DNC Birsemore

Wed 01st Nov 2017

Type of event: Night
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 02nd Nov


From comments I received everyone seemed to enjoy the return to Birsemore for night orienteering. We were very lucky with a mild evening and I hope that runners appreciated visiting the better terrain, although the obvious option of leaving the hill to the last control on the path seems not to have been taken up by some. Apologies for the computing hiccups on the night but all is now retrieved and sorted.

First DNC Deeside Night Cup event.  Night orienteering.  2 courses on offer.  Both at TD5 (green standard and above).

Final Parking Details

Parking will be in the old disused quarry, entrance at GR: NO 532971. 

When approaching from Aboyne turn right off the minor road 200 metres beyond Birsemore Crescent. 

Registration at the eastern end of the quarry. 

For safety reasons please stay away from all piles of materials at the edges of the quarry.

Please note that carrying a spare torch and whistle is compulsory.

Beware large crags and wet marshes, courses have been planned to avoid the worst.

Please also consider carrying a mobile phone.

A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Please check for any updates nearer the time on this site.

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Nearest town: Aboyne

Pre Event Info

Directions / Parking

Parking 300m SE of Birsemore Crescent (Post Code AB34 5EP), 1.5km SE of Aboyne.

Registration & Start Times

Registration times: 5.45 to 7pm.

Start: 1.2km jog up forest track (allow 15 mins).

Finish: 200m from Registration.

Courses close at 8.30pm.

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Course Information

Long: 4.7km, 165m climb, 15 controls

Short: 3.1km, 100m climb, 9 controls

Technical Difficulty 5: Experienced Orienteers only

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 £5.00

Juniors £2.50

Contacts / Officials

Planner / organiser: Nick Hale

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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