Northern Night Cup Mullochard

Round 1 of the 2017 - 2018 Northern Night Cup

Wed 06th Dec 2017

Type of event: Local Race, Northern Night Cup
Type of terrain: Woodland
Info updated: 07th Dec


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Event Report

Thank you for your support at the event this evening, I really appreciated the positive reaction from you all when I asked for help with things. Everyone did what they could - some above and beyond with the collection of the crossing point crates (I know, they were a pain to carry out there!). There was a positive vibe around which was due to the food village & computing being in a small sheltered area and this encouraged competitors to stay around discussing their course (and where they would have won if they had not done X, Y Z).

Results were posted to the website before many had left the car parking area, RouteGadget & Winsplits are also up now, many thanks to Paul.
The equipment is back in the store, except for the NNC stuff which is drying out on the floor, with the help of the underfloor heating!

James did all the liaison with the farmer and this has opened up a cracking wee area for training - I have some unused maps if anyone would like to go round in daylight - and meet the cattle at the same time.

I am really looking forward to competing in the NNC rounds 2 to 6!

Please go to RouteGadget and add the routes you took to controls and look at at what others did. You can upload a GPS track or draw it yourself. It's really easy to do and a great opportunity to learn. Videos on how to draw a route and uloading a GPS track


Pre Event Info

Round 1 of the NNC will take place on the recently revised (November 2017, Stirling Surveys) map of Mullochard. This area has rarely been used in recent years, come along and enjoy a new challenge. The area has a mix of woodland, mainly birch trees, fast open areas and slower rough open (a wee bit of marsh as well which is wet at the moment); there is good contour detail to keep you thinking all the time. All courses have to cross a fence, there will be a control point at this crossing and 'crates' will be provided to assist with the step over.

Map scale is 1:10000 with 5m contour interval.

The farmer has been very cooperative - he is moving the cattle out of the area just for our event, thank you!

Personal safety

  • Be prepared for potential wet and windy conditions. Storm Caroline might arrive early!
  • Ensure your torch is working well and carry a spare torch (which will ‘get you back’).
  • Remember to Download as you enter the parking area.



Directions / Parking

Mullochard Farm.

Please only approach from Carrbridge as competitors will be walking along the road if you approach from Dulnain Bridge.

Restricted parking area so park as directed and share transport if at all possible (e.g. meet in the car park in Carrbridge and share from there).

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration: Mullochard Farm, open from 5:45pm to 6:15pm

Map collection and loose control description collection for ALL courses will be at Registration; the Long and Medium maps will be 'sealed', please only open when you start.

Start & Finish: approximately 700m away, signed with reflective tape. The route is very very muddy!

Start: 6pm to 7pm

Courses close: 8pm; controls will be collected in from 8pm.

Course Information

Short (Night TD3, estimated winning time 25 minutes for a M/W14 or novice adult): 2.5km, 40m climb

Medium (Night TD4-5, estimated winning time 35 minutes for a W50/M60): 3.6km, 75m climb

Long: (Night TD5, estimated winning time 35 minutes for a M/W 21/35): 4.7km, 120m 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

Orienteering club members

Senior: £6.00
Junior: £3.00

Non club members

Senior: £7.00
Junior: £4.00

Entering online in advance helps up with knowing how many maps to print and other organisational issues. Online entries will close on 4th December; maps will be ordered on 1st December so please enter by then to guarantee the course you would like to run.

Enter online via Fabian4

Hired timing chips (Si-Cards, dibbers)

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

Terrain Description

Broadleaf woodland, some fast open areas and rough open areas. Marshy areas are wet at the moment.


None - please use the toilets adjacent to the car park in Carrbridge before arriving.

Stop press: BASOC juniors will have soup and cake for sale - cost £1 for soup (please bring your own mug, we will have some disposable ones if you forget) and 50p per cake (bring a plate to put it on).

Dogs allowed?

NO DOGS in the area or in the car park (this is a working farm with livestock around).

Contacts / Officials

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.


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Medical Conditions

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