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Edited on 29th Jul 2011

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Classes and courses available

Age class

A full range of age class courses are available. Entry on the day for age class courses will only be available if there are unused start times and maps are available.

Colour Coded

White, Yellow, Orange, Long Orange and Light Green (also available for entry on the day). These cover a spectrum of technical and physical difficulty, starting from very easy and progressing to more difficult.

String and Off-string

There will be non-competitive (ie. times are not recorded) String and Off-string courses provided each day for young children, using special maps. There will be no charge. Certificates will be awarded, and should be kept to be filled in on finishing each day. The courses will be available between 10:00 and 15:00.
The String course is a short course for very young children, in which the route from control to control is marked by a continuous line of string. The Off String course is a course for slightly older children in which the controls sites are close to a route marked by string.

Both the string and ‘off‐string’ courses will use SI Electronic punching. Children can either use their own, or their parents’ SI cards (‘dibbers’). There will also be SI cards available to borrow each day at the String Course start. There will not be a charge.

Please read about the registration requirements for string course participants.

Final course info.

No. TD Classes Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
M W Distances (km) / Climb (m)
1 1 M10B W10B 2.0 40 1.7 50 1.5 30 1.8 70 2.0 30 1.7 50
2 2 M10A, M12B W10A W12B 2.0 40 2.0 60 1.6 40 2.6 70 2.3 60 2.0 80
3 3   W12A W14B 2.7 80 2.6 85 2.7 100 3.0 85 2.8 50 2.9 105
4 3 M12A, M14B   2.8 90 3.0 125 3.1 115 3.4 85 3.0 60 3.3 105
5 1 White 2.0 40 1.7 50 1.5 30 1.8 70 2.0 30 1.7 50
6 2 Yellow 2.0 40 2.0 60 1.6 40 2.6 70 2.3 60 2.0 80
7 3 Orange 2.7 80 2.6 85 2.7 100 3.0 85 2.8 50 2.9 105
8 3 Long Orange 3.8 140 4.1 160 4.3 150 5.2 115 4.8 75 4.9 220
10 4   W14A W16B 2.9 130 2.8 110 3.2 130 3.6 200 3.3 115 3.3 75
11 4 M14A, M16B   3.6 170 3.5 140 4.1 170 4.5 160 3.8 120 3.8 100
12 5   W16A W18S 4.5 220 4.4 200 4.9 210 5.7 205 5.0 130 5.2 200
13 5 M16A, M18S   5.4 280 5.5 205 6.3 225 7.0 260 6.2 175 6.3 205
14 5 M55S W60L 3.7 170 3.8 150 4.4 195 4.5 215 4.0 170 4.4 145
15 5 M70L, M50S   4.0 180 4.1 180 4.5 200 4.8 215 4.3 170 4.7 140
16 4 Lt Green 2.9 130 2.8 110 3.2 130 3.6 200 3.3 120 3.3 85
20 5   W65S W70S W75S W80 W85 1.7 60 2.0 80 2.1 100 2.5 90 2.0 60 2.3 55
21 5 M70S M75S M80 M85 W75L W55S W60S 2.1 75 2.2 90 2.4 125 2.7 110 2.1 65 2.5 60
22 5 M65S W70L W45S W50S 2.4 90 2.4 85 2.7 120 3.1 110 2.3 80 2.4 60
24 5 M75L M60S W65L W21V 2.7 100 3.0 140 3.0 115 3.0 150 3.0 125 2.8 50
25 5   W20S W35S W40S 3.3 205 3.3 135 3.8 150 4.3 210 3.5 150 3.8 140
30 5 M21V W21S 4.0 190 4.0 185 4.4 170 4.9 250 3.9 170 4.8 175
31 5   W55L 4.1 200 4.2 170 4.6 210 4.9 170 4.1 145 4.9 190
32 5 M65L W50L 4.4 230 4.4 205 4.9 230 5.7 225 4.8 185 5.1 170
33 5 M45S W45L 4.8 220 4.8 215 5.3 245 5.8 150 4.7 175 5.6 215
35 5 M40S W40L 4.9 220 5.0 205 5.4 260 6.2 180 5.3 190 5.7 165
36 5 M20S M35S   4.9 240 5.1 200 5.5 255 6.3 200 5.2 200 5.7 190
37 5   W18L W20L W35L 5.1 250 5.2 250 5.8 285 6.5 250 5.1 220 6.0 205
38 5 M60L   5.2 300 5.3 225 5.8 255 6.5 200 5.5 220 6.3 200
40 5 M21S   5.5 285 5.8 215 6.1 295 6.0 200 6.1 220 6.5 245
41 5 M55L   5.7 325 5.9 200 6.3 320 7.2 235 6.2 240 6.6 240
42 5 M50L   5.9 340 5.9 230 6.6 325 7.3 225 7.0 245 7.0 250
43 5   W21L 5.9 340 6.2 275 6.6 285 7.5 275 7.4 290 7.3 280
44 5 M18L   6.4 340 3.5 160 7.0 330 8.0 275 7.1 230 7.5 290
45 5 M45L   6.7 340 6.7 290 7.5 345 8.2 300 7.7 210 7.9 310
46 5   W21E 7.0 350 3.7 140 9.6 530 7.5 250 6.6 255 8.2 310
47 5 M40L   7.1 370 7.3 285 7.8 420 8.7 325 8.3 310 7.3 315
48 5 M20L M35L   7.5 390 7.6 285 8.1 410 8.9 335 8.4 315 8.9 360
49 5 M21L   7.5 390 7.6 270 8.0 405 9.0 350 8.6 270 8.6 300
50 5 M21E   8.8 440 4.8 175 14.3 825 9.2 325 7.7 330 10.2 425
No. TD Classes Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
M W Distances (km) / Climb (m)

Distances to starts

See the list above for which classes are on which courses.

Day Name White Green Yellow Blue Red
    Courses
1 to 8
Courses
10 to 16
Courses
20 to 25
Courses
30 to 38
Courses
40 to 50
1 Dunollie & Ganavan 1.2km
40m climb
0.9km
no climb
1.2km
40m climb
0.9km
no climb
0.9km
no climb
2 Ardnaskie 1.00km 1.0km 1.0km 1.0km 1.0km
3 Creag Mhic 0km (inc. Elite courses 46/50) 0.4km 0.4km 0.5km 0.5km
4 Torinturk 0.3km
(Courses 1,2,5,6)
1.1km
(Courses 3,4,7,8)
1.8km 1.8km 1.8km 1.8km
5 Loch Nell & Shenavallie 2km
on tracks
2km
on tracks
1km 1km 2km
on tracks
6 Ardchattan 1.25km
80m climb
2km
190m climb
2km
190m climb
2km
190m climb
2km
190m climb

Starts

Starts are from 1000 to 1400 with courses closing at 1630.
It is the competitor’s responsibility to arrive at the start on time. Runners not on time will be started as soon as possible, but there may be long waits for a free slot. Persistent deviation from allocated start times over the six days may be investigated by the organisers.
You must always report to Download, even if you don’t complete your course.

Full details about start procedures

Map scales

The map scale for all competitors, every day, will be 1:10000, EXCEPT for the Elite classes (M21E and W21E) on Day 3 who will use 1:15000.
The map size will be either A3 or A4. The maps are printed on waterproof paper.

Scoring

For Elite courses, scoring is based on cumulative times over the week - i.e. competitors will need to complete every day.

For all other classes, points will be given for each day’s result, with points allocated based on finishing position. Thus, the class winner will receive 1 point, second placed competitor will receive 2 points, third placed 3 points, and so on. Competitors’ overall score will be the sum of their best four scores of the week. In the event of a tie between two or more competitors, the lowest score of each competitor will be considered, and the competitor with the lowest score (i.e. highest individual day placing) will win.

After comments in 2009 there has been a small change to the scores of competitors who mispunch, retire or didn't run on any day. Instead of being given one more point than the last scoring finisher, they will be given a number of points 5% higher than the maximum number of entrants on the class (rounded up to the nearest 5). It is possible that the number of points may have to change during the week if there are a lot of very late entries on any class, but it should not be changed after Day3.

M/W21 Elite

The men’s and women’s elite classes have a middle distance race on Day 2, and a long (classic) distance on Day 3. In addition, these classes have a chasing start on Day 4 and a seeded start (leader starts last) on Day 6. Days 2 and 3 count towards the UK Cup.

Day 3 the M/W21E start from the WHITE start at the assembly arena. There will also be some live GPS tracking, more details to follow.

Middle Distance Races on Day 2, Ardnaskie

For M/W18s and 20s, Days 2 and 3 count towards the Future Champions Cup and, on Day 2 the M/W 18/20L classes will run middle distance races. On this day, M18L and M20L will run the same course, as will W18L and W20L. For Day 2 only, M18L and M20L will run course 44 and W18L and W20L run (new) course 39. W35L will remain on course 37 and M35L on course 48. Note that course 39 does not appear on the course lengths table above: it is 2.8km with 110m climb.

UK Masters Cup

Days 1 and 5 count towards the UK Masters Cup series for all veteran (M/W35+) Long courses.

UK Cup

Days 2 and 3 count towards the UK Cup series.

Coloured Taping

White, Green, Yellow, Blue and Red tapes indicate the routes to the starts.
Red and white striped tape marks out of bounds and crossing points.
Green tape is also used for run‐ins.
Yellow and Black striped tape is used to mark dangerous objects and dangerous features

Shadowing Children

We must ensure that the competition is fair to everyone. If juniors require shadowing, they must enter the colour coded courses. No shadowing will be allowed before your own run. The adult shadower must not pick up a map at the start.

Electronic punching

The SPORTident electronic punching system will be used, and all versions of SI card are accepted. It is essential that all competitors visit the Download tent whether or not they have finished their course.

Control Description sheets

All age class and colour coded courses will use pictorial description sheets. Control descriptions will be printed on the competition maps; loose copies will also be available in the start lanes.
The International Orienteering Federation provides a downloadable version of the definitive guide to Pictorial Description Symbols (PDF). There will also be free copies of the fold-up summary produced by SOA available at the information tent.

Competitor Bibs

All competitors, except on colour‐coded courses, have been issued with bibs showing start times and other details. This bib must be worn on your chest every day – no bib, no go. If you lose your bib, please go to Registration in the Assembly Area. Please note that we would advise you to strengthen the corners of your bib with tape.

Complaints, Protests and Appeals

Complaints should be made to the Day Organiser either orally or in writing. The Organiser is the adjudicator. A protest can be made against the Organiser’s decision, in writing to the Controller. Protests and appeals will be handled under Rule 9 and Appendix G of the 2011 British Orienteering Rules.

Retirals

If you retire from the course, please tell the officials at the Download tent. All competitors MUST report to the Download.

Clothing and Equipment

The torso and legs shall be covered. The Day Organiser may require cagoule/waterproof jacket to be worn/carried if the weather is bad - if so, notices will be displayed in the assembly field and on the route to the starts. For safety reasons, we recommend you carry a whistle (though it is not obligatory). The distress signal is six short blasts, wait one minute, then repeat.

Use of GPS Equipment

Although GPS units are not allowed for navigation purposes at orienteering events it is generally allowed that devices used only for subsequent route analysis, e.g Garmin Forerunner, are permitted.

Water

There are no drinks stations on the courses with exception of the Day 3 Elite classic race. There will be no water at the finish. Competitors should hydrate before their run; there will be bags at each start for the disposal of bottles.

Prizes

There will be awards at the prizegiving on the last day for the first 3 competitors in all age classes. Gold/Silver/Bronze badges will be available at £3 each to all those who qualify. Commemorative slate coasters will be issued to all finishers on Day 6.

Unclaimed maps

If you were entered but unable to take your run, you can get your map at the Information Point before 12 noon the following day. After this time all unclaimed maps will be available in return for a donation to the nominated charity for the event – Oban Mountain Rescue Team.

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