Spring in Sheffield - The Northern Champs
A Major event at Wharncliffe Woods
On Sun 10th Mar 2019
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.
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.
Championship classes are open to all current members of British Orienteering. Prizes will be presented to the highest placed member of the Northern regions ( YHOA, NEOA, NWOA) in each long class and junior A class.
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.
Colour coded courses £6.
£2 discount if entering both Spring in Sheffield events.
- M18E, M20E,M21L,M35L, M40L,W21E
- M45L, M50L
- M55L, M21S, M20L, M18L, W21L
- 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
- 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.
Planner Oli and Jenny Johnson SYO
Controller Andy Yeates WCH
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.More details about Wharncliffe Woods...
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.
SYO has an agreed policy on the taking of photographs at events, based on national guidance. This provides a sensible balance between the benefits and risks associated with the taking and use of images. If you are unsure about acceptable practice, please speak to the event organiser. Read our photography policy.