Tayside Orienteers


Scottish Middle Dist Champs

Image of the Hill of Alyth map

Sat 20th Apr 2024

Last updated: 20th Apr
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Moorland
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Results and split times


Tayside host the Scottish Middle Dist Championships at Hill of Alyth on an updated map.

START LIST https://www.sientries.co.uk/list.php?event_id=13385

Results at event --- https://www.taysideorienteers.org.uk/latest-results/



Nearest town: Alyth

Pre event information


Hill of Alyth is an exposed open moorland rising to a maximum height of  295m. The area is traversed by the Cateran Trail. There is an extensive and often complex path network along with significant gorse cover on the hill. There are areas of contour and rock detail and the terrain is steep in places.

Full leg cover is mandatory. Whistles are mandatory. Cagoules may be mandatory in the event of poor weather.


Please do not attend the event if you are unwell and have symptoms that relate to COVID. It is still with us!

Directions / Parking

Alyth is off the A926 some 10km east of Blairgowrie in Perthshire.

Parking and assembly is on the north side of the Hill of Alyth W3W /// activates.contoured.allies


Grid ref NO 234 510

Car parking field north of Hill of Alyth after

Balwhyme Farm

Newton of Bamff,

Alyth signed from Bamff Road in Alyth.

NB Approach from the southwest side on the

unclassified road. Turning into the parking field is

difficult from the other direction.

All vehicles must be in by 12:30. No vehicle can

leave before 1pm

A donation for the farmer will be collected at the

entrance to the field.

Allow 20 minutes to the start


Refreshments in Alyth and nearby golf course B984.

Loyalbank Hotel for a more expensive feeding experience.

There are limited toilet facilities at the event, adjacent to registration.And Limited toilets via a comfort scheme at Cafe in the Square, 7 Market Square, Alyth, Blairgowrie, PH11 8AA 

NB these are not open until 11:30am and information on other toilet facilities en route are here 


Registration & Start Times

Start times 12:00 to 1:30pm

Course Information

Course Information 

1.     Men's Open,  M18, M20                   1:10000 Dist 5.8km Climb 200m TD5

2A.  Women Open                                     1:10000 Dist 4.6km Climb 180m TD5

2B.  M Vet(40+),  M16                                1:7500  Dist  4.6km Climb 180m TD5

3.    M Supervet (55+) / W Vet (40+)

       W16,W18,W20                                   1: 7500  Dist 4.6 m Climb 110m TD5

4.   M Ultra-vet(65+)  W Supervet(55+)     1:7500  Dist 3.4km Climb 140m TD5

5.   M Hypervet(75+) W Ultravet(65+)       1:7500  Dist 3.0 km Climb 130mTD5

6.    W Hypervet(75+)                                1:7500  Dist 2.3km Climb 110m TD5

7.    M14 , W14 (Light Green)                    1:7500  Dist 2.5km Climb 90m TD4

8.   M12, W12 (Orange)                             1:7500 Dist 1.8km  Climb 80m TD3

9.    M10, W10  (Yellow)                            1:7500 Dist 1.6km Climb  80mTD2

10.  White                                                  1:7500 Dist 1.2km Climb 50m TD1


Allow 10 -20 minutes from parking to the start. 

The start is 1km from the car parking field with 30m climb.The exit  is at the south end of the car parking field and follows a track then a rough path. The finish is adjacent.

Courses close at 3:00pm

Please opt for an EARLY start if you know you are likely to be out for more than 90 minutes…the helpers all have an event to attend the next day too!

As this is a championship event, juniors may be shadowed on junior courses, but must declare themselves as non-competitive. The shadower must run their own course prior to shadowing, or else declare themselves as non-competitive too.

Scottish Middle Distance Champions will be declared (assuming there are eligible winners) in the following classes:

M10, M12, M14, M16, M18, M20,
M Open, M Vet(40+), M Supervet(55+), M Ultravet(65+), M Hypervet(75+),
W10, W12, W14, W16, W18, W20,
W Open, W Vet(40+), W Supervet(55+), W Ultravet(65+), W Hypervet(75+)

See eligibility info at 


Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all the above classes, regardless of

whether or not the competitor is eligible to be Scottish Champion. 

The following trophies are available.

Men’s Open (MO) Silver cup
Women’s Open (WO) Silver cup

Prize Giving at 2:30pm

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

Online at SI -


Entry closes Friday 12th April at midnight.

Contacts / Officials

Fran Loots    

Planners Allan Downie and Grant Carstairs

Controller Richard Oxlande (ESOC) 

Dogs allowed?

All dogs on leads in the car park. All dogs under control at all times.

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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