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Orienteering Club

City Race Euro Tour Weekend - Sunday - City of Manchester Race

An Urban event based on the Castlefield area in central Manchester.

Part of the City Race Euro Tour 2018 - Manchester weekend.

Sun 04th Nov 2018

Type of event: National, Urban
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 06th Nov


Event Report

Lost Property

The following items were left in the kit room:

  • a pair of Nike trainers, size 8 ish, well-worn
  • one black and red glove, size small womens or child

Please email to claim.

Controller's Report

Thank you all, especially our overseas visitors, for coming - I look forward to competing at the WMOC in Latvia next summer. I am writing this before the results are issued, but I hope you enjoyed Eddie’s courses, and the challenges of Castlefields and elsewhere. It was a good event. The weather was very helpful to us all. As with most urban events, especially somewhere where there is much construction going on, you have to expect the unexpected. Between starting planning and the event construction works come and go, Christmas markets appear, etc. Even on the day of the event, locked gates open attracting unwary orienteers who then get locked in - time penalty was about 5 minutes. Personally as a 70+ year old, I find controlling urban events more demanding than the forest - although the terrain is much easier than somewhere like Macclesfield Forest, the course and map demands are that much greater. There can be more safety and permission concerns on an urban event. Small map ‘errors’ get magnified in an urban area compared to a forest map. Eddie did well with his courses; there were many favourable comments. With his frequent travels, I never knew where the draft courses were coming from, Las Vegas and Egypt spring to mind, but it all worked out ok. Thanks Eddie from all the competitors.

Apologies for those who found the map detail difficult to read in places - like the passageway south of 224 and the narrow passage south west of 141. A 4000 scale and some exaggeration is allowed by ISSOM and would be helpful to 75 year old eyes. There are many Facebook discussion about the mapping of canopies and underpasses.

Andrew’s organisation was to the high level that I expected, he knows what he is doing so little to concern me in that area. Good to have the Castlefields hotel for assembly.

Thanks to all those who came to Tanya Taylor’s aid when she collapsed at the finish. After paramedic attention she recovered and I hope that continues now she is home.

Ian Cooper

South Yorkshire Orienteers

Organiser's Report

Eddie Speak was the inspiration behind this event, having had the idea of adding it to the City Race Euro Tour program, planning the courses, printing the maps, and making the contact with Manchester City Council.

There were a number of positive comments on the courses, and most competitors seemed to have enjoyed the challenge. Almost 350 runners took part in total, of which over 65 were from other European countries, so it was well worth the extra publicity from making the weekend part of the City Race Euro Tour program.

Thank you to all of the many MDOC members who helped so willingly, and worked so efficiently. Thanks to our Controller, Ian Cooper from SYO, who made many helpful comments, and seemed unworried by all the last minute changes. Special thanks to Margaret Gregory who offered to take over as Assistant Organiser when I was not so well. Thanks to the Castlefield Hotel for their friendly co-operation. The hotel makes an excellent event centre, and they seemed unworried by competitors all over the place, and our taking over most of their large lounge area.

Thanks also for permissions from Manchester City Council, the Canal and Rivers Trust, the Bridgewater Canal Company and Spinningfields.

Andrew Gregory

Pre Event Info


Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4JR.

OS Grid Reference: SJ831978

Classes available

E indicates a Euro Tour class.

  Mens Classes Womens Classes
E Men Elite (21-39) Women Elite (21-39)
E Men Veteran (40+) Women Veteran (40+)
E Men Supervet (55+) Women Supervet (55+)
E Men Ultra Vet (65+) Women Ultra Vet (65+)
E Men Hypervet (75+) Women Hypervet (75+)
E Men Junior (20-) Women Junior (20-)
E Men Youth (16-) Women Youth (16-)
  Men Children (12-) Women Children (12-)
  Men Open Women Open



Online entry via Fabian4

Pre-entry closing date: 27 October 2018

Entry Fees

Pre-entry:  Seniors £12, Juniors £6 with a discount for entering with the Offerton event

Entry On the Day:  Seniors £14, Juniors £7

Dibber hire:  Seniors £1, Juniors 50p

SIAC hire:  Pre-entry only £3.50

Start Times

10:30 to 12:30

The Start will be approximately 250m from Registration.


Nearest town: Manchester

Contacts / Officials

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Safety and Risk

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