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Spring in Sheffield - Urban Race

A National event at Ponderosa

On Sat 9th Mar 2019


Part of the Spring in Sheffield weekend, Saturday's Ponderosa urban race offers fast and furious orienteering through the intricacies of social housing and inner city parkland and will provide an interesting contrast with Sunday's Northern Champs race at Wharncliffe. The  event is the first race in the UK Elite Orienteering League and the third in the UK Orienteering League. Newcomers are also welcome.

aerial view of the Pondersoa

Terrain & map

Intricate housing estates, urban parkland, and the fringes of the City Centre provide a full range of challenges. Junior courses include urban as well as parkland.

Ponderosa map extract

Event Centre

The Zest Community and Leisure Centre in Upperthorpe will accommodate registration, download, changing, toilets, bag storage and refreshments, as well as informal meeting areas.

Starts and finish very close to event centre,


Elite sprint 12 to 1 pm
Urban event 1 to 3.30 pm
Courses close 4.30pm
Assembly closes 5pm.


Participants are encouraged to use public transport. There will be no dedicated parking areas. The Supertram stop at Infirmary Road is 4 minutes walk away. Trams run every 12 minutes. There are direct links to Central Sheffield (10 minutes journey time), Sheffield Rail Station (12 minutes) and Meadowhall Interchange (28 minutes). Sheffield Rail Station is 2.5k by foot. Many of the tram stops have park and ride options - some of them with free parking - click here for details.


UKOL - The usual range of courses (with provisional straight line course lengths);

  1. Men Open M18-M35. 8.0k
  2. Veteran Men M40-M50. Women Open W18-W35. 7.1k
  3. SuperVet Men M55-M60. Veteran Women W40-W50. 5.5k
  4. UltraVet Men M65-M70. SuperVet Women W55-W60. 4.3k
  5. UltraVet Women W65-W70. HyperVet Men M75+. HyperVet Women W75+. 3.1k
  6. Junior Men/Women M/W 16 & Adult Newcomers -. 4.7k
  7. Young junior M/W 12-. 2.2k

ELITE OL  (provisional course lengths)

Elite Men        3.7k  95m climb.
Elite Women   3k.   105m climb.

Juniors (18/20s) and Seniors will run the same courses - just select your age class when you enter. Full Elite League information can be found on

Urban Orienteering

Entries & costs

Entries now open on Fabian 4 . Closing date Sunday 2nd March.

Adults: £13 (British Orienteering members £11)
Junior/Student: £4. Adults on the Newcomers Course: £4
Family £30 (British Orienteering members £26)

£2 discount if entering both Spring in Sheffield events.

50% discount for helpers. Use code - Nor19help

SI units will be SIAC enabled


Planner: Colin Drury
Organiser: Bill Hanley 07432-795317 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for all queries.
Controller: Steve Kimberley (DVO)


Venue Details

Ponderosa is a smallish area of parkland across the road from Crookes Valley Park.  The shortest courses will normally stay within the parkland, but the surrounding area includes interesting estates with intricate alleys and inner city parkland, which provides an excellent urban 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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