Tayside Orienteers


Moncreiffe Hill local event

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Local Event (Level D)

Sun 27th Mar 2016

Last updated: 29th Mar
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland
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Great day at TAY's "Not The JK" event at Moncreiffe Hill on Sunday! Lots of families came out to enjoy an Easter Sunday run and were rewarded with four fantastic courses with plenty of Easter eggs scattered around them ...

Many thanks to The Woodland Trust and Captain Moncrieff for allowing us use of the area and to John Lewis for planning four superb courses. Thanks also to Moira, Mel, Davie and Grahame for their help on the day. Orienteering completely depends upon people volunteering to help and we just couldn't run events without them. Your help was very much appreciated. 


Nearest town: nr Perth

Pre event information


A long east-west hill with a variety of tree cover, much of it managed by the Woodland Trust. Moncrieffe Hill has steep southern flanks with crags very visible from the M90 motorway, and just a few ways down. There are more gentle northern slopes, which are a mix of open and wooded land. The area offers good orienteering with an adequate path network. There are two iron-age hill forts in the area. Moncreiffe Hill has hosted a full colour coded event and the Scottish round of the Compass Sport Trophy.

Directions / Parking

From the South:-

Come off the M90 motorway at junction 10 and this will take you onto the Edinburgh Road. In about 500m turn right into the Rhynd Road (122210).  Now see Parking instructions below.

From the North:-

Make your way through Perth until you get to the Edinburgh Road (A912). Now follow the instructions in the Parking section below.  


Parking and assembly are in the top of the main Tay Car Park.  Turn east off the A912 Edinburgh Road (by the M90 motorway ramp) onto Rhynd Road (122210).  Follow this minor road for roughly one mile and the car park is on the right. Parking signs will be placed at the turning into the car park only. Please proceed through the main car park and park in an area through a gate at the top of the car park. If this area fills up we will then have to use the main car park but it gets busy with walkers.

For more info on the Moncreiffe Hill site see http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/mediafile/100047961/moncreiffe-hill-site-leaflet.pdf


Assembly area:-

Registration and download will be in a tent in the parking area.

There will be no toilet facilities but there is a big Tesco on the Edinburgh Road (116 221) about 1K from the Rhynd Road turn off.

First aider will be available at the registration tent.

Registration & Start Times

Registration- 1000-1200

Starts- 1030-1230

Courses close at 1500 so you must make your way off the hill and back to download even if you haven’t completed your course. Controls will be collected in from 1500.   

Course Information


The map scale is 1:10,000 with 5 metre contours. Maps and control descriptions will be printed on waterproof paper. 

Maps for all courses will be given out at registration.  There will be no maps at the Start.

Yellow Course:- Maps for the yellow course should be picked up from registration. Except for the Yellow course, maps should not be opened until you have punched the Start box.

Courses (distance in km; ascent in metres):-

Yellow- 1.8K, 60m

Orange- 2.5k, 95m

Green- 4.2k, 160m

Blue- 5.2k, 220m


Punching Start all courses. Go to the start whenever you are ready. Bear in mind that there may be short queues on popular courses.  Leave a couple of minutes between competitors on the same course. The start is a 10 minute walk from the assembly field and involves 35metres of climb on a very well graded track.


Download is located in the registration tent in the parking field. It is compulsory to go to download whether you finish your course or not. It is our only way of knowing that you are not lost in the forest and stops unnecessary searches being organised for you.

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:-

Try to reserve your map before the event (email John at jay_ells ‘at’ btinternet.com -  use @ where it says at)  so that we have a rough idea of how many to print but there will be EOD. If you send your SI dibber number this will be entered into the computer but all competitors will be required to fill in a registration form. Dibbers will be available for those without. Best to turn up early to get the course of your choice.

Adult TAY/BOF member - £5, Non-member - £6

Juniors and Students - TAY/BOF member - £2, Non-member - £3

Groups with one map- BOF £5, Non-BOF £6; £1 for any additional maps

There will be a £1 fee for parking which will be donated to the Woodland Trust.

Please note that you can attend 3 events as a non-member and are covered by British Orienteering) BOF Insurance. After this it is recommended that you join the Club to continue to benefit from Insurance cover. 


A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out and can be viewed at Registration.

Yellow course suitable for buggies.

Ticks are prevalent in all areas of Scotland – full body cover is required

We recommend that you carry a whistle while out running and wear appropriate clothing as dictated by the weather forecast.  

Please remember to download on your return to the parking area to save any unnecessary searches!

Moncrieffe Hill is a very popular walking/dog walking area so please be courteous to other hill users. There will be dogs around so try not to startle or surprise them!

If you have an existing medical condition it is worth letting the organiser know. You could hand details in at registration in a sealed envelope which will only be opened in an emergency. After the event you could collect it for reuse. Or download and fill in our medical info form here

First aid will be available in the registration tent.

Emergency Procedure:-

To report an accident please make your way back to the registration area.

Contacts / Officials

Organisers:- Elaine Gillies 64egillies   @gmail.com

Planner:- John Lewis  jay_ells    @hotmail.com      (remove spaces before @ sign)

Dogs allowed?

Dogs under control allowed

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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