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MDOC/DEE Sunday Morning Spunch - Antrobus

A Sunday Morning Spunch event - a collaborative effort between two neighbouring orienteering clubs MDOC and Deeside Orienteering Club.

Sun 17th Sep 2023

Type of event: Local, Score
Info updated: 20th Sep


Event Report

It was great to see so many of you coming along to Antrobus - about 150 in total, including a lot of new faces.  You are all very welcome, and it is your participation that makes the organisation and course-setting so worthwhile.  We hope to see many of you at another event soon!

The village hall was an excellent venue for this type of event - A big thank you to the local Antrobus volunteers who run the village hall for allowing us to host our event there.

The weather was kind too with even the odd sunny spell allowing us to have al-fresco tea & cakes outside on the concourse.

Thankyou for supporting the cake stall.  A total of £224.50 was raised, and this will be deployed on navigation coaching for the junior orienteers within the two clubs involved in organising the event.  Thanks especially to Cecilia & Rebecca for their lovely homemade cakes

The 120 min course was (pleasingly) more popular than usual, with some serious distances being covered.  Notably Duncan H doing 25k and bagging 60 out of 65 Spunchpoints - impressive.

On the 90 min Vicky W & Dominic S had another good run, just behind the very experienced Liam C.  At the other end, kudos to the Jones-Simsek family who braved the course with two very mini Spunchkins in "all-terrain" double buggy - only to suffer a puncture early on!  (Hope you will return to try again).

Finally on the 60 min course newcomers Bob & Katrina C made an impressive debut - and with 4 mins to spare!

A big thanks to Iain for bringing us to this lovely area, and setting the course (his post-match comments are in the attached illustrated PDF), and to all the other helpers both before and on the day.

So......what's up next?  


This event was a collaboration between two neighbouring orienteering clubs 

DEEside (west of M6)

MDOC (east of M6)

There is always a lot going on at both clubs with regular local events in different terrains (parks, urban, woodland etc) - see websites above for details.


The next Spunch events are:

New Mills Festival Spunch on Saturday afternoon 30 September, from the New Mills Leisure Centre and then:

Mow Cop Spunch on Saturday morning 14 October - more details on both of these to follow very soon.


Hope to see you again,

Andy & Iain

Pre Event Info

  • 60, 90 & 120 minute score course options - choose on the day

  • Registration 09:30 to 11:00

  • "Rolling Start" anytime from 10:00 to 11:00

Venue: Antrobus Village Hall, Knutsford Road, Antrobus, Northwich, CW9 6LB 

A rarely visited piece of Cheshire countryside just 5 mins from J10 M56 and 12 mins from J19 M6.

Free on-site parking, Registration, Loos, Start, Finish and Refreshments.

Please pre-enter via SiEntries:


Nearest town: Antrobus, Northwich

Course Information

50ish Spunchpoints to choose from, spread out across another new and generally level scenic "rural Cheshire" area offering much 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 plenty of route choice opportunities over a wider area for those who prefer a longer outing up to 2 hours.

Visit as many checkpoints as you can in the time available, S-punching using the MapRun app on your smartphone or Garmin.

Will you get as far as the beautiful Woodland Trust's broadleaved woodland at Park Moss?

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

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.

Seniors £5, Age 16-20/students £3. Under 16s go free but must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Online entry closing date: 17/09/2023

(£1 surcharge for late entries and EOD)

Terrain Description

A waterproof map of the course is provided to ALL participants.  


Home-made cakes, tea, coffee and soft drinks will all 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!

Dogs allowed?

Well behaved dogs welcome. Must be kept under control and on a lead at all times especially around other animals.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Iain Bell, DEE

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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