Training Activity, Lanark Loch and Racecourse, 6 May

Tuesday 6 May 2014

Basic courses introducing orienteering. This event has been arranged to introduce youth organisations to the sport. Groups wishing to take part should email.



Details of the pre-event information


The Loch and Racecourse lies on the A73 on the east side of Lanark.


Start times:

1830-1915 hours

Entry Fees:


[email protected]

Photo of authorPosted on 06th May 14 by Lorna Young


Information about the location

Near: Lanark  GoogleMap

Map of Lanark Racecourse mapTerrain description

Orienteering began at Lanark Racecouse in January 1987 when over 400 competitors took part in an open event organised by SAOC (now STAG). The map and this competition provided the foundation for Tinto Orienteering Club which was formed in October 1987.

Racing has taken place at Lanark Moor since at least the early 17th Century. Local tradition places this date much earlier however, with racing for the Silver Bell reputedly the oldest horse race in Europe, taking place from the mid-12th Century. This race has had many famous winners including royalty with the victory of Kingstone giving King George VI the trophy. Despite crowds of over 50,000 in the 1940’s and 50’s horse racing ceased at Lanark in 1977. There have been many other uses made of the racecouse area over the years including the first National Cross Country Championships, a flying school which operated from 1910-1914 and as an army training ground during World War II. The remains of part of this Army training area can be seen in the south east corner of the map with many pits and ruins in evidence. The buildings in this area are of the former Winston Barracks, now RAF Lanark.
The Golf Club at the north of the map was formed in 1851 and the original four hole course has been developed into a highly respected course which stages an open championships pre-qualifying round.

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