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British Orienteering has published updated guidance about coronavirus and orienteering, requiring that all orienteering events be cancelled at this time. SYO has therefore followed this advice and cancelled all events within the next few months.

The SYO committee is discussing the extent to which other activities (e.g. permanent and temporary course orienteering) may continue if they are consistent with British Orienteering and UK government guidelines. More details will follow in due course.

The Northern Champs - Spring in Sheffield at Wharncliffe Woods

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Sun 10th Mar 2019

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More lost property has been uncovered from the weekend.......please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if any of the following belong to you:

Sat: Water Bottle 'Northumbrian Water'

Sun: Black zipped shoebag 'Adidas'

        Grey Headband 'Montane'

        Black Cap '2005 JK'


Trophy winners

Lynne Thomas has the remaining Northern champs trophies. Please contact her directly to arrange collection.

Congratulations to

16W18 Anika Chintapatla
W21 Charlotte Watson
M50 Dave Peel
W50 Ruth Ker
M70 Tony Thornley
M75 Brian Shaw
W75 Carol McNeil
W80 Celia Wells

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16:51 (From the results team...) 18:23 - Update - Routegadget loaded

Well all seasons in one day.  Very few competitors were around to witness the marquee trying to go airborne.  Hope you all enjoyed your runs.  Massive thank you to everyone helping.

Winsplits, Routegadget and results by class are available on the links above.  Any changes, corrections etc. that you let us know about at download are in a soggy heap and I'll get to them once dry (not sure if I mean me or them).  If anyone spots any problems in the results This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For all those club secretaries, newsletter people etc. you can see the results for your club here

 Organisers comments

Wow, the forcast couldn't have been worse, 3cm of snow at my house when I woke up, but hardly any at the landfill site when we got there. It was at times warm and sunny, the horizontal sleet and tent lifting winds mostly held off.

It did look a mess when we left, you will be glad to know that there will be 800 houses on the area leading to the gate, starting building end of the month, which is why all the trees had been destroyed. Hope you enjoyed the forest and the courses, didn't get too cold and have washed off all the mud by the end of the week.

A big thanks to all the helpers, especially those that took on the bigger jobs and stayed to the bitter end.

I have 3 thumb compasses and a few other bits and bobs if you have lost anything. Did you win a dish that needs a small wire stand, I have that too.

Thanks for coming and showing your northern grit, winners so well deserved.



The start times: There are very few free start times so moving start times will be tricky. 

Northern Champs Prizes

Prizes photo

The prizes for the Northern Champs have arrived! Fabulous metal water bottles for the first 3 on all Elite, A and Long (not 18, 20 & 21 long) classes and the winners on M/W10-16 B courses. Make sure you attend the prize giving to claim your prize.....


The 2019 Northern Championships will take place in Wharncliffe Woods, offering a fabulous chance to orienteer in one of SYO's best orienteering areas with courses planned by former GB orienteers Oli & Jenny Johnson. The area was previously used for the British Championships in 2011 and will provide a significant physical and technical challenge to the country's best orienteers.

This event is the 2nd race in the UK Elite Orienteering League, the 4th race in the UK Orienteering League and is a key selection race for juniors interested in the GB talent squad & JROS summer training camps. It is also part of Sheffield's month long Festival of the Outdoors.

Wharncliffe Woods

Terrain & Map

The terrain is a mixture of runnable woodland, thicker plantation, and open moorland on the chase.  Several areas of intricately contoured former mining works exist on the slope, and there is a good variety of rock detail.

Map updated by Oli Johnson in 2018.

Wharncliffe Map extract


Best approached from A616, take the turning for Deepcar A6102, after 1 mile the event will be signed. If coming from Sheffield approach on the A6102 into Deepcar , signed from just beyond the traffic lights take care on the single lane bridge.
Turn East into Station road, S36 2SQ and proceed until the end, follow the track until parking marshals seen. grid ref SK294972

Entries & Prizes

Championship classes are open to all current members of British Orienteering. Trophies will be presented to the highest placed member of the Northern regions ( YHOA, NEOA, NWOA) in each long class and junior A class.

There will be a small prize for first 3 on the longest course in each age class, the first 3 on the junior A classes and the winner on junior B classes.

There are colour coded courses (white, yellow, orange & light green) available for non-members and newcomers. These can be entered in advance or on the day. 

Pre-entry is now open on Fabian 4. Entries close 17th February 2019. Helper discount code is Nor19help.


Seniors       £16 (£14 BO member) 
Juniors        £6
Colour coded courses  £6.

£2 discount if entering both Spring in Sheffield events.

Provisional  courses

  • M21E
  • M18E, M20E,M21L,M35L, M40L,W21E
  • M45L, M50L
  • M55L, M21S, M20L, M18L, W21L
  • M16A,M60L
  • W18E,W20E,W35L,W40L,M35S,M40S
  • M65L,W45L,W50L, M45S
  • M70L,W16A,W55L,M18S, M20S, M50S, M55S,W21S
  • M75L,W18L,W20L,W60L,W35S, M60S
  • W65L,W70L,M65S,W40S,W45S, W50S,
  • M80,W75,W18S,W20S, M70S, W55S, W60S
  • M85,M90,W80, M75S,W65S,W70S
  • W85,W90
  • M14A
  • W14A,W16B, Light green
  • M12A,W12A,M14B, W14B, Orange
  • M10A,W10A,M12B, W12B, Yellow
  • M10B,W10B White

Other useful info

Starts from 1000-1300 with allocated and seeded start times.

Start 1 km and finish 150m from assembly via a common route.

Exciting free woodland string course.

Parking on hard standing but can be uneven so low suspension vehicles are not advised. There will be no exit from parking until 1200, and no entry after this time.

SI units will be SIAC enabled.

Official photographer in attendance.


Organiser Lucy Wiegand SYO 01142680541 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Planner Oli and Jenny Johnson SYO
Controller Andy Yeates WCH



Venue Details

Wharncliffe Woods and Wharncliffe Chase is one of SYOs best orienteering areas, having been used several times previously for the British Championships and other major events.  The terrain is a mixture of runnable woodland, thicker plantation, and open moorland on the Chase.  Several areas of intricately contoured former mining works exist on the slope, and there is a good variety of rock detail.

Wharncliffe is a tough area, both physically and technically and with good course planning provides an excellent orienteering challenge.

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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