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Orienteering Club

Manchester in May Day 3

UKUL Urban event in the university quarter

A full length urban event - part of the UK Urban League based in the newly mapped University of Manchester main campus. There is minimal climb

Sun 05th May 2024

Type of event: National, Urban
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 07th May


Event Report

Lost Property

2 T-shirts were left behind after Sunday's event.

Please email to claim.


Controllers Comments.


- The weather was good, even brilliant for Manchester.

- Most comments I heard were favourable and competitors enjoyed their courses.

- No controls disappeared (although some were not found).

- The encampment caused no apparent issue to competitors - although it may have been a distraction at times - thanks to the organising team spending time explaining the event to the demonstrators. Its appearance on May 2nd was initially a major concern, with the organisers duty of care to competitors being prominent. Competitors will understand that this was a significant issue in the 2 days to the event.

- Late printing of the maps literally just before the event enabled it to be updated for the encampment and changes to out of bounds construction areas. This was a big positive.

- assembly, parking, start and finish were all within a reasonable distance

- the organisation of the event, fronted by Trevor and Chris, went well and all competitors were back well before course closing time



- Multi level mapping for urban maps is here so you should be prepared. At 4000 scale the symbols (sharks teeth and upper level stripes) can be hard to see. And the presentation of bridges, tunnels, upper and lower is still developing so maps will evolve through the next year. Many apologies to those who were unable to find upper level controls.

- the presentation of back to back maps (Courses 1-3) and the significant overlap should have been included in the final details.


I enjoyed working with Trevor and Chris and the rest of the MDOC team. Always a positive experience. Just for the record, I did 16km in checking controls on the day, plus another 10km during the event, so 26km in all - maybe I should have done the Lakeland 3 Days instead, but then you cannot pop into Tesco for lunch.


Ian Cooper (SYO)

Pre Event Info

For details of the other associated events during the weekend, go to

Day 1 Friday 3rd May 2024 - Metro 'O'
Day 2 Saturday 4th May 2024 - Middle distance Urban
Day 4 Monday 6th May 2024 - 'O'Fest in Wythenshawe Park

Day 3 Sunday 5th May 2024

Assembly will be at the Sugden Sports Centre - Hall C, 114 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HL. 

All facilities will be here including toilets, download, enquiries and Running Bear (a runner's equipment retailer). Race number bibs will be used on this day and can be collected at assembly if you have not collected them on day 2.


Nearest town: Manchester

Directions / Parking

Competitor parking is at the Manchester Aquatics Centre multi-storey car park, Booth Street East, M13 9SS. Payment by credit/debit card. Rates: £3.50 for 2 hours, £5.50 for 4 hours. Height limit: 2.1m (6'10"). It is between Assembly and the Start - so pre-entered runners who collected bibs on Day 2 may avoid Assembly.

We recommend using public transport if feasible. Assembly is easy walking distance (10-15 mins) from Piccadilly railway station and St. Peter's Square. Both of these locations have Metrolink tram stops.

One option (especially for vehicles which are too tall for the Aquatics Centre car park) is to use Metrolink Park and Ride, e.g. from East Didsbury (Parrswood Lane, M20 5NP) or Sale Water Park (Rifle Road, M33 2LX) - but they both have 2.4m height restrictions.  Take the tram to St Peter's Square and Assembly is a 1.0 km walk along Oxford Street, past Oxford Road railway station. Continue on Oxford Road to Grosvenor St where you turn left to Assembly.

A full list of MetroLink Park and Ride locations can be found at the BEE NETWORK

Registration & Start Times

Starts will be from 10:30 to 12:30.

Self-selected start blocks of 15 minutes are requested on the online entry system for courses 1 to 7. Please start during your selected block.

The Accessible and Score courses will have open start times.

Course Information

Final courses

The class to course mappings are guidelines only, please feel free to run a longer or shorter course as you see fit.

Juniors aged under 16 on the day of the competition are not permitted to compete on courses 1 to 5

Course number Men's classes Women's classes Optimum Course length (Km) No of controls
1 MO (Men's Open) - 11.2 35
2 MV (M40+) WO (Women's Open) 9.5 30
3 MSV (M55+) WV (W40+) 8.4 28
4 MUV (M65+) WSV (W55+) 6.3 22
5 MHV (M75+) WUV (W65+), WHV (W75+) 4.9 17
6 MJ (M16-) WJ (W16-) 4.1 23
7 MYJ (M12-) WYJ (W12-) 2.1 17
Score 60 All classes All classes   32

Score 75 

All classes  All classes 


Accessible All classes  All classes  2.1 16

Start locations 

The main Start will be 800m from Assembly, walking south along Upper Brook St and passing the Aquatics Centre car park after 300m.

The Score courses' Start will be on Grosvenor St outside the Assembly building.

Finish location

The Finish is close to the car park and is 500m to Assembly

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 entry is via Racesignup

Entry fees

Until 23:59 on 27 April 2024
Courses 1 to 7: £14 Adults, £5 Juniors/students
The Accessible and both Score courses: £6 Adults, £3 Juniors

On or after 28 April 2024
Courses 1 to 7: £16 Adults, £7 Juniors/Students
The Accessible and both Score courses: £6 Adults, £3 Juniors

Online entries close 4 May 2024 at 20:00
Entries on the day (EOD) may be available after this date subject to the availablity of maps.

SI card hire (not SIAC) is free. A limited number of SIACs will be offered free to competitors on the Accessible course.

Dogs allowed?

Only guide dogs are allowed in the Sugden Sports Centre. Dogs on leads are allowed on courses in public streets and open spaces.

Contacts / Officials

Entries: Marie Roberts,

Contact: Sue Birkinshaw, Coordinator,  

Planners: Trevor & Hazel Hindle 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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