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Northern Rocket Weekend

Birchwood Urban Sprint

Day 1 (15 July) - Urban Sprint (Individual format) at Birchwood near Warrington

Final Details (Provisional)

Day 2 (16 July) - British Mixed Sprint Relays at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. See DEE website for details.

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Sat 15th Jul 2017

Type of event: Regional
Info updated: 17th Jul


Pre Event Info

Final Details (Provisional)

Birchwood is a 1980's residential development on the outskirts of Warrington. The area is a complex network of residential roads, walkways, courtyards and public green spaces - where the route choice challenges come thick and fast.

A 2-part sprint covering two separate parts of the area will be available for senior competitors. These will be run one immediately after the other with a short walk from the finish of the first part to the start of the second part. The results will be based on the total time taken for both parts.

The junior courses will run a single sprint (slightly longer) course so that they do not need to cross any busy roads.


Nearest town: Warrington

Directions / Parking

Birchwood is situated close to the junction of the M6 and the M62. Leave the motorways at M6 junction 21 or M62 junction 11 and follow signs to Birchwood.

Nearest rail station is Birchwood which is adjacent to the shopping centre.

Parking at Birchwood Shopping Centre, Benson Rd, Birchwood, WA3 7PG (3 hours free with no return for 1 hour) or park on local streets. 

Registration & Start Times

Event centre: Birchwood Leisure and Tennis Complex, Benson Road, Birchwood, Warrington, WA3 7PT at the north side of the car park opposite ALDI. 

Registration opens at Noon

Start times: Part 1 - 12.45 to 14.00. You must start part 2 by 15:00. Courses close at 15.45. Start and finish is 700m from registration / download.

Course Information

Entry Class Course

Men’s Open

Women’s Open A
Men’s Veterans (40+) A
Women’s Veterans (40+) B
Men’s Super Veterans (55+) B
Women’s Super Veterans (55+) C
Men’s Ultra Veterans (65+) C
Women’s Ultra Veterans (65+) C
Men’s Hyper Veterans (75+) C
Women’s Hyper Veterans (75+) C

Men’s Junior (16-)

Women’s Junior (16-) D

Men’s Young Junior (12-)

Women’s Young Junior (12-) D

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 Fabian4 closing date extended to 13th July. Limited entry on the day. 

Seniors £7.00, 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 Leisure Complex and in the ASDA superstore at the car park.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are not allowed inside the Leisure Complex. 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,

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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