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Entry Information

Last edited: 07th Sep

How to Enter

Pre-entry for Royal Deeside 2017 is now possible using the SiEntries online entries system, and entries will remain open until midnight on Friday 30 June 2017. 

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Once you have entered the competition you will be able to return to make changes or add further options to your entry using SiEntries.

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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.

Entry at the Event

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. 

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.


You will be able to select any of the following options in SiEntries or you can add them by returning to SiEntries and editing your entry:

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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