Tayside Orienteers


Forest Sprint

Image of the The Hermitage map

Sun 27th Aug 2017

Last updated: 01st Sep
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Forest
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Results and split times


Tayside Orienteers warmly invite you to our informal forest sprint event at Dunkeld's lovely Hermitage. Please note in the results:- Medium course - runner was Ruaridh (not Doug) Flint and on Short Course runner was Kirsty Flint and not Cathy Tilbrook. Apologies this is coming up wrong.


Nearest town: Dunkeld

Pre event information

STOP PRESS: We have decided to postpone the BBQ but will have a picnic instead. Remember to bring a chair/travelling rug and if the weather is looking dodgy we will have the TAY tent up. If anyone has a gazebo you could perhaps bring it too. 


Directions / Parking

Parking in field on the way to forest carpark. Follow temporary "orienteering" signs from Hermitage main entrance off A9 NW of Dunkeld. (Track going uphill to right just inside main entrance).


Bring your sandwiches and we will have a picnic after the event.

The nearest public toilets are situated in the big car park at the North end of Dunkeld

Registration & Start Times

Registration opens at 10.30am.

Starts from  1100 to 1230

Finish by 1400 for possible BBQ - weather dependent?!

Course Information


Yellow (paths only) - open to all but designed with beginners, younger children and families with younger children in mind

Short (paths with near-forest controls) - Orange standard for children and not so fit adults.

Medium - lots of path/line feature running with cross country alternatives - Orange/Light Green standard

Long (about 5.5km) - as medium with more cross-country running options

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Entry on the day BUT please try to book your map with Bill before-hand to avoid disappointment. See email address below

Fees-  Adult-  BOF- £5, Non-BOF- £7

           Children- BOF- £2, Non-BOF-£3

            Family Group going round together- Pay one adult fee and get one map. Extra map = £1

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner Bill Melville

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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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