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Local event and schools prize-giving

A Local (Lvl D) And Schools event at Forge Dam

On Sat 17th Jun 2017, 13:00 - 15:00


Description

A Saturday Afternoon Series event aimed at introducing newcomers to orienteering.  This will also be the prize-giving for the Sheffield Schools League. 

Registration will open at 1pm next to the cafe at Forge Dam map.  You can start any time from 1pm – 3pm but the courses close at 3:30pm.

Costs

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

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

Facilities

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

Entries

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.

Courses

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 Distance Technical Level Who is it for?
White 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 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 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 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.

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