Day 6: Glen Feardar
Saturday 5th August
Photo Galleries: Wendy Carlyle
Beware Lyme disease!!
Remember to check for ticks after every run. For more information on how to remove ticks go to www.nhs.uk.
Tick bites can infect you with Lyme disease, which can be a very serious illness. If you feel unwell in the weeks after the event and/or develop a rash, be sure to consult a doctor.
Glen Feardar (or Fearder) has been described as “tucked away in a ‘hidden valley’ just four kilometres west of Balmoral, Glen Feardar has that classic Deeside combination of open hillside, birch woodland, mature plantation and patchy natural pine forest. All with the added bonus of views that become increasingly spectacular the higher your course takes you”.
The area has supported many major events, including the Scottish 6 Days in 1993 and 2005 as well the Scottish Orienteering Championships during the Jubilee Five multi-day in 2012.
Thanks go to Invercauld Estates, a sporting estate which covers approximately 43,600 hectares who derive their income from stalking, shooting, forestry, agriculture, tourism, fishing and let properties. For Royal Deeside 2017 the area has been extended towards Craig Nordie allowing us to stage the final two days from a shared race arena. The planners enthuse about the views to Balmoral, venue for the 2018 British Orienteering Championships, from the extended area. Glen Feardar will be accessed from the A93 at Inver, but a one-way traffic system will be in place, with no exit till the permitted time. With support from EventScotland, we hope to bring TV coverage of the final race including internet access for those unable to join us at the event.
Organising Clubs: CLYDE, FVO
Planners: Ben Stansfield (FVO), Steve Wilson (CLYDE)
Organisers: Mark Holliday & David Nicol (FVO)
Controllers: Lindsey Knox (RR), Peter Halling (CLYDE)
Directions: As Day 5, except last arrival at 12:00. No exit before 12:30. Note these times are earlier than Day 5.
Parking: As Day 5.
Arena: As Day 5.
Starts: White/Green: exit Arena via Parking and then exit Parking by gate past the main toilets. Blue/Red: exit northwest from Arena. One toilet available towards each start.
Maps: DOLM, surveyed 2012, revised 2017. Elite courses 1:15,000, all others 1:10,000.
Terrain: Classic Scottish orienteering terrain, combining technical mature forest navigation with variable runnability, heather-clad hillsides and magnificent views for the lucky ones. All topped off with a rapid finish over sheep-cropped grass.
String Course: Close to Arena. On route to the Blue/Red start. Not suitable for buggies.
Safety Information: This is a working farm with a ruined building and potentially hazardous farmyard materials. These will be marked OOB. A dangerous crag and ruined building on the courses will also be marked OOB.
Elite Courses: Long distance; 70 min ELT. Starting in reverse order at fixed intervals based on overall times from first 5 days (leaders start last). New bibs will be available at pre-start. Spectator control at northwest side of Arena.
Special Information: No fences to be crossed except at marked crossing points. Courses 1-14, 16 and 18 have a timed-out crossing of a high stile; up to 2 min allowed. Courses 1, 2, 8 and 9 have two taped routes. Be careful on courses 1-4 and 8-10 which have controls quite close to each other on different parts of the course.
Bus passengers, the pedestrian route has changed and is now an easier and safer 20 min walk (1.5 km). Thank you to Forestry Commission Scotland for their assistance with this late change.