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Outdoor City Weekender level C urban & schools event

A Regional (Lv. C) event at Norfolk Park

On Sat 18th Mar 2017, 13:00 - 15:00


Part of the Sheffield Outdoor Weekender; urban orienteering around Park Hill will offer fast technical racing....

This is the first event in this year's YHOA urban league. A full set of urban event courses will be on offer. There will also be courses for beginners (white, yellow, orange and long orange) which will remain in Norfolk Park. This event will be run in conjunction with the Sheffield Schools Orienteering League competition. 

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 however there is only space for about 20 cars.  There are plenty of residential roads nearby but please park considerately.  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 toilets and a cafe.

Registration for the urban event will open at 12 noon with starts from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.  Registration for the park event (schools' league) is from 1pm-2.45pm. You can start any time from 1pm - 3pm but the courses close at 3:30pm.

Map & Terrain

The Norfolk park map has been updated and the urban area within the tram route has been mapped, this includes several residential areas and open spaces.  The map has been linked to the ever growing Sheffield map with courses visiting the iconic Parkhill & Hyde Park flats areas used during the City Race in 2012. (Routegadget).

Scale: 1:5000, Contours 2.5m.

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 will allow entry on the day, though we suggest that those wanting to run the city courses enter in advance to ensure they get a map on fabian4

If you want to enter one of the newcomer courses or school courses (white, yellow, orange & long orange), 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.


Level C Urban courses: £10 (£8 members). Juniors £4, (M/W12- £2)

Schools / Colour Coded courses (white to long orange): Adults: £4 (£3 members), Juniors £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 pay for one entry.

Orienteering Courses Available - Schools & Colour Coded. (Urban details to follow)

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

Urban Courses Mens Classes Womens Classes Distance/Climb Note: Distance & climb are for draft courses.
Light Green Junior (16-) Junior (16-) 4.3km
120m Climb

Classes are for the YHOA Urban League however you are welcome to enter any course

Short Green Ultra Vet (65+)
Hyper Vet (75+)
90m Climb
Green Ultra Vet (65+)
Hyper Vet (75+)
Super Vet (55+) 4.3km
120m Climb
Blue Super Vet (55+) Vet (40+) 6.0km
140m Climb
Brown Vet (40+) Open (18+) 7.4km
180m Climb
Black Open (18+) 8.8km
200m Climb

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 perpective its interest is largely in the woodlands that cover about 25% of the park.  The most recent map was surveyed in 2010 by Chris Smithard (Elite British Sprint Champion 2012) and drawn at 1:5000.

More details about Norfolk Park...