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Manchester’s Suomi Finland 100 Festival of Orienteering

13th-15th October 2017

Celebrating 100 years of Finland's Independence, part of the 'Centenary of Finland's Independence' programme.

Festival Details (updated 21/09/2017 - approximate Saturday course lengths given)

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18th Sep 17

Manchester and District Orienteering Club in co operation with The Consulate of Finland are putting on a themed weekend of Orienteering activities in order to celebrate 100 years of Finnish Independence.

The weekend (Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October 2017) will show how the Traditional Finnish Forest Orienteering enjoyed in Finland and the UK has developed.

The themed weekend is promoted to the whole UK Orienteering Community as a Festival of Orienteering celebrating Finland's 100 years of Independence.

In particular, for  the urban event we will have local Finns at strategic points around the town to inform the general public what the event and orienteering is about and to promote Finland at the same time.

The Local Council in Stockport representing over 250,000 residents are very enthusiastic about helping promote Finland's 100 year celebration as part of the urban event being held in their Town Centre.

Friday 13th October evening

  • MetrO
  • An urban Street Event using simple street maps and street furniture as control sites.
  • Long, Medium and Short courses using the Metro tram system to the 3 different start points.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Finish and registration at The Gateway pub (Wetherspoon) in East Didsbury.
  • Further details on Finland 100 - Evening Street Event - Didsbury event page

Saturday 14th October

  • Traditional Orienteering over open park and moorlands of Lyme National Trust Estate on the outskirts of Stockport.
  • Colour coded courses available from White to Brown.
  • Courses available for children and beginners.
  • Further details on Finland 100 - Classic Event - Lyme event page

Sunday 15th October

  • Urban event in the centre of Stockport
  • Start and finish in the town centre
  • Courses for under 16s may have limited urban content.
  • Further details on Finland 100 - Urban Event - Stockport

The weekend will also be promoted to the Orienteering Community in Finland who can travel directly to Manchester by Finnair and have a Festival of different Orienteering disciplines  that have developed in the UK, in a compact weekend of activities.

The direct flights mean they can arrive Friday evening and depart Sunday afternoon.

All events can be accessed by public transport.
However on Saturday there is a significant walk from the Train station or Bus stop to Lyme Hall. Competitors travelling to Lyme by public transport are requested to contact the organiser as assistance may be available.

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Festival Details as a PDF

Changes since first published:

  • 21/09/2017 - approximate Saturday course lengths given
  • 18/09/2017 - Friday course lengths revised; approximate Sunday course lengths given

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