Local and schools event at Millhouses Park
Sat 16th May 2015 Start Times 13:00 - 15:00
A few water bottles were left over at the end, if one of them was yours then let me know...
As ever a huge thanks Colin Best for planning the courses and to all the helpers, especially the parents of many of the kids who have started recently.
The next orienteering is on Thursday evening this week at Parkwood Springs (above the old ski slope), starts from 17:30 - 19:00 with drinks in the Fat Cat afterwards. The next Saturday event is on 20th June at Graves Park. This will be the last in this years schools league, the prize giving for the league will be a few weeks later on Saturday 4th July at our event in Endcliffe Park.
Pete Tryner, Organiser
This is a combined Sheffield Schools and Saturday Afternoon series aimed to introduce new people to the sport and also provide training opportunities to all orienteers.
Based outside the cafe in Millhouses park this session is suitable for all ages and abilities.
The nearest bus stop is served by the every 10 minutes from the centre of Sheffield (97 & 98) also from Ecclesall Road/Hunter's Bar on the 83, more information. Parking is available in the Pay and Display car parks at the either end of the Park.
Registration for courses will open at 1pm. You can start any time from 1pm - 3pm but the courses close at 3:30pm.
Adults £4 or £3 for members of SYO or another orienteering club
There is no charge for those pupils of Sheffield schools who subscribe to the SFSS who run the correct course for their age group. However 2nd runs will cost £2.
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.
The light green and map memory courses will also use Hutcliff Woods which is the (steep) wooded hillside on the other side of the railway line. It is not necessary to cross any roads. It does have a lot of brambles on the upper part of the slope though...
|Course||School Years||Distance||Technical Level||Who is it for?|
|White||Y4-Y5||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.|
|Yellow||Y6-Y7||1.9km||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 every time you need to decide where you are going. For example you may need to make a couple of turns on paths between controls
Harder still, the Orange course introduces:
The orange has 2 parts. You run Part 1 and when you get to the last control turn the map over and run Part 2 to the finish
The Long Orange course goes outside the Park into Hutcliffe Wood. It does not involve crossing a road but does require children to run on the pavement.
Ideal for improvers The navigation difficulty increases and you start to use simple contours and point features.
This course uses Hutcliff Wood so there will be brambles...
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.
This course stays in Millhouses park
For those looking for a longer run this course followed by the Light Green would be a good combination
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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