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Orienteering Club

Spring Series 4 - Macclesfield Forest

Sat 28th Mar 2015

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 31st Mar


Event Report

Organiser: Heather Fellbaum
Planner: Vicky Thornton
Controller: Dave Mawdsley
Series Co-ordinator: Clare Griffin

Planner's Comments

Some great runs out there today despite the weather - thanks for coming it made the work worthwhile!  I was limited as to where I could use due to various ‘things’ happening in the forest and some of you may have encountered the film makers making a “ghostly thriller” depending on your route choice on the Orange from your last control to the finish (ie if you took the less direct route to the west using walls and paths).

I was really pleased that the ‘wheelchair’ White proved negotiable....just ;) and for those of you on the Yellow, as the last in the spring series, it was deliberately more ‘entertaining’ with you venturing into ‘terrain’ with a few strategically placed tapes to assist you... so I was glad to find that youngsters had enjoyed the mud, steep bank and avoided the barbed wire ;)....

With a few of you running both the Orange (Part 1 chasing) and then the Light Green (Part 2 chasing) I avoided using exactly the same sections of forest.  This resulted in what I thought was a slightly tougher than usual Orange course in that it was basically up the hill and down again but several competitors told me how much they had enjoyed the run down the hill back home which is what I hoped for!  There was also 100 metres of some bramble along the wall to number 3 (wall junc) for which I make no apology since, as one lad said, “it’s a forest!”  plus there was an option to go along the path further and straight up the hill from the east  – Macc Forest was never going to be a run in the park!  The Light Green course attracted the most favourable comments since it utilised the most runnable forest available and route choice interest from 9 to 10 and 11 to 12 where climbing extra contours made, in some cases, a crucial difference.

I apologise for the course lengths being advertised (on the info & on the map descriptions) as being longer than they actually were due to a decision, by me, to change the scale of the printed map from 1:10,000 to 1:7,500...easier to read.... so the courses were measured by the software used as though they were still on a 1:10,000 map....only a couple of you noticed...the correct course lengths are on the results and winning times were as expected. 

Organiser's Comments

Thanks to all the helpers who gave up their time on Saturday and did such a great job. Thanks to Vicky for planning some really good courses and to Dave for controlling and printing maps. The weather obviously didn't put people off and there were nearly 100 people enjoying the forest despite the rain, wind, mud, brambles and hills!
Tell your friends what a fun time you had and bring them along to the next event on Teggs Nose.

Pre Event Info

Further details on the Spring 2015 flyer as a PDF.


Nearest town: Macclesfield

Directions / Parking

Signed from A523 1km south of Macclesfield town centre. Then 5km via Langley to Forest Office.

Registration & Start Times

Register between 10.00 and 11.00. Starts 10.30 to 11.30.

Course Information

White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green courses, suitable for everybody, newcomers, improvers and regulars, with advice and instruction available.

There will also be a 2-part Chasing Sprint for those who like head-to-head racing, as enjoyed in 2009 / 2010.

  • Part 1 - Run the Orange course between 10.30 and 11.00
  • Part 2 - This will use the Light Green course. Your start time is calculated by adding your Part 1 running time to 11.20 (e.g. if you take 23 minutes on Part 1 your Part 2 start time is 11.43). Slower runners will be able to start earlier than this calculation suggests!

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: Seniors £3 / Juniors £1.50. Free SI-dibbers (but £30 if not returned)

Contacts / Officials

Contact: Clare Griffin 01625 572989
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