Cambus O’May

Sun 09th Jan 2022

Type of event: Regional Race
Type of terrain: Forest, Woodland
Info updated: 10th Jan


Full colour coded event.

Entries are now open for this re-scheduled event.  Pre-entries only via the following link by 10pm on Monday 3rd January. No entries accepted on the day.

SIAC contactless punching will be enabled for all controls but not the Start and

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. 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. There are three small lochs and a number of marshy areas.
There is a network of good paths, utilised by the easier courses.

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.

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Nearest town: Ballater

Pre Event Info


Subject to Scottish Government COVID rules in operation on the day of the event, as well as Scottish Orienteering’s COVID rules.

A Covid Risk Assessment will be completed for the event.

All participants need to take note of the following important information:

  • If you're displaying one or more Covid-19 symptoms you must not attend.
  • If you are in Covid-19 quarantine you must not attend.
  • People in higher risk categories as set out by the government should be aware that attending could put you at increased risk.
  • The 1 metre rule applies at all times, including at controls, so please move away from controls as soon as you have punched and wait if someone else is at the control when you arrive.
  • Please give way to other non-orienteering members of the public, including walkers and cyclists.
  • Please keep young children with you at all times.
  • Please do not congregate at the start, finish, download or car park. The official British Orienteering guidance is to go directly from the finish (download) to your transport, and to leave the event once all members of the party have returned.
  • By taking part you agree to British Orienteering’s code of conduct

Other things that will be different from normal local events:

  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the start and at the finish
  • Please avoid touching the controls.
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with fences and gates.
  • We won’t have a communal car key drop box.

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.


Directions / Parking

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. Camper Vans etc should use the lower car parks to maximise space.

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Registration & Start Times

Pre-Entry only. No 'entry on the day'.

Registration will be sited 20m to the East of the Car Park. Please show your SI Card
and pay for your run at Registration. A Card facility may be available but please bring
cash as a backup.

Hired SI Cards can be collected at Registration.

White and Yellow maps must be collected at Registration.

You will be allocated a 10-minute start window between 11.00 and 13.00Hrs. Please
arrive at the start within your time block. Punching start as directed by the Start

Start is 100m from registration.

Finish is 300m to registration/download.

Course closes: 14:30

Course Information

White              1.5 km

Yellow             2.0 km

Orange           2.6 km

Light green     3.4 km

Green             4.0 km

Blue                6.1 km

Brown             8.0 km

Map 1:10000

The White course is suitable for buggies.

SIAC contactless punching will be enabled for all controls but not the Start and

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

Pre-entries only via the following link by 10pm on Monday 3rd January. Entries may be
accepted after this date subject to map availability. 

£6 for adults and £3 for Juniors/Students/adults on orange course or below, and £1
for a hired dibber.


No toilet facilities, nearest public toilets are in Ballater.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Caz Dudley/Pat Graham.

Planner: Ranolph Whitehead.

Controller: David Esson (Grampian Orienteering Club).

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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