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Orienteering Club

Autumn Series 1 - Chorlton Water Park

Park Score event

Sat 13th Sep 2014

Type of event: Local, Score
Type of terrain: Parkland
Info updated: 17th Mar


Event Report

Please note: on the Technical Score, it is the FIRST control punched that becomes YOUR MASTER control. If you haven't been given the bonus points you expected, this is probably the reason why.

Planner's Comments

Thank you for coming to Chorlton and joining us at the first event of the Autumn Series. The numbers exceeded our expectations - so special thanks to those of you who had to wait a few minutes whilst we found maps for you, and to those who gave up their maps to allow others to have a run.

As you will have seen, the vegetation was high, particularly in the open areas but hopefully you heeded our warnings to avoid it and take the paths where you could.

It has been interesting to see the options selected for the master control on the technical score. Many chose 121, whereas my thinking in the planning was that the optimum master controls were 120, 122 and 125, with 112 and 113 also giving the option for a couple of loops to the west of the lake. I look forward to seeing how this format works for the remaining events in the series.

Finally many thanks to all those who helped on the day, including the control collectors. Special thanks to Chris Rostron for his invaluable assistance before and during the event.

Paul Watson

Organiser/Controller/Coordinator's comments

Apart from underestimating the popularity of Chorlton and not printing enough Score maps I hope everything on the organisation front ran smoothly for the Competitors. Thanks to those competitors who waited patiently at the start whilst I retrieved maps from finishing competitors who were very understanding and obliging.

A big thanks to all the helpers on the day and those offering help but were not needed.

From a controllers point of view thanks to Paul for finding some interesting control sites when lots of the areas were very overgrown and couldn't be used.

As Coordinator this year we tried to have a much simpler Technical score course than, for example, last years scheme.

Alas 3 competitors, forgot that the FIRST (Sorry to put it in capitals) control they punched would be their Master control. So a lot of time was wasted returning to a control they believed was their Master control but was not the first control they punched.

Chris Rostron

Pre Event Info


The Autumn Series 2014 events will offer 3 courses:

  • a 45min score event. Practice event for British Schools Score Championship
  • a yellow course for beginners
  • a 45min technical score event for the more experienced.

On the technical score points are given as follows:

  • As per the normal score event. All controls are worth 10 points with a penalty of 5 points per minute or part minute late BUT
  • The FIRST control punched becomes YOUR MASTER control - choose carefully
  • Subsequent visits to your MASTER control are worth double (i.e. 20 points) provided between visits you have visited at least 2 NEW controls (i.e. controls you have not visited before)


Nearest town: Manchester

Directions / Parking

Signed from A5145, Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton

Registration & Start Times

Register 10.00 to 11.00, Starts 10.30 to 11.15. Fee £3/1.50. SI punching.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Chris Rostron
Planner: Paul Watson
Series Co-ordinator: Chris Rostron 01663 764799

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