Saturday 7th August 2021

Today is a middle distance event

The final day (Middle Distance) will be staged at the foot of Creag Meagaidh in the Aberarder “Forest”. The area is on the National Nature Reserve that rises from the shores of Loch Laggan up to the summit of Creag Meagaidh itself at 1130 metres. Meagaidh is a top winter climbing venue that has seen many epic struggles over the years. The area is predominantly open grassland and heath with a good measure of bogs and boulder fields and is in the most superb setting. There is easy access to the A9 for those heading away on the last day.

Location


Gallery

A selection of images from the race area…

Image Caption: The Race Arena for Day 6

Image Caption: Creag Meagaidh Walled enclosures at Aberarder Farm

Image Caption: Aberarder Forest and Creag Meagaidh

Image Caption: Parking and Race Area at Aberarder Farm

Final Details

As the area is remote and exposed, whistles are strongly advised and cagoules may be made compulsory on the day depending on the conditions. If this is the case then notices will be placed at the exits from the car parking and event services to the starts.

Important Information

Organising clubs
ESOC, ELO, SOLWAY
Organisers
Michael Atkinson (ELO), Ewart Scott (ESOC)
Planners
Tyler Morrison (ESOC), Trina Rogerson (ELO)
Controllers
Colin Eades (INT), Ewart Scott (ESOC)
Directions
A82 towards Inverness (10 miles) and then A86 towards Newtonmore (19 miles) before turning left into Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve (GR NN483872)
Parking (P)
Small fields accessed from A86. No entry after 1230
Event Services (ES)
Adjacent to parking. Download, toilets, Help Point & First Aid on south side of parking. Call up on north west side of parking
Starts
White along good paths (allow 20 mins). Other starts (3.1 – 3.3 km from call up) then follow rough hill track (allow up to 45 mins depending on fitness)
Maps
LIDAR, survey by Peel Land Surveys (2020). 1:10000 for courses 1-5, 1:7500 for courses 6-22
Terrain
Naturally regenerating areas of moorland with a mix of heather, bilberry and other montane species.  Tough going on lower slopes but better running on the higher areas.  Extensive marshy areas in places.  Rows of mainly southeast facing crags.
Finishes
Courses 1-12 (Red/Blue starts at F1, Courses 13-19 (Green starts) finishes at F2, courses 20-22 (White start) finish at F3
Safety
Cagoules may be mandatory if bad weather, whistles advised. Longer courses include mandatory river crossing points.
Junior courses
white tape will be used where routes are unclear
Departure
No exit before 1300
Special Information
C12 starts at the Blue start on Day 6.

Course Information

CourseClassLengthClimbScaleStart
1M21E5.61401:10000Red
2M21L M20L M35L W21E4.31201:10000Red
3M40L M45L4.6801:10000Red
4M18L M50L4.1951:10000Red
5M16A M55L W21L3.8951:10000Red
6M21S W18L W20L W35L3.3901:7500Blue
7M60L M20S M35S W40L W45L2.8901:7500Blue
8M65L M45S M40S W50L3.0701:7500Blue
9M50S M18S W16A W21S2.6551:7500Blue
10M70L W55L2.6501:7500Blue
11M55S W60L2.5551:7500Blue
12W18S W20S W35S Green2.4401:7500Blue
13M75L M60S W65L W45S W40S1.9501:7500Green
14M65S W50S1.9651:7500Green
15M70S W70L W60S W55S1.6301:7500Green
16M80 M85 M90 M75S W80 W75L W70S W65S1.3201:7500Green
17W75S  W85 W901.2151:7500Green
18M14A M16B2.11101:7500Green
19W14A W16B Light Green1.7751:7500Green
20M12A M14B W12A W14B Orange2.1401:7500White
21M10A M12B W10A W12B Yellow1.451:7500White
22M10B W10B White1.351:7500White