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Orienteering Club

Macclesfield Urban

A UK Urban League event

Round three of the UK Urban League (UKUL) comes to the East Cheshire market town of Macclesfield.

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Sun 25th Mar 2018

Type of event: National, Urban
Info updated: 17th Apr


Event Report

Organiser’s comments

Thank you all for coming. I hope you enjoyed running in Macclesfield on such a lovely sunny day. Most of the feedback I received from competitors was very complimentary. However, that was not the case from a resident living in the vicinity of control 214, who was very angry about people running across his garden. The garden in question was the unfenced grassed area in front of his house which was clearly marked in olive green on the map. I visited him to apologise and witnessed several runners cutting the corners to and from the footpath. Please read the final details and take note of the instructions to avoid all areas in olive green, even when unfenced.

My thanks to Trevor Hindle for his thorough planning, to Peter Gorvett for his efficient controlling, to Eddie Speak for his work on updating the map and to Tytherington School for the use of their facilities.

Trevor Roberts

Pre Event Info

Final details

Final details are now available here. Start times will not be allocated. We will operate a queueing system at the start. Start times for courses 1 to 5 are from 10:30 to 12:30 and for courses 6 and 7 are from 12:00 to 12:30. Entries on the day will be available to all courses.

Traffic news

A 10k race is being held in Poynton (6 miles to the north of Macclesfield) on the morning of the event which may cause some problems as the runners pass along a short section of the A523 road from Hazel Grove to Macclesfield. The race will start at 09:15. A suggested alternative route from Hazel Grove is via Woodford and Adlington.


Macclesfield is famous historically for the production of silk, the home of Hovis bread and Ian Curtis of Joy Division. It is now closely linked with "big pharma" being the manufacturing base for AstraZeneca.

Our event will be based from Tytherington School with runners visiting the the historic centre of Macclesfield, the residential housing estates of Tytherington and local parks.


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 will be at the Tytherington School on Manchester Road, SK10 2EE

Registration & Start Times

The event centre will also be at the Tytherington School. Registration opens at 10:00

Start times: 10:30 to 12:30

Note that the junior courses will have a limited start time block between 12:00 and 12:30 to minimise manpower required to marshall road crossings. 

Course Information

Courses will be based on the normal UKUL age classes as follows:

Abreviation Full Category Name Age Classes Course number
MYJ  Young Junior Men 12- M10 M12 7
WYJ  Young Junior Women 12- W10 W12 7
MJ  Junior Men 16- M14 M16 6
WJ  Junior Women 16- W14 W16 6
MO  Open Men

M18 M20 M21 M35

WO  Open Women W18 W20 W21 W35 2
MV  Veteran Men 40+

M40 M45 M50

WV  Veteran Women 40+ W40 W45 W50 3
MSV  Supervet Men 55+

M55 M60

WSV  Supervet Women 55+ W55 W60 4
MUV  Ultravet Men 65+

M65 M70

WUV  Ultravet Women 65+ W65 W70 5
MHV  Hypervet Men 75+


WHV  Hypervet Women 75+ W75+ 5


Courses for Young Juniors (MYJ and WYJ)

With no entries on any junior courses two weeks before the event and some difficulties within the school's grounds with overrunning building work, we have planned a new course for MYJ and WYJ using mostly controls shared by other courses.  This course is harder than usual and is not completely traffic-free, so entrants must be shadowed by an adult.

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

Pre-entry via Entries will close at midnight on Sunday March 18th. Limited entries available on the day. 

Seniors £8.00, Juniors (under 21) and students £3.00. SI electronic timing will be used. The controls will be enabled to work with touch free (SIAC) dibbers as well as the standard punching variety. However, only standard dibbers will be available for hire from registration at a fee of £1 (free for juniors). Lost dibbers will be charged for at £40.00.


Toilets are available at the school.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are not allowed inside the school. Whilst dogs are allowed on the streets we discourage taking them on a course.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Trevor Roberts  Tel: 0161 439 6435

Planner: Trevor Hindle

Combine this event with The JOK Chasing Sprint at Delamers Forest on Saturday 24th March. See

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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