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Entry Information

Last edited: 23rd Jul

Start times are available at Entry List

Entry is only possible at the event.

Entry at the Event

For entry during the 6-Days, go to the Entries Point at the Event Centre on Saturday 29 July, or to the Entries tent on competition days (see below for opening hours).

You will need to complete an entry form.

Members of British Orienteering should have with them a record of their membership number, unless they are using an SI card which has been registered in their name.

Entry to age class courses will only be possible if there are start slots and maps available.

Entry to colour coded courses will be available for each day individually or for several days at a time (with a small reduction in entry fee if entering all six days together).  Colour coded competitors should keep the same bib throughout the 6-Days competition, even if entering only one day at a time.

Changes to Existing Entries

Changes to existing entries may be made if start slots and maps allow, and replacement bibs can be issued.

Fees are as follows:

Change Fee
Age class course or start time 1 change is £4; 2 changes is £8; 3 or more changes is £10
N.B.: changing course and/or start time counts as one change for each day changed.
Colour coded course Difference in entry fee (if new course costs more)
Age class course to Colour coded course Free
Colour coded course to Age class course Difference in entry fee
SI card number Free (unless change from own card to a hire card: £2 per day)
Bib reissue Free

Fees apply per individual entry.  Juniors/Students will be charged half these fees for changes.  Payments can be accepted in cash or Sterling cheques only.

No refunds will be given at the Entries point.  Claims for a good reason can be made in writing and will be passed to the treasurer to deal with at his discretion.

The charges for changes policy is in effect, as of Wednesday 19 July, as the bibs have been sent for printing and can no longer be changed except at the event.

Entries Point

The Entries Point will be open at the 6-Days as follows:

  • Saturday 29 July (at Event Centre): 12:00 to 18:00
  • Sunday 30 July, Monday 31 July, Tuesday 1 August, Thursday 3 August, Friday 4 August, Saturday 5 August (at Race Arenas for Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6): 09:00 to 13:00

N.B.: There will be no Entries Point for the 6-Days at the Event Centre after Saturday, or at the Rest Day Sprint or Rest Day TrailO on Wednesday 2 August.


A full range of age classes is available, from M/W10 to M/W85.

White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, and Green courses are available for less experienced or casual orienteers. These will provide courses at Technical Difficulty (TD) levels 1 - 5, where TD1 is the easiest and TD5 is the most difficult.

TD1 - M/W10B, White

TD2 - M/W10A, M/W12B, Yellow

TD3 - M/W12A, M/W14B, Orange

TD4 - M/W14A, M/W16B, Light Green

TD5 - M/W16A, Green

TD5 - M/W18, M/W20 - Long and Short

TD5 - M/W21 - Elite, Long and Short

TD5 - M/W35, M/W40, M/W45, M/W50, M/W55 - Long and Short

TD5 - M/W60, M/W65, M/W70, M/W75 - Long and Short

TD5 - M/W80, M/W85

Explanation of colour coded courses:

White - Very easy with all controls on paths. Mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.

Yellow - Uses simple linear features like paths, walls, and streams. Mainly used by under 12’s and family groups. 

Orange - Involves basic use of the compass and route choice. Ideal for experienced youngsters or novice adults. 

Light Green - Uses simple contour and point features. Ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase.

Green - Very hard navigational difficulty. Mostly used by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course.

Course Information

Course lengths will vary from day to day, depending on the area.

Expected leading times for A/L classes are:

Junior Senior
M/W10A 20 minutes M80L+, W70L+ 40 minutes
M/W12A 25 minutes M75L, W65L 45 minutes
M/W14A 30 minutes M55-70L, W35-60L 50 minutes
M/W16A 45 minutes M18L, W18L, W20L 50 minutes
    M20L, M35-50L 55 minutes

For Elite courses see separate page...

Except for M/W21 the course lengths for Senior Short (S) classes are approximately 2/3 of those for Long (L) classes.

For M/W21L the course length is set at 80% of the length of a 60 minute Elite course.

For M/W21S the course length is set at 60% of the length of a 60 minute Elite course.

For Junior B classes, the course is the same as the A course for the age class below (e.g. M14B will run the same course as M12A).

World Ranking Event

Day 3 at Birsemore Hill will be a World Ranking Event.

Entry Fees

Parking at the events is included in the entry fee, as is a shuttle bus service (to be pre-booked) which will run from near the event campsite in Ballater to the race venues and back.

The fees shown below are per day for the main 6-Days events. 

Age Class Courses Colour Coded Courses
Entry Date Senior

Junior /

Entry Date




Light Green

1 Dec 2016

- 31 Jan 2017
£17.50 £6

1 Dec 2016

- 30 Jun 2017
£4 £6 £12

1 Feb 2017

- 30 Apr 2017
£18.50 £7

1 May 2017

- 30 Jun 2017
£20 £7
Entry at Event £25 £7 Entry at Event £5 £7 £15

The fees for Colour coded courses are the same for a Senior, Junior, or Student.

Punching System

SPORTident electronic punching will be used for the 6-Days with conventional SI punching. SI Air Cards (SIACs) can be used but only to punch at SI boxes in the conventional manner, there will not be contactless or touch-free punching.

SI Card Hire

There will be a charge of £2 per day to hire an SI card. The charge for a lost SI card is £30.

Cancellation Policy

In the case of curtailment or cancellation of the Royal Deeside 2017 event due to circumstances beyond our control, we reserve the right to retain all or part of the entry fees.

Competitors may only cancel their entry if the event itself has not been curtailed or cancelled. Cancellations of an entry before the closing date of 30 June 2017 will be given a full refund, less an administration charge of £2 per day. Cancellations between 1 and 15 July 2017 inclusive will be given a 50% refund. We regret that no refunds of entry fees will be possible after this date.

You can also donate your cancelled entry fee (without any deductions) to a local charity.

Email  if you wish to cancel your entry.


Please note that under the terms of the British Orienteering public liability insurance policy, non-members of British Orienteering are covered for public liability for three events only. After three events, non-members participate at their own risk. However many may already be covered by public liability cover from other insurance, such as their own national orienteering federation’s insurance cover.

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