Moravian Orienteers welcome you back to The Moray Mix with an urban SOUL event in the town of Lossiemouth on Saturday 23rd October and a forest (SOL 4) event in Lossie Forest on Sunday 24th October.
What a great way to end an orienteering weekend running around a pine clad forest with hidden military defences dating from WWII.
Pre entries only. No entry on the day.
Directions and Parking
Nearest postcode IV31 6RU. Signed from Inchbroom Farm, Lossiemouth on B9103 between Lossiemouth and A96.
Approach from Lossiemouth follow B9103 towards A96. On crossing Arthurs Bridge over Lossie River the entrance into Lossie Forest will be signed at Inchbroom Farm following a non classified road east into Lossie Forest.
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Parking will be along the forest road within Lossie Forest following a one way system. For those bringing camper vans larger than a VW camper van please contact the organiser before the event to ensure that there is sufficient parking available.
Start and Finish
The Start is approximately 300m from Assembly – please allow no more than 5 minutes to get there from Assembly and don’t arrive more than 10 minutes before your start time.
The Finish is approximately 200m from Assembly. Please ensure you report to Download after your run, even if you don’t complete your course, so we can confirm everyone is out of the forest.
Black 11.0 Km, 140m Climb.
Brown 9.1 Km, 110m Climb.
Short Brown 8.0 Km, 105m Climb.
Blue 6.2 Km, 80m Climb.
Short Blue 5.3 Km, 75m Climb.
Green 4.6 Km, 70m Climb.
Short Green 3.9 Km, 55m Climb.
Light Green 3.9 Km, 40m Climb.
Orange 3.0 Km, 25m Climb.
Yellow 3.0 Km, 10m Climb.
White 2.0 Km, 10m Climb.
Guidance on which course to enter to be found in SOL Competition Rules and Guidance at https://www.scottish-orienteering.org.sol/
Loose control descriptions will be available at the start.
Lossie Forest offers fast and technical orienteering in a fantastic part of Moray to the east of Lossiemouth. The north western and northern part of the mapped forest consist of intricate open dunes with marram grass and pine forested dunes, together with new pine tree growth and denser gorse sections in part. The main pine forest area has an extensive path and track network.
Recent felling in the northern forested dune area has resulted in the thinning of trees and a number of new extraction lanes which have not been mapped. Some parts of the dunes are mapped as semi-open. These have young trees of varying density, but visibility in these areas is generally low.
Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. Whistles should be carried. Six short blasts indicate a competitor in trouble, anyone hearing this signal is asked to offer assistance.
• All TD5 and TD4 courses cross the main forest access road (which will be used for car parking). 'Caution runner' signs will be displayed on the track to warn drivers. Competitors may cross the access road and are advised to check for vehicles before doing so. Competitors are not permitted to run along the access road. Drivers are requested to drive with caution on the main forest access road and look out for orienteers crossing the road.
• The mapped area has a water hazard, which is deep and steep sided and must not be crossed or entered.
• The safety bearing for all courses is to head due north, where competitors will either meet a main forest track or path or the sea.
Please dress appropriately for an Event with an outdoor assembly in the North of Scotland in late October! Please note that Lossie Forest is a popular venue for walkers, and cyclists.
The area could have ticks which may cause Lyme Disease, if not promptly removed. Competitors are strongly advised to check themselves afterwards for ticks and remove them ASAP.
COVID-19 Guidance (Updated September 2021)
In terms of the SOA COVID-19 event guidance, the key elements to minimise the risk of transferring the COVID-19 virus are to:
- Ensure that people who are symptomatic, have tested positive with COVID-19 or have been told to self isolate do not attend an orienteering event or activity until they have completed their period of self-isolation.
- Control events by keeping people outdoors and by avoiding circumstances throughout the event or activity where people may gather.
- Keep people 1m or more apart from each other.
- Collect participant contact data to support the Scottish Government’s Test & Protect service if a case is detected after an event or activity.
- Minimise contact between participants and event equipment during the event or activity.
- Disinfect and/or quarantine event equipment before and after use.
There are, therefore, no entries available on the day and start times will be allocated to all competitors.
Competitors are asked to arrive at the event parking at a time before their allocated start time as specified in the final details and to leave the event as soon as they have completed their course and downloaded.
There will be no coaching support at the event. Therefore, competitors are asked to choose a course which matches their fitness and experience. Advice on which event to enter can be found via British Orienteering: https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/newcomers_guide.
Competitors must maintain and abide by the 1m social distancing rule throughout the event, including at registration and walking to and from the start and finish locations, unless competitors are of the same family/support bubble. The 1m distance rule applies while competing on the course and takes precedence while at a control where other competitors may be present. Competitors are to move away from any control promptly and to maintain at least 1m spacing at download. Competitors should also remain 1m distant from members of the public.
There will be no key drop box, so competitors must make arrangements for the storage of their key whilst they are competing.
Hand sanitiser will be available for use by competitors and volunteers at the registration area. Controls will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before the event and will be placed by an individual wearing disposable gloves and/or with sanitised hands. Competitors are to minimise contact with SI boxes, including Clear, Check and SI AIR test boxes, and the download equipment.
I hope you all enjoyed your day in Lossie. It's a good forest with plenty variety and challenge. Andrew put a lot of thought and work in as planner and came up with great courses, and Morag was a superbly efficient organiser.
A number of people queried the position of Control 161. Although we had no formal complaint, I decided to revisit it along with another experienced controller, and we judged that in relation to the path to the north and the open depression to the north-west, it was correct. However, there is another unmapped clearing to the east of it, and the contours do appear to need some revision. I have also analysed the split times and any time lost on a leg going to it hasn't affected first places on any course, and relatively little effect on other positions. All in all, I have decided to let the results stand.
Andrew and I also debated whether to mark the main forest roads used for parking with red X's, to keep competitors separated from cars and people walking to the start or back from the finish, but decided against it, as it seems that some people had misinterpreted that symbol in the past. Part of the road was a possible route on some courses, but was not an optimum route choice for any leg. For future reference, a row of X's on the overprint means that competitors are not allowed to run along the road, but may cross it at any point.
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