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Saturday Series 2 at Meersbrook Park

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Sat 13th Oct 2018

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Another huge turnout at a blustery day at Meersbrook.  Thank you for your patience downloading, network issues and a broken server meant rather than using 4 computers to enter you all and run download we just had one!

Thankyou to all our volunteers for keeping cool.  We were a little low on helpers today so any help at our future league events would be greatfully received.

Draft results are on the links above, including schools results on the 'Other' link.  We've been through the results and have updated with all the new registrations today.  If you see any errors then please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We hope to have everything updated in a couple of days


This is the second combined Sheffield Schools and Saturday Afternoon event in the autumn series.  This series of events is perfect for introducing new people to the sport and also provides local, good value orienteering to the experienced orienteer. The green and blue courses offer an interesting mix of terrrain encompassing Meersbrook Park, Leashall Wood and the intricate housing estates of Gleadless.

We will be based outside Meersbrook Hall with the start and finish close by (here)

Registration for courses will open at 12.30pm.  You can start any time from 12:30pm - 3pm (2.30pm for the Green and Blue courses). The courses close at 3:30pm.

Meersbrook Park View

Schools Event

Running alongside the public event is the second event in the Sheffield Federation of School Sports (SFSS) Orienteering League for both Primary and Secondary pupils.  Entry to the schools event is free if your school is a member of the SFSS. Information about the SFSS Orienteering League is here.  It is not necessary for a teacher to be present from the school.
If you ran last year and have changed schools then you can still use the same Id number but you will need to let us know the name of your new school.


Adults £5, SYO members £4
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 (Or £2 if your previous run was free)
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 on the streets around the park.  Buses pass by on Chesterfield Road regularly


The volunteers at the Walled Garden have very kindly allowed us access to the toilets in the Walled Garden. The SYO juniors will be running a stall selling hot drinks and cakes. Any cake donations are very welcome.


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 schools events last year 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.  

Map extract

Orienteering Courses Available

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.  Distances are provisional:

Course School Years Distance Technical Level Who is it for?


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 compete with Y4s.
Yellow Y6,7 1.6km 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
Orange Y8,9

90m 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
  • Basic use of a compass
Light Green Y10+ 3.7km
120m Climb

A little harder than the orange course, but quite a bit further!

This course is split into 2 parts with part 1 printed on one side, when you get to the last control you turn over to part 2

Green 16+ 4.8km
120m Climb

Ideal for adult improvers and experienced orienteers. The courses starts in the park before heading over to the woods and urban areas around Gleadless.  Due to road crossings any under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Blue 5.8km
150m Climb

Venue Details

Meersbrook Park is about 3km south of the city centre. Formerly part of the Meersbrook Estate, the park has retained many of its histroci features, including the walled garen, and the red-bricked Meersbrook House, built in 1780 (which was home to the Ruskin Museum until 1950). Also within the park is Tudor House, one of only 3 remaining Tudor properties, and one of thre oldest buildings in the city, which was built c.1500.

Longer courses will also visit the area south-west of the park, including urban areas and small areas of woodland.

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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