Darnaway Saturday Series and Moray & Nairn Schools League Sat, 17 Feb 18

Event Info
Location of Event: 
Type of Event: 
Saturday Series and Moray & Nairn Schools League
Event Date: 
Sat, 17-Feb-2018


57° 33' 31.5576" N, 3° 40' 1.9848" W
Event Timings
Registration Times: 
10:15 - 11:15
Start Times: 
10:30 - 12:00
Courses Close at: 
Event Details

This event is the 2nd of our Saturday League and the Moray & Nairn Schools League for 2018.

Open to non-members and members of any orienteering club


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Conicavel Hall - Post Code IV36 2TU - Grid Ref - NH994535

The event will be sign posted from the A96, East of Brodie.  The road from the A96 to Conicavel is single track and winding in places.  Please take care.


Registration and assembly are at the Conicavel Hall (NH 994534).  The parking area is at the rear of the hall.  Please take extra care as you drive into the hall area as runners will be present.  To ease parking, please arrange to share lifts where possible.  
Those arriving in larger vehicles e.g. camper vans will be asked to park at the wood yard, which is at the far end of the village hall (still close to registration).

Registration and Download

Please come to registration to register, pick up hired EMIT brikkes or for enquiries.  Please fill in the registration form and pay your entry fee.  Registration forms will be available on the day, however, they can be downloaded from http://www.moravianorienteering.org.
You must report to download after your run, even if you do not complete the course.  

Nearest Toilets

Toilets are available in the hall.

Start and Finish Information

The start and finish points are a short walk from registration and are close together.  This involves crossing the village of Conicavel on grass and crossing two roads.  Please take care and follow the tapes and marshals.  Clothing may be left near the start area for collection after your run.
As of friday lunchtime there are still icy patches on the route to the start (woodyard) and on some of the forest tracks where there is no sunlight! Please take extra care in these areas.
Loose control descriptions will be available at the start. Yellow course runners should collect their maps at registration. Blank maps will be on display at the start.

Event Safety Information

All competitors take part at their own risk and choose a course that matches their experience and fitness.  It is advisable to wear full leg cover, suitable footwear and to hydrate before run.

The area is popular with dog walkers and horse riders.  Please respect the riders’ wishes so as not to alarm the horses.

There may be faecal matter from dogs present along the tracks, presenting a possible health hazard to those who come in to contact with it.  Please take care, especially if you have young children with you.

Should a competitor get completely lost, the safety bearing is to head WEST.  This bearing will lead them either to tracks, the road or to field boundaries, which will guide them to return to the Start and Finish at Conicavel.

Do not climb on the piles of wood.

The paths can be slippery, with roots and rocks protruding in places.  Please take care.

Ticks may be present in the area, please check yourself after the event.

Whistles are advised.

Courses available: 

Map - Darnaway East

A4 1:10,000 

Contour Interval 5m

Terrain Description

Darnaway East is an area of runnable beech and open woodland, full of contour features and with an extensive path network. Tracks may be roadlike or green grass covered, paths may be covered in leaves reducing their visibility. The yellow course whilst all on tracks/paths is not navigable by a std buggy, All terrain types will be fine.


Courses (Colours and Lengths) 

Note the Great Britain Talent Squad are in our region for training this weekend, we have added a middle race for them to run - this is open to MOR members as well (eligible for Sat Lge points), please make sure you check Middle Men or Women on the survey monkey. The GB squad will start from 11:30 start time, so we will fit in around them.  A Middle Distance Course is planned to an estimated winning time of 35 mins for an Elite Orienteer; so think of it as a Green/Short Blue for most of us.

All courses will encounter stacked logs and lying timber (off path) please keep off any stacks or cut wood. Obey all forestry signage and respect out of bounds areas marked on the map.

Yellow (technical difficulty 2) 2.6k 11 controls 55m climb

Orange (technical difficulty 3) 2.9k 11controls 120m climb

Light Green (technical difficulty 4) 3.6k 12 controls 170m climb

Women Middle (technical difficulty 5) 4.1k 14 controls 200m climb

Men Middle (technical difficulty 5) 5.0k 15 controls 240m climb


Note climb has been measured along the straight line route, in practice it will be much lower and depend upon route choices.


Schools League Info

Anyone attending School in Moray or Nairn is automatically entered in to the Schools League competition. This is Round 2 for the 2018 league so please encourage others from your school to help make up a team.

Remember to give the name of your school on your entry form. The best 4 competitors from each school count for the teams but any number can take part.

Schools League competitors can run on any course - higher points can be scored by successfully completing the longer/harder courses but only by achieving a clear round. Shadowing by parents is allowed on the shortest course, but not on the others. Secondary and primary pupils will be scored separately. See the 'Leagues' menu for schools competition information.

Please register as an individual, but you're welcome to run with a friend and help each other out as you go. For groups of 3 or more running together, only 2 individual times can count for your school team score. This is to make it fair for the majority of more experienced juniors who do the course on their own or as pairs. It's the best 4 times that count for the Schools League - you can see the full rules and information HERE.

Press and Photography

Previews and post-event reports for all our events appear in the local press. We often take photos at events that may be used in the press, but will not name anyone under 18 without parental consent. You can see previous press reports in our press album on Facebook.

Punch Type: 
Dogs on leads only
Event Prices
Adults £4
Juniors £3
£1 discount for using own brikke
The above prices include BOF membership discount

Add £1 to entry prices for those that are not members of British/Scottish Orienteering


Club membership costs £18 for seniors and just £3.30 for juniors (under 21). It entitles you to £1 off your entry fee for this event as well as discounted entry at all Moravian events, and most events organized by other clubs. If you'd like to become a member, please click HERE - your membership will be valid until the end of 2018.

Please note that non-members of an orienteering club are only covered under our insurance for 3 events.


Information for parents "shadowing" junior runners

Adults shadowing juniors only need pay for the junior entry. Please allow your son/daughter to do most of the navigation themselves. If you are doing all the navigation for them (ie they're chasing you round the course), please let us know at registration so we can note you down as "non competitive" or register you as an adult.

We encourage adult "shadowers" to help out if you see your children going obviously, wrong or getting stuck, but please wait for them to ask you for help before stepping in. That's all part of the learning process and helps build their self-confidence. This also makes it fair for the children that do the course all by themselves. Thank you.

Event Officials
Paul Furness
Karen Fraser
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