The Quarry Wood Local Event is suitable for newcomers through to experienced orienteers. The event will be followed later by the Club Awards with Family Quiz/Pot Luck Supper (5-8 pm) at Roseisle Village Hall (see separate event for details).
There will be pre-event coaching available. Please let Morag know if you would like to come to the coaching session (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Information last updated: Thursday 12th January (Course info)
Directions and Parking
Registration will be at the Eight Acres Hotel & Leisure Club (NJ196629; w3w:turned.live.skin) which is on the corner of the A96 and Morriston Rd, on the western edge of Elgin. Special thanks to the Eight Acres who have kindly agreed to host us in one of their function rooms.
If you are arriving by public transport, the hotel is about 2.6 km walk from the railway station and about 2.1 km from the bus station.
If arriving by car, once in the hotel grounds, take the road which goes around to the left of the main building. If this fills up, there is further parking around to the right of the building at the back of the hotel.
Entrance for orienteers will be through a door to the right of the main hotel entrance. Please remove muddy footwear before entering the building. If you find yourself at the Leisure Club entrance, keep going around the left hand side of the building.
Start and Finish
Please pick up Yellow course maps from Registration.
The Start will be 300 m from the carpark. Please follow the marked route.
The Finish will be 150 m from the car park. Please follow the marked route to return to the car park and don't forget to Download.
PLEASE NOTE: SI units will be set to standard, not air mode. Please ensure you punch all controls.
The regular local event courses will be on offer. Course lengths and climb are shown below. Map scale 1:7,500 for all courses
Light green 4.5 km, 130m climb, 14 controls
Orange 2.8 km, 100m climb, 14 controls
Yellow 2.2 km, 90m climb, 11 controls
Quarry Wood is a steep sided forested hill with pockets of very complex terrain due to old quarry workings (for the Light Green course). Runability varies from very fast to some quite slow sections with heather underfoot. At this time of year, bracken is down making running across blocks of forest easier than in the summer.
Please beware of mountain cyclists in the woods, particularly on the steeper southern part of the area. There are a number of new mountain bike tracks in this area that are not mapped.
Entries open on 1/1/2023 online via SI Entries
Online Entries until Wednesday 11/1/23 at 11.59pm.
Online Late Entries and Entry-on-the-Day (EOD) will be subject to map availability. An additional fee of £1 will be charged for a Late Online Entry or EOD.
Senior members £5
Senior non-members £6
Junior/student members £3.50
Junior/student non-members £4.50
There is a £1 discount if using your own SI Card (dibber).
Competitors take part in this event at their own risk. Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for a forest in northern Scotland in January. Full leg cover is compulsory. Waterproofs may be made compulsory if the weather is particularly bad. Carrying a whistle is advised. Please see notices at registration.
Competitors must be aware of, and take care to avoid other path users on the courses e.g. walkers, cyclists, horse riders and other competitors.
Please be aware of trip and slip hazards such as steep slopes, slippery paths, uneven surfaces, litter and dog fouling. Beware of steep quarry cliffs inside fenced areas. Courses have been planned to avoid these areas. The main A96 road which runs along the south side of the map is out of bounds.
There may still be ticks in the forest at this time of year. Competitors are advised to check themselves and their children for ticks after competing.
Safety bearing - if disorientated, go East until meeting a road or edge of the woods, then down the hill to the hotel.
COVID-19 Guidance (Updated May 2022)
The SOA has issued the following updated COVID-19 event guidance with effect from March 2022 for Clubs to follow.
All competitors must not attend an orienteering event if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 (even if they have received two doses of the vaccine and a booster) until they have completed their period of self-isolation.
Entry on the day (EOD) at events and activities is permitted but clubs should encourage physical distancing around registration or results displays even when outdoors.
Clubs are to avoid close packed (less than 1m separation) groups of people even when outdoors. Such close packing has been known to occur around both registration and results displays – it can also occur with helpers at registration and download.
- Indoor public spaces may be used for events and activities, but current face covering regulations must be followed and behaviours such as improved ventilation, provision of hand sanitiser, adapting layouts to encourage social distancing and encouraging the use of face masks to reduce spread should be adopted.
As a result, Moravian will continue to make hand sanitiser available for use by competitors and volunteers at the registration and download areas.
Competitors are asked not to form close (less than 1m separation) groups at events (be it outdoor or indoor), particularly around registration and download, and are encouraged to minimise contact with SI boxes, including Clear, Check and SI AIR test boxes, and the download equipment.
Where indoor/enclosed spaces are used which have restricted air circulation, Moravian will adapt layouts to maintain at least 1m segregation and encourage competitors to wear a mask.