Trossachs (Deeside) 2014
27th July – 2nd August
The ‘Trossachs’ training camp (Formerly known as the Deeside Training Camp) was based at the Trossachs Tryst, Callander, Perthshire. It is aimed at M/W15’s and like the Lagganlia camp takes place around the end of July.
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Generic information about Deeside
The Deeside training camp is based at the Templar’s Park Scout Camp, Maryculter (http://www.templarspark.org.uk/ ). The site is only 8 miles from Aberdeen and is easily accessible from the A93.
The Deeside valley is rich in excellent orienteering areas such as Glen Feardar, Cambus O’May, Inchmarnoch, Creag Choinnich etc.
Accommodation is in two buildings, the George Smith centre and the White House. Both have a number of dormitories of various sizes and their own showers and toilets.
The tour chef prepares all the meals on site and specific dietary needs are catered for. Athletes will be expected to assist with minor chores during the camp.
The site is 45 acres in size so there is plenty of room for outdoor games.
2013 was the first year that this site has been used for an extended tour, previously having been used by ScotJOS (The Scottish Junior Squad) for weekend trainings.
Although this is the first time that this location has been used for this tour similar tours have taken place since the late 1990’s based at Glenmore Lodge, Badaguish and Lagganlia.
The move to Maryculter has been largely prompted by restricted land access caused by the presence of capercaillie and WOC 2015 in the Spey valley.
As indicated above there are many top class orienteering areas along the A93 from Braemar in the east to Aberdeen in the west. In addition to those mentioned above there are the areas of Bogendreip, Glen Dye, Scolty and Allt Cailleach all within easy reach of the centre.
These areas present different orienteering tests to the terrain in the Spey Valley and are seen as a suitable progression for the juniors.
The camp is aimed at M/W15’s who have achieved the required standard in the nominated selection races (See Deeside Selection criteria). It is expected that up to 16 M/W15’s will attend
In support of the camp there is a Tour Manager (TM) who has responsibility for such things as travel, accommodation, food etc.
The TM is supported by a chef and a Lead Coach. The Lead Coach has a team of up to 8 coaches, providing an ample coach: athlete ratio.
James Ackland INT
Matt Hartland WCH
Tim Harrison SUFFOC
Callum Hunter ECKO
Laurence Johnson SROC
Tom Lines ECKO
Finn Lydon LEI
Ewan McMillan MAROC
Ross McMurtrie MAROC
Eddie Narbett BOK
Finlay Todd INVOC
Rowan White INVOC
Kathryn Barr MOR
Megan Bett SN
Lucy Haines AIRE
Roanne Lilley ECKO
Abigail Mason MAROC
Megan Ricketts MAROC
Lindsay Robertson CLYDE
Clare Stansfield FVO
Selection policy for attendance at the Trossachs Training camp (2014).
Download the selection policy as a PDF
The camp will run from 27th July – 2nd August2014
The Camp is for M/W16’s born in 1998 and M/W15’s born in 1999.
The camp will be for of the order of 20 athletes, the final number being determined by the Selectors and the Team Manager.
Athletes wishing to be selected will have achieved the standards set out below in the following races;
|Southern Championships||26th January 2014|
|JK Day 2||19th April 2014|
|JK Day 3||20th April 2014|
|Northern Championships||4th May 2014|
|Scottish Championships||25th May 2014|
|British Long Distance Champs||31st May 2014|
Standard for selection
Athletes wishing to be selected will have achieved 125% or less of the winner’s time as averaged over three of the above races.
If there are more than the maximum number for the camp who have achieved the required standard then those with the lowest averages (behind the winner(s)) will be selected.
The selectors may choose not to fill all available places if there are insufficient qualified athletes.
Those who attended the Deeside 2013 camp will not be eligible, nor will those who attended the Cairngorm camp in 2013 or are in the GB Talent Squad in 2013-14.
The tour selectors
The tour athletes will be selected by Susan Marsden (Chair), Pauline Olivant and Sue Roome.
Illness or Injury
All cases of illness or injury which may affect an athlete’s ability to compete in one of the above selection races should be notified in writing to the athlete’s Regional Squad coordinator prior to the running of that race, clearly explaining the reasons for their failure to compete. The Regional Squad coordinator will make the Selectors aware of such notifications.