Forres Scottish Orienteering Urban League Sat, 27 Oct 18

Event Info
Location of Event: 
Type of Event: 
Scottish Orienteering Urban League
Event Date: 
Sat, 27-Oct-2018


57° 36' 39.3516" N, 3° 36' 28.242" W
Event Timings
Registration Times: 
11:00 - 14:00
Start Times: 
11:30 - 15:15
Courses Close at: 
Event Details

Start times

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Please also see details for the SOL in Roseisle here

Moravian Orienteers are delighted to welcome you to the 9th bto SOUL event in Grant Park and Cluny Hill, Forres. The event is associated with the Junior Inter-Area Relay and the University Relay competitions.

Route to Forres:

Competitors should approach the event, and the parking, along Orchard Road, accessed from the A940 (Grantown Road). Those approaching from the east or west along the A96 should exit the A96 onto the A940 and turn left onto Orchard Road. 
Approaching from the south, into Forres on the A940, turn right into Orchard Road.


There are a number of public carparks around Forres, however, in order to avoid encroaching on the competition area, we would ask that competitors use ONLY the carpark off Orchard Road (opposite Applegrove Primary School) or the large carpark behind Forres Academy (Burdsyard Road, Forres, IV36 1FG). It is also acceptable to use on-street parking on the approach to the Academy (Sanquhar Road). It is requested that runners do not park on the street next to Grant Park as these spaces will be utilised by event officials. 
Competitors should NOT use any of the carparks to the north of the High Street, nor the one located behind the Co-op store.
The following link can be used to identify the carparks in the town: 
From the carparks please walk to Registration along the B9010, South Street. From the small roundabout by the British Legion this goes slightly uphill and is adjacent to the Park. You should remain on the pavement until the left-hand bend by the Bowling Club and enter from there. 
Please avoid walking through the Park as this will deemed to be competition area.

Nearest Toilets

Public toilets are situated across Grant Park at the east side, by the children’s playpark. These are associated with the café adjacent to them, but the vendor is happy for us to use them in return for us helping to clean them.  Forres Community Centre, which is located just across the road (B9011) also has toilets which can be used. The centre is open until 3pm.
The toilets in the Bowling Club are strictly for the use of event officials only as a condition of the hire of the venue. Please respect this arrangement.
When walking between the toilets and the Bowling Club / start, please use the cinder tree-lined path rather than cutting across the grass, to avoid encroaching on the competition area.

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

Timing and Starts

SI will be used and SIAC will be enabled. Some SIAC cards will be available to hire at registration for the charge of £2.50. (Hire of normal SI cards is free / included in the entry price). There is a £40 charge for lost SI cards (normal or SIAC).


Starts are between 1130 – 1515. A punching start system will be used with no official start time allocated. 2-minute intervals will be left between runners on the same course. We would request however that people use the windows they requested (early, middle and late) to allow the organisers to plan. Please be reminded that the last start time will be strictly adhered to as we have to have the event cleared away promptly to allow the Bowling Club to use their facilities for an event in the evening. If everyone arrives at 3pm it may not be possible to accommodate all runners…… Juniors running the inter-area relay can only start the SOUL AFTER their relay run.


Start and Finish are close to assembly within the park.


All competitors take part at their own risk and choose a course that matches their experience and fitness.


You MUST report to Download by course-closing time.


Clothing and Footwear:


Courses are planned to use terrain both in the local town and within the Park area and Cluny Wood. Shoes capable of managing mixed terrain are recommended, however road shoes are deemed to be suitable. NO METAL DOBS to be used.

Competitors should dress according to weather conditions on the day, but shorts ARE permitted.


First Aid:


Basic first aid will be provided by qualified members of Moravian and will be available at Registration.


Nearest hospital (with A&E department) = Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin. IV30 1SN

Alternative = Raigmore Hospital, Inverness. IV2 3UJ




Brett Mather has opened a food outlet in the council buildings at the east side of Grant Park. This is adjacent to the children’s playground and the toilets. He is kindly allowing us to use the toilets, which he maintains, and will be open to sell teas, coffees, wonderful ice-cream, and confectionary. Please consider helping his business as he is helping us!


Additionally, there are a number of cafés around Forres where sandwiches, soup and cakes can be enjoyed. They would be happy to welcome orienteers!

Courses available: 

Terrain Description

Urban with a little bit of forest.

The event will take place from Grant Park, Forres. This area was previously used for the World Orienteering Championship Sprint Finals in 2015. The event centre will be in Grant Park Bowling Club and the courses will use the park, neighbouring Cluny Hill, and the quiet streets of Forres town.

Junior courses (12 and under) will remain within the park grounds, but the course for 16+ juniors will have one marshalled road crossing and use the quieter back streets of the town.

The event is associated with the Scottish Junior Inter-Area Relay competition which will also be held within the park and will use the neighbouring Cricket Pavilion for registration and download.

Course information:

The courses run on mainly urban terrain but with a little bit of forest thrown in! The forest is hilly, but mostly very runnable, and with a dense path network. The starts and finish of Course 7 are within Grant Park, but competitors (except those on course 7) will enter areas of the town, and all courses will also visit neighbouring Cluny Hill. The finish for Courses 1-6 is in the town, a short distance from the park. The area was previously used for the World Orienteering Sprint Finals in 2015.


Course lengths are subject to planning amendments and final controlling but will be in the region of:


Mens Competitive Classes

Womens Competitive Classes

Non-Competitive Entry

Technical Difficulty

Approx Course Length

Mens Open



Course 1


7.2 km

Veteran Men (M40+)

Women Open (W18-35)

Course 2


6.3 km

Super Veteran Men (M55+)

Veteran Women (W40+

Course 3


6.0 km

Ultra Veteran Men (M65+)

Super Veteran Women (W55+)

Course 4


4.2 km


Ultra Veteran Women (W65+)

Course 5


3.1 km

Junior Men (M16-)

Junior Women (W16-)

Course 6


3.5 km

Young Junior Men (M12-)

Young Junior Women (W12-)

Course 7


1.8 km


Course 7 is entirely within Grant Park and Cluny Hill and does not cross any roads.

All other courses have forest and urban legs including Course 6 as parts of Forres are considered not to have significant traffic. All competitors should be aware however that moving vehicles are still a potential hazard and great care should be taken. Parents of 14s and 16s, we have tried to give these age classes a taste of urban orienteering but please ensure they know the dangers.

Courses 1 - 6 all cross the main road through Forres but course 6 will have a timed-out manned crossing point.


Grant Park and Cluny Hill are popular venues for the public for walking. There are likely to be many dog-walkers in the area. The woods are sometimes also used by mountain-bikers. Please respect all other uses of the area and avoid confrontation.


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: 
Dogs on leads only
Event Prices

Adult BOF / SOA members £9

Adults non-BOF / SOA £11

Juniors BOF / SOA £3

Juniors non-BOF / SOA £4

Entries Close on Sun 21 Oct - Late Entries and EOD incur £1 extra charge

Free Si Hire, but £40 Charge if you lose it



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 2018.

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
David Summers INVOC
Alan Halliday
Liz Barr
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