Nearest town: Crathie, between Ballater and Braemar
- Grid Ref: NO 215939
- Postcode: AB35 5TQ
- Lat/Lon: 57.02851,-3.29526
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Pre Event Info
Hilly mix of plantation, natural pine/birch woodland, heather and fast open moor. Generally good visibility, with interesting contour and rock detail.
Why not make a weekend of orienteering and take in GRAMP’s The AWPR Three event on Saturday 24th August too. See details at https://grampoc.com/2019/07/17/the-awpr-three-24-8-19/
Beware Lyme disease!!
Remember to check for ticks after every run. For more information on how to remove ticks go to www.nhs.uk.
Tick bites can infect you with Lyme disease, which can be a very serious illness. If you feel unwell in the weeks after the event and/or develop a rash, be sure to consult a doctor.
Directions / Parking
Parking is in a large flattish field adjacent to the forest. The event will be signed from the A93, 3.5km west of Crathie, signposted Aberarder. Travel along a single track road, then forest track. Last arrival to parking field please by 12:15. No exit before 12:30. Please give priority to any local traffic.
Registration & Start Times
Courses close 15:00
The start is a 5 minute walk from registration/assembly.
White (easy - beginner) - 1.2 km 20m ascent
Yellow (easy – beginner) – 1.9 km 45m ascent
Orange (intermediate) – 2.6 km 90m ascent
Light Green (short technical) – 3.6 km 90m ascent
Green (short technical) - 4.4 km 130m ascent
Blue (longer technical) – 6.4 km 200m ascent
Brown (long technical) - 7.8 km 330m ascent
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 Fees: Senior £5.00 (£7.00 for non BOF members), Seniors running Light Green & below £2.50, Juniors £2.50
EEE entry is available:
If you think that you are probably coming to the event, and have a fair idea of which course you would like to run, please email your name, BOF number, and course to: , by 12 noon on Saturday 24th August.
To help us filter the emails, please include EEE in the subject line of the email.
For those who send in an early email entry, you just come along to registration at the event, pay for your run and pick up a timing brikke – there is no need to complete an entry slip. A map will be reserved for you up until 11.30 on Sunday.
Please note that this is not a full pre-entry. It’s entirely on a “no obligation” basis and no charge will be made if you cannot come to the event. No money is being taken in advance. This is simply a way of simplifying and speeding up the process of runner registration.
If you change your mind, and decide on the morning of the event to run a different course, that’s fine. Still come to registration, tell us what course you would like to run, and, if there is a map available, we will change your entry.
If something comes up and you cannot come to the event after all, that’s absolutely fine too. There is no need to email to let us know, and no apologies or explanations are necessary!
If you choose not to EEE, you can still register and enter in the standard way at the event, subject to map availability.
No toilets will be available at the event. The nearest toilets are by the tourist info/post office in Crathie. Other public toilets are available in Braemar and Ballater.
The nearest cafe is the Bakehouse and cafe at Crathie, adjacent to Crathie primary school.
Sorry, no dogs allowed, not even in the parking field.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Trish Coombs (MAROC)
Planner: Fran Getliff (MAROC)
Controller: Donald Grassie (MOR)
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.