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Orienteering Club

SPARKO Activity Day - South Park, Macclesfield

A park event to enable local people to try the sport of orienteering in familiar surroundings.

Sat 04th Jul 2015

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland
Info updated: 04th Jul


Event Report

Approaching 150 people came along to the Orienteering Activity Day at South Park, Macclesfield, many of them families with young children. Participants could choose between White, Yellow, Short Orange and Short Light Green courses, and many families did a second or even third course. The SPark committee provided light refreshments, and made sweets available to all finishers.

The Park looked at its best today in the sunny conditions, with so many people enjoying themselves, moving across the Park in various directions. Several people took up the challenge to see if they could complete the Light Green course in less than 1 minute for each leg. Matt Fellbaum got closest, taking 63 seconds for the longest leg which was 293m in length.

We hope that some of those who came along today will join us at future events. We would be pleased to see them there.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Macclesfield

Directions / Parking

Brown tourist sign off Park Lane, Macclesfield. Parking within South Park and on local roads. Registration at the Pavilion.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 10:30.  Starts from 11:00 to 14:00.

Course Information

Courses: White, Yellow, Orange

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

Fee: free

Free loan of SI dibbers (but £30 if not returned)


There will be tea, coffee and soft drinks for sale from the pavilion on the day

Dogs allowed?

Well behaved dogs are welcome

Contacts / Officials

Contact: Ian Gilliver 01625 433695, 07768 978763;

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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