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Orienteering Club

Autumn Series 3 - Werneth Low

and surrounding area

Park event with urban extension.

Results now available, plus some comments from the planner, Ian Gilliver ...

Thanks to all those who came to today's event.

The courses may have been short, but there was plenty of climb to compensate, and I think Werneth Low looked at its best in the autumn sunshine.


Sat 20th Oct 2018

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Urban
Info updated: 20th Oct


Event Report

Planner's Comments

Thanks to all those who came to today's event.

The courses may have been short, but there was plenty of climb to compensate, and I think Werneth Low looked at its best in the autumn sunshine.

Thanks also to all those who contributed to the preparation and conduct of the event, and to those who helped in collecting controls and packing away the kit after the event.

Apologies for the mislocation of control 105 on light green and long light green. I now accept that it was perhaps some 15-20 metres too far south (uphill) - the correct location just didn't seem right this morning, so I placed it where I did, but it was in error.

Also apologies for the lack of a green vegetation screen north of 136 on long light green. I did make a few updates to the urban part of the map, but that is another one which I should have added. There are several other updates that could be made to the map, especially in terms of the vegetation. Where I didn't feel able to update the map, I aimed to plan the courses to avoid those areas.

It was MDOC's first use of the yellow control stakes recently obtained from All4O in Latvia. Their reduced weight and bulk are a boon compared with our standard green stakes.

Ian Gilliver

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Hyde

Directions / Parking

Brown tourist signs from A560/A627 at Gee Cross (Hyde).

Registration & Start Times

Register between 10.15 and 11.45. Starts 10.30 to 12.00. Courses close 13.15.

Fee: Seniors £4, Juniors/students £2. Free SI-dibber hire (but £30 if not returned).

Course Information

White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green courses, suitable for everybody, newcomers, improvers and regulars, with advice and instruction available. These courses remain entirely within the park.

Long Light Green, combining park and urban orienteering. This course is especially for those wanting a decent length run on a Saturday morning, about 6km. No under-16s allowed because of road crossings.

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.


The Visitor Centre will have a small cafe open for orienteers.

Contacts / Officials

Series Co-ordinator: Chris Rostron

Enquiries to 

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