Balnagowan DNC

Wed 12th Feb 2020

Type of event: Local Race, Night
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 13th Feb


Part of the Deeside Night Cup series. 

Two courses of around 3km and 5km at TD5/Green standard as far as possible. No concessions to the dark.

Bring a spare torch/battery and wrap up warm or waterproof as appropriate.
Check here and on the DNC website for updates to locations and snow reports etc. before travelling.

If you’re not yet TD5 (Green) standard then please find someone who is to run with the first couple of times so you can pick up tips on Night O navigation strategy

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Nearest town: Aboyne

Pre Event Info

The short course remains in the south-eastern part and one control is used twice.  There is a length of new mountain bike single-track across the top of this hill which may confuse as it looks like a well-marked path in places but is not mapped.  The approximate route of this track is shown on the attached map.

The long course will extend to the northern hill.  PLEASE NOTE: the neighbouring farmer’s cattle have access to fenced enclosures within the edge of the wood in this area and he has expressed concern about headtorches startling the cattle, which often use the enclosures at night.  For this reason, the track around the north-eastern side of the hill is out of bounds, as is all the land to the north of this track (these will be marked on the map).  Please take extra care with navigation at the north end of the long course to avoid getting lost and running the risk of ending up on the track.

Directions / Parking

Parking is on the track on the west side of the B9094 Tarland Road, 1km north of its junction with the A93 in Aboyne. It can be muddy. Please park carefully to avoid getting stuck or blocking anyone in.

Registration & Start Times

Starts between 6-7pm please. Courses close at 8:30.

Course Information

Long: 4.8km, 14 controls

Medium: 3.0km, 11 controls

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Seniors £5, Juniors £2.50

Contacts / Officials

Catriona Chapman

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
Participants in orienteering should be aware of the risk of tick bites - more information here.

SPORTident timing will be used

Please note that a lost hire SI-Card will be charged for at a rate of £30, unless the Club Commitee agrees that there are special circumstances.


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