DNC Night Event: Banchory

Banchory Urban

Wed 29th Nov 2023

Type of event: Local Race, Night, Urban
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 29th Nov


The third MAROC event of this winter's Deeside Night Cup (DNC) series. Two courses, Long and Short suitable for technically confident orienteers who run 'Green' or above during the day. A head torch with back-up and suitable full-body clothing are essential.

The DNC Series comprises 17 night events throughout the winter in and around Deeside, organised by MAROC and Grampian Orienteers. The best 9 results count towards lavish prizes that are awarded at a gathering after the last event in February

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Nearest town: Banchory

Pre Event Info

Common Guide for DNC runners here.

Our next DNC event will be a mainly urban affair in Banchory. Navigation not too challenging so suitable for the less experienced. However, there will be plenty of route choice to keep you on your toes.

Directions / Parking

Parking will be at the Bellfield car park with registration at the eastern end nearest the skate park.

What3words: patio.swaps.skim (roughly!).

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 6 til 7pm. Courses close at 8pm

Once registered follow reflectors east for around 500m along a path to the start. Finish is near registration.

Course Information

Long - 3.9k straight line, ~6k optimum, 24 controls

Short - 2.4k straight line, ~3.8k optimum, 16 controls

Map scale is 1:4000.

One Raemoir Road's worth of ascent on both, slightly more on the long. The short course stays on tarmac, while the long has a couple of controls in the woods, trail shoes may be advisable if things are very wet.

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

Cash payment is preferred, but card hopefully accepted:

£5 for seniors, £2.50 for juniors and students. £1 dibber hire.


Safety information

Both courses cross busy roads (and not so busy roads!) so please take care, but the courses have been planned so that traffic lights are nearby for crossing the A93 and B974. Any under 16s running either course must be accompanied by an adult.

Contacts / Officials

Planner Adam Barrie

Organiser Sue Barrie

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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