Northern Night Cup

Race 5 in the Northern Night Cup series.

Wed 18th Jan 2017

Type of event: Local Race-(D), Night, Northern Night Cup
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 31st May


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Event Report

Many thanks for Hilary for some top courses!

Cheers to the juniors and parents for top soup and cakes!


Lost property - Some Inov8 Mudclaws & running Bear Socks. 

2 black tops (worn together - patagonia and Mountain Equipment)

jess & James have them and can bring to next NNC

Pre Event Info


See also rule for “Juniors” below. We know these issues can be contentious! We have tried hard to draft rules that are inclusive, safe and fair. If you have any comments we are keen to hear them. Anyone is welcome to run in pairs or be “shadowed” on any course. Everyone in the group / pair must however declare themselves “non-competitive” to the organiser when you turn up on the night. Your time will appear as normal in the results but you will not score points in the overall league.
Some adults may want to shadow a junior on one course and subsequently have their own run alone on a longer course. This is fine (provided you are fit enough to get round before the last start / courses close time!) but again please declare yourself “non-competitive” to the organiser so that you will not score points in the overall league as you will have gained a competitive advantage by running round the short course.


Juniors are warmly welcomed at all events. Parents should however be aware that winter night orienteering can be a serious undertaking. Therefore juniors who have not turned 14 on the day of the event must run together with an adult. Any parent wishing to gain exemption from this rule is welcome to provide evidence of their child’s competence at night orienteering to the Organiser of each event. This is in keeping with British Orienteering Rule 5.2.4. Juniors over the age of 14 are welcome to run unsupervised, provided their parents are happy for them to do so.


Spare torch & whistles strongly recommended at all events. Random kit checks may take place. An extra top layer and high-vis reflective clothing may also be sensible choices. Headtorches from our sponsor will be available for testing & for sale at all events, with a 10% discount.

Missing cut off times. Failure to return by the 8pm cutoff causes safety problems and inconvenience. We appreciate that this sometimes occurs accidentally. Nonetheless the Series Organiser reserves the right to ask any competitor who misses the 8pm cutoff to enter a shorter course or to start nearer 6pm at subsequent Northern Night Cup events.



Directions / Parking

Event assembly is in Carrbridge village hall (Same as NNC round 2). Park in the main car park across the orad from the hall in the middle of the village as per location map.

Registration, Start & Finish

Registration from 5:45pm.
Starts from 6 – 7pm, courses close 8pm

Walk to start will be about 10 minutes - most along pavement but a main road to cross with care then some tapes to follow.

After the finish there's a short bit of walk at the side of a road without a pavement, so we strongly recommend reflective attire if possible

Course Information

Short - (easy but exciting, mostly on paths) 3.1km 55m climb. Due to the nature of the area the "short" course is a bit longer than we would have liked (and has a nice little challenging bit in the middle). Night TD3, estimated winning time 25 minutes for a M/W14 or novice adult.

Medium –  (more exciting) 2.5km (straight line - actual distance will be more), 95m climb. Night TD4-5, estimated winning time 35 minutes for a W50/M60.

Long – (ooooooooooooh such fun) 3.5km (straight line), 125m climb Night TD5, estimated winning time 35 minutes for a M/W 21/35.


Please note the area has some VERY steep and somewhat loose slopes, which you might prefer to run round.

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

On the day and online

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Orienteering club members

Senior: £6.00
Junior: £3.00

Non club members

Senior: £7.00
Junior: £4.00

£1 honesty box donation for soup.

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

Brand new area! Mapped in 2016 by Stirling Surveys. Mature Scots Pine plantation. Runnable throughout. One steep valley running through the areas and some decent size hills. Some nice flowing contours. A few tracks.


Toilets in the hall. Soup and cake afterwards.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs OK on leads

Contacts / Officials

Hilary Quick

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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