Tayside Orienteers


Halloween ‘Scare’ event

‘Beasties and Bogles and things o the night’

Fri 30th Oct 2015

Last updated: 03rd Nov
Type of event: Local, Night, Score, Social
Type of terrain: Parkland
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Results and split times


What a fantastic evening!  Thank You to everyone who came and entered into the Spirit of Things ... Organiser's and Planner's reports now up.

Organiser's Report (Elaine Gillies)

The costumes were brilliant (see photos on Facebook). Thank you to Jennifer our fabulous Roving Witch in the Spooky Wood, Jane our Computer Whiz-Witch for the night, and Muriel for being the Computer Whiz-Witch's Very Able Apprentice, Katharine the Roving ( Raving) Photographer, Angela and Fiona our Meeters and Greeters, Moira for her Hoovering Skills (in training to be a GhostBuster) and Alistair, Angela and Moira for making sure that the golf course was cleared of ghosts, witches and skeletons. Thanks also to everyone who helped out generally with setting up, with food and who cleared up afterwards, but most of all to Davie for creating two brilliant courses to suit the orienteering abilities of the widest possible group, and Elaine for all her hard work with the organiser's duties. Looking forward to the next Tay event - our Christmas Score at Glenalmond College on 6 December. 

Planner’s Report (Davie Frame)

Great to see everyone getting into the Halloween spirit with some genuinely scary people running about. At least, I think they were part of the event?! The golf course is a nice wee venue but needs something to pad it out to make it worthwhile, hence the running round in ever increasing circles. The format of using bonus loops has endless variations and can be adapted to pretty well anywhere. The zero point controls were because they were set up as score controls so the software would only allow them to score once. I made a couple of points deductions for those not following the instructions, but most folk seemed to get the idea. The main issue was that the bonus controls had to be visited at the time, or they became too easy. See the winner’s splits for how your results should have looked - 170 to 190 in sequential order except for 186, 187, 188, & 200 which were allowed to vary.

I thought the course was clearable in about 30 minutes, but the winner was actually under 28 minutes with a GPS-logged distance of c5.3k. That’s the equivalent of doing the Perth Park Run in under 26 minutes, at night, in greasy conditions, with a wee hill, while navigating, working out the bonus activities, slowing down to dib at c25 controls, and avoiding the collection of scary characters running about.... Phew!

Pre-event Info

‘Beasties and Bogles and things o the night’ - a Halloween themed "fun" orienteering event and social. Please note safety info added 23 Oct. Venue: Dunning Golf Course
Mass start c.1900 hrs. Suitable for all abilities from beginners to experienced orienteers. The area is enclosed - you are never far from the brightly lit clubhouse; and the going is mostly flat and fast, so this can either be a great introduction to night orienteering, or a good test of navigational accuracy for the more experienced. So come and give it a go……but remember it's Halloween!


Nearest town: Dunning

Pre event information


Social and BYO food after in the clubhouse. Changing rooms and showers available. We will supply tea/coffee and hot water, but bring your own food – preferably something to share.


Please check the website nearer the time for any final details, but otherwise, email Elaine to book your map, dig out your broomsticks, and start practising your guising!

Registration & Start Times

Registration 1800-1845. Please come early if you haven’t orienteered before, or if you need to hire a dibber. Mass start approx.1900 hrs.

Course Information

2 courses (both with a 40 minute time limit, so bring a watch).

Course 1 - a straightforward course for beginners following line features (fences, hedges etc).

Course 2 – a slightly harder but fairly short ‘core’ course, with optional loops and bonus controls so you will have to decide how far you can go within the time limit.

You will need a torch – a headtorch is preferable so that your hands are free for the map and compass, but a handheld torch will be fine if that’s all you have. A small spare torch may be handy, just in case, but there will be other people nearby.

Fancy dress optional but may be worth bonus points!


Important note: please be very careful regarding the bunkers on the golf course.  These should not be run through as a courtesy to the golf club but some of them are also quite deep, with steep sides so take care not to fall in!

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

Please email Elaine to book your map before Wednesday 28th October – 2egillies ‘at’ gmail.com – there will be maps available on the night, but we cannot guarantee availability if you have not booked. Please supply: your name/course/BOF number and dibber numbers if you have them.

Entry Fees

Adults/Family groups          £5

Juniors/Students                 £2

Non BOF members +£1 (to pay for insurance)

Under 16’s can go round in pairs if they have orienteered before, otherwise with adults only.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Elaine Gillies  

Planner: Davie Frame

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.

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