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Local and schools event at Norfolk Park

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Sat 29th Nov 2014 Start Times 12:45 - 15:00

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Another great turnout today. The results at this stage are provisional and are available via the link above,  School Team results are below. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your result is missing or if there are any miss-spellings, wrong ages, school etc.  We also have split times available above so you can see how you got on for each leg. The 'Other' link will take you to year group results.  The current standings for the year are on the schools page, the current school team standings has gone AWOL but will try to get them re-generated in the next couple of days.

I have to say a massive thank you to all our volunteers.  Especially to the Pheonix family, Katherine, Piers and Paul who were helping for the first time.  Without their help event could not have taken place.

The next Saturday event is not until the Botanical Gardens on 17th Jan.  However the SYO club champs is next Saturday and the following Sunday we will be heading down to Long Valley in Surrey to compete in the Compass Sport Cup Final (The final of the national inter-club competition).

In the new year we are also starting a coaching program.  You may have seen a sign or flyer about it today.  Information will also be on the website shortly.

Have a great Christmas and see you all on the 17th.

Schools Results


  School Points Counters
1 Totley All Saints 398 Daniel Hill (100) George Butterley (100) Kassia Smith (99) James Buxton (99)
2 Hunters Bar Junior 396 Freya Tryner (100) Phoebe Mead (100) Nikki Fathollah (98) Alfie Hall (98)
3 Dore Primary 385 William O'Hanlon (98) Martha Darley (97) Clara Brand (96) Henry McDonald (94)
4 Sacred Heart 296 Carys Phoenix (100) Frederick Emmett (100) Luke Phoenix (96)
5= Westways 281 Matthew Rhodes (99) Lily Stott (91) William Griffiths (91)
5= Home 281 Naomi Thornton (99) Hannah Thornton (95) Joel Thornton (87)
7 Nethergreen Junior 193 Freddie Scott (97) Jacob Majeed (96)
8 Woodseats 192 Ananias Sambrooks (96) Robbie Wilson (96)
9 Mylnhurst 191 John Joseph Doyle (98) Benjamin Bedford (93)
10 Brookhouse 184 Alice Bagnall (96) Matthew Baghall (88)
11= Ecclesall Juniors 97 Hugh Coleshill (97)
11= Dobcroft Primary 97 Jonny Watson (97)
13 Greystones 94 Marie Cartron (94)


  School Points Counters
1 High Storrs 297 Ryan Elliot (100) Adam Majeed (99) Callum Veitch (98)
2 Bradfield 200 Ellie Rogers (100) Isobel Snowdon (100)
3 King Egberts 199 Rachel Turner (100) Isabella Smith (99)
4 Forge Valley 195 Madeleine Airey (98) Elise Ronan-Uliel (97)
5= Meadowhead Academy 100 Josh Aspey & Caleb Sambrooks (100)
5= Notre Dame 100 Thomas Doyle (100)


The third event in the Saturday series, aimed at beginners but with courses for the experienced as well. It also includes the third event in the Sheffield Schools Orienteering League. The orienteering is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Norfolk Park is close to the centre of Sheffield. We will be based at the Centre in the Park (here). The park also boasts a pretty good adventure playground...

There is a car park off Guilford Avenue, with further parking on the road itself.  By Tram the nearest tram stop is Arbourthorne Road. There is a five minute walk from the tram stop to the Centre in the Park. Registration will be in the centre with the start and finish near by. The centre has a cafe.

Registration for courses will open at 12:45pm.  You can start any time from 1pm - 3pm but the courses close at 3:30pm.

Schools Event

Running alongside the public event is the third event in the Sheffield School Orienteering League for both Primary and Secondary pupils.  Entry to the schools event is free if your school is a member of the Sheffield Federation of School Sports (SFSS).  Information about the SFSS Orienteering League is here.  It is not necessary for a teacher to be present from the school.


All courses are entry on the day.  You just have to turn up, pick a course and fill in an entry form.  There will be people on hand to help you if you have any questions.

If you ran one of the previous schools events in the series then you should have completed an entry form an been given a number.  With the number we are able to add you into the results system much quicker.  You can download an entry form with your details on from the registration page using the registration number and email address.

If this will be the first event you have attended this year then please go the the registration page and enter your details.  If you don't get chance to do this before the event then you can still register at the event.  REGISTRATION PAGE

For those who would like to do a second run you will need to complete another entry slip with the same details as before.  You are welcome to fill this out in advance and bring it with you when you download (with the £1 entry fee for the second course) and we can give you a map to save queuing again.


Adults £4, £3 for club members

Children £2.  Children running a schools courses whose school is a member of the SFSS are free.

Any additional courses will cost an additional £1

If you would like to go around in a group you would just pay for one entry.

Orienteering Courses Available

If you complete a course and there is still time you are welcome to try another.

At an orienteering event there are a range of different courses to try, depending on your navigation experience, age, fitness etc.  You can pretty much garantee that there will be a course that will suit you!  The courses are colour coded and at different events a course with a particular colour, e.g. Yellow, should be similar both in difficulty and distance.

Course School Year Distance Technical Level Who is it for?
White Y4,5 1.5km 1 The easiest course and a great place for children to start.  The course is entirely on paths and each time you have to make a decision - which path to take, there will be a control point.
Yellow Y6,7 1.8km 2

The next step up and a good place for teenagers etc. to start.  The course will use paths but also other line features - Fences, streams etc.
It will also no longer have a control everytime you need to decide where you are going. For example you may need to make a couple of turns on paths between controls.

Because of the park setting there will be some controls that do not follow line feature.  Instead they will be on a point feature (e.g. a tree) but close by.  By turning the map so that it matches the ground you will be able to see the next control to go to.

Orange Y8,9 2.6km 3

Harder still, the Orange course introduces:

  • Choosing routes - e.g. should I go round the paths to the left or right
  • Using 'Point Features' as control sites
  • Basic use of a compass
Long Orange Y10+ 3.2km 3

Similar difficulty to orange but longer.

Please note that the course is in two parts.  You complete the first part before turning the map over to part 2

Light Green   4.1km 3

Harder still the Light Green uses more controls off paths etc.

Map Memory   2.6km 4

Experienced orienteers or someone up for a challenge!  Rather than carrying a map each control has a map extract that shows the location of the next control.  You have to figure out the route and then run to the next control.  If you lose your way you have no option but to retrace your steps back to the last control and try again.

Venue Details

Norfolk Heritage Park is a 28 hectare park with a long history, as it is one of the oldest public parks in the country.  From 1999 to 2005 the park has been regenerated through a £3.6 million restoration project.  New visitor facilities have been constructed, including the Centre in the Park, a multi-purpose community building.  The park landscape has been restored to its original Victorian character.

From an orienteering perspective its interest is largely in the woodlands that cover about 25% of the park and the urban surrounds which are currently undergoing re-development.  There is a permanent course, maps can be downloaded from the Friends of Norfolk Park website.

Mapping History:
2009 Ray Waight
2010 Chris Smithard (ShUOC) at 1:5000. 
2017 Pete Tryner for the the Outdoor City Weekender event with the urban area surrounding the park and All Saints school and Sheffield College (Scale 1:5000 2.5m contours)

Safety & 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. If a competitor has a pre-existing medical condition that they think should be declared, please complete a medical form at enquiries. The sealed envelope will only be opened in an emergency.


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