Nearest town: Ballater
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- Postcode: AB35 5SD
- Lat/Lon: 57.06991,-2.98189
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Pre Event Info
Safety and Clothing
Please be considerate of other forest users - the forest is a popular recreation area for cyclists, horse riders and dog-owners.
Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety at all times. Suitable footwear and full body cover are essential. Cagoules and whistles may be compulsory depending on weather conditions – be prepared.
If any competitor has an existing high-risk medical condition, please send an email to to inform us of such. This information will be kept confidential.
Terrain: Forested glacial features, with areas of intricate contour detail. It is quite runnable in many areas, but there will also be rougher areas of heather, bracken or bouldery ground. Bracken where mapped is shown as vertical green lines, but it is now more widely present in open areas of the forest. TD5 courses will encounter some limited areas of gorse which are mapped as impenetrable. There are two out of bounds areas marked clearly with red crosses. These have been designated, in part, for the protection of capercaillie, but there are also dangerous quarries within them. Courses have been designed to avoid these areas. Blue and Brown runners may run past another quarry that is outside these areas, but there is no advantage to enter it and runners should not do so. There are three small lochs and a number of marshy areas. There is a network of good paths, utilised by the easier courses. The White course is suitable for buggies, the Yellow is not.
IMPORTANT – Protection of Rare Plants
There are five small areas in the forest, that may not be entered under any circumstances for the protection of rare plants. These areas will be taped off with red and white tape. Crossing the tapes is not permitted.
Ticks are present in the forest. Remember to check after your run and remove according to published guidelines.
Many thanks to the following:
- Forest & Land Scotland
- Cambus Cheese Company
- Gramp OC & Moravian OC for the loan of their EMIT brikkes
- MAROC Officials & Volunteers
Directions / Parking
Due to the large number of entries parking is at a premium.
Parking will be at the Cambus O’May Forestry Car Park. Turn right into the Forest Car Park when travelling West along the A93. Parking Marshalls will be in attendance, please park considerately and follow their guidance. Mini Bus, Camper Van and overflow parking is on the opposite (south) side of the A93 at the Cambus Cheese Company which will be clearly signed. A taped route will show the way from the Overflow parking to Assembly. Under no circumstances should children cross the A93 without adult supervision and care should be taken at all times as this is a fast and busy road. Road Marshalls will be in attendance to assist but are not responsible for stopping traffic.
Please car share where possible or consider public transport – there is a 201 Bus Stop on the A93 at the foot of the Forestry access with buses every 2 hours.
Registration & Start Times
Assembly will be adjacent to the car park. Emit brikkes with back up cards must be collected here prior to heading to the start. Your Competitor Number is written on your back up card - please have your back up card ready at download to help speed up any queues.
Registration times: 10:45 - 12:15
Starts: 11:00 - 12:30 Walk to start is 150m
Course closes: 14:30
Call Up -4 – Name & Start Time check – brikke check
Call Up Into -3 Box – Loose Control Descriptions printed on waterproof paper available
Call Up Into -2 Box – Blank maps on display
Call Up Into -1 Box – Start Line – PUNCHING START IN OPERATION
Control Descriptions are printed on the front of the map and available loose within the -3 Start Box
Map scale: 1:10,000 (Deeside Orienteering and Leisure Maps).
White - 1.5km / 50m climb / 11 controls
Yellow - 1.9km / 55m climb / 9 controls
Orange - 2.9km / 100m climb / 12 controls
Light Green - 3.5km / 130m climb / 13 controls
Green - 4.0km / 145m climb / 14 controls
Blue - 5.8km / 190m climb / 15 controls
Brown -7.6km / 245m climb / 21 controls
Control Sites & Electronic Punching
Timing will be by EMIT brikke. Standard equipment in the form of lightweight stakes with EMIT unit & IOF Control Flag attached.
If EMIT unit fails to flash the back-up card will record the control. The Code Number is displayed on a vertical plate.
Please note that lost brikkes will be charged for at £45 unless the Mar Orienteering Club Committee agrees there are special circumstances.
From the Finish, all competitors on all courses should return to download as soon as possible.
Shadowing of Juniors
Seniors may only undertake this role after completing their own run. Shadowing is not permitted in the Inter Area Competition.
Full results, Routegadget & Winsplits will be available from www.marocscotland.org.uk as soon after the event as possible.
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.
Courses may be entered on the day subject to limited availability of maps.
Seniors Light Green, Green, Blue & Brown courses £10
Seniors running on White, Yellow or Orange courses £5
Entries on Fabian4 now closed:
Entry Fees: Senior £8.00, Seniors running Orange & below £4.00, Juniors £4.00.
Toilets: Portaloos will be provided sited adjacent to the car park.
Refreshments: The amazing SCOTJOS baking team will be on site selling delicious home bakes to raise funds for their Swedish Tour next summer - please help support our Junior Squad!
Dogs must be kept on leads at all times and owners please clean up any dog mess if required.
Contacts / Officials
Planner - Trevor Ricketts (Maroc)
Controller - Paul Duley (Grampoc)
Organiser - Pat Graham (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.
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.
When entering our events your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports.