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Finland 100 - Evening Street Event - Didsbury

Suomi Finland 100 Festival of Orienteering

Night street orienteering among the bars and cafes of this fashionable district of Manchester. A 'MetrO' event - take the tram to the start. 

Fri 13th Oct 2017

Type of event: Local, Street
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 14th Oct


Pre Event Info


The Gateway (Wetherspoon), 882 Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester M20 5PG

NB: Venue changed from CompassSport article and previous info.


All competitors must wear suitable reflective jackets/bibs and have head torches.

No unaccompanied under 16s allowed.


Nearest town: Didsbury, South Manchester

Directions / Parking

Please don't use the very small Pub Car Park. Opposite the pub, across Manchester Road, is a very large Car Park for Cinemas (Free for 4 hours) otherwise unlimited Parking at East Didsbury Metro Station 300m from Assembly.

Alternatively, use public transport: Metro to East Didsbury then signposted 300m walk. Or bus 42, 50 or 130 from Piccadilly Gardens (City Centre) to East Didsbury.

Registration & Start Times

Starts: 17:45 to 20:00 (Competitors MUST allow 30min from Registration to Start)

Course Information

Long 10km (Optimum 14.2km), Medium 7km (Optimum 9.5km) and Short 4.1km (Optimum 5km) using three different Metro stations as starting points.

You will need to take your metro fare with you (prices to be advised later).

Street furniture is used as the control sites and you will need a pencil or non water based pen to write down the answers to the appropriate question on the waterproof question sheet provided.

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

Fees: Senior £3, Junior £2 (but no unaccompanied under 16s allowed)

Entries via Fabian4

Online entries close at midnight on Wednesday 11th October.

EOD will be accepted subject to availability of maps.

Terrain Description

Typical suburban streets some of which can be quite busy.

Map: 1:12,500 (Long), 1:10,000 (Medium and Short), based on Open Street Map line map showing roads, passageways and very little other detail of the terrain.

Contacts / Officials

Planners: Peter Ross & Jillyan Dobby

Co-ordinator: Chris Rostron , Tel. 01663 764799

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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