DNC Night Event. Potarch


Wed 10th Jan 2024

Type of event: Local Race, Night
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 11th Jan


The sixth 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.

Directions / Parking

Parking at the car park on Potarch Green. Watch out for serious ice in the parking area. If you prefer you can park in the Potties Cafe car park and walk across to registration.

Registration & Start Times

Registration opens 17:30

Starts thereafter. 500m walk to the Start - minimal climb.

400m back from the Finish afterwards.

Course Information

Long Course: approx 5k / 175m

Medium Course: approx 3.7k / 150m 

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

New fees for 2024: £6 / £3

Please bring cash.


Toilets available on the green - assuming they are open!

Dogs allowed?

No restrictions

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner: Roger Coombs

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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