Friday, December 29, 2006

WAROC Training Event - Black Fell

Bilbo planned an excellent 5.5k course with 13 controls at Black Fell, near Skelwith Bridge - a new area for me! The map scale was 1:7500 - a large enough scale to make the deteiled areas legible, without being so large as to produce an unwieldy map! The course was all on open fell and was surprisingly tricky - catching me out on several occasions. Felt very tired from recent hard training.

Map with course.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Night Training - Abbey Craig

I reran a course I did at Abbey Craig (the wood around the Wallace Monument) almost 7 years ago. The course was 4.0k with 16 controls and took ca 40 minutes. I didn't make any significant errors, but found some inaccuracies with the map; notably in respect of mapped fences no longer being there.

Map with course.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

FVO Night Event - Hermitage Woods

Hermitage Woods from Airthrey Loch.

I planned one course which was 6.2k, with 18 controls (with a short alternative by going from 3-7 and 12-15, which was 4.4k with 13 controls) with pre-marked maps on waterproof paper (- no map case needed!) and a mass start. Controls were reflective tape - no punching! 17 people ran. Fraser Purves won the long and Steve Barrett just held-off son, Jack, to take the short.


Map with course.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Ben Ledi

The rain has stopped at last and the sun is shining! Given there were no orienteering events on, I decided to take a run up Ben Ledi, 879m, to the west of Callander.

Managed to run all of the ascent (ca 750m of climb with snow above ca 600m) in 40 minutes. Attempted to take a photo using my mobile phone, but found out when I got home that I had taken some video footage instead!

Video I took from the summit.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

TAY Christmas Score Event - King's Seat and Dunkeld House

This event is always a nice way to end the year - low key, friendly and fun - with sweets at some controls!

The time allowed was an hour and I just managed to get all 27 controls within it - 57 minutes! I went anti-clockwise around the area - which meant I hit the rougher, hillier forest towards the end; but am reasonably satisfied I took a pretty good route. The points system was further complicated by there being additional points for collecting sweets and balloons from some controls, and for listing the birds which were also pictured at some controls - so I have absolutely no idea where I ended-up!


Map with course.

Map with my route.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

SOA Coach Education Day - Stirling University

Stirling University on Google Earth.

I participated in the afternoon session which was attended by a good mix of orienteers and outdoor educationalists. Andy Kitchen gave a presentation on short racing. He focused on the skills required to perform well in short races and also analysed how to coach athletes for short races.

Dick Carmichael then gave a presentation on night orienteering. Dick spoke of his passion for night orienteering, advocated more night races (possibly a Scottish Night League) and commented on the lack of guidelines. He analysed routes taken at the recent Tinto Twin Night Event at Stone Hill, pointing out that poor technique tends to be punished more than in day events and highlighting how longer, safe routes are often fastest at night. I then had the opportunity to put some of these ideas into practice by running a 2.6k, 4 control course that had been laid out in the University grounds.

Map with night course.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

MAROC Colour Coded Event - Dess Wood and Deeside Activity Park

One of the organisers commented that I'd travelled a long way for the event! The reason is simple - MAROC have good forests and maps, plan good courses, provide pre-marked maps and use elctronic punching - ingredients for good orienteering! The event also provided a good excuse for not going christmas shopping!

I ran the brown course which was 7.3k with 350m of climb and 19 controls. I had a good run, save for being a bit hesitant into controls 11 and 12; and enjoyed the event. The last part of the course went through an area used for off-roading and quad biking, and reminded me of some of the army training areas in SE England.


Map with my course.

Map with my route.