Scaled-down orienteering still on track for Lochaber 2021

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Lochaber 2021, Scotland’s 6-day orienteering event scheduled for the start of August, will be held over two three-day events instead of the usual six-day competition.

The scaled-down orienteering competition, held every two years since 1977, will now take place in two stages, with all ancillary events and services scrapped entirely. All efforts will be concentrated on orienteering. There will be no commercial stores, commentaries, club tents, catering or scoreboards.

Although the First Minister has announced that all areas of Scotland will move to Tier 0 from Monday July 19 – meaning sporting events can be staged with an unlimited number of participants – event organizers have decided modify the usual format and limit the number to 1,000 per day.

Colin Matheson, Deputy Co-ordinator, Scottish 6 Days, Lochaber 2021, said: “1,000 Tier One participants had been signed with sportscotland and with the full support of all key stakeholders Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Company Ltd and the The Scottish Guidance Association met and agreed the best way forward was to hold two three-day events. Most competitors had already booked accommodation and there was overwhelming support that some orienteering was better than none.

“Offering a quality event is now the top priority. There were big lessons learned from the recent lakes event and it is accepted that a simpler event must be the way forward in the short term.

A spokesperson for the Scottish 6 Days Company added: “We realize this is disappointing but we believe this is a responsible approach given that the 6 Days will be one of the first events of mass participation in the Highlands this summer and that many other events in the region have been cancelled.

“The good news is that we still have an event in some great areas in a beautiful part of the world and we look forward to seeing you in Lochaber in August.”

The 23rd Scottish 6-Day Orienteering Race will take place in Lochaber from August 1-7 and 2,065 participants have already taken part in the competition.

The Scottish 6 Days Orienteering event is the largest orienteering event in the UK, typically attracting over 3,000 competitors. It is widely regarded as one of the best multi-day orienteering events in the world and attracts orienteers from all over the world.

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Dino J. Dotson