Glen Davan: DNC Night Event

Updated: Road closure on the A93, see below

Wed 25th Jan 2023

Type of event: Local Race, Night
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 26th Jan


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: Tarland

Pre Event Info

Directions / Parking

There is a small off-road forest clearing with hard standing where cars can be parked. Please park sensibly to maximise the limited space available and watch out for muddy and rutted areas. The links below give directions to the parking.

Grid Ref: NJ 443 016

Google Maps



There is a road closure on the A93 in the centre of Aboyne which may affect your travel to the event. If coming from the Banchory direction the best detour is to take a left towards the Boat Inn and then take Rhu-na-haven road to join up to the A93 again.

Registration & Start Times

Starts/Registration  18:00 – 19:00

Courses close 20:00

Course Information

This event was cancelled last year following the storms which brought down power lines as well as some trees. Since then the power lines have been fixed and there has been some forest thinning activity and some extraction lanes not shown in the mapping along with some limited wind blow. In the interests of club economy I am using the same maps that were printed last year but never used. This is a small area which requires the use of loops to get the required course lengths.


Available courses are;

Long 5.1 km

Short 3.1 km


Courses close at 8pm sharp which means that if you are not back by 8pm then you will not get a time as I will be out collecting in the 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

Organiser: Chris Low

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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