Johnshaven and Lathallan SOUL and UKEOL

Sat 07th Mar 2020

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

Mar Orienteering Club welcome you to Johnshaven and Lathallan for the third SOUL event of 2020. We are also very pleased to welcome the UKEOL for their first event of the year. The terrain consists of intricate streets and passageways in the conservation fishing village of Johnshaven and the grounds and gardens of Lathallan School, formerly Brotherton Castle.

Please do not enter the village of Johnshaven before your run. Afterwards, you are
invited to explore the village where the Anchor Hotel serves a full range of meals and

Click here for details in PDF format.

Enter via Fabian 4 website here:

Enter Online

Final event details will be available on the Mar Orienteering Club website during the
week prior to the event.

Share on Facebook


Nearest town: Johnshaven

Pre Event Info


Johnshaven is the home of the nationally acclaimed Fish Festival which is held annually during the first two weeks of August, attracting thousands of visitors from the UK and  around the world. The area is rich in maritime heritage and continues to support a
successful and internationally recognised shellfish industry. Lathallan School is an
independent co-educational day and boarding school offering Nursery, Junior and
Secondary education with a strong emphasis on learning outside the classroom.

The competition area comprises urban streets, alleyways and parkland. Some
low-level vegetation and muddy patches may be encountered but running conditions will
be no different from usual Scottish Urban events at this time of year. All fields are
out of bounds.

Please do not enter the village of Johnshaven before your run. Afterwards, you are invited to explore the village where the Anchor Hotel serves a full range of meals and beverages.

Map: Surveyed and drawn by Chris Smithard (FVO) in December 2019. Pre-marked and
printed on waterproof paper, scale 1:4,000 with 2.5m contours intervals.

Spectator control: Courses 1S, 2S, U2, U3 and U4 have a spectator control visible
from the finish run-in area after around 75% of their length.

Timing: Standard EMIT brikkes will be used (i.e. not touch-free). EMIT control units
will be on lightweight stakes with EMIT unit and IOF control flag attached.

EMIT brikke hire free of charge. Collect your brikke at Registration in the Event
Centre pavilion.

Results: Full results, Routegadget & Winsplits will be available from as soon as possible after the event.

• Registration information will be recorded on a computer.
• Photographs and/or names may appear on our website or in the media. We will seek permissions where this involves young persons.
• Competitors are responsible for their own safety and for assessing their own abilities to complete the course. Please seek advice at the registration desk on the day if you are unsure of whether the course you are entering is appropriate).
• Event results will be published in the Internet and sent to British orienteering.

Acknowledgements: Many thanks to the following:

  • Richard Toley, Headmaster, Lathallan School
  • James Woodhouse, Head of Outdoor Education, Lathallan School
  • Johnshaven Community Council
  • Wairds Park committee
  • Johnshaven Primary School
  • Maroc Volunteers

Directions / Parking

Please do not enter the village of Johnshaven before your run. Afterwards, you are
invited to explore the village where the Anchor Hotel serves a full range of meals and

Train/Bus/Cycle to event: There is an hourly Stagecoach bus service, the X7 from
Montrose to Stonehaven, both of which have rail links to Aberdeen, Inverness and the
Central Belt. The bus stop is on the A92 at the turn to Johnshaven, from which it is a
500m walk north on the A92 to the Lathallan School entrance. The event is also on
Route 1 of the National Cycle Network that can be accessed from both Montrose and

For those travelling by car from the South: turn off the A90 dual carriageway at
Laurencekirk and follow the B9120 (signposted to St Cyrus) south-eastwards over the
Hill of Garvock for 5miles. At the A92 turn left. After 2 miles ignore the right turn
into Johnshaven (also ignore your Sat Nav at this stage!) and continue 600m to the
Lathallan School entrance on your right where the event will be signposted.

For those travelling by car from the North: Turn off the A90 dual carriageway at
the southern Stonehaven exit for the A92. Follow this road through Inverbervie. The
entrance to Lathallan School is 3 miles after leaving Inverbervie and 1.2km after Mill
of Benholm. The event will be signposted at the school entrance.

Parking is limited, please share transport wherever possible: There is a one-way
traffic system in the school. The entrance is from the main A92 Montrose to
Stonehaven road. Parking will be at several hard standing locations, all a very short
walk from Registration. Please follow directions from parking volunteers and use the
designated walking route to Registration, avoiding the competition area.

Registration & Start Times

The event centre at Lathallan School, DD10 0HN.

Registration: 11.30 to 13.00
Starts: 12.00 to 13.30
Courses Close: 15.00

Registration, brikke collection, download and first aid are in the Sports Pavilion and toilets, changing rooms and showers are accessible at the rear. Please remove muddy and/or studded shoes before entering the building.

Start: There is one start 400m from the Event Centre. Cross the playing fields westwards to the School exit, take care crossing the road and follow a narrow road 250m to the start and warm-up area. Take extra care, as there is no pavement and although traffic is very light there are occasional cars. The fields either side of the road are out of bounds. There is a small warm-up area.

Finish: There is one finish close to the Event Centre pavilion. Please remember to download.

Course Information

Courses 1S and 2S are sprints as part of the UK Elite Orienteering League. Courses
U2 to U7 are standard Urban courses. All courses qualify for the Scottish
Orienteering Urban League in the age classes shown below.

There will be a punching start. Start times will only be allocated for the Sprint Courses, 1S and 2S, otherwise turn up and go. Control descriptions and blank maps will be available in the start boxes.


Course Classes Length* Straight Length* Optimum Controls* Discipline
1S Men Open (M18-35) 3.1km 3.9km 20 Sprint
2S Women Open (W18-35) 2.7km 3.5km 17 Sprint
U2 Mens Vet (M40+) 5.8km 7.3km 33 Urban
U3 Womens Vets (W40+)
Men Supervets (M55+)
4.8km 6.2km 30 Urban
U4 Women Supervets (W55+)
Men Ultravets (M65+)
3.8km 4.6km 24 Urban
U5 Women Ultra Vets (W65+)
Women Hyper Vets (W75+)
Men Hyper Vets (M75+)
2.9km 3.8km 19 Urban
U6 Women Junior (W16-)
Men Junior (M16-)
3.6km 4.2km 24 Urban
U7 Women Young Junior (W12-)
Men Young Junior (M12-)
2.3km 2.5km 20 Urban

*Subject to final controlling

Competitors must enter according to their age classes in order to be competitive for
the SOUL and UKEOL.
Alternatively runners are free to enter the Open category for each course.
Juniors 16 and under must enter courses U6 or U7, 12 and under must enter U7.

Safety Information
• Care should be taken crossing all roads. The speedlimit in Johnshaven is 20mph
throughout. Standard Highway Code rules apply. Look before you cross.
• Respect other users of the streets, pavements and parks; pedestrians,
cyclists, dog walkers etc. In addition please exercise caution around any dogs
you may encounter on your course.
• There are many narrow passageways, steps and blind corners in the area – take
care when encountering them and slow down.
• Take care on steps and grassy slopes if icy or wet.
• Show courtesy to local residents

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 entry is via Fabian 4:

Enter Online

See the Maroc website for details. Entries close Sunday 1st March. There will be very limited entry on the day (EOD) with a small supplement, subject to map availability.

Seniors pre-entry £10
Juniors, Students & courses U6 and U7 pre-entry £5


The event centre at Lathallan School, DD10 0HN. Registration, brikke collection, download and first aid are in the Sports Pavilion and toilets, changing rooms and showers are accessible at the rear. Please remove muddy and/or studded shoes before entering the building.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs on leads are permitted. If you bring your dog to the event, please ensure
that you clean up after it.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Nick Hale (Maroc)

Organiser: Bob Sheridan (Maroc)

Controller: George Esson (GRAMP)

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.


When entering our events your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports.
Read our privacy policy to see how we look after your personal data.

Back to top