Scottish Score Championships
Sun 21st Nov 2010
Info updated: 04th Apr
Type of event: District (C)
Type of terrain: Woodland
I decided to keep the courses as much to the central part of Penicuik Estate as possible, partly because of the location of the three bridges across the river N Esk and partly because the nether regions offer really poor terrain. To keep runners busy for 40, 60 or 70 minutes this meant more controls than usual, which, in turn, presented more route choice options and made choosing the optimal route a little more difficult. I also decided to make the penalty for late return a little harsher than usual because there were many high-scoring controls relatively close to the Finish. For the colour-coded courses the middle of the Estate is best anyway, with plenty of path options for White and Yellow.
The plan seemed to work out pretty well. Only one runner, Tom Ryan, collected all the controls on their course, but this was with a 2 min penalty. Several other runners came close to collecting all on all the score courses.
Penicuik provides some very tough terrain, most notably steep, slippery slopes, but it also has some patches of very nice beech wood to run through. On my first planning visit in the summer large areas were effectively impenetrable because of thick undergrowth, but from mid-October onwards this died back at a rapid rate, and, by and large, I don't think the vegetation hampered progress on the courses. The map is not in good shape. We made over 30 necessary corrections for this event (there were more we could have made), and I think there were about 20 for the previous event. A complete remap would seem a good thing, but as a very active working estate there will always be a large number corrections. I apologise for the shortcomings of the map if this affected your run.
Thanks very much to everyone for coming along on a miserable day. I hope you enjoyed you run.
Roger Scrutton, Planner
Electronic punching - SI will be used Toilets - There will be Portaloos on site. Maps - Premarked maps, scale 1:10,000, printed waterproof paper. Control Descriptions - Printed on the map. Loose control descriptions will be available in -2 box at the Start. Safety - All competitors take part in this event at their own risk. The weather in November could be cold and wet so please dress accordingly. Results - These will be published on this website as soon as possible after the event. Scottish Score Trophies - Please would the current holders trophy holders make that their trophy is engraved and ready to be presented to the new winner at the event. You can give them to the Organiser, Janet Clark, any time from now on. More information nearer the Event.
Nearest town: Penicuik
DirectionsPenicuik Estate is on the outskirts of Penicuik, about 6 miles south of the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720). Take the Lothianburn junction and follow A702 southwards or take the Straiton exit and follow A701 southwards. More detailed directions for entering the estate and getting to car parking to be confirmed later.
Please note there will be £1 charge for parking, which goes to the Penicuik House Preservation Trust.
Registration & Start TimesTBC
70 Minute Score - M20-35, W21
60 Minute Score - M/W16-18, W20, W35, M/W40-70
40 Minute Score - M/W14+
There will also be a free String Course
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.
Pre-entry required using Fabian 4: http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=392
Closing date for entries is 14 November 2010
There will be limited entry on the day if maps are available. There will be a surcharge for EOD of £2/£1
Senior (BOF Member) - £10.00
Senior (Non-BOF Member) - £12.00
Junior/student - £5.00
SI Hire will be free but there will be a charge of £25 for lost SI cards.
Contacts / OfficialsOrganiser - Janet Clark (ESOC) - (0131 225 7771)
Planner - Roger Scrutton (ESOC)
Controller - Norma Coutts (ESOC)
Safety and Risk
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