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Social and night event at Burbage Mines

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Thu 17th Nov 2016

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Well it was a chilly night up on Burbage, well done to those that made the effort to get out.  Great courses which made you concentrate all the way round.  Thanks to Dom, Jacky and Mark Dakin for planning and organising (and standing there for 2 hours making sure we all got back safely!).

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Event Details

A night event at Burbage Mines, followed by a social, offering micro night orienteering in a complex area of mine workings.

Please enter in advance by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 6pm on Wed 16th November stating what course you would like to run and whether you are likely to order food at the pub.

Parking: In layby opposite Lady Canning’s Plantation, 1km west of Ringinglow. Parking is limited, please car share if possible.  Nearest Postcode – S11 7TT. Grid Ref. - SK278834. Location on Street Map

Registration in car at layby: 17:20 – 18:20

Start 350m walk away, on area: 17:30 – 18:30 (Courses close promptly @ 19:00)

***Please try to start by 18:15 if you plan to do one of the longer courses***

Finish: on area, next to the start, download back at layby in car

Map: Scale 1:2500, 2.5m Contours, A4 Map. Loose control descriptions available – also on map. (Double sided map for long course competitors)

Courses (lengths subject to final planning):

Ochre – 1.7km – following line features (mainly paths), and aimed at juniors and adults who are new to night orienteering. (Shortened loop – 1km). Inexperienced juniors must be shadowed by an adult.

Short – 1.5km – the shorter of the three technical courses.

Medium – 2.0km – an alternative to the short

Long – 3.5km – both the short and medium courses combined, and run on the one dibber

Cost: Adults: £4 (£3 BOF members), Children, Students & Concessions: £2

SportIdent Punching will be used.

Safety: Burbage Moor is very exposed, and so if wet and/or windy is very chilly. Therefore whistles, headtorches & backup torches are compulsory, and cagoules are advised in the event of bad weather.

Planner: Dom Dakin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Post Event Social: Please join us from 6.30pm for food and / or drinks in the Norfolk Arms. Just order from the main menu at your convenience.


Venue Details

Burbage Mines are on the north side of the road from Ringinglow to Hathersage, labelled on the 1:25000 Ordnance Survey map as "Brown Edge Quarries (disused)".  They are included on the Burbage map, but in 2008 Marcus Pinker drew a new map at 1:2500 with 2.5m contours.  He called the map Burbage Mines and the name stuck. 

It is a small area of  workings for sandstone roofing flags (colloquially "slates").  In the 1960s the council wanted to use it for a landfill site; luckily for us CPRE successfully opposed this plan.  The old workings provide a wealth of contour detail and although much of it is a bit physical (heather and tussock around the quarries, bracken and marsh surrounding), it offers great orienteering.


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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