South of Scotland Orienteering League
Sun 17th Sep 2017
Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Moorland, Forest
Thank you to all who attended our SoSOL at Cademuir - it's 6 years since our last visit to this wonderful, varied area and the return was overdue. After a rather wet week in the borders no one was quite sure what Sunday would bring but the weather, although cool at times, remained largely dry. After a brief delay to the start-for which we apologise- competition got underway and all who cared to voice an opinion seemed to enjoy themselves. Thank you to Martin and Ken for the very well received courses.
The day otherwise ran fairly smoothly, so thank you to all involved. Special thanks goes to Peebles High School for an excellent registration and parking area and to Patricia Anderson and the Forestry Commission for allowing us to use the area.
I hope you all enjoyed your day out on Cademuir. It’s a beautiful place, with stunning views, so I hope you looked up and took it all in. I also hope you enjoyed Martin’s courses. I certainly enjoyed working with him and know he avoided most of the steep and overgrown areas, albeit some climb was unavoidable. The results indicate that some of the courses were slightly long, which I should have spotted, sorry. I also apologise for the delay to the first starts.
It was also a pleasure to work with Tyler. Although he was new to organising, he got on with his tasks and delivered an excellent event. The event was also heavily supported by Janet Clark, Bill Stevenson and the many ESOC volunteers.
Thank you all.
With more time and more volunteers, we might have picked up more than the 100+ map corrections we captured and might have been able to share more tasks including control hanging. This is not a criticism, as it is a common problem across the sport; however, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to learn to plan, organise or control events. These roles can be just as rewarding as competing and Cademuir was a good example, as I spent many happy hours on the hill, enjoying stunning views of purple heather clad hills and catching sunburn. If you want to discuss what is involved, look for me at another event and have a chat. I am happy to help.
Ken Daly (Controller)
When I took on the challenge of planning this event I had never visited Cademuir before, so I had a lot to learn about this varied and detailed area, however it was good to have no idea of where the earlier courses went. The forestry side of the map has changed enormously since our last event here, with extensive felling and new paths all over the place. Many thanks to Bill Stevenson for updating the map again and again.
For an interesting route, the easiest courses had to wind their way up through the woods. At a couple of places this winding route became so complex and confusing that we needed to use tape to guide competitors safely through. Other courses had a mixture of forestry, with the choice of a short tricky route through trees or a longer safe one along paths, and open hillside, where detailed contours, cliffs and rocks were important. It will be interesting to see the route choices, specially on the long legs.
I am indebted to Ken Daly who provided me with great help, both advisory and practical, throughout the process and to everyone in the club whose combined work made this event run smoothly.
Final Details now available. Specific start times not allocated, see below (under Registration/Starts heading) and/or Final Details for more information.
Medical Form - please download, print off and complete this form if you have a medical condition that first aiders or health professionals should know about in the event of accident or illness during the course of the event. Please take the completed Medical Form to the Event and leave at Registration. It will sealed and only be opened in an emergency. It will be destroyed immediately after the event.
Nearest town: Peebles
- Grid Ref: NT251397
- Postcode: EH45 9HB
- Latitude: 55.64522
- Longitude: -3.19296
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
Parking and Assembly will be at Peebles High School, Springwood Road, Peebles EH45 9HB. See Final Details for more information.
There will be a £1.00 parking fee per car.
Registration & Start Times
REGISTRATION: 10.30 - 12noon
START TIMES (see also note below about start times): 11.00 - 13.00
COURSE CLOSURE: 15.00
NOTE: Registration and Download will be in Peebles High School. Full directions to get to the school will be given in the Final Details. From the school there is a walk of about 1km to the Start and the same back from the Finish, along the same route. The Start and Finish are close together.
Start times will not be allocated, but competitors are advised to arrive in good time (especially if you think you might take a long time on your course) and to be aware that there could be a queue for some courses. (ie: please do not all arrive at once looking for late runs!)
Usual SoSOL courses - white, yellow, orange, light green, short green, green, blue and brown.
More course information in Final Details.
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.
Advance entry via Fabian4 closed on Sunday 10th September 2017. Entry on the day (EOD) will be subject to map availability and a surcharge of £2.00 Seniors/£1.00 Juniors added to the entry fees shown below.
Seniors (born 1996 or earlier) - BOF member £8.00
Seniors (born 1996 or earlier) - Non-BOF member £10.00
Seniors (born 1996 or earlier) - White, Yellow, Orange courses (only) £4.00
Juniors (born 1997 or later) - BOF member £4.00
Juniors (born 1997 or later) - Non-BOF member £5.00
Free SI card hire, if required, but £30.00 charge if lost.
PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE INFORMATION: Please note that participants who are not members of an orienteering club automatically have Public Liability insurance cover provided byBritish Orienteering's insurance policy for their first three "taster" sessions. Thereafter, if they wish to continue with this cover, they should become a member of an orienteering club, such as ESOC, which includes membership of British Orienteering and Scottish Orienteering. Details of how to join ESOC are here or pick up an application form at this event. There are many benefits of being a member of an orienteeering club and one of these is lower entry fees at most events.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Martin Caldwell (ESOC)
Organiser: Tyler Morrison (ESOC)
Controller: Ken Daly (INT)
Safety and Risk
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