Balliefurth, Northern Night Cup

Also known as Auchernack

Event report added.

Part of the 6 event series organised by BASOC, INVOC & MORAVIAN and supported by Run-4-It. More details of the series on the Run-4-It Northern Night Cup website

Wed 27th Jan 2016

Type of event: Local Race-(D), Night, Northern Night Cup
Type of terrain: Woodland
Info updated: 29th Jan


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Event Report

The final round of the Northern Night Cup was exciting. Positions changed on the overall league table, and some people had their best runs.

44 people took part end everyone finished.

The snow started falling at about 4.30pm but it stopped, the wind dropped and then the stars were visible by 6pm.

It seemed like almost everybody went to The Craig Bar for pie & chips afterwards, where the prizegiving took place.

Prize Winners

The Inov8 Race Elite rucksack was won by Kathryn Barr (Moravian)
The pair of Inov8 X-Talon or Mudclaw shoes was won by Pippa Weir (Moravian)

Night Cup Winners

Long course

Female: Jessica Tullie (BASOC)
Male: Johannes Petersen (BASOC)

Medium course

Female: Jane Pottie (BASOC)
Male: Mike Rogers (Moravian)

Short course

Female: Katrina McGougan (BASOC)
Male: Finlay Raynor (INVOC)

Full and final league results are on the NNC website.

We need your help

This season was the first running of the Northern Night Cup. We want to see this series thrive and grow into the future, and to do that we need your feedback. If you loved something, tell us. If you have a grumble or suggestion, keeping it to yourself will ensure that nothing changes ;-) So, please take 5 minutes to air your views.

Northern Night Cup Survey link

Pre Event Info

Is this suitable for me?

This is a excellent opportunity for the less experienced to have a go at a proper night race. The terrain is quite open with good visibility and plenty of catching features, it doesn't get much better than this.
It doesn't matter if you haven't been to any other events in the series, or don't want to race, just come along and enjoy some quality Dark-O (you can pretend it's Tuesday).

If you are experienced, then you are in for a treat. Planned by a top quality planner (Lynne Walker), on a lovely new area which is very runnable.

Northern Night Cup prizes

The big giveaway prize is a pair of Inov8 X-Talon or Mudclaw shoes and an Inov8 Race Elite rucksack: these will be a prize draw amongst any one who a.) completed 4 or more events, and b.) is in attendance at the prizegiving after round 6.

So if you have already done at least 3 of the series you are in with a chance to win, just enter Balliefurth and go along to the prizegiving afterwards.



Directions / Parking

Achnagonalin Industrial Estate, Grantown on Spey; approximately 300m south of the Spey Bridge on the A95.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration 18:00 to 18:45

Starts: 18:15 - 19:00; start is 200m from Registration.

Finish is 250m from Registration and is close to the start.

Courses close 20:00.

Course Information

Long (TD5, ~30min winning time for M21E): 4.4km, 130m climb

Medium (TD5, ~30min for an M14 or a W45/50): 3.4km, 70m climb

Short (An easier course of ~TD3 standard of 2-3km): 2.3km, 30m 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

£5 for seniors
£2.50 for juniors/students

Online via and on the day.

We encourage you to enter online and doing so will guarantee there will be a map for your choice of course. No payment will be collected by oentries, you just pay on arrival at the event.

By having this information in advance we can more accurately judge how many maps to print and it makes producing the results easier and quicker. If you don't already have an oentries account it only takes minutes to set one up and will then save you time entering events in the future.

There will be maps available for entry on the day.

Hired timing chips (Si-Cards, dibbers)

We provide a free loan of these if you don't have your own, but if you loose it there will be a £30 charge for it's replacement.

Terrain Description

Auchernack (part of the Balliefurth map) is a narrow area bounded by the River Spey to the west and the B970 to the east. There is excellent contour detail with birch woodland and open fields with short grass. Competitors should find most of the area very runnable. There is no windblow and no green (slow run) on the area we are using.

A few things to note:

  • there is an overhead pylon line in the area which is not marked on the map;
  • many of the fences have barbed wire, cross with care;
  • on the ground there are several small temporary fenced pheasant enclosures - these are not shown on the map.

Map - 1:10000, 5m contour interval; survey February 2015 by DOLM with minor updates January 2016.


No facilities available at registration; please use the toilets in Grantown (at the car park adjacent to the Museum NJ 035279).

Dogs allowed?

Dogs on leads in the car park area only. There is likely to be livestock (sheep and / or cattle) on the course.

Contacts / Officials

Planner / Organiser: Paul Frost & Lynne Walker

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.


Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events and not joined an orienteering club that is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance.

Medical Conditions

You have the option of downloading and completing this Medical form. It could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions in the event of an incident. You can leave it at registration/enquires in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.


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