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Manchester & District
Orienteering Club

UKUL Birchwood

including Locking Stumps

UK Urban League event, with standard urban classes.

Results, Winsplits and Routegadget, plus Controller's Comments ...

Sun 24th Sep 2023

Type of event: Regional, Urban
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 25th Sep


Event Report

Controllers' Comments - Nick and Jane Campbell

It was a pleasure to work with planner Ben, organiser Marie, Eddie Speak and the rest of the MDOC team. We hope that everyone enjoyed the complexities of both Birchwood and Locking Stumps.

Pre Event Info

Part of the UK Urban League, the event will take place in the complex housing estates of Birchwood and Locking Stumps, Warrington. There is minimal climb.

(For MDOC members, the event is also a counter in the MDOC Champions League.)

Results, Winsplits and Routegadget, plus Controller's Comments ...


Nearest town: Birchwood, Warrington

Directions / Parking

Competitor parking is at Chadwick House WA3 6AE, No on-street parking please.

Assembly/download is 600m from parking, at Birchwood Youth & Community Centre, Delenty Drive WA3 6AN.

Public transport: Walk from Birchwood train station or take bus 17 Connect to Oakwood from Warrington Interchange.

Registration & Start Times

Registration open 10:00 - 12:00.

Start times: 10.30 - 12.30 except courses 6 & 7 (11.00 - 11.45)

Course Information

All seven standard urban courses are on offer: 

Course number Men's classes Women's classes Optimum Course length (km)
1 MO (Men's Open) - 10.6
2 MV (M40+) WO (Women's Open) 9.0
3 MSV (M55+) WV (W40+) 5.9
4 MUV (M65+) WSV (W55+) 5.0
5 MHV (M75+) WUV (W65+), WHV (W75+) 3.8
6 MJ (M16-), Orange WJ (W16-), Orange 4.8
7 MYJ (M12-), Yellow WYJ (W12-), Yellow 2.5

There will be one marshalled road crossing on the junior courses. For this reason, the junior start window will be limited to 45 minutes.  Juniors under 12 must be shadowed by a responsible adult. 

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

Entries via RaceSignUp.

Closes Sun 24th 10:00 (subject to availability of maps). Limited EOD (subject to availability of maps). 

£10 Adults, £5 Juniors (with £1 discount per day if entering the Sprint event at Offerton on Saturday as well); SI card hire (not SIAC) free.


There will be toilets at Assembly/download.

Contacts / Officials

Contact: Marie Roberts, MDOC

Planner: Ben Kyd MDOC/OUOC

Controllers: Nick & Jane Campbell DEE

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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