Mayne Wood, Elgin Saturday and Moray & Nairn Schools League Sat, 18 Mar 17

Event Info
Location of Event: 
Mayne Wood, Elgin
Type of Event: 
Saturday and Moray & Nairn Schools League
Event Date: 
Sat, 18-Mar-2017


57° 38' 6.4932" N, 3° 19' 18.7212" W
Event Timings
Registration Times: 
10:15 - 11:15
Start Times: 
10:30 - 11:30
Courses Close at: 
Event Details

This event is the 2nd of our Saturday League and the Moray & Nairn Schools League for 2017. The school pupils are doing teas, cakes, soup and sandwiches as a charity fundraiser. Please bring some spare cash and support them! Lots of tables inside and out.

Survey Monkey for maps

Please complete this survey below by Wednesday the 15th to let us know you're coming- it helps us plan map numbers.  Thanks.



Assembly and registration/download is in the Community Area at Elgin High School, High School Drive, New Elgin, IV30 6UD. The venue is an easy walk from Elgin Station. The train from Inverness/Nairn/Forres arrives at 0947 and the train from the East arrives at 0958 so both are ideal for the event timings. But note that buses replace trains this weekend between Inverness and Elgin due to the line improvement works at Forres.


There's parking at the school.


Nearest Toilets

In the school 

Safety Information

  • All competitors take part at their own risk and a choose a course that matches their experience and fitness
  • You MUST report to Download whether or not you finish your course.  Courses close at 1300.
  • See note below re runners on the path to the start.

Start and Finish Information

The start is about a 900m metre walk from registration, gently uphill.  To help you use this a warm up we'll have suggestions for activities along the way. The 3 shorter courses finish close 300m form the start, 600m back to assembly.  The longest course finishes back at the High School (see info in the "courses" section). TAKE CARE CROSSING THE SCHOOL CAR PARK TO AND FROM THE COMPETITION AREA. Beyond that the route is a footpath.

The start window will be extended for the white and yellow courses, or those who are sure they will fnish by 1300,  until 12:00

There will clothing transfer between the start and the short finish and assembly, though it's not guaranteed that your clothes will make it before you do!

Please keep a good lookout on the way up the narrow path to the start. Runners on the Senior Light Green course might be encountered running down the hill towards you while on their course. Likewise Long Light Green runners look our for people walking up hill towards you.




Courses available: 

In response to club member requests we've added some variety: a White (very easy) course to encourage youngsters who might want to go it alone (or shadowing adults who want to fit in their own run too), and a longer Light Green (technical) with a bit of urban.   Enjoy!

Sorry, no courses are suitable for buggies, and dogs must be under control and remain on paths due to wildlife in the forest (so no dogs on light green courses).

As usual there will be people available at registration to help newcomers get started.  If you would like a little more in depth help, a coach will be available from 10:00 for some elementary coaching advice.

Maps have been ordered based on pre-entries by the deadline of 15th March, and previous attendances at Mayne Wood. We are confident that everyone who turns up will get a run on their 1st choice of course.

White (very easy - ideal for young kids) 1.5 Km (13 pre-entries 25 maps available)

Yellow (easy - more confident kids and beginners of all ages) 1.8 Km (18 entries 40 maps)

Short Light Green (harder navigation, mainly off the paths - can be entered by any age) 2.8 Km (28 entries 37 maps)

Long Light Green (as above except longer, for age 16+ only) 3.6 Km* (27 entries 33 maps)

* The Long Light Green finishes at Elgin High School and includes a section of "urban" racing that involves crossing residential roads with light traffic. Our event insurance states that competitors on this course must be age 16 or over or accompanied by an adult (but see note belew re shadowing rules).

The start for all courses is approx 900metres from the school. The 3 shorter courses finish in the woodland close to the start, and will require an 600m walk back to download.

Terrain Description

Mayne Wood sits on the ridge above the school. It's mainly nice open runnable pine forest with plenty paths and some nice areas of contour detail. For an idea of likely running speeds you can check out the results for our events there in 2015 and 2014

A Note about the Map

The  map is at a scale of 1:5,000 (1 cm = 50 metres) and is drawn to include "sprint orienteering" symbology. This is what in orienteering we call ISSOM standard (International Specification for Sprint Orienteering Maps). When an orienteering map includes urban terrain, there are certain extra symbols needed, and specific symbol sizes required in order to make the map legible and to make barriers like walls and fences that are "forbidden to cross" obvious to competitors. ISSOM is a standard that ensures that wherever you orienteer in the world, urban maps will make sense to everyone, and make the competition fair for everyone, regardless of where you live or what language you speak. Most maps that don't have any urban terrain are simply called ISOM maps and, like urban maps, are drawn to an agreed international specification. If your life doesn't feel complete without knowing more, you can read more about it HERE


Other General Event Info


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. The light green courses are designed for orienteers who are developing more advanced skills. Juniors on these courses are expected to do it all themselves in fairness to other competitors. So if you are shadowing someone on either of these courses, please tell someone at registration and we will make them "non competitive". Thank you.

Schools League Info

Anyone attending School in Moray or Nairn is automatically entered in to the Schools League competitIon. Remember to give the name of your school on your entry form. The best 4 competitors from each school count for the teams.

Schools League competitors can run on any course (but note the age 16+ rule for the senior lt green). Secondary and primary pupils will be scored separately with higher points awarded by successfully completing the harder courses. Shadowing is ony allowed on the White and Yellow. See the 'Leagues' menu for schools competition information and the scoring system.

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: 
Event Prices
Adults £4
Adults £5
£1 discount for using own brikke
£1 discount for Oclub members


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 2017.

Event Officials
Steve Smirthwaite
Ali Wiseman
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