Moravian Orienteers welcome you to the iconic Culbin Forest for our last Saturday Local event of 2023. This event will be held in Culbin East, which was last used as part of this year's Scottish 6 Days.
Special thanks go to Forestry Land Scotland for granting permission and to Malcolm Middleton of Wellside Farm for allowing us to park vehicles and set up registration at his farm. There will be a £1 charge per vehicle, so please bring change with you on the day.
Litter - All competitors are asked to take their litter home with them.
Dogs are welcome (on leads on the course).
We look forward to welcoming you to this Moravian event!
Directions and Parking
Directions and Parking. From the West, please take the left turn off the A96 immediately before the Findhorn Bridge (west of Forres) and then immediately right towards Culbin. Continue for approximately 3 km, through Mains of Moy, to the sharp 135 degree bend immediately before Earnhill Farm. At that bend, continue straight for approximately 1 km. Parking will be at Wellside Farm on the left side (w3w: ///collected.resist.enough). Marshalls will direct you to a parking space. There will be a £1 charge.
From the East, please take the right turn off the A96 immediately after the Findhorn Bridge and follow the directions above.
The event will be signposted at the 135 degree bend immediately before Earnhill Farm.
Registration. Registration will be at Wellside Farm (w3w: ///collected.resist.enough). At Registration, there will be:
- Hired dibbers ready for collection.
- Maps for participants on the yellow course – please make sure you collect your yellow course map before going to the Start.
- Limited entry on the day.
Start and Finish
Starts. From registration, starts will be approximately 800m. Please continue north east along the Farm Road and follow the tapes into Culbin Forest.
Finish. The Finish will be approximately 300m from registration. Please follow the taped route out of the forest and then South West along the Farm Road to Wellside Farm. The courses close at 13:30 hours. All competitors must report to download by that time.
- Green, 4.4km, 73m climb, 11 controls.
- Light Green, 3.4km, 61m climb, 10 controls.
- Orange, 2.3km, 29m climb, 9 controls.
- Yellow, 2.0km, 28m climb, 9 controls
Culbin was planted between the wars to stabilise shifting sand dunes; the resulting open pine forest on complex topography is perfect for orienteering. The forest is mainly runnable with good visibility though some pockets of gorse and deeper heather do exist. There is very little bracken, or water, and no rock. Hills are not high, but can have short steep faces. Some rides are reasonably clear to follow, but easy to miss on crossing. Some are revealed by having more ground vegetation, so it can be faster to run through the forest beside them.
The area also has a number of extraction lanes, but these are well mapped.
Entries are online via SI Entries.
- Online entries open until Wednesday 22nd November at normal prices.
- Late entries and Limited EOD until 11:30 am on the day subject to an additional £1 and subject to map availability. Entries can also be edited/changed/cancelled until this closure again subject to map availability.
- Senior Member - £5.00
- Senior Non-Member - £6.00
- Junior / Student Member - £3.50
- Junior / Student Non-Member - £4.50
- £1 discount if using own SI-Card
- Other Forest Users - Please respect other users of the Forest (dog walkers, dogs, horse riders, horses and cyclists).
- Log stacks – As tempting as it may be, they must not be climbed on as they could fall and injure you or someone else.
- Trip Hazards - Please note that Culbin has potential trip hazards, including tree roots, stony and broken ground and litter.
- Ticks - Culbin Forest has ticks. Though they may not be too active at this time of year, please check yourself for ticks and remove them ideally within 48 hours of the event.
- Farm Track. The route to the start and from the finish will use the farm track. The track has very low traffic density. Participants are advised to be mindful of vehicles using the track and that 'caution runner' signs will be displayed to warn drivers of participants using the track.
- Weather. Though the weather for Saturday looks fine, participants are advised that a waterproof may be made compulsory if inclement weather. Participants will be advised by a sign at the start and at registration, as required.
- Dis-orientation. Participants are advised that the safety bearing is to head due south until they meet a main forest track or exit the forest.
COVID-19 Guidance (Updated May 2022)
The SOA has issued the following updated COVID-19 event guidance with effect from March 2022 for Clubs to follow.
All competitors must not attend an orienteering event if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 (even if they have received two doses of the vaccine and a booster) until they have completed their period of self-isolation.
Entry on the day (EOD) at events and activities is permitted but clubs should encourage physical distancing around registration or results displays even when outdoors.
Clubs are to avoid close packed (less than 1m separation) groups of people even when outdoors. Such close packing has been known to occur around both registration and results displays – it can also occur with helpers at registration and download.
- Indoor public spaces may be used for events and activities, but current face covering regulations must be followed and behaviours such as improved ventilation, provision of hand sanitiser, adapting layouts to encourage social distancing and encouraging the use of face masks to reduce spread should be adopted.
As a result, Moravian will continue to make hand sanitiser available for use by competitors and volunteers at the registration and download areas.
Competitors are asked not to form close (less than 1m separation) groups at events (be it outdoor or indoor), particularly around registration and download, and are encouraged to minimise contact with SI boxes, including Clear, Check and SI AIR test boxes, and the download equipment.
Where indoor/enclosed spaces are used which have restricted air circulation, Moravian will adapt layouts to maintain at least 1m segregation and encourage competitors to wear a mask.