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Orienteering Club

Countryside Score 2 - Marple

Wed 15th Jun 2022

Type of event: Local, Score
Info updated: 18th Jun


Event Report

 > People way over 60 minutes have been adjusted to 90 if their points per minute would be better that way.

 > We have credited all the written answers.

 > Two people complained they got no beep at 37. From their tracks, that's cos they weren't actually there - there is another gate 50m south of the intended one, but with an identical sign so that's my fault for a bad control.

 > Apologies to Emma for not putting red crosses on the very nasty footpath mapped coming into #4 from the NE. I'd never noticed that on the map and hence hadn't tried it out. So again, my bad - from poor observation rather than economy of effort - I went through #4 quite a few times!

 > The majority of credit for the planning goes to Carolyn Hindle - I simply picked up her 2016 event and kept pretty much all of it, cos it seemed very good as it was.  Also thanks to Rebecca Glen for her efforts double-checking controls, beeps and map.

 > 47 pre-entries, 3 no-shows, 8 lucky entries-on-the-night - just about had enough maps ! Interesting to see the split maprun vs manual, and the small but not negligible number of people who needed manual top-ups to their maprun score.

Pre Event Info

Venue: The Crown, Hawk Green, SK6 7HU


Rural score event using public rights of way on an enlarged OS map extract.
60 or 90 minute score event.

Pre-entry required using to guarantee a map. Bring a pen/pencil and a watch. SI used for timing only. Choose your course length (60 or 90) on the night itself, not when entering.

Each control on the map will be marked by a numbered circle. On the clue sheet there will be a clue asking a question about an object at the centre of the circle and a space to write the answer. We try to keep the clues as unambiguous as possible. A typical clue will be:

Date on the BENCH commemorating Eileen Dover.


This event has been planned as a MapRun event, using the GPS capabilities of your smartphone or watch to track your route and record the controls visited. Many of you are already familiar with this - it has been used at some NSL events and lockdown activities provided by the Navvies.

We would encourage everyone to have a go, but if you can’t, or don’t want to, use your phone or watch to record controls, that’s fine, it will work just like a traditional CSC event – with map, clue sheet and hand-written answers.  EVERYBODY will need a dibber for Start/Finish timing, and EVERYBODY will carry a paper map and clue sheet and should have a pencil to hand.

For those wanting to use the App, please download the App MapRun 6 to your phone and MapRun G to your watch (if you have a suitable one) before you arrive at the event.  Your answer sheet provides a backup for any controls which fail to register - you don't need to write anything for those which do. There's possibly more chance of controls not registering in the countryside than on streets, but we have tested them all more than once.


Nearest town: Marple

Directions / Parking

Please park in pub car park. Overflow parking on surrounding streets.

Registration & Start Times

Pre-registration via (closing date 13/06/2022). 

Pay on the day via contactless card payment, and collect hire SI cards if necessary.

Registration/payment from 17:30. Start times 17:45 to 19:00. Beware that the kitchen may stop at 8pm.

Entry Details

Fees: Senior £4, Junior/student £2.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Terrain Description

OS Map extract with controls marked on it. 

Separate clue sheet to write your answers on. 

Please don't try to use paths that have had a purple cross superimposed - they either don't exist or (in one case) take you very close to horses. Rights of way across Mellor golf course are not always obvious - use your compass and watch out for little yellow discs or marker posts.

Contacts / Officials

Co-ordinator: Simon Freytag 07588472848 

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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