The 23rd Scottish 6 Days Orienteering event will be held in Lochaber between the 1st and 7th August 2021 (immediately following O-Ringen in Sweden). Lochaber is a scenic area in the Scottish Highlands, including Fort William, the outdoor capital of Scotland and Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.

Running the Event

The Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Company has been keeping under review the progress of the next 6-day event in view of the threat posed by the Corona virus. At present, the intention is to go ahead with the event in Lochaber provided that travel and social distancing restrictions have been sufficiently lifted to enable the event to safely take place and that holding the event would not pose a risk to public health or to competitors or volunteers’ health and safety.

There will be impacts on how the event is run and for competitors.

Competitor Impact

For us to run the event safely, it is essential that all competitors comply with all rules and guidelines laid down by the Scottish Government in respect of COVID-19 including rules on face coverings, self-isolation, travel and quarantine. It is recommended that all competitors download and install the Protect Scotland app on their smartphones. Currently equivalent apps from England, Northern Ireland and Wales are compatible with the Protect Scotland app and there is no-need to install both the Scottish app and another UK app).

It is also essential that all competitors abide by all the specific event instructions in respect of COVID-19; whether given in the event information or by an event official. These will include rules and guidelines agreed with Scottish Orienteering and SportScotland for running the event.

Changes to the Event

Competitors are likely to see changes across the entire event, including registration, entry at the event, merchandising, start procedures and assembly. But with all that, we hope to keep it recognisably the Scottish6Days that competitors have loved for over 40 year.

Further details will first be published on the Latest News pages as we continue to assess the risks imposed by the Corona virus and as government policy develops.

Entry Fees

Parking at the events is included in the entry fee.

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

Age Class Courses

  • 1 Jan 2021 – 31 Jan 2021
    Senior: £22
    Junior/Student: £6
  • 1 Feb 2021 – 30 Apr 2021
    Senior: £24
    Junior/Student: £8
  • 1 May 2021 – 30 Jun 2021
    Senior: £26
    Junior/Student: £8
  • Late Entries and Entry at Event
    Senior: £28
    Junior/Student: £8

Colour Coded Courses

  • 1 Jan 2021 – 30 Jun 2021
    Senior (White, Yellow, Orange): £11
    Senior (Light Green): £12
    Senior (Green): £15
    Junior/Student: £5
  • Late Entries / Entries on the Day
    Senior (White, Yellow, Orange): £12
    Senior (Light Green): £14
    Senior (Green): £18
    Junior/Student: £6

SI Card Hire

SPORTident electronic punching will be used for the 6-Days with mixed SI punching. Competitors with a traditional SI card will dib in the ordinary way, but those orienteers that own or hire a SIAC will be able to use it contactlessly.

There will be a charge of £1 per day to hire an SI card. The charge for a lost SI card is £30.

There will be a charge of £2.50 per day entered to hire an SIAC card. The charge for a lost SIAC card will be £75.

String Course

There will be free string and off string courses available each day.

For insurance purposes, all String course participants must be registered for free. While it is possible to register children at the event, we would prefer if you would register your child in advance.

Please note that registration for the string and off-string courses is free.

Registration

Arrangements for the collection of bibs, programmes, hired SI cards and pre-ordered merchandise will be published later.

"Rest Day" Events

We will not be staging a “rest day” Sprint or Urban event but in an area like Lochaber who needs organised activities!

Start Time allocation

Main 6 Days Events

Start times for these events will run from 10.00 until 14.00 each day.

This year because of COVID-19, start times will be allocated for the colour coded courses as well as the age class courses. Start times will be pre-allocated for all competitors on all days. The start times will be allocated in accordance with the Scottish 6 Days Club Block system (see below). We expect to publish start times in mid-July.

The main exception to the above rule is for Elite athletes on Day 6. On this last day of competition, the Elite athletes will have a reverse start based upon their performance in the first five days of competition. The first start is likely to be late morning but will depend on the number of athletes competing. We expect to publish these start times on the evening of Day 5.

Scottish 6 Days Club Block System  

The four (4) hour start window is split into 6 forty-minute blocks, starting at 10.00, 10.40, 11.20, 12.00, 12.40 and 13.20. Every club will be allocated a different start block for each of the 6 days. Thus over the course of a week, competitors will experience the full range of start times, and members of each club will end up with reasonably close start times every day.

Sprint Orienteering

If we are able to run a Sprint Orienteering event on the rest day, then start times shall be allocated on a standard early, middle, late basis.

  • The organisers will try to give clubs from non-GB & Ireland countries the same pattern of start blocks for per country. Scandinavian clubs are likely to be split over two separate start block patterns
  • If you want your start times to be similar to members of a different club, please fill in the ‘club for start block’ field, and your start times will be allocated alongside that club
  • If two clubs would like to have the same start block pattern, please email the entry secretary.
  • Entries for competitors made on the same entry form will not be allocated together unless the club (or club for start block) is the same for each competitor
  • If you wish to start at a similar time to a friend, provided you give the same club/club for start block information – then your start times will be similar.
    Please do not submit a special request for this.
  • For parents/guardians who request split start times, one of the parents will be allocated a time with the relevant club. The other parent will be given a start time approximately two hours earlier/later. The parent starting second will be allowed a punching start if they cannot make their allocated start time. Please use the special requests to nominate which parent should either start first or alongside their club (as preferred).
  • All helpers will be allocated a start time but allowed a punching start if they cannot make their allocated start time.
  • We will try and honour a special request. Please note that the most common special request is for an early start or very early start on the last day. There are only a limited number of such slots. If you have a particular plane or ferry to catch, please provide details.
  • We understand that parents with young children sometimes wish to accompany them to the starts. We will provide information about distances/times to the starts once the planning is more advanced.

Amendments

Amendments which affect the course/class entered (and are within the same price band) may be made free of charge up to the event closing date. After the closing date, a small charge will be made for changes to class or start time. Other changes, such as changes to SI card number will remain free.

Cancellation Policy

Although we are confident that the event will go ahead, we recognise that there is still a possibility that the Covid-19 situation will not have improved sufficiently to allow us to proceed as planned. If we have to cancel the Lochaber 2021 event, competitors are entitled to a full refund of the entry fee (less the SiEntries Booking Fee which is 4.8% of the entry fee).

The Scottish6Days can take no responsibility for the costs of accommodation or travel booked.

Competitors may only cancel their entry before the closing date of 30 June 2021 and will be given a full refund, less an administration charge. We regret that no refunds of entry fees will be possible after this date. The administration charge is 8% of the fee being refunded.

Merchandise may only be ordered, amended and cancelled up until 31st May 2021. Any cancellations will incur the administration charge of 8%. If at the end of May, we confirm that the we are planning to go ahead with the event, it will not be possible to make any changes to the merchandise order after that date. Merchandise will be available for collection at the event (or if the event is subsequently cancelled, will be posted to competitors). If unfortunately we cancel the event at the end of May, we will also cancel any merchandise orders – and refund monies less the administration fee, alongside the event entry fees.

If you wish to cancel your entry or merchandise order, please email the entry secretary.

Late Entries / Entry at the Event

From mid-July, we hope to offer Late Entries.

At the event itself, we plan to offer Entry at the Event. We are currently planning that Entry at the Event will be online and not in-person at the event itself. Entry for any specific day is planned to be available until 18.00 the evening before.

Dogs

At present, we believe that it will be possible to bring dogs to the assembly areas and car parks each day.

Risk and Safety

Competitors accept the hazards associated with participating in the event, and that they take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.

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.

Other than the organiser’s liability for causing death or personal injury by negligence, Event Officials will not accept liability for any injury, accident, loss or damage to the competitor or their property that may arise before, during or after the event as a consequence of participation in the event.