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Purple Thistle 2016

Balmacara, Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland, GB
Jul 30–31, 2016

Type: Orienteering - Local

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The Purple Thistle weekend returns once again to the calendar for 2016! This year we're off to Kyle of Lochalsh on the beautiful west coast of Scotland.

Competitors will get the chance to orienteer twice on the epic Balmacara, a stunningly wild open rocky hillside with distracting views of Skye. There will also be an additional event on the Saturday evening on the newly mapped area called The Plock. This is a mixed area of community parkland, open rocky hills, and a bit of urban terrain - the last bit of mainland Scotland before the Skye bridge.

The program for the weekend is as follows:
Saturday pm - Middle-ish distance (net downhill) - Balmacara
Saturday eve - Middle-ish distance - The Plock
Sunday am - Classic distance - Balmacara

For Balmacara, we'll be providing the usual range of courses: (estimated distances for Saturday/Sunday)
Mighty Thistle (6km/11km) - Technically and physically demaning
Big Thistle (5km/9km) - Same technical level but shorter
Medium Thistle (4km/6km) - As technical but without the distance
Small Thistle (3km/4km) - Slightly easier and shorter, suitable for progressing
Baby Thistle (2.5km/2.5km) - Suitable for beginners and young juniors - Equivalent to Yellow/Orange TD2/3
There will be a string course both days.

For The Plock, we'll be providing the following courses: (distances an estimate)
Course A (6km) - As technically and physically tough as the area allows. Possible road crossings.
Course B (4km) - Same technical, but slightly shorter. No road crossings so suitable for under 16s.
Course C (3km) - Suitable for beginners and young juniors - Equivalent to Yellow/Orange

Entry fees per race:
Seniors - £8 for Balmacara, £5 for The Plock
Juniors/Students - £3
Electronic Punching Hire (sport ident) - £1


The Forestry Commission have very kindly allowed us to camp at Balmacara Square. Camping fee - £4 pppn. No charge for under 8s.

Mixture of field and hard-standing - fine for motorhome parking but no electric hook-up. Toilets on site. Public showers in Kyle of Lochalsh.

All profits from this event go to support the Scottish Elite Development Squad.


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70.0 Brooner (log) If only.
65.8 ✓ Jon X (log)
✓ tessastraining
✓ Big Jon (log) Great terrain, fantastic views and good eating in Plockton
✓ Elle (log)
✓ Lard (log)
✓ Gaz (log)
? JennyJ (log)
? Roger G (log)

See also:

Jun 4–5Highlander Mountain Marathon
Jun 5(Cancelled) Scottish Orienteering League 4
Jun 12INVOC Level D
Jun 26Glen Fearder
Jul 14–17Sprint Scotland
Aug 28INVOC Nairn East Beach (D)
Sep 10–11Highland WOLF - Middle, Sprint, SOL
Sep 24Junior Inter Regional Championships Individual
Sep 25INVOC ANAGACH (level C)