Potarch Saturday Local Event & AUOC Scottish Student Relay Champs

Potarch Green

Sat 11th Nov 2023

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


With help from Maroc, Aberdeen University are organising The Scottish university relay Championships at Potarch on Saturday 11th November. As the controls are out anyway (!) we are holding a local event immediately before the relays. After your run, stay and watch the excitement of the students competing in the relay. Start, finish and change-over on Potarch Green.

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Nearest town: Banchory

Pre Event Info

Directions / Parking

Parking at Potarch Green car park.

Registration & Start Times

Public event start times: 11.00am to 12noon.

Student Championships Mass Start: 1.00pm

Course Information

Green: 4.2km 110m climb

Light Green: 3.7km 105m climb

Orange: 3.0km 100m climb

Map scale 1:10,000

Contour Interval: 5m

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. £5.00/£2.50

£1 for SI hire.

There are no allocated start times and a punching start will be in operation

Contacts / Officials

Event organised by Aberdeen University Orienteering Club with help from MAROC:

Andrew McMurtrie, Sue Barrie, Alan Bennett and 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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