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Potteries Orienteering Club

West Midlands Orienteering Association

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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. 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 Hard 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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The precise part of Alsager to be used is to be confirmed, but will include the town centre.

This is a mid-week evening event – start at 6:30 pm. Bring a pen and a high-visibility top (some spare tops will be available).

Start and car Parking for Orienteering at the main car park, behind the Civic Centre. There are two sets of traffic lights in the town centre: from the east, via Talke/Kidsgrove, turn right at the first set; from the west, via the M6 junction 16, turn left at the second set. The car park entrance is then on the right. This is a free car park.

Afterwards, meet at (provisionally) the Plough Inn, Crewe Rd. This is a Fayre Square pub, on the west edge of the town at about 1.5 k.

Assembly Area at Fenton ParkFenton Park
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The event results have been published.

Looking for the best route on Downs BanksDowns Banks
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The event results have been published.

Sam Naylor

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Finish at Hanley Forest ParkHanley Forest Park
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Central Forest Park “O” Challenge

A FREE event to mark the opening of a Permanent Orienteering Course and part of the City of Stoke on Trent Walking Festival.

We supply an attractive coloured map specially drawn for this event, and as much help as you need. You can navigate around yourself and take your time looking for easier to find posts, or prove yourself against the clock by finding them all. This is a fun challenge for all ages and abilities who enjoy the open air.

You can have extra help as we will have guided walks to show you how to find some of the marker posts. These will start at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm

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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Control at Biddulph GrangeBiddulph Grange Country Park
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Park at the Country Park car park. Turn off the A527 Tunstall–Congleton road 1·5 km from the North end of the Biddulph bypass, into Grange Road (turn right if approaching from the South, left if from the North) following the signpost to the Country Park. After 350 m turn right; do not turn into the adjacent National Trust Gardens area which will be passed before the Country Park.

Jim Cooke


Saturday 14th October 2017
Downs Banks Local Event
Saturday 16th September 2017
Fenton Park Local Event
Sunday 13th August 2017
Park Hall Country Park Local Event
Saturday 8th July 2017
Festival Park and Grange Park Local Event
Saturday 24th June 2017
Florence and Longton Parks Local Event
Saturday 10th June 2017
Hanley Forest Park Local Event
Saturday 20th May 2017
Tunstall and Burslem Parks Local Event
Saturday 22nd April 2017
Ladderedge Country Park Local Event
Thursday 30th March 2017
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Schools Orienteering Championships
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