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Scottish 6 days

Competition nameScottish 6 days
Start date20150802
End date20150808
CountryGreat Britain
Race typeInternational
Nearest place or cityInverness
Club/organizerScottish Orienteering 6 Day Event Co
Region of countryHighlands
Number of competition days6
Expected number of runners5000
WRE event?Yes
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Contact email address
Contact phone number+447814398145
Contact postal addressNational Orienteering Centre, Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore PH22 1QU
Max distance from eventcentre to competitions50 km
Latest entry date20 Jul 15
Entry fee (Euro)20 Euro per day early entry
Typical accomodation fee, hotel (Euro)100 Euro
Typical accomodation fee, tent (Euro)25 Euro
Event descriptionHighland 2015 includes the World Orienteering Championships and the 20th Scottish 6 Days event. The 2015 event is being based around Inverness with 3 of the days being held in Moray and the other 3 being held in the glens SW of Inverness. The venues for this year have been chosen in order to allow competitors to both compete in the Scottish 6 Day event on world championship areas and also to have the opportunity to spectate at the WOC2015 events where possible. The areas being used will provide a wide variety of terrain ranging from ancient Caledonian Forest to open moorland, birch and beech woodland to complex moraine areas. This year 6 day competitors will also be able to compete in urban events. These events will not however count towards the overall scores for the Scottish 6 Days. The rest day has been replaced with a full activity day (Highland O Fest) at Darnaway which will include spectating at the WOC Middle Distance Race. O Fest will include Trail O, Maze O, MTBO and many other activities.
Terrain descriptionThe areas being used will provide a wide variety of terrain ranging from ancient Caledonian Forest to open moorland, birch and beech woodland to complex moraine areas. The area being used on Day 1, Keppernach, is a totally new area for the majority of competitors as only a very few elite orienteers have ever previously had access to this area. The area being used on Day 2, Glen Strathfarrar, is also new to orienteering and gives a unique opportunity to orienteers to sample this beautiful glen to which car access is normally limited to 25 cars per day on only certain days in the week. Days 3 and 4 are being held at Darnaway Forest, seat of the Earls of Moray for many centuries. This extensive well-managed forest has a mixture of woodland types, with open pinewood (with ground cover of heather and dwarf shrubs), denser pine, and areas of broadleaves, especially beech. There are multi-tiered levels of vegetation, particularly in the beechwood, and both runnability and visibility will vary throughout the courses. The terrain is rolling, with steep slopes above the River Findhorn. There are complex contours due to glacial moraine features. There are some rough open areas (felled a few years ago), some open fields, and there is a non-linear track network. The final 2 days (5 and 6) will take place in Glen Affric which is, by common consent, the finest of all of Scotlandís glens (valleys) allowing access to what the Forestry Commission Scotland describe as ďa classic landscape of perfectly placed lochs, mountains and a wonderful mix of pine, birch and oak trees. The woodland is one the best examples of the Caledonian Forest that once covered much of Scotland. There are very few paths or tracks in this area.
Training possibilitiesThere will be a full range of training areas with terrain matching the main competition areas
Holiday activities,nature,hiking etc.The area is surrounded by Munros, Scottish mountains over 3000 feet. Championship golf courses include Nairn and Castle Stuart. There are beautiful sandy beaches and mountain bike trails. Historic places include Cawdor Castle (as in Shakespeare's Macbeth), Fort George, Urquhart Castle. Loch Ness may have a monster but dolphins leap in the Moray Firth and eagles fly above the mountains.
Street address of navigation pointInverness Campus
Live results available?Yes
Live GPS tracking available?No
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