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Orienteering Club

Dunham Massey Year End Spunch

Saturday Year End Spunch Event - 60/90/120min countryside score course using an enlarged and enhanced extract of OS Explorer map.

Sat 30th Dec 2023

Type of event: Local, Score
Info updated: 01st Jan


Pre Event Info

Free Parking, Registration, Loos, Start, Finish and refreshments all at Dunham Massey Village Hall, 2 School Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, WA14 4SE. 5 mins from J7 M56 

Discover the beautiful countryside in and around Dunham Massey & Dunham Park.

Food and drink will be available at low-cost in the Village Hall after you have finished. A great opportunity to compare routes and chat with friends & rivals old and new!

Run, jog or walk - suitable for trail runners, park runners, fell runners, adventure runners, orienteers, walkers, and newcomers alike.  Great for families and friends to do together.  Suitable for all ages and abilities - lots of help available for newcomers.  Well behaved 4-legged friends welcome but must be kept under control and on a lead at all times especially around others.

Hope you will come along for some fresh air and exercise between Christmas & New Year.  

Please pre-enter via SiEntries:


Nearest town: Dunham Massey, Altrincham

Registration & Start Times

Start anytime between 1100 and 1200.

Course Information

50+ Spunchpoints to choose from, spread out in countryside immediately accessible from the Village Hall.  You will find lots of route choice on a good network of paths, tracks and lanes.  The area of about 9 sq km offers both modest family-friendly options and longer options over a wider area for those who prefer an outing up to 2 hours.

The area is flattish with generally good conditions underfoot for running & walking.  Lots of nice footpaths through Dunham Hall estate and deerpark, canal bank, Transpennine trail, and on quiet lanes.

Visit as many checkpoints as you can in the time available, S-punching using the MapRun app on your smartphone or Garmin. 

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

Can be done solo, in a pair, or as a team of 3 or more.  Each participant needs to put in an individual entry EXCEPT Under 16s who go for free with a paying adult.

A waterproof map of the course is provided to ALL participants.

Seniors £5, Age 16-20/students £3. Under 16s go free but must be accompanied by a paying adult.

(Surcharge of £1 for pre-entries after midnight on 26 Dec, and for entries on the day, which are subject to map availability)

Contacts / Officials

Enquiries to: Andy Thornton 

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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