After the success of the Crook Wood sprint, and to let you get some more practise in before the Mountain Bike Orienteering Weekend two weeks after, Steve Smirthwaite has planned another sprint event in Delnies Wood, Nairn.
Please note that there is no planned parking available at Delnies Wood and participants will be required to park in the various Nairn town centre car parks and cycle to the event. This is 2km to the start and less than a 10 minute bike ride.
Entries will open on SI entries shortly. No entry on the day.
Directions and Parking
Getting There (not signposted)
There is no organised parking. Please park in Nairn and cycle to the start/finish area at Moss-Side Road in the south east corner of Delnies Wood.
TAKE CARE ON THE PUBLIC ROADS TO THE START
The preferred parking is in the town centre. From there it is 2km and less than 10 minute bike ride to the start. If you on-street park please be very sensitive of local residents. Do not block driveways and allow space between cars to permit traffic to pass in both directions. Obey the Highway Code and always park in the direction of travel.
Start and Finish
Registration, dibber hire, Download, First Aid, Start and Finish
This is at the southeast corner of Delnies Wood on Moss Side Road, Nairn.
TAKE CARE ON THE PUBLIC ROADS TO THE START
Please do not come to the start until 10 minutes before your start time to minimise the number of people at the start area and maintain social distancing. Start times will be pre-allocated between 09.30 - 10.30 and published on SI Entries.
The start sequence will be as follows:
-3 minutes - clear.
-2 minutes - check.
-1 minute - pick up map and attach to map board.
0 - cross start line, punch start. Follow tapes to start control. You must go to start control.
The controls are SIAC enabled but you MUST PUNCH THE START AND FINISH.
Courses close at 11.30
3.6km straight line course with optimum cycling distance of 5.7km.
Map scale 1:7,500, 5m contours, size A4. Double sided map ( controls 1-6 on side 1 and controls 7 to finish on side 2) with estimate winning time expected 30 minutes.
Delnies Wood is a small pine forest with a complicated path network. Paths are generally well drained and mostly fast and easy to ride. Controls must be visited in numerical order. RIDERS MUST STAY ON MAPPED PATHS AND ROADS, CROSS COUNTRY RIDING IS NOT ALLOWED
You may encounter members of the public as Delnies Wood is a popular walking area. Please be courteous and give way to them as our access for future MTBO events relies on this. See Safety Rule #6
Please read the Moravian MTBO Safety Rules that provide an essential guide to the rules, map symbols and safety elements of MTBO. See MTBO Rules & Safety Guidelines
A BOF risk assessment, Covid risk assessment and British Mountain Bike Orienteering (BMBO) risk assessment have been completed and will be available for inspection at download.
Competitors must wear a BSI standard helmet and use a serviceable bike that must stay with them at all times. Appropriate cycle clothing is to be worn.
Mobile phone signal in the area is good and an emergency mobile phone number is printed on the map.
Please note any relevant medical conditions on your SI entry, or email the organiser.
Ticks are present and can be picked up even when cycling. Please check for ticks after you have been orienteering.
Download - It is essential that everyone returns to download even if you have not completed your course.
In terms of the SOA Covid-19 event guidance the key elements to avoid Covid-19 risks are
- Ensure that people with Covid-19 or self-isolating or in quarantine do not attend.
- Keep people 2m or more apart from each other.
- Avoid indoor gatherings associated with the events.
- Control events so that any groups that do gather are fewer than 15 and at the start 10 or fewer. (limit work for Test & Protect).
- Gather sufficient data to assist Scottish Government: Test & Protect if a case is detected after an event.
- Disinfect equipment before and after use and minimise contact between participants and the equipment.
There are therefore no entries available on the day and start times allocated to every competitor. Competitors are asked to arrive in the car park no more than 25 minutes before their start time and to leave the event immediately after completing their course.
There will be no coaching support at the event therefore competitors are asked to choose a course which matches their fitness and experience. For further advice on which event to enter please check the British Orienteering website https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/newcomers_guide
Competitors must maintain the 2m distance rule throughout the event including at registration and walking to and from the start & finish. The 2m distance rule applies while competing on the course and takes precedence while at a control where other competitors are present. Please move away from any control promptly. Competitors should also remain 2m 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 such as with the use of a bumbag.
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. Competitors are advised to minimise contact with SI boxes.
Print outs of results will not be provided but results will be uploaded to the event website as soon as practical.