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Orienteering Club

NW Sprint Champs

2 part urban Sprint in Offerton, Stockport, based at Dial Park School.

Results, Winsplits and Routegadget, plus Organiser's, Planner's and Controller's Comments ...

Sat 23rd Sep 2023

Type of event: Regional, Sprint
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 25th Sep


Event Report

Organiser's Comments - Alison Doyle

I hope you all enjoyed our event

The comments I heard at download were all positive

Apologies for the slight delay and longer queues at afternoon starts, everyone wanted to start early

One gripe - details said clearly no dogs in school grounds, but I spoke to 2 people who broke this rule - the car park was after all a junior school playground. I am a dog owner but would never take my dog where I was told not to, and we don't want to lose the use of the school for future events.

Planner's Comments - Rebecca Glen

Aside from night street league, this was the first event I've planned. Could you tell?!

My NSL partner-in-crime is John Britton.  When the call for a planner for Offerton came out, I asked him whether he thought I could do it.

From his initial yes and throughout the whole process, John had more confidence in me than I did myself.

A massive thanks to him for helping me at every turn and ensuring that everything was done - and done correctly. 

(He hasn't seen this though, otherwise it would actually have been about the planning!)

P.S. Look out for the Offerton Estate on TV!  Netflix were out filming last week...

Controller's Comments - John Britton

Organisationally, everything seemed to work fine, and Rebecca's courses seemed to be very well received. Her excellent decision to keep the two areas separate did mean we used more controls than usual, but it also helpfully enabled all the maps to be 1:3000 and made for some extreme twizzling on the longer courses. 

The only on-course incidents were that we had to protect a control from a disgruntled little boy whose morning game of kicking a ball against our lamppost was disturbed, and one kite was somehow relocated to a nearby goalpost.

Since the last use of the map, one large building has been replaced; one new street built and the affected playground relocated;  more than 100 mature trees cut down and somewhat less than 100 new trees planted - but I doubt anyone noticed anything different.

Pre Event Info

Medals to first NW Club member in M/W 10-85.

Trophy to first male and female NW Club member in Men's and Women's Open classes.


Nearest town: Offerton, Stockport

Directions / Parking

Dial Park Primary School, Half Moon Ln, Offerton, Stockport SK2 5LB
Parking at school and on surrounding roads. Toilets, Registration, Download at school.

Registration & Start Times

Registration open 10:00 - 11:30.

2-part Sprint: 

Part 1: starts between 10:30 and 12:00; Part 2: starts between 12:30 and 14:00.

No allocated start times. Run Part 1, download, then run Part 2.

Both Starts and Finishes are within 5 mins of school.

The tightness of this scheduling means that people expecting to take a long time on their course should ensure they start early!

Course Information

2-part Sprint, usual urban classes:

Course number Men's classes Women's classes
1 MO (Men's Open) -
2 MV (M40+) WO (Women's Open)
3 MSV (M55+) WV (W40+)
4 MUV (M65+) WSV (W55+)
5 MHV (M75+) WUV (W65+), WHV (W75+)
6 MJ (M16-), Orange WJ (W16-), Orange
7 MYJ (M12-), Yellow WYJ (W12-), Yellow

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

Entries via RaceSignUp until 10:00 Sat 23rd (subject to map availability).

Limited EOD (subject to map availability).

£10 Adults, £5 Juniors (with £1 discount per day if entering the UK Urban League event at Birchwood on Sunday as well); SI card hire (not SIAC) free.

Terrain Description

The Offerton Estate is a complex area of similar-looking buildings, grass areas, paths, alleys, garages, access to garages, and minor roads. There is no through traffic. There are a few distributor roads which have light traffic and speed bumps.

Parents of potential Junior entries should be aware of, and comfortable with, the following:

Both Course 7s stay within the areas of the buildings and garages except for a marshalled, timed-out (1-minute) road crossing in the morning. Moving cars may be encountered around the garages and access roads to them.

The morning Course 6 crosses one of the least busy distributor roads without a marshalled point. Both Course 6’s also have a marshalled, timed-out (1-minute) road crossing across a slightly busier distributor road.

The nature of the area means that speedy wiggling through while keeping map contact will be a key skill. Almost all controls are on trees or lampposts (usually described as side of open area, paved area, road or path).  Courses may visit the same control more than once. Controls may be close together, so be careful to check your codes and sequencing.


Toilets at school.

Contacts / Officials

Contact: Alison Doyle, MDOC

Planner: Rebecca Glen MDOC

Controller: John Britton MDOC

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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