SAT 23/2/19 BTO SOUL 3 @ Cove, Aberdeen

Sponsored by BTO Solicitors, this SOUL is also the first event of 3 for the British Night Orienteering Championships Weekend 2019.

Terrain and courses: housing estates on the outskirts of Cove so expect plenty of alleyways, small open areas, paths, corners and wiggly roads. Trainers recommended unless weather suggests otherwise.
All Sprint courses planned with 12 – 15 minute winning times. Course lengths shown below are provisional subject to controlling:

Course Length/climb SOUL Class Non-comp
1 3.0km  35m MO Course 1 Open
2 2.6km  30m WO/MV Course 2 Open
3 2.0km  25m WV/MSV Course 3 Open
4 1.9km  25m WSV/MUV Course 4 Open
5 1.6km  25m WUV/WHV/MHV Course 5 Open
6 2.5km  30m WJ/MJ  (16-) Course 6 Open
7 1.6km  20m WYJ/MYJ   (12-) Course 7 Open

Enter by SOUL class according to your age class:

  • M/W YJ 12-
  • M/W 16- (with regard to the BOF requirements for under 16’s running in urban areas unaccompanied i.e. you must have passed your 16th birthday on or before the date of the event to compete in the Open class)
  • M/W Open  18 – 35 and open to any other class
  • M/W Vet (40+)
  • M/W Supervet (55+)
  • M/W Ultravet (65+)
  • M/W Hypervet (75+)

Or enter any of the so-called “Course X Open” classes if you don’t want to be competitive in the SOUL but fancy a run anyway.

Registration/Download and Event Centre: Altens Community Centre
what3words: jukebox.dogs.shuts
Toilets and rooms to leave kit while out racing.

Parking: in far corner of car park of The Aberdeen Altens Hotel
Follow tapes 300m from the car park to the Community Centre.
Many thanks to hotel for giving us permission for this – you might like to book a room there with double rooms from just £43.

Dogs: sorry but no dogs in the Community Centre or on the courses while running.

Timing system: Emit Touch Free – emiTags will be provided FOC.
Many thanks to Emit UK for providing the kit as it gives folk a chance to use it prior to JK2019.

Starts: 13:00 – 15:00
Fees: Seniors £10 (non-BOF/SOA supplement £2), Juniors and Students £5
Cove and Altens locals are also invited to come along and try orienteering – half price £5 for adults, under 16’s free but must be accompanied, come to the Community Centre to register on the day between 13:00 and 14:3. See the Cove Chronicle or the Community Facebooks too for more info on what to expect on the day.

Final details: will be posted in pdf format on 19/2/19. Start times will not be allocated and we will operate a queuing system instead in early/middle/late time bands (to match your preference stated when entering online).

Apres-SOUL: The British Night Championships 2019 will follow on after this event (about 1 hour’s drive up Deeside to Muir of Dinnet) and then there’s the first SOL of 2019 at Birsemore on Sunday 24th which is also a UKOL ranking event.

Online entries for all three events are now open on Fabian 4.Enter Online

First closing date is 4/2/19 after which fees go up by £1.
Final closing date is 18/2/19 midnight.

You can enter 1, 2 or all 3 events in one hit by clicking on the Fabian 4 Enter button above.

Planner: Pete Lawrence GRAMP
Organiser: Rachel Scott GRAMP  Any questions?? Please use this contact form
Controller: Tim Griffin  GRAMP


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