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Oct
13
Sat
Bowhill @ Bowhill, near Selkirk
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

First event of the autumn is at Bowhill.

Parking/Registraton:  in the main car park to the rear (north west) of Bowhill House.  Grid Refd:  NT 425 278.  Signed from the General’s Bridge on the Selkirk to St Mary’s Loch Road A78.  NT 432 281.

Starts:  From 1 – 2pm.      Courses close at 3:30pm.

Entry fees:  Senior members £3.50, Juniors £1.50.  Non-members £4 and £2. Families a maximum of £8.

Courses:  Yellow (approx 2.7km), Orange (approx 3km) and Light Green (approx 3.3km)

Terrain:  Nice mixture of coniferous and decidous woodland with lots of paths.

Nov
7
Wed
Night 1 – Vertish Hill Golf Course, Hawick @ Vertish Hill Golf Club, Hawick
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The first in a series of 3 night orienteering events, on Hawick Golf Course.

Parking:  In the Golf Club car park or on the adjacent road.

Registration:  in the Golf Club Car Park.  We don’t have access to the Golf Club facilities.  Toilets available in Morrisons and Sainsburys before you arrive. 

Starts:  From 6:30 – 7pm.  Courses close at 8pm so come early if you think you might take a long time.

Courses:  One course of about Orange standard.  The whole course is on the golf club, so no traffic. 

Costs:  Senior members £3.50, Juniors £1.50.  Non members £4 and £2.  Families a maximum of £8.  Bringing the correct money would be helpful.

Equipment:  A head torch is better than a hand-held one.  Carry spare batteries in a pocket.

Nov
14
Wed
Night 2 – Gala Policies @ Gala Policies, Galashiels
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Night event  2 is at Gala Policies, Galashiels.

Parking signed from the entrance to Gala Academy, Elm Row, Galashiels TD1 3JG

Registration: carry along the drive to the school, shortly turning left to the car park at the Science block. Registration, open by 6.15, Start and Finish will all be in this area. 

Toilets available in Tesco or Asda before you arrive.

Terrain: Much of Gala Policies is runnable woodland with a good network of paths. As most of the trees are deciduous, paths can be hard to see at this time of year because of fallen leaves. The main paths are popular with dog walkers even after dark, so beware.
The Policies, with the Scott Park, surround Gala Academy. To the north and east are well lit streets, to the south the area is bounded by Hollybush Road and to the west are open fields. There are several streams and a pond, and some possibly slippery boardwalks, all of which should be treated with respect by runners.

Starts: From 6:30 – 7pm. Courses close at 7.45pm so come early if you think you might take a long time.

Courses: One course of about Orange standard, 2.2km and a little climbing.

Costs: Senior members £3.50, Juniors £1.50. Non members £4 and £2. Families a maximum of £8. Bringing the correct money would be helpful.

Equipment: A head torch is better than a hand-held one. Carry spare batteries in a pocket.

Nov
21
Wed
Night 3 – Selkirk Hill @ Selkirk Hill, Selkirk
Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Night event 3 (and the last one) is at Selkirk Hill.  Saving the best until last maybe, but you’ll have had some practice by now.

Parking/Registration/Toilets at the Argus Centre, Goslawdales, Selkirk (near the High School).

Starts: 6:30 – 7pm

Entry fees:  Senior members £3.50, Junior members £1.50.  Non-members £4 and £2.

Equipment: Make sure you bring a spare torch in a pocket.  Under 16’s to be accompanied by an adults.

Social/Prizegiving:  There will be a short social and prizegiving afterwards.

Nov
25
Sun
Scottish Score Championships – Elibank @ Elibank Forest, near Walkerburn
Nov 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Final details @ 19/11/2018.  Amended 24//11/2018

***     Start Times are HERE

Scottish Score Championships

Elibank Forest

Sunday 25 November 2018

Travel:  Entry to the forest is at grid reference NT403 362. The event will be signposted from the A72 in Walkerburn.  The entrance to the forest is 3.2 miles from Walkerburn.

Parking:Parking is on forest tracks near the Assembly area/Registration.  Parking is limited, please car share if you can. Please email the organiser if you are travelling by mini-bus or campervan. Traffic in and out is on the same forest track with very few passing places so you must arrive at the entrance to the forest no later than 12:20 and cannot exit before 12:30.

Toilets:Very limited.  Near Assembly.  There are public toilets at Innerleithen en route to the event (30p)

Assembly/ Registration:At the field archery area. Registration opens from 10:15am

Entries: 

  • EOD Seniors £11 while maps are available
  • EOD Juniors/Student £6 while maps are available
  • Orange £5 for all dates, while maps are available.

Online entries closed at midnight on Sunday 18 November 2018, only EOD now available.

Maps available for EOD:  5 x 70 minute, 14 x 60 minute, 5 x 40 minute, 1 x Orange.

Start: Walk of 200m uphill from the Assembly area. About 5 minutes.  Call up at -3 minutes.  Loose control descriptions available at start.  Punching starts.

Starts from 11am to 1pm.  Allocated start times for all 60 and 70 minute competitors apart from helpers and parents with split starts.

Loose control descriptions size:

The Orange control descriptions are 9cm long, 40-minute 13cm long, 60-minute 18.5cm and 70-minute 16.5cm (the latter in a smaller font but easily readable for young eyes ! )

Finish: Close to the Start.  There will be a walk of 200m downhill back to the Assembly area. Remember to download.  Courses close at 2:20pm.

Timing:   Contactless Sportident timing will be used (SIAC).   A limited number of SIAC dibbers available for hire at a cost of £2.50 (£60 charge if lost).  Non-SIAC dibbers also available at no hire cost (£30 charge if lost).

SIAC dibbers:  Important – the Start and Finish need dibbed as normal, they aren’t SIAC-enabled.

Courses

Championship

Course Classes Points available
70 minute time limit M20-35 and W21 670
60 minute time limit M/W16, M/W18, W20, W35+, M/ W 40+ 560
40 minute time limit M/W14- 350

If you finish outwith your time limit a penalty will be deducted from your score of 1 point for every 5 seconds late (i.e. 12 points per minute).

Standard Orange course also available.

Sorry, no string course.

Terrain:

Elibank is a hilly mixture of mature coniferous and beech forest with areas of contour detail and varied runnability.  The bracken is dying back but unless we get a cold or wet spell this week it’s going to slow you down in places. Be aware that there are many unmapped extraction lanes in places, some bits of windblow, and there are a couple of areas which must be avoided due to ongoing thinning.  You must also avoid the public road and the out of bounds area marked around the house near the ruined castle. Mountain bike tracks that were obvious on 16 November have been mapped but be alert to new ones that won’t be mapped.

Map:  1:10,000 with 5m contours, ISOM 2017.  Waterproof paper.  Maps will show control number and points value e.g.  101 (20). Control descriptions are in numerical order.

Safety

Some routes may cross the forest road where cars are parked, runners must be wary when emerging from the forest onto the track. Drivers please proceed slowly and carefully.

Elibank is a working forest and there may be timber stacked at certain places in the forest. Please do not climb on these.

Ticks- please check for these after your run.

The forest is sheltered but if the weather is very poor waterproof tops may be required to be carried.

During your run you may encounter a few other forest users, such as walkers and mountain-bikers.

If you are travelling alone you can leave your car keys with registration.

Prize-giving: There will be a prize-giving at around 2:15 pm in the Assembly Area.  If you have a trophy to return please bring to the registration area.

 

 

 

 

Dec
15
Sat
Christmas event and meal – Lanton @ Lanton, near Jedburgh
Dec 15 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
The Christmas event will be at Lanton Wood on Saturday 15 December 2018, followed by the Christmas meal (at 1:30 pm at the Caddy Mann).  Members should have given Andrew their order by now)
 
 
The main event will be a 40 minute Score format with starts between 11:30 and 12 . There will also be a conventional Yellow course available.
Vehicle access to the wood will be by a good quality track, signposted from the A698 close to Timpendean Farm.
 
Entry fees: Senior members £3.50, Junior members £1.50, Non members £4/£2.