It is with great regret that the Scottish Hill Rally Club must announce the cancellation of the Scottish “Borders” Safari in November.
This decision has been based around three key elements:
- At present Scottish Government regulations do not permit indoor contact sports, which includes allowing two people from different households into a competition car. We know many competitors were hoping to bring a navigator with them, and most will have been from different households, so this was a key concern for us. Scottish Government had hoped to be able to relax this area, but with the rising cases they announced on Thursday that this has not happening at this time.
- Additionally regulations in Scotland prevent more than one household from meeting indoors. This includes holiday/self-catering accommodation which means it would pose a significant problem for many competitors and volunteers alike. We have been keen to make a decision in good time to allow people to give plenty of notice to their accommodation providers, many of whom they have a long standing relationship with.
- We have also been watching the progression of the disease. With cases rising, advice from both UK and Scottish Government is that regulations may have to become more restrictive and that the situation is likely to be difficult until at least Christmas. We therefore feel that now is not the time to gather several hundred people together on a compact site, no matter how good the covid precautions might be. We are concerned that we need to keep the goodwill of the local people and were we to run, this may pose a risk to them, and damage this goodwill.
We have tried hard to make this work, and know that this decision will disappoint many people. The preparations will not be wasted however, as we intend to run this event next year, and are planning to be able to run both a Safari Plus, and a Hill Rally in 2021. Look out for further announcements on dates in the near future.
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A message from the Clerk of the Course and Club Chairman, Rupert Hine.
With the end of September, and having seen all the changes over the last week, we thought it would be helpful to update you on the Scottish Borders Safari.
As a club we remain committed to bringing you the best in cross country motorsport – an event that is fun, challenging, safe and benefits everyone involved, competitors, volunteers and the landowner and local community.
With the recent announcements by the governments both north and south of the border that has increased the level of lockdown we have been reviewing our plans.
Under the current level of social distancing we need to have robust plans to subdivide the service area, and self-catering accommodation in Scotland is currently limited to single household groups only. We also know that many crews will prefer to compete with a navigator. At the moment multiple occupancy of competition vehicles in Scotland is only permitted where the competitors are from the same household. We appreciate that this is a different situation to south of the border, but at the moment Scottish Government have a different approach. This has been under review in recent weeks and with the increasing level of infections they have postponed permitting indoor contact sports and multiple vehicle occupancy in Motorsport.
The Government are hoping that the current tightening of the regulations will reduce the transmission rate, but warn us that those tightened restrictions may last throughout the winter and therefore may even threaten
the beginning of the 2021 Motorsport season. Currently we have applied for a permit to run in November and had intended to open entries on 1 st
October. We also know that Scottish Government are expected to review their position by 5th October. With this in mind we will be postponing opening entries so that we know the latest advice from Scottish Government.
We hope that we will be able to bring you a safe, and fun event. Our event could represent a significant economic benefit to the local community. As we are all seeing at the moment, gathering people together also represents a potential risk of spreading coronavirus, especially when people are gathering from across the country. We will be watching very closely the information coming from both the UK and Scottish Governments and Motorsport UK, and will give you an update for entries opening as soon as possible after 5th October.
Thank you for your patience.
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The organising team have been watching the current Covid-19 situation closely, as well as liaising with Motorsport UK on their plans to open up our sport.
In light of the phased approach to re-opening the country (Scotland), the economy and Motorsport, it has been decided that the Club will concentrate every effort into just one big event this year.
The team are already working in the background on this – looking at land, costs, potential routes and courses, as well as how to run an event under the important MSUK Covid-19 guidelines.
So, for now, save the date – 21/22 November 2020 and we’ll keep everyone up up to date on here and on the website as plans progress.
Stay safe everyone.
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The Scottish Hill Rally Club has been keeping a very close eye on the guidance from Scottish Government and Motorsport UK during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
We fully understand and would encourage all our members, competitors, marshals and officials to heed the current advice and fully support the closedown of motorsport till at least the end of June 2020.
However, this does not stop us dreaming about Cross Country motorsport!
With this in mind the Organising Committee are keeping in touch with our landowners about the possibility of a Short Course Comp Safari in Galashiels in the middle of August. This would only happen if the official advice allowed it and assuming all Social Distancing requirements could be met. It would also be fully dependent on making sure sufficient medical cover could be provided without detracting in any way from the NHS.
We are still working at being able to run the Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally on the 21st & 22nd of November 2020.
Normally at this time of year Vicky would be out doing route surveys, Rupert would be writing regulations, Helen would be contacting competitors, Ron would be booking Rescue and Recovery units, John would be pulling together all the stage furniture that will be required, Dean would be starting to chat up the Marshals, Campbell would be twisting Set Up Crew’s arms and many others doing many other tasks. These are all still happening! Quietly, in the back ground, from the comfort of our sofa’s during this period of lockdown. We are all ready to spring in to action as soon as we can get an official go ahead.
At the Scottish Hill Rally Club we realise life is currently full of frustration and restriction, but with patience we will race again!
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Early planning is underway for this years event. Given the disruption to all motorsport in 2020 due to Covid-19, it is very much hoped that this years event will be a great opportunity for a healthy number of cross-country competitors to let their racers really stretch their legs on a tough, challenging and rewarding contest across the forests, tracks and quarries of Forrest Estate in Dumfries and Galloway.
Watch this space…….
Photo credit: Fraser Wenseth
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As I wish you a Happy New Year it is remarkable to see that another year has passed, and with it another series of cross country events. We have run a series of competitive safaris and the Scottish “Borders”Hill
Rally, and this means that our next event is the Club’s Annual General Meeting This will be held in The Stables at The Inn, Crook of Devon, Perthshire at 14.00 on Saturday 11th February 2017. This will start with the Annual Dinner, gathering at 12.00 for 12.30, and then move into the formal meeting, but with plenty of opportunities along the way to catch up with fellow members! We will be eating from The Inn’s varied menu, and to help us plan numbers it would be useful if you could let the Secretary know if you plan to attend.
All current and prospective members are invited, and this will be an excellent opportunity to hear about what has been going on in the club in 2016, and the plans for 2017 (and 2018!), as well as to elect the committee to guide the club through the next year.
Available on-line are:
We would appreciate it if you could complete a membership form with your up-todate information so we always have the most current contact details for you. This can be brought with you to the AGM or posted (address on the form), or emailed to email@example.com.
The strength of the club is its membership, and we are always looking for people to join the committee! This is an ideal opportunity to help shape the future of the club, and join in the organisation of some of the highest profile Cross Country events in Scotland. It can be rewarding and fun… and if you think you might be interested please feel free to contact any member of the committee for a chat! If you wish to nominate yourself or another member of the club please complete the attached nomination form, making sure you have the agreement of the nominated person, and return it to the Secretary before 28th January 2017
If you have any proposals or topics you would like discussed at the AGM, these must be submitted no later than 14 days before the event, so they should be with the club secretary no later than Saturday 28th January 2017. Proposals should be:
- Clearly worded
- quote the relevant rules or regulations
- be clear in what you want to achieve and why
- show the name of the proposer.
All expressions of interest in attending, nominations and proposals should be sent to the club secretary: Mr. Charles Denny, Darnaway, Castleton Place, Braemar, Aberdeenshire AB35 5ZQ, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries, suggestions for issues to raise at the meeting or would like to chat in advance of the AGM. I look forward to seeing you next month
Rupert Hine, Club chair.
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