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Saturday Series 5 at Botanical Gardens

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Sat 8th Feb 2020 Start Times 12:30 - 15:00

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Another cracking day at the Botanical Gardens, thankfully the event isn't tomorrow!  Along with Endcliffe Park this tends to be one of our busiest days and it was another record with 588 runs, the system tells me that is a total of 203 hours of running, 9792 controls visited and 960km run.  No wonder I'm tired!

A massive thanks to all of our helpers, especially Rob Farrington for planning despite his first child arriving a couple of weeks ago!  A huge thank you as well to the Botanical Gardens and staff for letting us use the Gardens and greenhouse as a base.  They let us use the Gardens regularly for orienteering and it is a great venue.

Provisional results, splits and Schools results (on the 'Other' link) are available above.  Provisional overall schools results are below.  We will hope to finalise them and get the year results in in the next couple of days.  If anyone spots any errors or ommissions This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Likewise if you want a summary of results for your school etc. we can provide that.

The next Saturday Series event is 14th March at Norfolk Park.  Before that we have an event on Burbage Moor on 1st March and also a night event on Burbage mines on 12 Feb.



  School Points Runners Counters
1 Nethergreen Junior 394 15 Lawrence Hodgson (100) Oscar Peel (100) Tilly Wainwright (98) Evie Westway (96)
2 Hunters Bar Junior 393 12 Ella Baxter (100) Beth Sykes (98) Wilson Faulkner (98) Rory Keen (97)
3 Ecclesall 390 10 Anna Evans (100) Imogen Boulton (99) Oliver Noon (96) Jack Walwyn (95)
4 Westways 381 15 Jonathan Robinson (97) Hannah Robinson (97) William Dunbar (95) Lucy Bedford (92)
5= Dobcroft 373 7 Rafferty Scrimshaw (95) Hannah Bendrey (94) Neela Watkinson (93) Georgina Thomas (91)
5= Abbeylane 373 6 Sophie Howsam (97) Euan Thomas (93) Amelia Beckett (93) Eve Wainwright (90)
7 Lydgate 372 9 Sophie Watkins (95) Joanna Kemp (94) George Atkinson (93) Samuel Froggatt (90)
8 Oughtibridge 370 6 Maxwell Groom (99) Ewan Barnes (93) Zachary Black (92) Lily Sims (86)
9 Hallam 367 8 William Preston (98) Stanley Preston (94) Dylan Whitchurch (88) Hannah Whittaker (87)
10 Carfield 353 6 Jasper Kerr (92) Rose Thomas Hanks (90) Sam Walker (87) Rowan Thomas Hanks (84)
11 Hathersage 337 4 Charlotte Chapman (99) Hannah Chapman (98) Danny Bird (82) Johnny Bird (58)
12 Sacred Heart 334 5 Matilda Emmett (95) Sibeal Holmes (87) Aoife Homes (86) Elspeth Buchanan (66)
13 William Levick 325 5 Edward Taylor-James (89) William Knapton (88) Jacob Clark (87) Jessica Knapton (61)
14= Malin Bridge 299 4 Alastair Reid (89) William Stephens (81) Tom Hughes (70) Daniel Osborne (59)
14= Greystones 299 5 Freddie Holdsworth (90) Alice Abell Vannucci (76) Jasper Davies (68) Milo Holdsworth (65)
16 Clifford 240 3 Charlotte Andrews (89) Luke Vedder (81) Harriet Hopkins (70)
17 Sharrow 220 3 Amos Harvey (83) Neve Pettifar (75) Ben Robertson (62)
18 Stocksbridge Junior 193 2 Flynn Rogers (99) Thea Stavert-Dobson (94)
19 Wharncliffe Side 190 2 Sophie Backhouse (96) Alex Hess (94)
20 Dronfield 185 2 Naomi Robinson (93) Imogen Robinson (92)
21 Bradway 183 2 Finn Stewart (99) Alex Stewart (84)
22 Bradfield 173 2 Grace Andrew (87) Richard Andrew (86)
23 Carterknowle 167 2 Charlotte Sills (84) Bobby Sills (83)
24 Home Schooled 166 2 Maya Harrington (86) Caleb Turner (80)
25 St Marys (Chesterfield) 156 2 Hannah White (89) Joseph White (67)
26 Renishaw 152 2 Pasco Reynolds (91) Jago Reynolds (61)
27 Mundella 114 2 Sophia Speed (62) Jahbari Nelson (52)
28= St Marys CE 100 1 Freddie Guy (100)
28= Grenoside 100 1 Olivia Smith (100)
30 Rainbow Forge 99 1 Beau Elliot (99)
31 St Giles 98 1 Felix Woods (98)
32 Sheffield High School 97 1 Alice Pieters (97)
33 St Maries 96 1 Joseph Byrne (96)
34 Hollymoorside Chesterfield 92 1 Millie Beer (92)
35 Tideswell 88 1 Pajlina Cristos (88)
36 Coit 87 1 Lara Jannasch (87)
37= Walkley 86 1 Josiah Staniforth (86)
37= Upperthorpe 86 1 Seth Robertson (86)
39 Dore 84 1 Zoe Simmonds (84)
40= St Marys (Cath) 82 1 Boroka Fekete (82)
40= St Thomas 82 1 Olivia Watkins (82)
42 St Andrews 77 1 Celeste Ruddiforth (77)
43 Bishop Pursglove 75 1 Nedd Hunt (75)
44 Longstone 73 1 Richard Stirland (73)
45 Bethany 71 1 Ned Plowman (71)
46 Beverley Minster 68 1 Maya Cant (68)
47 St Wilfrids 64 1 Jessica Evans (64)
48 Oxspring 55 1 Samuel Kelly (55)
49 Ridgeway Primary 53 1 Sam Sharp (53)
50 Broomhill Infants 50 1 Tilly Shamma (50)
51 Meersbrook 48 1 Rory Wellard (48)


  School Points Runners Counters
1 High Storrs 400 18 Robbie Lightfoot (100) Freya Tryner (100) James Bryant (100) Conrad Reuber (100)
2 Penistone 395 5 James Fryers (100) Hugh Mackie (99) Ewan Mackie (98) John Halstead (98)
3 Notre Dame 391 7 Carys Phoenix (99) Frederick Emmett (98) Rebecca Evans (97) Honor Walker (97)
4 Silverdale 390 7 Anna Todd (100) Isla Kirby-Borrell (98) Ciara Keen (97) Elizabeth Medd (95)
5 King Edwards 381 4 Joseph Guy (98) Kai Harrison (95) Joseph Smith (95) Lily Stott (93)
6 Tapton 377 5 Amelia Phillips (100) Sam Havenhand (97) Max Wilson (91) Noah Varley (89)
7= Mercia 197 2 James Wilson (99) John Doyle (98)
7= Birkdale 197 2 Matthew Morris (100) Benjamin Bedford (97)
9 Bradfield 193 2 Cameron Barnes (97) Zoe Barnes (96)
10 Sheffield High School 100 1 Imogen Pieters (100)
11 Ecclesfield Secondary 98 1 Charlotte Smith (98)
12= UTC OLP 96 1 Daniel Hill (96)
12= King Ecgberts 96 1 Henry McDonald (96)
12= Hallam 96 1 Luke Miles (96)
15 Newfield 95 1 Olive Miller (95)
16= Stocksbridge High School 94 1 Alice Stavert-Dobson (94)
16= Yewlands 94 1 Victoria Smith (94)
16= Rivelin 94 1 William Bridge (94)
19= Ecclesall 93 1 Finn Vedder (93)
19= Home Schooled 93 1 Oliver Maaranen (93)
21= Lady Manners 92 1 Ben Halson (92)
21= Dronfield 92 1 Max Robinson (92)
23 Aston Academy 91 1 Matthew Bagnall (91)


This is the 5th event in our Sheffield Saturday Series of 9 events. These events are perfect for introducing new people to the sport and also provide good value, local orienteering opportunities to experienced orienteers.  The series also incorporates the very popular SFSS schools' league.

There are a choice of 6 different courses catering to all ages and abilities. Individuals, pairs and groups all welcome. Longer courses offer excellent sprint orienteering in the Botanical Gardens combined with a challenging urban section at Hallam Collegiate campus. 

Botanical Gardens in Spring

Registration & Timings

Registration & starts - 12.30-3pm.

Courses close 3.30pm. Please make sure you start early enough to give yourself enough time to complete the course.

Registration is in the greenhouse. This is situated down towards the bottom entrance to the gardens (next to the swanky new classroom) off Thompson Road.
Google Maps

Nearest post code S11 8RD(at the bottom entrance to the gardens)

Schools Event

Running alongside the public event is 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. Schools and pupils from outside of Sheffield are welcome to compete in the league.


Adults £5, British Orienteering 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.

Travel and parking

The Botanical Gardens are best reached from the city centre by the buses that service Ecclesall Road. Parking is off Ecclesall Road in metered bays. Make sure you don’t park in a “Permit holders only” bay or you will get a parking fine!


Toilets near registration and a café near the Broomhill entrance.


All courses are entry on the day.  Everyone is welcome; these events are particularly suitable for newcomers to orienteering.  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.

Sample Map Extract

Botanical Gardens 1:2000
Botanical Gardens & Edge Map 1:3000

Botanical Gardens map extract


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 at the moment!)

CourseSchool YearsDistanceClimbTechnical LevelWho is it for?


0.9km 30m 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 can compete with Y4s.

This course stays within the Gardens – competitors must not exit it through any gate whilst on their course. Parents: please ensure your children understand this.

Yellow Y6,7 1.3km 30m 2

The next step up and a good place for teenagers 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

 This course stays within the Gardens – competitors must not exit it through any gate whilst on their course. Parents: please ensure your children understand this.

Orange Y8,9 2.1km 45m 3

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

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

 This course stays within the Gardens – competitors must not exit it through any gate whilst on their course. Parents: please ensure your children understand this.

Light Green Y10+ 3.6km  60m 4

As tricky as we can make it within the Botanical Gardens. This course will be a sprint style orienteering course with lots of changes of direction.

 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

This course leaves the Botancial Gardens but does not cross any roads.

Green  16+

Optimum Route 3.9km

 55m 4/5

The short green course will start in the Botanical Gardens before heading over to the Edge Campus, and around surrounding residential roads.

The urban area especially (but not exclusively!) makes for intricate navigation, and route choices, all designed to keep you on your toes.

Cars move fast along Brocco Bank/Clarkehouse Road (B6069), so the course has 2 timed out crossings to allow for safe crossing, just after it exits, and returns to, the Gardens. 

 Over 16s only or under 16s accompanied by an adult due to the road crossings.


Blue 16+

Optimum Route 6.3km


75m 4/5 As above but a longer urban section.


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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