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Sat 28th Feb 2015 Start Times 13:00 - 15:00

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Hope you all enjoyed the orienteering at Forge Dam.  We have updated the names, schools etc. from the registration forms so please check using the links above.  Let me know if you spot any errors.

Results by school year can be found under the 'Other' link.  School team results are below.  Individual results after 5 events can be found on the 'Overall Results' section of the schools part of the website.

Remember that the next event on the 14th March is at Whirlow Hall Farm not Ecclesall Woods.

School Team Results


  School Points Counters
1 Hunters Bar Junior 395 Conrad Reuber (100) Euan Tryner (100) Alfie Hall (98) Phoebe Mead (97)
2 Dore Primary 391 Clara Brand (98) Henry McDonald (98) Claire Turner (98) Sam Donnelly (97)
3 Lydgate 385 Elizabeth Kemp (100) Rohan Hardy (100) Hannah Kemp (97) Miles Tattersall (88)
4 Rudston 373 Harrison Gammons (95) Saoirse Behan (94) Grace Black (93) Will Green (91)
5 Totley All Saints 289 Kassia Smith (99) Jasmine Schofield (98) Kassia Smith (92)
6 Sacred Heart 288 Carys Phoenix (100) Frederick Emmett (99) Luke Phoenix (89)
7 Mylnhurst 197 John Joseph Doyle (99) Benjamin Bedford (98)
8= Meersbrook 193 Jago Wheeler (97) Charlie Croome (96)
8= Nethergreen Junior 193 Millicent Brock (99) Isobel Owens (94)
10 Home 190 Joel Thornton (97) Hannah Thornton (93)
11 Ecclesall Juniors 189 Nina Lallemand (96) Samuel Willatt (93)
12 Shooters Grove Primary 184 Erin Lachlan (99) Alex Yeardley-Monach (85)
13 Oughtibridge 183 Henry Riordan (99) Peter Riordan (84)
14 Brookhouse 179 Alice Bagnall (95) Matthew Baghall (84)
15 Sheffield High School 100 Imogen Pieters (100)
16 St Wilfrids 96 Ben Naylor (96)
17= Loxley 95 George Doyle (95)
17= Westways 95 Lily Stott (95)
19 Hallam 79

Barney Bradshaw (79)


  School Points Counters
1 King Egberts 400 Rachel Turner (100) Jack Page (100) Elisabeth Mill (100) Hamish Mill (100)
2 High Storrs 396 Callum Veitch (100) Hannah Dixon (99) Adam Majeed (99) Isobel Reuber (98)
3 Bradfield 198 Ellie Rogers (99) Isobel Snowdon (99)
4 Tapton 191 Safi Refaee (96) Lucy Hampshire (95)
5 Birkdale 100 Ronan Sahni (100)
6 Notre Dame 99 Thomas Doyle (99)


A Saturday Afternoon Series event aimed at introducing newcomers to orienteering and includes the 5th event in the SFSS primary and secondary schools orienteering league.

Registration will open at 1pm next to the cafe at Forge Dam (here).  You can start any time from 1pm – 3pm but the courses close at 3:15pm.

Schools Event

Running alongside the public event is an event in the SFSS Orienteering League for both Primary and Secondary pupils.  Entry to the schools event is free if your school has entered and you are in Y3 or above. Information about the SFSS Orienteering League is here


Adults £4, SYO members £3
Children £2 (Free for the first run if you are in Y4 or above and your schools is in the SFSS)
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, plus £1 for each extra map.

Travel and parking

There is very little parking at Forge Dam itself so parking will be on nearby residential roads. Please park considerately.  You should find plenty of space on Whitely Lane, Brookhouse Hill and Brooklands Cresent.  See the link to the map above

Please don't try and drive down Ivy Cottage Lane to park by the stream, given the numbers of people running in these event recently it is very unlikely there will be a space.  Turning round will be hard and most importantly there will be lots of people running around.

The nearest bus stop is on Brookhouse Hill, 5 minutes walk from Registration.  Plan your journey here


Toilets and café next to registration.  Plus playground and a long slide...


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.


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

See below for details on the courses on offer.

Course School Years Distance Technical Level Who is it for?


1.1km 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.
Year 3 pupils can compete with Y4s.
The course stays within Forge Dam park

Yellow Y6,7 1.4km 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.
This course is in Forge Dam Park but ventures briefly into the Porter Valley

Orange Y8,9 2.1km 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

Those doing either of the Orange courses need to be able to judge distances, orientate the map using surrounding features and a compass, use attack points and be bold enough to venture off paths for up to 30 metres

Long Orange Y10+ 3.5km 3

Similar difficulty to an orange course, but quite a bit further!

The course crosses Whiteley Wood Road twice. Whiteley Wood Road will have traffic on it so children need to cross with care.

Map Memory   1.9km 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.

Light Green   3.9km 4

Ideal for improvers  The navigation difficulty increases and you start to use simple contours and point features.

Venue Details

Forge Dam forms one of several ponds created along the Porter Valley to feed metal-working mills.  The Porter Valley is wooded along all of its length west from Hunters Bar (Bingham Park) to Ringinglow.  The Forge Dam map includes Forge Dam Park and surrounding woodland, which was planted for the 1951 Festival of Britain.

The Forge Dam map includes Whiteley Woods, a larger area of woods which is also on some versions of the Bingham Park map.  This part also includes an area of overgrown allotments, some of which are now mature woodland.  There is some contour detail and the ruined walls, hedges and bulding bases add interest.

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.


SYO has an agreed policy on the taking of photographs at events, based on national guidance. This provides a sensible balance between the benefits and risks associated with the taking and use of images. If you are unsure about acceptable practice, please speak to the event organiser. Read our photography policy.


When entering our events your personal details (name, gender, age class & club) will appear in the results section of this website. Read our privacy policy to see how we look after your personal data.