We will provide a choice of courses at various Technical Difficulties (TD) – Levels 1 – 5, where TD1 is the easiest and TD5 is the most difficult.

TD1: M/W10B, White colour-coded course
TD2: M/W10A, M/W12B, Yellow colour-coded course
TD3: M/W12A, M/W14B, Orange colour-coded course
TD4: M/W14A, M/W16B, Light Green colour-coded course
TD5: Green colour-coded course
TD5: All Other Courses

The following is an explanation of the colour-coded courses:

White

Technically easy with most controls on paths. Where paths don’t exist, a taped route may be necessary. Mainly used by 6-10-year-olds and family groups.

Yellow

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

Orange

Involves basic use of the compass and route choice. Ideal for competent 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.

Which classes at which start

There are remote finishes on 5 of the 6 days.

On Day 2, the distances quoted are from the priority parking and toilets – the main parking is a further 2km away. The finish is 1km from the priority parking.

On Day 6 the routes to and from the starts & finishes follow paths and the longer lengths are needed to get competitors into the best terrain. Finding a location for Day 6 proved very difficult and we only managed to get access to Creag Meagaidh in the autumn. It is a superb location but the options for car parking / arena fields are very limited.

On other days walks from finishes are less than 500m.

The following age classes / colour-classes start at each start:

Red StartBlue StartGreen StartWhite Start
M16A
M18L
M20L
M21E
M21L
M35L
M40L
M45L
M50L
M55L
W21E
W21L
M18S
M20S
M21S
M35S
M40S
M45S
M50S
M55S
M60L
M65L
M70L
W16A
W18L
W20L
W21S
W35L
W40L
W45L
W50L
W55L
W60L
Green
L. Green
M14A
M16B
M60S
M65S
M70S
M75L
M75S
M80
M85
Green
L. Green
W14A
W16B
W18S
W20S
W35S
W40S
W45S
W50S
W55S
W60S
W65L
W65S
W70L
W70S
W75L
W75S
W80
W85
Orange
Yellow
White
M10A
M10B
M12A
M12B
M14B
Orange
Yellow
White
W10A
W10B
W12A
W12B
W14B

Distances to starts

Red StartBlue StartGreen StartWhite Start
Day 11.3km & 140m climb1.3km & 140m climb1.1km & 70m climb1.0km & 40m climb
Day 21.1km & 10m climb1.1km & 10m climb1.2km & 20m climb1.2km & 20m climb
Day 31.1km & 130m climb1.1km & 130m climb1.1km & 130m climb1.0km & 120m climb
Day 40.7km & 30m climb0.7km & 30m climb0.7km & 30m climb0.6km & 30m climb
Day 50.7km & 30m climb0.7km & 30m climb0.7km & 30m climb0.6km & 30m climb
Day 63.0km & 150m climb3.5km & 130m climb3.0km & 150m climb0.9km & 30m climb

Elite Starts

For the M21E & W21E competitors, a Reversed Seeded Start will no longer be used on Day 6 at Creag Meagaidh.