Tayside Orienteers


Monthly training

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Wed 07th Nov 2018

Last updated: 01st Nov
Type of event: Training
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Our next monthly training session will take place in Perth on Wednesday 7 November, with two options for start times. 

Our monthly sessions provide an opportunity for club members and potential members to meet and train together to develop skills and fitness. Activities will vary from month to month but will typically last for an hour and will include a range of simple activities that will be flexible so as to suit all ages, levels of experience and fitness. Please note: these sessions are not coaching per se and children attending will need to remain under the close supervision of their parent or carer.

This month's session will be in the Muirton area - NOT at Bell's Sports Centre. We'll be working on map reading on the run whilst using a compass, and relocation. You have the option of coming for 4.30pm if you want to run in daylight or later at 6.30pm. If coming later you might want to arrange to run with a partner or in a small group. More details to follow or from Bill Melville, Organiser billmelville @ogoroad.  com (remove spaces).


Nearest town: Perth

Pre event information

Before the day - double click on the Muirton map (it will appear in a separate screen) and print it out. On the day - bring the print out, plus a pen, a plastic bag in case it rains and a torch.

Copy the controls onto your map from the master map which will be available from the organiser on the day. All the control points are centred on lamp posts. No control markers/kites will have been placed - you are looking for lamp posts, which have a number on them. You will get the numbers from the master map and they are located about 8 feet up each actual lamp post. (No.s 1 and 4 are new lamp posts and they have no numbers).

Don’t necessarily choose the fastest or easiest route e.g one of the wider roads. Try and run in as straight a line as possible while keeping clear of the out of bounds areas.

Points being raised by the exercise:-

  • map reading on the run
  • night orienteering (there are a number of night urban events on this winter)
  • getting practice in using urban maps, in particular noting that:-
  1. olive green areas are out of bounds (usually unfenced garden areas infront of houses)
  2. grass areas available for running
  3. path choices
  4. car parks
  5. roads (can be dangerous)
  6. buildings
  7. playgrounds

Risk Assessment points:-

  1. Roads and carparks can be dangerous - look out for moving cars
  2. This is an urban area - look out for cyclists, walkers, dogs etc.
  3. There may well be icy areas
  4. The finish is very close to Bute Drive - take care

In the event of injury telephone Bill, the organsier, on 07710 471345.

To call NHS24 dial 112 or in a real emergency 999. There is a defibrillator at St Johns Community Centre (follow path from behind church).

Directions / Parking

Meet at car parking close to Jeanfield Swifts Football ground on Bute Drive, PH1 3 ready for a 4:30 or 6:30 start.


Finish by 7:30 when those who want can head to the Maltings off A9 Dunkeld Road where we will have a coffee etc.

Registration & Start Times

Meet at car parking close to Jeanfield Swifts Football ground on Bute Drive, PH1 3 ready for a 4:30 or 6:30 start.

Course Information

There are two circuits - circuit 1 for everyone (controls 1,2,3) and circuit 2 for the faster runners who have time to do more (4,5,6). Still have time on your hands? Do a “main road” run round the controls and compare your time!

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

People can go out singly or in groups. All juniors (under 16) must be accompanied by an appropriate adult.

Clothing/equipment:- road or trail running/walking kit and shoes, including waterproof/warm outer layers according to weather on the day/forecast. A compass may be useful. Headtorches and bright/reflective clothing please. Club members - please wear club tops prominently to identify yourselves to newcomers.

There is no charge for these sessions for club members, although a small charge may be levied to cover map printing costs (likely to be no more than £1 per session). If you are not a member of Tayside Orienteers (or another British/Scottish Orienteering affiliated club) you will normally be expected to join after participating in three sessions.

Please note: these sessions are not coaching per se and under 16s attending will need to remain under the close supervision of their parent or carer.

If you have any existing medical conditions of which you feel we should be aware please download and complete our medical form, bring it with you in a sealed envelope and hand to the organiser on the night. It will only be used in the event of an emergency (ie opened only if required), and will otherwise be destroyed after the event. 

Contacts / Officials

Please ensure you let Bill know if you are coming by emailing billmelville @ogoroad.  com (remove spaces). 07710 471345. Please do this before the day!

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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