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Urban Middle Distance - Birchwood

A UK Urban League and NW Urban League event

A Regional Middle Distance Urban event at Birchwood, including a new extended area.

This Middle Distance Urban event will be a highlight of the season. Birchwood is an extensive, complex area with an exceptional map. Don't miss it! 

The Final details are now available (PDF file).

Sun 28th Apr 2019

Type of event: Regional, Urban
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 16th Apr

Pre Event Info

Event Centre: 

Birchwood Leisure and Tennis Complex, Benson Road, Birchwood, WA3 7PT


Nearest town: Warrington

Directions / Parking

Birchwood is situated close to the junction of the M6 and the M62. Leave the motorways at M6 junction 21 or M62 junction 11 and follow signs to Birchwood.

Nearest rail station is Birchwood which is adjacent to the shopping centre.

Parking at Birchwood Shopping Centre, Benson Rd, Birchwood, WA3 7PG (3 hours free with no return for 1 hour) or park on local streets. 

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10.00 to 12.00. Starts 10.30 to 12.30. Junior courses to start after 11.30

Course Information

Middle distance courses will be based on the normal UKUL age classes as follows:

Abbreviation Full Category Name Age Classes Course number
MO  Open Men

M18 M20 M21 M35

MV  Veteran Men 40+

M40 M45 M50

MSV  Supervet Men 55+

M55 M60

MUV  Ultravet Men 65+

M65 M70

MHV  Hypervet Men 75+


MJ  Junior Men 16- M14 M16 6
MYJ  Young Junior Men 12- M10 M12 7
WO  Open Women W18 W20 W21 W35 2
WV  Veteran Women 40+ W40 W45 W50 3
WSV  Supervet Women 55+ W55 W60 4
WUV  Ultravet Women 65+ W65 W70 5
WHV  Hypervet Women 75+ W75+ 5
WJ Junior Women 16- W14 W16 6
WYJ  Young Junior Women 12- W10 W12 7

Course lengths will be middle distance in order to keep the courses within the most complex parts of the area. Courses 1 and 2 will have more than 30 controls, so a high capacity SI card will be required (type 9 or higher. See SI card comparison).

M/W10 (born 2009 or later) MUST enter MYJ/WYJ (course 7) AND be accompanied by an adult.
M/W12 (born in 2007 or later) MUST enter MYJ / WYJ (course 7).
M/W14 (born 2005 or 2006) and M/W16 (born 2003 or 2004) can enter MJ/WJ (course 6), or choose to run course 7.

All other competitors may enter whichever course they wish. However, to be eligible for UKUL points, competitors must enter the class approriate for their age.

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

Pre-entry via from 1st March. Entries will close at midnight on Sunday 21st April. 

Seniors £10.00*, Juniors (under 21) and students £3.00.  

Limited Entry On the Day. Seniors £12.00*, Juniors and students £4.00

*There will be a £2 surcharge for seniors who are not members of British Orienteering.

SI electronic timing will be used and controls will be configured for contactless punching using SIAC. Standard dibbers (type 5 with up to 30 split times) will be available for hire from registration at a fee of £1 (free for juniors). SIAC dibbers will be available for hire if booked with advance entry at a fee of £2.50. Lost standard dibbers will be charged for at £30.00. Lost SIAC dibbers will be charged for at £70.00. 

Terrain Description

Birchwood is a 1980's residential development on the outskirts of Warrington. The area is a complex network of residential roads, walkways, courtyards and public green spaces - where the route choice challenges come thick and fast. A new extension to the map will be used for the first time.


Toilets are available at the Leisure Complex.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are not allowed inside the Leisure Complex. Whilst dogs are allowed on the streets we discourage taking them on a course.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Marie Roberts 0161 439 6435

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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