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Local and schools event at Parkwood Springs

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Sat 9th Apr 2016 Start Times 13:00 - 15:00

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A Saturday Afternoon Series event aimed at introducing newcomers to orienteering and includes the 6th event in the SFSS primary and secondary schools orienteering league.  There will also be longer courses using Roe Wood and the Firshill Estate.

The area has several popular mountain bike trails, courses are designed so that you should not need to run along them and please be very careful when crossing them.

Registration will open at 1pm next to the car park on Shirecliffe Road map.  You can start any time from 1pm – 3pm but the courses close at 3:30pm. 

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 Y3 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

Parking is available off Shirecliffe Road this may fill fairly rapidly so if full please park considerately on surrounding roads.  Buses seem to be pretty regular with a variety of routesPlan your journey


Not very many really, just the carpark and a good single track mountain bike course...


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.

Please note that because Green and Blue cross a fairly busy road M/W14s and below must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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.

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!

Light Green   3.9km 4

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




60m climb


As technically hard as the area allows.  You'll be in Parkwood Springs, Firshill estate and Roe Woods but with fewer loops than the Blue course.

You will be crossing Shirecliffe Road so please take care. 



120m climb


As technically hard as the area allows.  You'll be in Parkwood Springs, Firshill estate and Roe Woods.

You will be crossing Shirecliffe Road so please take care. 

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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