Tentsmuir North, SOL
Scottish Orienteering League
Sun 26th Sep 2010
Info updated: 31st Dec
Type of event:
Type of terrain: Woodland
Results available now.
We had a well-used string course on Sunday. 14 adults and 36 children finished the course. 9 of the children did a second lap and four of these a third! This makes 63 circuits of the route, so we were not left idle.
One adult and one child abandoned the course due to rough undergrowth and low branches. As string courses go, it was quite an adventure!
Ewart Scott has the following items of lost property:
Large size Black “Coolactive” top
Half litre “Gelert” stainless steel vacuum flask
Gents “Limit” wrist watch with loose strap
If any of the above items belong to you then email Ewart at: to arrange to collect. You can also phone Ewart on 0131 332 9108 (Weekends) or 01334 871108 (Monday to Friday).
Many thanks to the Forestry Commission for permission to use Tentsmuir, one of Scotland’s great forests, and to Mr David Finlay of Shanwell Farm for access and use of his field. His co-operation and willingness to accommodate our requests was very much appreciated.
In controlling, John Emeleus was as diligent as ever, and was invaluable in discussion on organisational aspects for the JEC, and their requirements as the event developed.
Many thanks too, to the fantastic support from everyone in ESOC, including those unable to be there. It makes the task very much easier knowing an experienced reliable team is always available, and doing everything so willingly.
Organising becomes more difficult when one competes less, subsequently becoming out of touch with what is the norm at events these days. However, feedback tells me a very satisfactory level was achieved.
Pre event info
Map -The map, as used for Tayside day 4 can be viewed at http://www.scottish6days.routegadget.co.uk/ following the link to day 4. The map was updated for the Scottish 6 Days in 2009. Some minor updates have been made for this event. The scale is 1:10,000 with a 2.5m contour interval. The maps will be pre-printed on waterproof paper and will not be bagged. Blue, Short Brown, Brown and Black will be printed at A3, all other courses at A4. Note on the longer courses (Blue, Short Brown, Brown and Black) there will be a large drainage ditch which is marked uncrossable on the map. There should be no reason to cross this ditch. Other smaller ditches, currently dry, can be crossed at your own risk.
Control Descriptions - Control descriptions are printed on the map. Control descriptions will also be available at the start at - 3
Results - These will be displayed in the assembly field, and published on the ESOC website as soon as possible after the event. Drinking Water will be available in assembly field after finishing. There is a printable document which includes all the above information plus a map of the Assembly Field here - UPDATED FINAL DETAILS
Nearest town: Tayport
- Grid Ref: NO 475265
- Latitude: 56.437017
- Longitude: -2.8557
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
DirectionsFrom north/Tay Bridge take the B946 to Tayport, turn LEFT:-
From south, take the B945 at St Michaels to Tayport, turn RIGHT:-
into Elizabeth Street, follow signs to Shanwell Farm. (Same directions as for Day 4 2009 6 Days)
This is a residential area with narrow streets in places, please take care.
IMPORTANT - If your optimum route to either St Andrews or Tentsmuir is to leave the M90 at junction 8 to travel east on the A91, then please be aware that the section of the A91 between Collessie and the junction with the A92 (Melville Lodges Roundabout) is closed. When travelling east the diversion will be south on the B937 and then north on the A92. When travelling west this will be in reverse.
Please take an alternative route if possible or allow extra time.
NOTE:- On the day of the event there is the possibility of moving farm vehicles. This may mean temporarily stopping competitor traffic arriving and leaving. You may be asked to wait a short time queuing on the public road before entering the private farm road, or on the farm road, or leaving the assembly field. Please accept instructions given.
Your cooperation here is much appreciated.
Parking - Through the farm, turn left into the assembly field, park as directed.
Coaches park as directed on hard standing in the farm.
There is a Parking Fee of £1.00 per car/minibus and £5.00 per coach.
There are private houses in the farm area. Please allow the residents to have as normal a day as possible.
The farm road is narrow; please take care, competitors on foot may be using part of the road.
NOTE:- No exit before 1.00pm
Please note that the map links below should not be used as there are problems with these at the moment.
Registration & Start TimesRegistration for EOD is located in an ESOC tent in the assembly field between the car park area and the forest.
Registration times 10.00 -12.15
White course12 and Yellow course11 can collect maps and loose control descriptions from registration.
JEC start times from 10.00-11.20
SOL start times from 11.00 - 13.00. SOL competitors use the LEFT SIDE OF THE START SYSTEM
The walk to the start takes about 25 minutes, distance1.5km +.
Black - 11.5km
Brown - 9.8km
Short Brown - 7.9km
Blue - 6.8km
Short Blue - 5.2km
Green - 4.5km
Short Green - 3.9km
Light Green - 3.7km
Orange - 3.0km
Yellow - 2.2km
White - 1.9km
NOTE: Competitors on White and Yellow courses can collect loose control descriptions as well as their maps at Registration.
String/Off String courses are located at the South end of the assembly field.
Course Closure Time is 15.30. Please remember to download after finishing.
For information about which courses are relevant to particular age groups check out:
and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
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 is now open on Fabian 4 at: http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=348
Closing date for entries is 19th September 2010
Please note that this event is part of a weekend of orienteering but you can enter either one or both days on Fabian. If you only want to enter one day you still need to go into the ‘weekend’ on Fabian then choose the event you want).
If you have an enquiry specifically about entries then please contact Janice Nisbet, who is managing the entries, at
Senior (BOF Member) - £10
Senior (Non-BOF Member) - £12
Junior/student - £5
Senior TD1-4 courses (white, yellow, orange, light green) - £5 NB BOF Senior discount doesn’t apply here, so all senior competitors in this category pay £5
SI card hire is free but there will be £25 charge for lost SI cards.
EOD Entry Fees
Senior BOF member: £12.00
Senior non-BOF: £14.00
Junior/Student/Senior on TD4- courses: £6
EOD is subject to map availability.
Contacts / OfficialsPlanner - Mark Wood (ESOC)
Controller - John Emeleus (KFO)
Organiser - Ewart Scott (ESOC) 0131 332 9108
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.
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