Balmedie Sun 26th Feb

Grampian Orienteers are pleased to stage a Colour Coded event at Balmedie the day after the Scottish Night Champs at Balmoral. Should round out the weekend nicely with complete contrast of intricate open sand dunes following on from the urban sprint action at Ballater and the Night Champs in classic Deeside forest, both being hosted by Maroc on 25th Feb.

Directions: A90 turn off at Balmedie roundabout and follow signs to Balmedie Country Park

Parking:  Main Balmedie Car Park (AB23 8XG grid reference NJ978181) 
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We do not have exclusive use of car park so please park responsibly and be courteous.

Registration/Download: in car park.  Open between 10.30 and 12.00. 
Fees:  £8/£4
The event will be SIA enabled and we can lend you an SI dibber if you need one.

How to enter: 
Online entries now open via SIEntries. Closing date for entries is Sun 19th Feb.

Nearest toilet: in the car park
Nearest coffee: Beachside Coffee Shop (in Leisure Centre), Eigie Road, Balmedie, AB23 8YF. Opens at 9am on Sunday. Also has toilets.

Start:  ¾ km from registration  NOTE Start times are from 11.00 to 12.30
Route to Start goes, for part of the way, along a minor road which leads to a car park. Please be aware and ensure younger competitors are aware.

Courses:
White                    1.5km
Yellow                   2.0km
Orange                  2.1km
Light Green         3.0km
Short Green 3.5km
Green                    4.7km
Blue                       6.6km double sided map
Brown                   7.2km double sided map
For more detail on terrain, courses and the map please read Donald’s comprehensive Planner’s Notes.

Finish: close to Start
NOTE: Courses close at 14.30 so please be back at Reg/Download by then if poss.
And don’t forget to report back even if you retire.

Terrain: Fast open sand dune terrain.  Many paths of varying permanence.

Dogs: allowed

Warnings to competitors:  Please be aware of weather conditions on the day and dress appropriately for the time of year.  Trip hazards are prevalent in places in the form of rabbit holes on tracks and slippery duckboards and there are some very steep and loose sandy slopes on the seaward side probably best avoided.
Balmedie is popular with dog walkers and often these will not be on a lead. 
If you think you may have Covid please give this one a miss.

Planner Donald Grassie, Controller Drew Tivendale, Organiser Paul Duley (0780 777 7235, pdwifi@outlook.com)

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