Tayside Orienteers


Christmas Score

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Sun 10th Dec 2017

Last updated: 10th Dec
Type of event: Local, Score
Type of terrain: Forest
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A fantastic start to the festive season at Blackspout today for our Christmas Score event. Thanks to everyone who organised and volunteered today and thanks to you all for coming and making it one of the best events of the year. The Atholl Palace did a splendid job catering for 72. A few pictures here - head over to Facebook for more photos and chat.

TAY's much-loved annual Christmas Score event, open to all. Fancy dress and bonus points options! Festive Christmas Lunch in the Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry afterwards.


Nearest town: Pitlochry

Pre event information

TAY's Christmas Score event will be held at Blackspout Wood on Sunday 10th December at 11am. This will consisit of two 45 minute Score Courses; one aimed at novices and the other at experienced orienteers.

Parking will be in the grounds of the Atholl Palace Hotel and we will have our Christmas meal in the TAY Room of the hotel after the event. If you would like to join us for the meal, and all are welcome, please let Elaine know as we have to give the hotel catering numbers by Friday 1st December.

Online entries via Fabian4.  

Remember to bring a watch

Directions / Parking

Parking will be in the grounds of the Atholl Palace Hotel. See this link for directions- http://www.athollpalace.com/location

Please follow the Marshall's instructions as there are various different areas for parking.


Toilets are available in the Hotel.  Please access the toilets through The Stag's Head Bar to the left of the main hotel entrance. Please do not wear dirty shoes into the hotel.

Changing facilities and Showers are available in the spa costing £3 per person and this includes a towel.

We will have our Christmas meal in the Atholl Palace Hotel at 1.30pm.

This will be a Sunday Carvery. 

Costs- Three Courses £25, two courses £19 including a glass of wine or soft drink. Kids half price or there is another kids menu available.

For Vegetarians there will be dishes that you can choose from the main hotel menu and prices will vary depending upon what you choose.  

Our lunch order has now gone in and any cancellations from Friday onwards will have to be paid in full to the hotel. 

Send to 2egillies 'at'  gmail.com

Registration & Start Times

Registration/Map collection will be in a tent in the Herb Garden of the Atholl Palace Hotel. It will be signed from parking.

Registration will open at 10am and close at 10.45am.

Novice mass start will be at 11am and the second start will be at 11.15am.

Course Information

There will be two 45 minute Score courses available.

One will be suitable for novice orienteers and one for more experienced orienteers.

There will be a Christmas Fairy floating around the wood with an SI box and if you are in Christmassy Fancy Dress you can get extra points from her, if you find her!

Score orienteering is different from traditional orienteering in that you can punch the controls in any order. Each control has points allocated to it so usually the more-difficult-to-find controls are worth higher points. You have to decide how far you can run in the 45 minutes because for every minute you are late you begin to lose your points. The winner is the person with the most points.

Explanation of Score courses

You don't have to visit all the controls! There is usually a time limit, instead of a set course. Points are scored for visiting controls, and deducted for finishing over the time limit. You decide which controls to visit, and in which sequence. Sometimes controls have different points values. You will need to carry a watch or phone, so you know how long you have been out.

Entry Details

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Enter via Fabian4 online entry system

Online entries close 3rd December.

Entry Fee- On-line entries - Adults BOF- £8; Non-BOF £10.  Juniors/Students- BOF £4; Non-BOF £5

Family Group with one map- BOF-£8; Non-BOF £10. Extra maps £2

There will be entry on the day but it will be more expensive so add £2 per adult/group and £1 per child to the above prices.

We have to give the printer a week's notice to have maps printed. Please help us with our map ordering by pre-entering via Fabian4 or contacting Elaine to book your map if you are having problems entering online. In this way you are guaranteed a map, otherwise it will be a first-come basis for any extra maps we have on the day. 

Contacts / Officials

Planner  Alistair Duguid-   ra_duguid 'at'  yahoo.co.uk

Organisers Elaine and Angela-   2egillies 'at'  gmail.com

Dogs allowed?

Blackspout is a popular dog-walking area so there are no restrictions.

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Keep It Clean campaign - Forestry Commission Scotland

Our forests are at risk from tree pests and diseases. These can dramatically affect the health of our trees, upsetting the delicate ecosystem balance and devastating large areas of woodland.
Pests and diseases hitch a ride in mud and debris on shoes, paws and tyres, ending up in new forests. Here, they can spread rapidly in environments with no natural resilience.
Read more about this on the FCS website.


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