DNC Night Event: Bellwood

Bellwood, Aboyne

Wed 15th Nov 2023

Type of event: Local Race, Night
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 27th Nov


The second 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: Aboyne

Pre Event Info

Common Guide for DNC runners here.

Parking is at Belwade Farm. Coming from the East on the A93 it is signposted on the left 3.4km (2.1 miles) after leaving the 30 mph limit in Kincardine O'Neil. From Aboyne it is on the right 2.5km (1.5 miles) after leaving the 30 mph limit of Aboyne. UPDATE at 16:44 15/11/2023-The road appears to have now re-opened and so access travelling East from Aboyne should be as normal for this evening. (HOWEVER-Please note the road immediately East of Aboyne may be closed on Wednesday. The Aberdeenshire Council website states- '
Please be advised that the proposed closure of the A93 on Monday & Tuesday has now been postponed until Wednesday & Thursday due to the poor weather forecast which will make the lining works very difficult to complete. The road will now close on Wednesday morning, to begin the lining and stud works.
Emergency services and school transport will be able to get through and the road will be open in the evening as originally planned.'

The road may be open for the evening event.) The bridge South over the Dee at Aboyne is also closed for repairs for two weeks, so anyone coming from the Aboyne direction may have to go round by Tarland.
From the turning continue down the long drive to the World Horse Welfare Centre Car park where registration will be based. Grid Reference NO 5580 9850.

Registration & Start Times

Registration open from 17:45.

Starts from 18:00 to 19:00

Course closes at 20:00.

Course Information

Short Course 3.5km, 25m climb.

Long Course 4.5km, 35m climb.

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

Entry on the day only.

Seniors £5, Students/Juniors £2.50. Contactless or cash on the night.

Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult for BOF insurance purposes.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser Bob Elder.

Organiser/Planner Ruth Gooch.

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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