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Purple Thistle 2012 - Arisaig

Competition namePurple Thistle 2012 - Arisaig
Start date20120818
End date20120819
CountryGreat Britain
Race typeNational
Nearest place or cityArisaig, Fort William
Club/organizerTeam Nopesport
Region of countryLochaber
Number of competition days2
Expected number of runners500
WRE event?No
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Max distance from eventcentre to competitions0km
Latest entry date05/08/12
Entry fee (Euro)~7/day
Typical accomodation fee, tent (Euro)~7/day
Event descriptionAfter another sabbatical, the Purple Thistle weekend returns once again to the calendar for 2012 and once more back to the West coast of Scotland where it all began. It has been seven years and a further three editions since we were last at Arisaig, and yet this fantastic area still hasn't seen any more orienteering action and many missed out last time. If you don't know Arisaig, it offers top quality terrain and a fantastic setting for Barebones orienteering. For those of you who do not know of the barebones concept, it is all about taking the fuss out of event organisation as much as possible while still providing an event of the highest quality, with a great atmosphere and enjoyment for all - including the organisers! So all that is left for you is the things that matter for a quality orienteering experience (maps, courses, controls and electronic punching) and a bunch of likeminded people out to enjoy a weekend away from it all in a beautiful part of the country.
Terrain descriptionA truely wonderful area which has only ever been used once for a major event, the Scottish 6 days at Lochaber 2001, and then visited again by us back in 2005. Described by mapper Jon Musgrave as "The most technical open area in Great Britain" it is a sheer delight in terms of both technicality and runability - not to mention some of the finest views you could wish for whilst orienteering. An intricate open hillside with very few line features, but good runability throughout - as long as you don't mind climb!
Training possibilitiesIn Scotland there are a wealth opportunities and areas for training, with more information available from the National Orienteering Centre's website:
Holiday activities,nature,hiking etc.Lochaber is an area of beauty, with spectacular mountain ranges and picturesque steep-sided glens. As proclaimed Outdoor Capital of the UK, nearby Fort William lies at the foot of Britain's largest mountain, Ben Nevis, and offers a wealth of outdoor activities including snowsports, mountain biking, kayaking and more. Arisaig lies on the 'Road to the Isles', with access to the small islands of Eigg and Rhum, as well as Skye.
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