Tayside Orienteers


Final details Xmas Event ‘21

Here are the final details for Sunday's event.  Please read carefully.

Tay Xmas Score Event Final Details

We hope you are looking forward to our Annual Christmas event and have your festive running outfit organised.

Car parking is at Crieff Golf Cub on the Perth road. Please park considerately as they may be other users. The turning off is wide but then goes through a narrow gateway so please give way to traffic leaving. The main carpark is to the left in front of the clubhouse but if this is full there is an overflow carpark to the right beside the pro’s shop. The main carpark will not be gritted so please take care if the temperature is close to freezing.

Please note that there no toilet facilities available at the clubhouse until after the event

Registration will be at the start and hired dibbers can be collected there.

The clear station is at the start.

From the golf course carpark to the start is about 1km but with very little climb. To get to the start (and when returning to the carpark/download after your run) please stick to the paths and do not walk on the golf playing area. The route to start will be marked by red/white tape

Please allow enough time to reach the start to collect maps/SI hire if required and clear before the start times.

The start times are 

11:00 for the 60 minute course

11:10 for the 45 minute course.

These are timed massed starts and there are no punching starts.

Maps will be handed out prior to the start.

The map scale is 1:5000

Remember a Score event is a type of event in which you have to find as many controls as possible in a fixed time. The number of points scored for each control varies according to its distance and technical difficulty, you can choose which controls to go to but there will be a penalty if you take longer than the time allowed. The penalty is 1 point for every 3 seconds late (20 points per minute).

Ensure you have a timing device.

You may wish to wear a jacket etc. to the start and collect it after your run. It may be wise to bring a plastic bag to do this.

For the 60 minute course there are two maps with a map exchange. The first map will be issued before the start. Once you have visited all these controls return to start/finish to collect the map for part 2. You may leave the map for part 1 at the exchange.  PLEASE DON’T PUNCH THE FINISH after part 1 unless you have run out of time or you have had enough!

PLEASE NOTE that due to Covid restrictions Santa and the Elf will not be with us this year so controls 201 and 202 are not now being used.

The Knock of Crieff as its name suggests is a hill with some steep slopes so good gripping footwear is essential. The good news is that most of the bracken has died back. There is an extensive path network most of which is mapped however some minor paths and deer tracks and are not shown.

Good planning can minimise the climb. Some tips on score orienteering are here - on the Octavian Droobers website - https://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/coaching/score-tactics-tips

The tarmac road on the south east of the map is out of bounds except in emergencies and this is shown on the maps.

Remember when you have completed your run to punch the finish

The courses will close at 12:15 to allow the controls to be collected in. Help to collect controls would be very much appreciated.

Download will be on the verandah in front of clubhouse but please don’t congregate there. Please remember to download even if you withdraw from the course. This allows us to check to see if all competitors are back safely.

For those attending lunch afterwards. Moira will confirm details but DO NOT wear muddy shoes into the clubhouse and you need to wear a face mask in the building when moving around.


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