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Orienteering Club

Spunch 1 - Harrop Edge

A winter Countryside Score event

First of a series of 6 Countryside Score events using Satellite (GPS) S-punching staged on weekends over the period Oct 22 to March 23.

(More details about the whole Spunch 22/23 event series can be found here.)

Sun 16th Oct 2022

Type of event: Local, Score
Info updated: 16th Oct


Pre Event Info

A 60/90 min Score event on the tracks and paths in the scenic countryside around Stalybridge.

Panoramic views of Manchester and the surrounding hills (on a good day!)  Plenty of route choice options.

Can be done solo, in a pair, or even a small group.  Also suitable for under 16s accompanied by parent / guardian.

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Venue: Bees Coffee Pot cafe, SK14 6SJ

Parking, Portaloo, Registration, Start, and Finish are all adjacent to this quirky cafe which has great views and great reviews

We are grateful to Natalie the cafe owner for allowing us to park here and use the loo - they do excellent drinks, breakfasts, brunches, cakes and specials and are open from 9.30am until 4:30pm.


Nearest town: Matley, Hyde

Directions / Parking

Access only via Harrop Edge Road, from junction with Matley Lane near Wagon & Horses on A6018.

Please car share where possible and park considerately.

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Registration & Start Times

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Mass start at 11am.  Prestart registration/payment open from 10am to 10.50am (please don't arrive at the last minute!)

Results available online immediately following the event (subject to data signal).

Course Information

Approximately 40 checkpoints marked on an enlarged Ordnance Survey Explorer map.  Waterproof A4 map provided.  Scale 1:12500.

Visit as many as you can in your chosen time allowance 60mins or 90mins. (Choose on the day)

Visits to checkpoints to be recorded using the MapRun app on your smartphone or Garmin.

Each checkpoint visited scores you 20points.  10points penalty for each minute (or part minute) that you return after your time allowance.

Using MapRun

You will need to have the MapRun6 app on your smartphone (or MapRunG for Garmin users).  Your phone or Garmin will "beep" at each checkpoint (if you are in the right place!)

Whilst you are at home, before you come to the event:

  • Ensure you have the app loaded on your device
  • Ensure your device battery is well charged
  • "Select Event" from the MapRun6 home screen on the app and download the UK/Manchester/CSS/HarropEdge event

If you are a new MapRun user there will be lots of help available on the day to get you going!

(If you need help in advance please email Andy at )

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

Visit to reserve your map.  Payment on the day by cash (preferred) or card.

Fees: Senior £4, Junior/student £2.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Contacts / Officials

Enquiries to: Andy Thornton

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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