Sun 31st Oct 2021

Type of event: Regional Race
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 20th Sep

Balfour was first used for Day 2 of Royal Deeside 2017 and has only been used once since then for a Regional event in August 2018. It has been a reserve area for the recent Senior Home International held at nearby Glen Tanar. The terrain is classic runnable Deeside forest with minimal heather and some areas of complex contour detail. For the first time access will be from the southern side of the forest.

Further details will be posted soon.

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Nearest town: Aboyne

Pre Event Info

Course Information

Standard Colour coded courses (length/climb subject to final controlling)

  Length (km) Climb (m)
Brown 8.8 285
Blue 6.2 155
Green 4.2 115
Light Green 3.4 75
Orange 2.8 80
Yellow 2.4 70
White 1.7 30

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.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Paul Chapman
Planner: Nick Hale
Controller: Roger Coombs

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.
Participants in orienteering should be aware of the risk of tick bites - more information here.

SPORTident timing will be used

Please note that a lost hire SI-Card will be charged for at a rate of £30, unless the Club Commitee agrees that there are special circumstances.


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