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
- Grid Ref:
- Postcode: WA14 4SE
- Latitude: 53.38948
- Longitude: -2.39228
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Registration & Start Times
Start anytime between 1100 and 1200.
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.
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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