the British TrailO Championships are still to be announced.

GRAMP have kindly agreed to act as lead club for the Relays.  The SOA is looking for individuals and clubs to take on specific roles at Balmoral - these include start team, car parking and arena team.

The Scottish Orienteering Championships will be held the following weekend of 26/27th May. Why not take a weeks holiday and have a double dose of classic Scottish terrain.

26th Sep 17

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The event will be staged by the SOA for British Orienteering under a super-levy agreement.

Volunteers

Planning and controlling is well underway and a few key roles (treasurer and computing) have been filled.  If you can help in any capacity please let us know.  The Events Manager is acting in a Coordinators role - a Day Organiser for the Individual would be most welcome.  Additional helpers will be required to assist GRAMP. This is another great opportunity to showcase orienteering in Scotland in a superb setting. Please contact  for further information.

Entries

It is anticipated that entries will open in December with last entries in mid-April. Fees are still to be set.

British & Scottish Champs 2018 location map

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.

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

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

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.

Contact Us

Event Coordinator: Colin Matheson

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 emabargo 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.

Images

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British Championships logo

British Championships logo (Full size)

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

Torphantrick map extract (Full size)

Balmoral runner, Credit:Colin Matheson

Balmoral runner (Full size)

Balmoral runner, Credit:Colin Matheson

Balmoral runner (Full size)

Balmoral runner, Credit:Colin Matheson

Balmoral runner (Full size)

Balmoral runner, Credit:Colin Matheson

Balmoral runner (Full size)

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by Colin Matheson