Spring Series 1 - Burnage / Mersey Vale
and surrounding area
Park + Urban event.
Sat 20th Jan 2018
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Urban
Info updated: 20th Jan
Pre Event Info
Nearest town: Stockport
- Grid Ref: SJ863901
- Postcode: SK4 3EA
- Latitude: 53.40808
- Longitude: -2.20734
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Directions / Parking
Burnage Rugby Club, Battersea Road, Heaton Mersey.
Signed from A5145 Didsbury Road and Station Road junction, 1km east from A34, Kingsway.
If the car park is full, park on the road but please avoid blocking access to business premises. Traffic wardens are known to be active in the area!
Registration & Start Times
Register between 10.15 and 11.45. Starts 10.30 to 12.00. Courses close 13.15
Fee: Seniors £4/ Juniors £2. Free SI-dibbers (but £30 if not returned)
Please don't arrive before 10.00 as the park has a "Park Run".
White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green courses, suitable for everybody, newcomers, improvers and regulars, with advice and instruction available. (See notes under Terrain Description below)
Long Light Green, combining park and urban orienteering. This course is especially for those wanting a decent length run on a Saturday morning, about 6km. No under-16s allowed because of road crossings.
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.
The map covers three separate areas of parkland - the area surrounding Burnage Rugby Club, Mersey Vale Nature Park and Heaton Mersey Park & Bowl - plus the adjacent urban area.
The White and Yellow courses stay in the area surrounding the Rugby Club and do not cross roads.
Orange and Light Green courses also use the other parkland areas which requires 3 road crossings in total. These road crossings will be marshalled.
The Long Light Green course uses the whole area and road crossings are not marshalled.
Indoor toilets, bar selling coffee, tea, bacon butties etc.
Contacts / Officials
Enquiries to or ring Alison on 0161 366 5175
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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