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Purple Thistle 2010

Competition namePurple Thistle 2010
Start date20100814
End date20100815
CountryGreat Britain
Race typeNational
Nearest place or cityKyle of Lochalsh, Scotland
Club/organizerTeam Nopesport
Region of countryHighlands, Scotland
Number of competition days2
Expected number of runners500
WRE event?No
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Max distance from eventcentre to competitions0km
Latest entry date08/08/10
Entry fee (Euro)7
Typical accomodation fee, tent (Euro)5
Event descriptionAfter a years sabbatical, the Purple Thistle weekend returns once again to the calendar for 2010 and once more to the West coast of Scotland. In true PT style we are taking you to another brand new area which is highly regarded by those who have had the pleasure to have been there. It certainly offers the usual top quality terrain as we provide another weekend of Barebones orienteering at it's best. 5 Courses on offer each day, from the 2-3km Baby Thistle to the 12+km Mighty Thistle, a classic orienteering test.
Terrain descriptionThe area overlooks the event assembly in Balmacara Square, with views across Loch Alsh to Skye, and the PT marks its first major event. The terrain is predominantly open moorland, with a mix of short grass and heather, with areas of birch woodland and some managed forest. The area contains a mixture of interesting contour detail and rock features. Expect a testing physical and technical challenge, which is what competitors have come to expect from the Purple Thistle.
Training possibilitiesIn Scotland there are at least two areas a month which have controls out in the forest for training, visit the Scottish Orienteering website for more information: http://www.scottish-orienteering.org/natcen/page/regular-orienteering-map-programme/
Holiday activities,nature,hiking etc.Lochalsh is a region of awesome beauty, spectacular mountain ranges, steep-sided glens, picturesque fishing villages, traditional culture, wonderful food and a relaxed attitude to life. There is so much to see and do - boat trips, train rides, guided walks, art and craft galleries and traditional music and culture. A short trip over the water takes you to Skye, and you're surrounded by history, with the famous Eilean Donan Castle, seat of the MacRae Clan, nearby. Lochs Long, Alsh and Duich are a Marine Special Area of Conservation where rare marine life thrives on the reefs. Do not miss the National Trust for Scotland Balmacara Woodland Gardens and Square where the event is based. Kyle of Lochalsh is the largest village in Lochalsh and has the most amenities, including a leisure centre, boat trips, fantastic views of the Skye Bridge and the Cuillin Range. The Kyle Tourist Information Centre will advise you on local attractions.
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Live results available?No
Live GPS tracking available?No
Live TV available?No
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