SOL1 – Elibank

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06/03/2016 @ 10:45 am – 1:15 pm Europe/London Timezone
Elibank Forest, near Walkerburn
Lindsey Knox
01450 377383


Final Information ***   HERE     ***

SOL 1 for 2016 will be at Elibank, near Walkerburn in the Tweed Valley, on Sunday 6 March 2016 on an extended and updated map (by Stirling Surveys).  The forest is embargoed for anyone wishing to run competitively in the SOL.

Assembly/Parking:    Indoors Assembly/Registration/Toilets etc will be at Walkerburn Rugby Club with a 10 minute each-way minibus shuttle to and from the nearby forest.  Distance from minibus drop-off to the Start is 900m with 95m of ascent. Walking time for this is about 15 minutes.  Parking is in various small areas of hardstanding within about 5 minutes walk of the rugby club.

Getting to Walkerburn:  The X62 bus goes between Edinburgh and Melrose approximately every hour on Sundays.  It’s a 3 minute walk from the Walkerburn bus stop to Assembly.  Or you could use the Borders Railway to/from Galashiels from where it’s only 22 minutes on the bus to Walkerburn. Trains arrive in Galashiels at 4 minutes past the hour, the bus leaves at 18 minutes past the hour.

Last-minute contact:   With the weather in early March being unpredictable we may have to issue late instructions and we’re aware that many people don’t have internet access after leaving home.  We’ve therefore set up a text messaging system which we will only use for vital changes from the Saturday morning onwards.  If you wish to be included please text the word MAP to 51772.  You won’t get a confirmation (because it costs us) but you can be confident that we’ll have your message. It’ll cost you one standard text message.

Entries:  Entries via Oentries.  Normal pre-entries have now closed but Oentries has been reopened for the remaining maps – see Oentries for details.  Start times will be from 10:45am – 1:15pm.

Entry feesLate Entry *Limited EOD **
Adults - BOF member£14£15
Adults - non BOF member£16£17
Juniors and Students£8£8
* subject to map availability** we don't intend to print a large number of excess maps so EOD will be very limited.

Courses:    Normal SOL courses.  You can do any course you wish but you will only score league points if you run the course allocated to your age class, or a higher course. The Scottish Universities Championships will be held on the courses noted in the table below.

CourseProvisional Course length/climbMen - SOL classesWomen - SOL classesScot Univ. Champs
Black9.1km / 410m
M-EMen A
Brown7.6 km / 385mM18,M20,M21,M35,M40W-EWomen A
Short Brown6.5 km / 255mM45-50, M21SW21
Blue5.5km / 235mM16, M55-60, M35S-40SW18, W20, W35-40Men B
Short Blue4.6km / 210mM18S-20S, M65, M45S-55SW45-50, W21S
Green3.4 km / 105m
M70, M55S-60SW16, W55-60, W35S-40SWomen B
Short Green2.7km / 100m
M75-80, M65S-70SW18S-20S, W65-W80, W45S-W60S
Light Green3.0 km / 115m
M14, M16BW14, W16BNovice
Orange2.3km / 85mM12, M14BW12, W14B
Yellow2.0 km / 60mM10, M12BW10, W12B
White1.4 km / 40mM10BW10B

String course:  There will be a string course at the rugby club. There is a nearby playpark too.

Timing:  Sportident timing will be used, normal punching units not SI Air.  Dibbers can be hired at no fee but any lost dibbers will be charged at £30 each.

Map:  1:10,000.  Link to last event there on RR Routegadget

Dogs:   Dogs are allowed in the car parking area, on a lead please, but are NOT allowed on the minibuses or in the rugby clubhouse.

Start/Finish:  Start is 15 minutes walk, with a steep uphill bit at the end, from the minibus drop-off.  The Finish is within 5 minutes walk of the drop-off.  There will be no drinks at the Finish, please bring your own if required.  At the drop-off point there will be shelter for waiting in and leaving clothes/drinks but no toilets.    The forest either side of the walk to the Start is not out of bounds.  There is a good warm-up area near the Start.   It’s 5 minutes walk gently downhill back to the minibus pick-up point.

Safety: Competitors take part in this event at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. By entering the competition you are agreeing to have your start time and results published on the internet.

Disclaimer:  If we have to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances we reserve the right to retain part of the entry monies to cover expenses that we can’t avoid paying.

Planner:  John Tullie RR

Organiser: Lindsey Knox RR.  01450 377383. email:

Entries queries:  Duncan Shiell.  email:

Controller:  Ian Turner SOLWAY