Birsemore

Sun 08th Mar 2020

Type of event: Regional Race
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 11th Feb

Regional event and part of the UK Elite Orienteering League (UKEOL long race).

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Location

Nearest town: Aboyne

Pre Event Info

The event centre including registration, toilets, and (hopefully) refreshments will be in the Old Kirk, Charlestown Rd, Aboyne

Grid Ref 528 984, Post Code AB34 5EJ

There is a 2.1k 40m walk to start almost all on pavement or hard track, the final 200m in forest will be taped.

A tent close to Start/Finish will be provided for clothing dump.

Cagoules and whistles may be compulsory depending on weather conditions.

Birsemore Hill rises to 333 metres, and includes some intricate areas on the steep northern slopes with a wealth of contour and rock detail including cliffs and crags.  The majority of the area is covered with runnable plantation and is therefore fairly sheltered. Recent forestry thinning has taken place in the northern area of the map and has left brash on the forest floor, which will affect running speed over the area.

Directions / Parking

Please use public parking in Aboyne. There are car parks in the village centre, Station Square, Business Centre, Victory Hall, and normal street parking.

Important: Please do not attempt to park on Aboyne Bridge, a duathlon is taking place, and this along with the walk to start is part of the course. Please park sensibly and take care en route to and from Start/Finish.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: Inside the event centre.

Starts: 11:00 - 12:30

Courses close 14:30.

There will be no allocated start times. Punching start will operate.

Course Information

Courses: Black, Brown, Blue, Green, Light Green, Orange, Yellow, White. (Details to follow)

Map: 1:10,000 (Deeside Orienteering and Leisure Maps)

Control Descriptions: Printed on map and available loose at Registration

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

Entry fees are £7.00 for adult running green and above,  £3.50 for junior and adults running Light Green or below.

Online entry is available here:

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Entries close 1st March.  There will be limited entry on the day subject to map availability.

Facilities

The event centre including registration, toilets, and (hopefully) refreshments will be in the Old Kirk, Charlestown Rd, Aboyne

Grid Ref 528 984, Post Code AB34 5EJ

It is hoped to provide soup, coffee and cakes for sale in the event centre

A tent close to Start/Finish will be provided for clothing dump.

Dogs allowed?

No dogs in the forest

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Drew Tivendale (Maroc)

Controller: Ian Hamilton (Gramp)

Organiser: Andy Tivendale (Maroc)

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.

Timing will be by EMIT brikke

Please note that lost brikkes will be charged for at £45 unless the Club Commitee agrees there are special circumstances.

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