Day 4: Loch of Boath

Last edited: 04th Aug 2013

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Loch of Boath was an extension to the west of an area previously used in 2003 – this ranged from absolutely perfect beautiful runnable forest to diabolical ditches, young trees and every sort of plant that snags and scratches.  If you weren’t soaked by the rain from above you were soaked from the vegetation.  We do try and introduce new areas and with help from Moray LEADER funding who supported the mapping programme (and the infrastructure including the Limelight team) local orienteers will benefit into the future. It was certainly a superb arena set in a natural bowl with magnificent views (on a clear day) over the Moray Firth.  Day 4 was the Highland 2015 launch day, started in spectacular style at 14:00 hrs by  12 (B) Squadron aircrew and a  XV (R) Squadron Tornado from RAF Lossiemouth. In keeping with the international feel of the event Pilot was Flight Lt. Rick Redgwell, RAF and  WSO (Weapons Systems Operator) LCDR Bill Parmentier, USN.  Flying conditions were pretty marginal but what a great start and sorry to anyone who might have fallen through one of the giant ladder stiles when startled by the noise.

There was great support for the VIP day and special thanks did go out to the various landowners and others who have been linked with this event and 2015.  Richard Lochhead MSP pitched his speech just right and it was great to hear John Doune, Earl of Moray reminisce about use of Darnaway back in 1976.  John has kindly agreed to become Patron for WOC 2015.  Everyone was impressed by the arena set-up – even in the rain it looked spectacular with the array of club tents and banners and a U-shaped run-in that drew in a great crowd.

The World Ranking Event and Euromeeting finished exactly on time and well done to William Lind of the Swedish Team in M21E.  Some great performances from GBR including Ralph Street (4th) and Graham Gristwood (7th).  Alva Olsson made it a Swedish double winning W21E.

Colin Matheson
Professional Officer
Scottish Orienteering Association

Organising Clubs: MAROC, STAG, TINTO
Planners: Sarah Dunn, Pauline McAdam
Organisers: Jon Musgrave, Fran Getliff,
Controllers: Alastair Lessells, Drew Tivendale

Categorized under: Competition Day 4

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Nearest town: Nairn
Postcode: IV12 5UT
Grid Ref: NH892455
Latitude: 57.49
Longitude: -3.85
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