Bellwood Christmas Extravaganza

Sun 15th Dec 2019

Type of event: Local Race
Type of terrain: Woodland
Info updated: 15th Dec


There will be a mass start at 11am with a 60 minute Score event format*. The event is open to all, and the course will be suitable for everyone.
Registration from 10:30. Please be there in time to head in to the forest at 10:45.
We will pair up younger juniors with an older junior, confident juniors and adults can run on their own if they wish**.
* The score event has a spread of controls through the forest and it is up to the competitor what order to visit them. However at this event there is a twist… After finding one control the competitor then has to find the roving Santa, punch the control he is carrying, then back to another control, then find Santa’s helper who is roving round a different part of the wood, punch their control, another forest control, back to the Santa control etc.
** We reserve the right to handicap anyone
More explanation on the day.
Prize for the best fancy dress. Please contact Jon with any offers of refreshments.
Please sign up by Sat midday using the Doodle Poll here as this makes preparing maps much easier. There will be very limited entry-on-the-day. 

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Nearest town: Aboyne

Pre Event Info

Directions / Parking

Parking and registration alongside the play park on Bellwood Drive or else along Bellwood Road towards Aboyne hospital. Please do not use the small public parking areas adjacent to the woods.

Registration & Start Times

10:30-10:45 for 11:00 start

Course Information

60' Score format. One course suitable for all.

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

Adults £5, Juniors £2.50

Contacts / Officials

Organiser / planner: Jon Musgrave

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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