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Orienteering Club

MDOC Night Event - Brereton Heath

Part of the North West Night League 2018/19

The NWNL is sponsored by Bright Bike Lights

Sat 09th Feb 2019

Type of event: Local, Night
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Info updated: 10th Feb


Pre Event Info


This is a night event in Winter and the weather may be changeable. Therefore, you may be required to carry or wear a hooded waterproof jacket.

 A backup lamp and whistle are compulsory.

Carrying a mobile phone is strongly recommended.


Nearest town: Holmes Chapel

Directions / Parking

Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve. Post Code CW12 4SU. GR SJ795654

Signed from A54 Holmes Chapel to Congleton road, 3.7 miles from junction 18 of M6.

Parking at Brereton Heath is Pay parking but we have exclusive use of the Car park as it 'formally' shuts at 5pm.

Registration & Start Times

Registration 17:30 to 19:00. Starts 18:15 to 19:15pm

Start: within 50m of Registration

Finish:  Adjacent to Registration

Course closure will be at 20:45 pm.


Course Information

Courses will be offered as follows:
Orange - 2.4km / 25m / 12 controls 
Green - 3.9km / 30m /20 controls
Blue - 5.5km / 35m / 23 controls

The map scale will be 1: 5,000. 

Control Descriptions will be on the map and loose copies at Registration.

Blue and Green courses have double sided maps

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

EOD only.

Seniors (M/W21+) £5.00

Juniors (M/W20-) £2.50

SI cards will be available for hire, but note that lost SI cards will be charged at £40.

Terrain Description

Flat Nature Reserve around a lake. Many paths, As it is winter vegetation not as severe as map suggests in many places. Marshes tend to be larger than mapped due to a wet winter. Beware of Rabbit holes.


Registration is in gazebo outside the main buildings.

Lit inside toilets will be available which are suitable to change in.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner: Chris Rostron 01663 764799 or 07929 516649 on the night

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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