Tayside Orienteers


Urban Orienteering

Menzieshill, Dundee

Sun 14th Jan 2018

Last updated: 15th Jan
Type of event: Urban
Type of terrain: Urban
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Thank you for coming to our introduction to urban orienteering at Menzieshill on Sunday - and big thanks to Julie and Roos for all their work in planning and organising this.


Nearest town: Dundee

Pre event information

A friendly introduction to urban orienteering limited to TAY members only, who may bring a friend by invitation. The area will be used for a larger SOUL event later this summer.

Directions / Parking

Location - Menzieshill in Dundee - the area up behind Ninewells hospital. Parking and registration at the Dickson Avenue parking area.



Registration & Start Times

Registration times - 11:30 - 12:45

Course Information

NB: All courses have stairs so not the best for buggies!

There will be 3 courses, currently still in draft so lengths are approximate. Note that in urban orienteering it is common to give the length of the best route choice, not the direct line, as this is usually an impossible route crossing gardens and houses. All courses will have some climb (the name of the area is a clue!) but not a huge amount.

Course 1 will be suitable for juniors and beginners. It is traffic free, though some legs follow the pavement along a minor road and some route choices could cross a quiet parking area. The course mostly follows small footpaths with optional shortcuts through grassy areas. The difficulty is perhaps on the dark side of "Yellow", due to the number of paths in the area. The length is in the order of 2.5k, with about 12 controls.

Course 2 will cross some minor roads which are expected to have little traffic on a Sunday. The course is more complex, with route choices and some careful map reading to avoid dead ends. Length probably around 3.5-4k, with ca. 15 controls. The terrain is similar to Course 1.

Course 3 has longer legs and covers a wider area, including a section with more minor roads, railings and underpasses. The course includes two crossings of a fairly large road. This road has a pavement on each side, and is crossed at an angle so you can choose the best moment to cross. Length will be around 5-6k, with about 16 controls.

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

Please contact Roos/Julie to ensure a map is printed and put aside for you.

Contacts / Officials

(Planner) roos.eisma      @gmail.com (remove spaces)

(Organiser)  julie.kovarova@    gmail.com (remove spaces)

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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