Cooper Park, Elgin Saturday and Moray & Nairn Schools League Sat, 08 Dec 18

Event Info
Location of Event: 
Cooper Park, Elgin
Type of Event: 
Saturday and Moray & Nairn Schools League
Event Date: 
Sat, 08-Dec-2018


57° 39' 4.572" N, 3° 19' 34.6188" W
Event Timings
Registration Times: 
10:15 - 11:15
Start Times: 
10:30 - 11:30
Courses Close at: 
Event Details
Let us know you're coming and request a map here
The (orienteering!) event will be based at Moray Rugby Club at Morriston Playing Fields (over the bridge to the left of Moray Leisure Centre). Eddie Harwood is planning and he devised some devilish courses which will make you think! So for those of you thinking that Cooper Park would be a ‘walk in the park’, think again!

The competition area is mostly urban with some mixed woodland in parts, interspersed with a network of paths and trails. The general terrain is flat, but there are one or two challenging inclines to keep you on your toes.

Please remember that both Morriston and Cooper Park are popular with other users. There is no rugby match planned for the 19th, but there will be dog walkers, cyclists and other users to be aware of. All courses will close promptly at 1300.

Everyone should be aware that this is a spring specification map which has a number of symbols which signify features that MUST not be crossed. The relevant ones are walls fences and crags where basically all thick black lines are forbidden to cross, hedges, all of which are forbidden to cross, water where the river is forbidden, private land and flower beds, and purple overprinted out of bounds on the bigger roads.

The maps will have a legend of all these symbols and notice will be drawn to them at the start. Please keep to the spirit of the sport and complete the provided course by obeying them. Anyone seen crossing any of these will be disqualified.





The event will be adjacent to Moray Leisure Centre and will be signed from there.


Parking is very limited at Morriston and will be restricted to event planner, organiser and IT team ONLY on the day as there is a rugby event later that day.  Please park in one of many nearby free car parks or at the Lossie Green car park (cost £1).

Nearest Toilets

There are toilets at Moray Rugby Club.

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 by Course Closing Time

Parents note that the yellow course goes along a road with no pavement. It is a very minor road with minimal slow traffic. However young children should be shadowed for safety reasons even if not for avoiding getting lost.
Everyone should be aware of the possibility of traffic.

Light Green
There are a number of places on the course where slow traffic could be encountered. All roads where traffic should be moving fast enough to prohibit juniors from running alone are marked as out of bounds, and therefore NO-ONE should set foot on these. Everyone needs to be aware of the possibility of vehicles on paved areas. 

Start and Finish Information

START: The route to the start is just over 500m flat.

Courses available: 

Terrain Description


Courses (Colours and Lengths)

Long (Light Green technical difficulty level 3)

Short (Yellow standard ie tech difficulty level 2)

The light green course will give everyone a view of the area quite different from what they have seen before. The map will be 2-sided at a scale of 1:5000 on one side with a blown up 1:2000 on the reverse for a section of the course. Technically it really doesn't get harder than TD3 but I anticipate that there will be plenty of mistakes made by everyone, none of them involving major time loss.

Map scales:
Light green: 1:5000 shows the whole course printed on one side, but turn over for
                     1:2000 printed on the back shows a section of the course controls 6 - 23.
Yellow          1:4000

Light green course notes:
The course is mostly parkland but includes a few urban bits.
The main technical challenges are some route choice, both macro and micro, and a section of intensive control packing.

This means that there are several features that IT IS FORBIDDEN TO CROSS even if you think you can easily do so.

These include:
Some walls - Thick black lines (crossable walls are drawn with a thick grey line)
Some fences - Thick black lines with double diagonal tags (crossable fences are thin black lines with single diagonal tags)
Hedges - thick green lines (all hedges on this map are forbidden to cross)
Some water - full blue with black edge (there is no crossable water on the map)
Vertical red lines - OUT OF BOUNDS AREAS. These are used extensively on bigger roads. These MAY NOT be crossed. (The pavements are not included in these areas but needless to say you cannot cross from one pavement to the one opposite).
Private land and flower beds - olive green colour.
I intend to tape some sections of hedge as a reminder.

These symbols should be on a legend on the map.

Please do NOT CHEAT. It is not in the spirit of the sport. Anyone seen crossing any forbidden feature will be disqualified.

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 2017 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

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Punch Type: 
Dogs on leads only
Event Prices
Adults £4
Juniors £3
£1 discount for using own brikke
£1 discount for Oclub members


Club membership costs £19 for seniors and just £5 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 2019.

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
Eddie Harwood
Ken Anderson
Organiser Email:
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