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East Cheshire Urban Weekend - Day 1: Macclesfield West

Incorporating the NW Sprint Championship

This event is the North West Sprint Championship. It will comprise a 2-part sprint covering two separate parts of the area. Results will be based on total time for both parts.

Final details here

Sat 30th Oct 2021

Type of event: Regional, Sprint, Urban
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 01st Nov


Event Report

Controller Comments 

Thank you all for coming to this, for me, unusual event. The Controllers job now breaks down into 3 parts:-

  • The courses and controls, where Paul did a great job. He put a lot of thought into the courses, which were quite different for the 2 parts. And thanks to Eddie Speak for producing the map of a new area.
  • The organisation, where MDOC’s normal efficient operation was in action. Marie just got on with it, although the two overlapping events did strain resources.
  • The IT/SI bit, which for oldies like me is a challenge. Technology is changing fast but some things that seem easy sometimes go wrong. I will leave it to others to comment on the problems we encountered.

But, thanks again to Eddie, there is a set of results and splits available on the evening of the event. Good, as a founder member of the SAOF, to see Ian Bratt (ex Big Ian of CUOC) from Rand OC at the event.

Ian Cooper (SYO)

Organiser's Comments

​With two starts and finishes spread across the area, and most helpers
wanting a run, some volunteers found themselves patching up several
holes in the jobs list, but we made it and it seems everyone enjoyed
themselves. What a great relief that we had sunshine after the heavy
overnight rain.

Thanks are very much due to Paul Watson, the planner, for his courses
and Eddie Speak for the map - and his technical support, which enabled
the results to be posted this evening. We now have 36 new NW Sprint

Technical issues: Due to some confusion, the first "finish" control box was switched to an incorrect backup box which switched off SIAC dibbers. The unusual setup which allowed people to run straight away on part 2 without downloading meant that SIAC dibbers were not restarted for the second race. This was corrected but approx. 25-30 people with SIACs had to punch the second part controls..

The second start was delayed while an incorrectly programmed box was replaced.

Marie Roberts (MDOC)

Planner's Comments

Thank you all for coming to visit Upton Priory for what turned out to be a pleasant day for orienteering. The same could not be said first thing on Saturday morning when we were hanging controls!

My thanks go to the control hangers and collectors, Ian Cooper for his help and guidance, Marie for her organisation, Eddie Speak for his assistance and patience in relation to the mapping and my fellow MDOC members for their efforts on the day in staging the event. I would also like to acknowledge Karyn Johnston and East Cheshire Hospice who raised no objections to us using the path immediately to the west of the hospice, which helped to create a few more planning options for the second part of the event.

Paul Watson (MDOC)

Pre Event Info

Macclesfield is famous historically for the production of silk. It is now the base of the pharma giant "Astra Zeneca" and draws crowds for its monthly Treacle Market.

The event will take place in a residential district on the western outskirts of Macclesfield.The area is a complex network of residential roads, walkways, and public green spaces.


Nearest town: Macclesfield

Directions / Parking

Macclesfield is 20 miles to the south of Manchester. From the M6, take junction 17 coming from the south or junction 19 coming from the north. Parking and registration will be at the Macclesfield Leisure Centre, Priory Lane, SK10 4AF. What3Words link

Registration & Start Times

Registration opens at 10:30

Start times: Part 1 - 11.00 to 12.30. You must start part 2 by 13:30. Courses close at 14.15 

Competitors eligible for the NW Sprint Champs must enter the urban class appropriate to their age class (i.e. MV for M40+  See below), otherwise enter your choice of urban class.

Prizes for the North West Sprint Championship will be awarded at assembly to members of North West clubs by age class at 14:15

Course Information

        Optimal length Km Optimal length Km  
Code Full Category Name Age Classes Course number Part 1 Part 2 Total controls
MYJ  Young Junior Men 12- M10 M12 7 1.1 1.5 20
WYJ  Young Junior Women 12- W10 W12 7 1.1 1.5 20
MJ  Junior Men 16- M14 M16 6 2.1 2.7 25
WJ  Junior Women 16- W14 W16 6 2.1 2.7 25
MO  Open Men

M18 M20 M21 M35

1 3.5 3.6 30
WO  Open Women W18 W20 W21 W35 2 2.8 3.5 31
MV  Veteran Men 40+

M40 M45 M50

2 2.8 3.5 31
WV  Veteran Women 40+ W40 W45 W50 3 2.6 2.6 30
MSV  Supervet Men 55+

M55 M60

3 2.6 2.6 30
WSV  Supervet Women 55+ W55 W60 4 2.4 2.5 29
MUV  Ultravet Men 65+

M65 M70

4 2.4 2.5 29
WUV  Ultravet Women 65+ W65 W70 5 1.6 1.8 22
MHV  Hypervet Men 75+


5 1.6 1.8 22
WHV  Hypervet Women 75+ W75+ 5 1.6 1.8 22

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

Online entries are now closed. Enties on the day (EOD) will be available

Pre-entry fees (each day): £9 Adults (An additional £2 for adults who are not members of British Orienteering) and £4 for Juniors. A total discount of £2 for those who enter for both days.

EOD fees £11 Adults, £6 Juniors. Contacless payment preferred

Timing: Sport Ident timing. All controls configured for contactless punching other than the start.


Toilets at the Leisure Centre

Dogs allowed?

Whilst dogs are allowed on the streets we discourage taking them on a course.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Marie Roberts   

Planner:     Paul Watson   MDOC

Controller:  Ian Cooper    SYO

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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