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Spook Relays at Loxley Common

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Sat 19th Nov 2016 Start Times 11:30

SPOOK (Sheffield Postgraduate Occasional/Old Orienteering Klub) put on relays every year as part of the frivolities of SPOOK weekend. We offer an informal, esoteric but most of all tremendously entertaining 2-man, 6-leg relay (each person runs 3 legs) on the Saturday. This is open to SYO members and anyone else who happens to find out about it! Courses are aimed at being short (~10min winning time per leg, so ~60min in total) and will be planned to TD4/5 as the area allows. It is suitable for anybody who is confident on light green.

This year the SPOOK relays will be on Saturday 19th November on Loxley Common (Terrain description: Open bits, wooded bits, contour-y bits, rocky bits, dogs). The start is at 11:30, so please arrive by 11:15 at the latest. SYO coaching will take place afterwards from 1-2.30pm.

Parking is in public spaces at the west of the area (Long Lane), or east of the area (Rural Lane). Parking is limited so if possible park a bit further afield (Wisewood etc.) and walk up. Please park sensibly and take locals and dog-walkers into account. Better still you could run out, or take the bus (52a heads up towards Wisewood). Make your own way from car parking to 'Assembly', which will be in the middle of the common, roughly here.

There will be minimal provisions - no toilets etc. We will have a tent but that will be primarily for keeping the very low-tech download and results service dry. The event is BOF registered for insurance purposes.

Organiser: Nic Barber (ShUOC, SPOOK, SYO). nowbarber88 at
Planner: Nathan Lawson (ShUOC, OD)

If you would like to enter just the SPOOK relays, please fill in this form by Sunday 13th November. (If you have already entered SPOOK weekend on the other form please don't fill in this form).
Entry cost is £4 per person (£3 per person for students/juniors).
You can bank-transfer money to 84714481, sort code 09-01-54 with your name as a reference. Nic will try and return email to confirm entries. You can also pay on the day but please try and bring correct change.
Any profit will go to SHUOC.


Venue Details

Loxley Common comprises of large areas of open common land, runnable underfoot with a complex network of paths on grass, heather and bracken common. To the south there is an area of woodland, with a small section very bouldery.  There is some intricate contour detail created by old mine/quarry workings..

The area was used for the Senior Home International relays in 2006 with a resurvey by Oli Johnson; minor updates have been undertaken in 2010 and 2012.

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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