West Lomond Hill, SoSOL
South of Scotland Orienteering League
Sun 16th Sep 2012
Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Moorland
Huge thanks to Anne, Rab and Bill for all their help and advice. Rab did curb the worst of my excesses and suggested some great route options and did a really fantastic job controlling. I apologise to those who found the courses overly long. I take responsibility for not taking Rab’s advice to shorten them.
I was pleased with the turnout given the weather and Clive and Roger’s parking efforts ensured that most people were parked within the car park. Thanks again to Ewart, Bill, Rab and Anne for helping getting the controls in.
Rough and physical seemed to be the general comments by finishers. There is no getting away from the fact that the heather, tussocky grass and marshes make it hard going in places. It was my initial view that some of Euan’s courses were somewhat on the long side when looking at the course lengths corrected for height climb. I think a corrected brown course length of around 12.5k is about right, but with Sunday’s weather this might be nearer a black course length, with the other course length ratios based around this. If you look at the length and the climb on some of the other courses against the guideline ratios you will see where they do seem a bit long. Results show a number of competitors appear to have decided to run down from their normal course and if this decision was made due to the length and climb of their normal course I don’t think they should have been asked to make this decision. I think the times of competitors running the course colour for their age class is more appropriate than the time taken by competitors choosing to run down from the colour course normally associated with their age class.
Euan wanted to keep the courses near to his original planned lengths so if anyone has any comments about the course lengths then please address them to me as the event controller. I must thank Euan for all his work as planner and Anne for the efficient organisation. The weather may not have been the best on the day but I am sure it helped the car parking team as there may have been less non orienteers looking to find a parking space than if it had been a bright sunny day.
Pre event info
Final Details - all the above information and some more are included now on the Final Details.
Map: Premarked maps on waterproof paper.
Map Scale: 1:10,000
Control Descriptions: Printed on the map. Loose copies available at the start.
Safety: All competitors take part at their own risk.
Results: These will be published on this website as soon as possible after the event.
Nearest town: Falkland, Fife
DirectionsFROM EDINBURGH or WEST: From M90, take A92 east towards Kirkcaldy. Continue to Glenrothes North, turning west on the A911 to Leslie. The minor road to the Lomond Hills is signed from the centre of Leslie.
FROM NORTH: A92 from Tay Bridge, turning west at Freuchie towards Falkland. Continue through centre of Falkland uphill to Craigmead.
Parking is at Craigmead between East and West Lomond. Space is very restricted so share transport if possible. Assembly with registration and download is at the car park. Public toilets are available.
Registration & Start TimesRegistration will be open from 10:30-12:30.
Starts are from 11:00-13:00. Courses close at 15:30.
It will be a punching start with no start times allocated. Those who have pre-entered may proceed directly to the start (250m from Assembly).
Sportident e-cards will be used and may be hired at registration free of charge.
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.
Senior (BOF Member) - £7.00
Senior (Non-BOF Member) - £9.00
Senior (W, Y & O Courses) - £3.50
Junior/student - £3.50
Free SI hire, if required, but £30.00 charge if not returned.
On-line entries: Fabian 4
Closing date extended to Tuesday 11th September 2012
Limited EOD if maps available at surcharge of £1.00/£0.50.
Contacts / OfficialsOrganiser: Anne Stevenson (ESOC)
Planner: Euan Mackenzie (ESOC)
Controller: Rab Philp (KFO)
Entry enquiries: Simon Firth (ESOC),
Safety and Risk
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