We promised a variety of terrain types and a few surprises. Culteuchar & Dron was very different from the past few days and offered fast running over closely cropped grassland before descending into the woods. And what a finish – who would believe 2,500 orienteers would end up in someone’s back garden?
The River Earn winds it way down towards the Silvery Tay and Culteuchar & Dron was probably the last area which could be truly connected with Strathearn itself. Unlike some other days there was a plethora of land owners and land managers across the area – add several farmers, sheep, bulls, partridges, pheasants, electric fences, potholed tracks and many other factors and it is remarkable we were able to stage such a great event at all. Massive thanks go to John and Yvonne Hay who gamely agreed to the races finishing on their beautifully manicured back garden. They had no previous connection with orienteering and I am not sure they fully appreciated what they were letting themselves in for when they agreed access.
Logistically the day was challenging, including the high up starts (and stiles) which involved some skilful driving and lugging of equipment. Having less climb on your actual course was of course a huge bonus and as many noted the view was lovely. After speeding across the open terrain many were caught out on the descent into the forest – this was thinned and felled earlier in the year and runnability was greatly improved.
Rachel Wilson of CLYDE deserves our thanks for pulling together the many diverse elements of the day. The Controller was former IOF President and their third Honorary Life President Brian Porteous, showing that he can keep in touch with more grassroots orienteering – one of the aims and objectives of the Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Co Ltd is to work collaboratively with the Scottish Orienteering Association in the development and advancement of the sport of orienteering in Scotland.
Report and photos - Colin Matheson (SOA)
Today (Friday 2nd August) is Day 5 - a World Ranking Event and moves to Craig a Barns.
Craig a Barns was used for the Scottish Championships in 1962 and was the first specially mapped area for orienteering in Scotland. The area has played host to various events, including the Jan Kjellstrom 1990 and more recently JK2012.
The Livestream today is focused on the M/W 21 Elite but not exclusively.
Keep up-to-date on the Day 5 action:
Full details about today can be found here.
British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers from surrounding clubs for their time and commitment in putting on this event for all to enjoy. This week has seen orienteering taking place in spectacular scenery and today we wish all competitors another great competitive day of orienteering in Craig a Barns.