ELO invites you to the final entry in the 2019 SoSOL series at Duns Wood on Sunday 24th November.
Duns Wood comprises varied blocks of woodland with an extensive path network. The conifer blocks vary in maturity and density while the deciduous areas are generally clear and runnable in autumn. With the last leaves clinging to the trees the woods are looking delightful just now – although they are wet underfoot this year.
This is the first event at Duns for six years. Godfrey Beddard has expanded and redrawn the map to include much of the point detail missing from the previous version.
Info updated: 17th Nov 2019
Type of event: Level C event in the South of Scotland O League
Terrain: Woodland – see below
Registration and event base: Duns Rugby Club
Nearest town: Duns
Postcode: TD11 3QQ
Grid Ref: NT 777 536
Car parking and the event base are at the school complex on the north side of the A6105 at the south west edge of Duns town.
The upper car park has a narrow access road and you should not park there if you hope to leave before 12:30.
The lower car park has no access restrictions, so if you hope to leave before 12:30, you should park there.
Registration and Download will be in the clubhouse of Duns Rugby Club which is next to Duns Swimming Pool. Toilets are available in the building. Muddy footwear must be removed before entering the building.
Start and Finish
Distance to Start is 1.3 km. From Finish to Download is 1.5 km. There will not be a formal drop-off but you may choose to leave clothes where the paths to Start and from Finish diverge at 600m from the assembly area.
Start times are not allocated in advance. Just join the queue for your course at Start. Members of the same club should not start the same course in consecutive slots.
Starts are from 10:30 until 12:30. Courses close at 2:30 pm. Please report to the Download by 2:30 pm even if you did not complete your course.
The usual range of SoSOL courses …
- Brown – 7.5 km course distance – 250 m climb
- Blue – 6 km – 225 m
- Green – 4.5 km – 170 m
- Short Green – 3.4 km – 130 m
- Light Green – 3.1 km – 100 m
- Orange – 2.8 km – 40 m
- Yellow – 2.1 km – 50 m
- White – 1.5 km – 45 m
White and Yellow maps should be collected from Registration. Other maps (and loose descriptions) will be given out at the Start.
Maps for all courses are 1:10,000 with contours at 5m intervals.
There will not be a traditional String course but there will be an alternative activity for the very young near the assembly area.
Duns Wood comprises blocks of mixed woodland across gentle hillsides with an extensive path network. The conifer blocks vary in maturity and density while the deciduous areas are generally clear and runnable at this time of year.
All courses include some climb. After this wet autumn all footpaths and tracks have muddy sections.
The photographs on this page were taken in November 2019.
There are fence crossings on the route to Start so courses are not suitable for buggies.
- Senior (BOF or SOA member) – £8.00
- Senior (non BOF or SOA member) – £10.00
- Seniors (BOF or SOA member) running White / Yellow / Orange – £4.00
- Seniors (non BOF or SOA member) running White / Yellow / Orange – £6.00
- Juniors and students – £4.00
Results will be published here after the event. There may be a local WiFi results service at Registration / Download.
Contact / Officials
Planner: Ian Rowland
Organiser: Pete Younger Contact
Controller: Lindsey Knox (Roxburgh Reivers)
If bad weather forces cancellation or postponement that will be notified here. If in doubt you should check this website before travelling.
Toilets: Duns Rugby Club.
But please do not use the toilets at Duns Pool as these are for patrons only.
Catering: Coffee and cake stall at or near Registration / Download at the rugby club.
There are also soft drinks and snack dispenser machines in the entrance to Duns Pool which you are welcome to use.
Safety and Risk
A comprehensive risk assessment is carried out by the organiser but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
With ongoing timber working in the woods there are several log stacks which must not be climbed on under any circumstances. There is some abandoned machinery which should not be touched.
There is a dangerous quarry bordering the SW edge of the mapped area. It is marked by prominent safety signs and a distinct boundary fence which must not be crossed under any circumstances.
Note that the area is used by the public so please warn children that they may come across dogs running loose, horse riders or mountain bikers.
When entering our events your name and/or photograph may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports.
Please note that there is no Saturday afternoon ELO local event this month.
You can download a publicity flyer here.