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Saturday Series 8 at Parkwood Springs

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Sat 8th Jun 2019 Start Times 12:30 - 15:00

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Enjoy the challenge of orienteering on the open heathland of Parkwood Springs with stunning views across Sheffield. This is a Saturday Afternoon Series event aimed at introducing newcomers to orienteering and an event in the SFSS primary and secondary schools orienteering league.  There will also be long technical courses for over 16s venturing to the ancient Rowe Woods and the intricate housing of the Firshill Estate.

Registration for the events will open at 12:30pm and you can start any time from 12:30pm – 3pm. All courses close at 3:30pm at which time we will start to collect controls so please make sure you start early enough to complete your course in time.

Schools Event

Running alongside the public event is an event in the Sheffield Schools Orienteering League for both Primary and Secondary pupils.  Entry to the schools event is free if your school is a member of the SFSS and you are in Y3 or above. Information about the SFSS Orienteering League is here


Adults £5 (members £4)
Children £2 (Free for the first run if you are in Y3 or above and your school 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

Nearest postcode S5 8XA. Parking is available off Shirecliffe Road this may fill fairly rapidly so if full please park considerately on surrounding roads. Buses seem to be pretty regular with a variety of routesPlan your journey

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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 previous schools events in the series 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.

For those who would like to do a second run you will need to complete another entry slip with the same details as before. You are welcome to fill this out in advance and bring it with you when you download (with the £1 entry fee for the second course) and we can give you a map to save queuing again.


Toilets and a refreshment stand run by the SYO juniors selling hot and cold drinks and cakes. Proceeds will go to the Dave Hollinger Fund. 


The area has several popular mountain bike trails, courses are designed so that you should not need to run along them and please be very careful when crossing them. 

The blue & green courses cross numerous roads. Under 16s are only allowed to compete on these courses if shadowed by an adult.


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.

Course School Years Distance Who is it for?



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 can compete with Y4s.

Yellow Y6,7 2.2km

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 2.6km

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

Those doing either of the Orange courses need to be able to judge distances, orientate the map using surrounding features and a compass, use attack points and be bold enough to venture off paths for up to 30 metres. This is a good place for adults to start.

Light Green Y10+ 3.6km

Ideal for improvers or confident adult beginners. The navigation difficulty increases - you will be using simple contours and point features.




As technically hard as the area allows.  You'll be experiencing a mixture of open heathland, mature woodland & technical urban terrain.

You will be crossing Shirecliffe Road so please take care. 




As technically hard as the area allows.  You'll be  experiencing a mixture of open heathland, mature woodland & technical urban terrain.

You will be crossing Shirecliffe Road so please take care. 

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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