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West Midlands Orienteering Association

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Quarry at Park Hall Park Hall Country Park
SJ926447 ST3 5AX (510 m)

CompassSport Cup Heat

The event results have been published.

Marian Denham

The park rangers have been very cooperative and the feed back tonight is positive from them.

Thank you to all clubs for being neat and tidy. There was a big team on car parking who did a grand job with lots of walking involved – thank you Peter Yoxall for sorting that and also thanks to crossing marshals making it safe for everyone.

Lil’s start team, Jean’s registration and enquiries, Brenda on finish and assembly, Henry signs. It was a good team effort – thanks to everyone – all helped in some way on the day, making the day run smoothly.

A massive thanks to Mike Napier for organising team time sheets and running our download. Also Barry McGowan for controlling for us. Without volunteers these events could not take place.

The weather was so kind.– Until this morning I was expecting several heavy showers, but then local radio gave out a few light showers. Not even that and sun as well! All went well apart from one control going missing overnight (which had to be replaced today).

The following is a comment from a WCH member:
My apologies, as in all the excitement I forgot to thank your team for an excellent event, obviously a lot of organising and planning had gone on to get such an excellent venue. Good courses in a tricky and physical area. The weather was just icing on the cake (the forecast was grim midweek as I expect you know). Please pass on my appreciation to the rest of your team.

Marian Denham

Informal events

Dog and Man The POTOC local events provide courses for beginners and club orienteers of different standards. Registration is from 10:00 am to 12:00 (or from 5:00 pm to 7:00 at evening events). To offset the cost of staging these events, a fee of £5·00/£2·50 will be charged (reduced to £4·00/£2·00 for BOF members of POTOC). It is best to come early, at 10:00 if possible.

To view a map showing the location of an event, click on the map icon following the event date. You can also view a picture showing signs used near an event to give directions.

At the event, you will be asked to complete a registration slip. If you would prefer to prepare your registration slip[s] in advance, you can download blank slips.

POTOC normally offer 4 courses at each local event:

equivalent to Yellow, about 1.0 - 1.5 km (course mainly on paths)
equivalent to Orange, about 2.0 - 2.5 km (course sometimes veering off paths)
Short/Long Hard
equivalent to Green or Light Green, about 4.0 - 5.0 km (difficult courses designed for experienced orienteers)

At some events an exercise (for example, a map-memory course) may replace one of the Long courses.

The POTOC annual membership fee (not including British Orienteering membership) is £12·00 for a family, £8·00 for an individual senior, £3·00 for an individual junior, £5·00 for Social or Second Club membership or £12·00 for a group. Contact the New Members Secretary.

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Control at the Staffordshire Schools Championships Hanley Forest Park
SJ886487 ST1 6BD

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Schools Orienteering Championships

See the event details.

Brenda Morgan
Henry Morgan

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Start at Ladderedge Ladderedge Country Park
SJ972551 ST13 7AB

Follow the A53 from Stoke-on-Trent towards Leek. At the bottom of a long, steep hill, 1·5 km after the village of Longsdon, turn left into the lane immediately before the Ladderedge Country Park car park sign. Park very compactly. For an overflow car park, continue along the A53 for 300 m and turn right onto the Barnfields Industrial Estate.

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Wye Road Newcastle
SJ843434 ST5 4AZ

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Assembly Area at Tunstall Tunstall and Burslem Parks
SJ865514 ST6 6EE

This event is one of four comprising the Summer Parks Series.

Take the A50 from Burslem to Tunstall and turn right at traffic lights into the Boulevard (A527). Where this swings left into Victoria Park Road, go straight across into Queens Park Avenue between Tunstall Park and the Sacred Heart RC Church. Turn left into a concealed drive immediately before a Methodist Church (about 20, plus 6 disabled, parking spaces). Additional parking with care along the South side of Queens Avenue and other park perimeter roads.

An alternative approach is from the B5049 Hanley to Biddulph Road. 350 m after the Haywood Hospital, turn left immediately after a Co-op into Greenbank Road. This descends steeply to Queens Park Avenue.

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Runner at Hanley Forest Park Hanley Forest Park
SJ886487 ST1 6BD

This event is one of four comprising the Summer Parks Series.

From Town Road in Hanley take the B5049 (Chell Street) towards Smallthorne. After about 800 m turn left into the car park.

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Runner at Longton Park Florence and Longton Parks
SJ910418 ST3 4UA

This event is one of four comprising the Summer Parks Series.

From the A5035, 1 km south of the A50 at Longton and 4 km north of the A34 at Trentham, turn into Queens Park Avenue (between Longton Park and the War Memorial). Park compactly in Cocknage Road (the continuation of the Avenue). Enter the park by the south east gates (opposite Chaplin Road).

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Finish at Festival Park Festival Park and Grange Park
SJ870482 ST1 5NY

This event is one of four comprising the Summer Parks Series.


Sunday 12th March 2017
CompassSport Cup Heat
Saturday 4th February 2017
Apedale Country Park Local Event
Sunday 1st January 2017
Bathpool Country Park District Score Event
Saturday 26th November 2016
Downs Banks Local Event
Saturday 22nd October 2016
Biddulph Grange Country Park Local Event
Sunday 18th September 2016
Stone Common Plot and Town Centre Local Event
Sunday 14th August 2016
Brough Park and Fields Score Event
Sunday 3rd July 2016
Leek Urban Event
Saturday 4th June 2016
Tunstall and Burslem Parks Local Event
Saturday 21st May 2016
Festival Park and Grange Park Local Event
Saturday 14th May 2016
Florence and Longton Parks Local Event
Saturday 23rd April 2016
Hanley Forest Park Local Event
Thursday 17th March 2016
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Schools Orienteering Championships
Saturday 5th March 2016
Consall Scout Camp Local Event
Saturday 13th February 2016
Apedale Country Park Local Event
Saturday 9th January 2016
Bathpool Country Park Local Event
Sunday 8th November 2015
Ladderedge Country Park Local Event
Sunday 4th October 2015
West Midlands Championships
Saturday 12th September 2015
Downs Banks Local Event
Sunday 16th August 2015
Park Hall Country Park Score Event
Saturday 18th July 2015
Festival Park and Grange Park Local Event
Saturday 4th July 2015
Brough Park and Fields Local Event
Saturday 20th June 2015
Florence and Longton Parks Local Event
Saturday 6th June 2015
Tunstall and Burslem Parks Local Event
Saturday 16th May 2015
West Midlands Schools Championships
Saturday 25th April 2015
Biddulph Grange Country Park Local Event
Thursday 26th March 2015
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Schools Orienteering Championships