Haughton and Murray parks DNC

Wed 04th Nov 2020

Type of event: Local Race, Night
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 09th Nov


Part of the Deeside Night Cup series. Please note that events this year are limited to Maroc, Gramp and AUOC members only.

Two courses of around 3km and 5km at TD5/Green standard as far as possible. No concessions to the dark.

Pre-entry only by 10pm Monday 2nd November using this link. No entry on the day.

A form needs to be completed for each family member entering.

Payment will be by email invoice in February/March at the end of the Night O Series.

Haughton Park by Alford is a runnable wooded Country Park with gentle undulations. The event uses a new map, drawn and surveyed by Jon Musgrave (DOLM) in 2019. Scale: 1:5,000, Contour Interval 2.5m.

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Nearest town: Alford

Pre Event Info

Carrying a spare torch is mandatory. You are advised to also carry a whistle, additional warm clothing and a mobile phone.

Check here and on the DNC Blog website for updates to locations and event details etc. before travelling.

If you’re not yet TD5 (Green) standard then please find someone to run with the first couple of times so you can pick up tips on Night O navigation strategy.

Directions / Parking

Haughton Country Park is accessed from the unclassified road heading north from Alford High Street. Follow the park road 800m before turning right into the large car park. The map and hire SI-Card pick-up point is at the southwestern edge of the car park and the start is 20m away.

Registration & Start Times

Starts from 17.50 to 19.00 
Courses close at 20.00

Your start time slot will be emailed to you the day before the event.

Please arrive at the map pick-up point during your allocated time slot. You must be changed and ready to run. Hire SI-Cards will be in named bags with the maps.

The Start is just 20m away. All competitors must punch the ‘Clear’ and ‘Start’ units (in that order!). Contactless punching is not activated for this event.

A Download unit on a stake will be close to the finish. You must punch this unit after you finish and ensure the organiser knows that you have completed your run.

Course Information

Long: 5.7km, 55m climb

Short: 3.5km 45m 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

Seniors £5, Juniors and full time Students £2.50 (to be invoiced at the end of the Series).

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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