Including Mixed Sprint Relay
Sun 19th Jan 2014
Last updated: 21st Jan
Type of event: Local, Relay, Sprint, Urban
Type of terrain: Urban
Read more about the mapped area
Thankyou to everyone who supported our first event of 2014, and braved the rain and mud for an urban race on our newly mapped area of Perth College, Letham and Hillyland. Results updated Tuesday 21st Jan to reinstate some runners who had previously been recorded as missing control #203.
Nearest town: Perth
- Grid Ref:
- Latitude: 56.40369
- Longitude: -3.45771
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Pre event information
Directions / Parking
To get to the college, turn into Perth from the bypass along the A85 Crieff Road. The college is on your right where there is a high wall after nearly one mile. Enter via the Brahn entrance. NO099246. Park at the far end of the main college car park. The union is the building with copper cladding. Registration, assembly in the college union.
Registration & Start Times
REGISTRATION: 10.30 – 12.00. Starts: 10.45-12.15. Relay Mass Start 11.00. Courses close 13.30.
START and FINISH are by the union.
- Sprint Relay - teams of four (2 x male & 2 x female or you can replace the female(s) with M50+).
- Junior / Beginner Course (yellow/orange standard) in college grounds – 1.8kms
- Urban Courses – short 3.1kms: medium 4.6kms; long 6.9kms (direct line).
Under 16s: Please note that, due to British Orienteering insurance restrictions over road crossings, under 16s can only run competitively on the Junior/Beginner course or as a member of a Mixed sprint relay team, as both courses take place solely within the campus grounds.
Notes from the planner, Dave Robertson, on the Relay Course:
- Courses will be 3.0km, 50m climb (for all legs). Mainly off-tarmac, roughly 70:30 off tarmac to on tarmac. There is significant undergrowth in some places. The planner thinks that the fastest routes will avoid almost all of the undergrowth, but full leg cover is still advised.
- The map will be printed on both sides, so make sure you start off on the correct side, and turn it over at the spectator control. Both the control number and the control code will be printed on the map, so for control 11, code 35 it will look like 11 (35) this should mean that you do not have to look at the control descriptions to check the codes.
- There will be quite a lot of gaffling, so make sure you go to the correct controls.
- The Sprint relay race is using touch-free SI punching system, a small practice area will be set up to allow you to get used to the system. Warming up and touch-free practice will be limited to the hard standing car park area – please do not stray from this area. It is very important that you do not go near the finish line before you run - this would switch your SI card off and it would not record your run.
- The SI cards you will be using flash three times when you are close to a control (yours or any of the others) showing that you have "punched" it. During the couple of seconds it is flashing it cannot detect any other control.
- The preferred running order for the sprint relay is woman, man, man, woman.
- There is a spectator control at around half distance, and possibly other chances to see your runners at other points on the course, so there should be plenty of spectator interest.
- This is our first attempt at this format of race and is our first use of touch free SI kit, so please be understanding if things are not quite as smooth as you, and we, would wish!
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.
We strongly encourage you to enter in advance, online via Oentries (closing date 14th January):
There will also be limited entry on the day.
Relay £12 per team. Relay runners can compete in one of the urban courses.
Beginner/Junior course £3; (£2 for BOF members). Price is per map, small groups can use one map.
Urban: Senior BOF members: £5.00. Senior non-BOF: £6. Juniors/Students: £3.00.
Contacts / Officials
Contacts: Urban - Angela Dixon (TAY) 01383 738631; .
Sprint Relay - Jason Inman (FVO) 07967 976059
Urban planner/organiser: Dave Prentice (TAY)
Sprint planner: Dave Robertson (Clyde)
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.
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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