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Orienteering Club

Summer Evening Event - Brereton Heath

A summer evening event offering courses that are suitable for novices and for experienced orienteers. Pre-registration required via

Thu 24th Jun 2021

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Info updated: 26th Jun


Event Report

Planner's Comments

This was my first go at planning an event and I really enjoyed it. It was fun to try to set some interesting challenges. I included quite a few controls with lots of changes of direction and it was fun to watch people criss-crossing over the area last night. There are definitely a few things I'd do differently next time, such as paying more attention to how the vegetation will change in the weeks before an event. The nettles and bracken shot up in the two weeks before the event and I had some fun cutting out paths the day before the event.

I would also commit more time to getting the yellow and orange courses right as I found this the trickiest. Thanks to Eddie Speak for your help with the yellow course in particular, and for your advice in general. Thanks also to Julie for your patience with a first-time planner. I've learnt a lot and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who feels like giving it a try.

Nick Taylor

Pre Event Info

  • Entries are now closed.
  • Contactless punching will be enabled for the course controls, but everyone must punch the START and FINISH.

Update 23rd June - Possible delays due to Roadworks

There are new roadworks on Davenport Lane, between the A54 and the Brereton Heath car park. Please allow extra time for your journey.

If you find that Davenport Lane is closed or the traffic is backed up onto the A54, please follow the diversion route :- 

Go East along the A54 to Brereton Heath Lane, turn Right here, and Right again at Davenport Lane to reach the car park.

See map here.

Please note:

MDOC Registration System brief notes

  • If you have not previously registered then you need to register, so that we have Track and Trace information as well other essential details.
  • You will be given a unique ID number for future use. Please remember it. (You will also get an email confirmation.)
  • Then simply enter by selecting the event, choosing the course and then choosing one of the available 10min time slices.
  • You will then be allocated a specific start time within that time slice which will be confirmed by email.
  • We are not using start blocks. 


Nearest town: Holmes Chapel

Directions / Parking

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Signed from A54 Holmes Chapel to Congleton road. Parking charge (meter). Registration near Visitor Centre.

Registration & Start Times

Everyone must pre-register via Start times 17:30-19:00. All courses close at 20:15.

Pay on the day via contactless card payment, and collect hire SI cards if necessary.

There will be no EOD.

Course Information

Courses suitable for novices and for experienced orienteers:

White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue

Control descriptions are on the maps only.

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

Fees: £5.00 seniors and £2.00 juniors. Free SI-dibber loan (but £30 if not returned)


Toilets at the visitor centre.

First Aid will be available at Registration.

Dogs allowed?

Yes, but please ensure dogs are kept under close control at all times.

Contacts / Officials

Series Co-ordinator: Tony Wagg 0161 445 0902, enquiries to: 

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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