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Local and schools event at Shire Brook Valley

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Sat 1st Apr 2017 Start Times 13:00 - 15:00

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A fantastic day out at Shirebrook today.  I lost count of the number of people who said 'I can't believe I've never been here before it's really nice'... After all the positive comments I think we will be including it in the league next year and will extend the map to cover more of the area.  A big thank you to all our volunteers today, to the Shirebrook Valley Conservation Group for the use of the centre and finally to all of you who brought cakes and bought cakes and drinks to support the SYO Juniors.

Results are available above along with the split times. Schools team results are below, individual results are on the 'Other' link above. Overall standings so far in the league are HERE. If anyone spots any errors please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The next schools event isn't until Parkwood Springs on the 29th April.  However we have an evening event this Thursday (6th) at Loxley Common and training at Wheata Woods (near Grenoside) on Saturday 8th.



Team Results


School Points Runners Counters
1 Hunters Bar Junior 396 15 Freya Tryner (100) Conrad Reuber (100) Lola Mead (99) Isla Caudwell (97)
2 Nethergreen Junior 395 7 Rania Maaranen (100) Robbie Lightfoot (99) Isaac Oliver (98) Alexander Maltby (98)
3 Dobcroft 393 10 Elizabeth Medd (99) Ethan Morgan (99) Joseph Diacon (98) Rafferty Scrimshaw (97)
4 Carfield 370 4 Herbie Werner (95) Rose Thomas Hanks (94) Finlay Ponton (94) Sidney Werner (87)
5 Westways 355 8 Beppe Tyas (96) Poppy Tedstill (92) Mason Litherland (85) Kai Harrison (82)
6 Totley All Saints 285 3 Kassia Smith (98) Daniel Hill (96) Henry King (91)
7 Grenoside 274 3 Harriet Jones (98) Connie Jones (90) Victoria Smith (86)
8 Ecclesall 271 3 Sam Halmshaw (96) Benjamin Taylor (95) Daniel Eastwood (80)
9 Meersbrook 268 3 Lily jo Bassindale (91) Jonah Halse (89) Joe Bowyer (88)
10 Carterknowle 197 2 Evan Jenkinson (99) Anna Osborne (98)
11 Abbeylane 193 2 James Wilson (100) Isaac Funk (93)
12 Rivelin 192 2 Erin Bryant (97) Martha Bryant (95)
13= Oughtibridge 190 2 Emma Ward (96) Emma Ward (94)
13= Lydgate 190 2 Jessica Lewis (97) Sophie Watkins (93)
15 Sheffield High School 189 2 Hannah Taylor (99) Daria Vasile (90)
16 St Wilfrids 188 2 Ben Heley (94) Olivia Heley (94)
17 Mylnhurst 187 2 John Joe Doyle (95) Benjamin Bedford (92)
18 Greystones 170 2 Jim Willoner (92) Ben Connaughton (78)
19= Hathersage 100 1 Charlotte Chapman (100)
19= Birkdale 100 1 Samuel Taylor (100)
21 St Maries 95 1 Alexandra Garnett (95)
22 Hallam 93 1 Abbie Oliver (93)
23 Brookhouse 91 1 Matthew Bagnall (91)
24= St Marys 90 1 Joseph Guy (90)
24= Sacred Heart 90 1 Luke Phoenix (90)
26 Dore 89 1 Alex McDonald (89)


School Points Runners Counters
1 High Storrs 399 10 Euan Tryner (100) Hannah Dixon (100) Ryan Elliot (100) Josie Conduit (99)
2 Notre Dame 396 5 William Garnett (100) Samuel Doyle (100) Frederick Emmett (99) Jasmine Schofield (97)
3 Forge Valley 198 2 Erin Lachlan (100) Luke Mallinson (98)
4 King Ecgberts 197 2 Jack Page (99) Henry McDonald (98)
5= Tapton 100 1 Amelia Phillips (100)
5= Birkdale 100 1 Dominic Dakin (100)
7 King Edwards 99 1 Resian Morris (99)
8 Wath Compehensive 98 1 Emily Shentall (98)
9 Silverdale 95 1 Alex Osborne (95)


A Saturday Afternoon Series event aimed at introducing newcomers to orienteering and includes the 7th event in the SFSS primary and secondary schools orienteering league. This is a new orienteering area. Registration will open at 1pm at the Shire Brook Visitors Centre 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 Sheffield Schools Orienteering League for both Primary and Secondary pupils.  Entry to the schools event is free if your school a member of the SFSS and you are in Y3 or above. Information about the SFSS Orienteering League is here


Adults £4, SYO members £3
Children & Students £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 at the visitors centre.  If getting there by public transport it is about 20 minutes by bus from the centre of Sheffield, there are several options use the Yorkshire Travel Planner to get to Coisley Hill from where it is a 5 minute walk down Stone Lane.


There are toilets at the centre.  As there is no cafe we will be selling hot drinks and cakes to raise money for the SYO Junior Squad.


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.

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?


15m Climb

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 2.0km
40m Climb

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.

Orange Y8,9 2.6km
50m Climb

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+ 3.7km
90m Climb

Similar difficulty to an orange course, but a bit further! Good place for adult beginners to start.

This course is in two parts, part 2 is on the reverse of Part 1 so when you have got to the last control of Part 1 turn over and continue on part 2.

Light Green 4.4km
90m Climb

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

This course is in two parts, part 2 is on the reverse of Part 1 so when you have got to the last control of Part 1 turn over and continue on part 2.

Venue Details

Shire Brook Valley reserve is mostly wooded, with open areas and a good path network. 

Sheffield Parks and Woodlands website says "Situated in South East Sheffield, the Shire Brook Valley contains over 100 hectares of land protected for Nature Conservation and recreation. The Reserve is open to the public all year round.  Local Nature Reserve status was gained for the valley in 1999".   "The area was once a hive of mining and industrial activity, with evidence of waterwheels dating back to Tudor times."  The Shire Brook Valley Visitor Centre at the end of Stone Lane is our usual base.  The reserve extends south of the A57 and contains Birley Spa Victorian Bathhouse.

Map History

2016 - Charles Hird - Survey & Cartography

2017 - Peel Land Surveys - Extended to include all the reserve to the North of the A57.

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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