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Urban Orienteering at Sheffield City

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Sat 10th Mar 2018 Start Times 13:00 - 15:00

City Centre

In conjunction with the Outdoor City Weekender and SHAFF film festival, SYO are running a free score event around the streets of Sheffield City Centre. Newcomers and experienced orienteers welcome.

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Format - You have 60 minutes to find as many controls as you can around the streets, alleys and open spaces of Sheffield City Centre. We will using mobile phone GPS to record time taken and visits to control sites. The technology is compatible with Androids and Iphones. There is a low tech and pencil and paper option if you don't have a compatible smart phone. 

Registration, Start & Finish - outside the Showroom cinema, here. (If it's a damp day we'll be inside in the Workstation). Start any time between 1-3pm. Course free if using google maps but £1 donation for a printed large scale orienteering map.

Individuals, pairs and groups welcome. Under 16s must be accompanied on the course due to road crossings.

 If you are not able to make it between 1-3pm, you can still have a go outside these times. The course is open throughout the weekend. Just download the app and follow the instructions above. Pick up a map from the workstation in the Showroom (as long as stocks last) or use the map on your phone. 

Outdoor City Score Instructions

You have 60 minutes to find as many controls as you can. Each control is worth 20 points. There is a penalty of 10 points per minute late. The control points are lamp posts. There is a control symbol sticker on the lamp post to show you are at the right place.

Using the Maprun App.

Before the event download the app and fill in your details.



Click ‘Select Event’ on MR UK, MR South Yorkshire, Outdoor city. Click go to start. Click start GPS. You should hear a beep as you pass the start.

As you run past the control points you will hear a beep from your phone. Unfortunately the GPS is not always very accurate so sometimes this can be a few metres from the control.

If you have found the control but do not hear a beep don’t worry. We will know from your GPS track that you have visited and can add the control manually. Please tell us when you return or drop us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Using a Pencil Paper

Write down the letter found on the sticker at the control point.


  • Under 16s must take part with an adult.
  • Take care crossing roads, particularly the tram tracks.
  • Please observe out of bounds on major roads.
  • Be courteous to pedestrians and take care on slippy surfaces.
  • Any person competing on the course is responsible for their own safety at all times.

Please note: as we are not present throughout the whole weekend the planners or landowners can not be held reponsible for any loss or damage, accidents or injuries which may occur.

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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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