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Regional Night event at Loxley Common

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Sat 2nd Nov 2019 Start Times 17:15 - 20:15

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Provisional Results, Simple Splits ('Other' above), ranking points and Winsplits can be viewed via the links above.  We have reinstated the two on Beginner course who missed the finish punch, giving a run time one minute to their final control punch time.

Organisers Comments

Thank you to all who turned up for the first event in this years YHOA night league in a challenging area. I hope you all enjoyed the experience and the bonus fireworks.

Thanks to Beverley and Seb for planning the event, Karl and Tim for SI and download; and to Lucy for her many roles she performed as Controller, Start coordinator, First Aider and control collector. Thank you also to the kind competitor who sacrificed their run to come to the aid of another and help guide them back to the finish. 

I hope you all enjoyed the surroundings and Halloween decorations of the Wadsley Jack who kindly allowed us to use their function room as our assembly.

Enjoy the challenge of night orienteering in the varied terrain of Loxley Common. Newcomers welcome - there is a beginners course! The event is part of the YHOA night league.

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Registration and download in the rear room of the Wadsley Jack pub, 66 Rural Lane, S6 4BJ. Toilets are available. The bar will be open and there is a full food menu on offer 5-8pm.


Please only use the pub car park if you are intending to stay for food or a drink after the event. Otherwise there is plenty of parking on surrounding residential streets or at the Loxley Common Carpark (S6 4BZ).


Registration - 5-6.15pm. No need to pre-register - just turn up on the night.
Starts 5.15-6.45pm
Courses Close - 8.15pm


Adults - £10 (£8 members). £4 on beginners course.
Juniors / Students - £4
Family (when running separate courses) £24 (£20 members)

Pairs welcome - just pay for 1 entry.


The start is approx 300m from Assembly. There will be a tent at the start for a clothes/bag drop.


Loxley Common comprises of large areas of open common land interspersed with areas of woodland. There is a complex network of paths, interesting vegetation detail and some areas of intricate contour detail created by old mine/quarry workings. The southern wooded slopes are very rocky.  There are some areas of bramble but planning avoids the worst of this.


Map Scale is 1:5000  updated October 2019 to ISOM 2017-2 

Loxley Map Extract

Course information

Beginner 2km, 70m, 11 controls - easy level of technical difficulty (yellow).
Short 2.8km, 85m, 15 controls - medium level of technical difficulty (orange).
Medium 3.2km, 125m, 15 controls - difficult level of technical difficulty
Long 4.1km, 160m, 18 controls - difficult level of technical difficulty
Juniors are very welcome but those who are not confident on all types of orange course in the daylight should be accompanied by an adult.

YHOA Night League Information

The classes are:

Junior - Men / Women (M/W16 -)
Senior Men / Women (M/W 18/20/21/35)
Veteran Men / Women (M/W 40/45/50)
Super Vet Men / Women (M/W 55+)
Ultra Vet Men / Women (M/W 65+)

Each age group category can enter any course to score league points except Junior Women, Veteran Women, Super Veteran Women, Ultra Veteran Women  and Ultra Veteran Men who enter the Long course will not score league points for their age group.

Additional Safety Info

Whistles, headtorches and full leg cover compulsory.


Organiser: Susan Guy email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Planner: Beverley Inkson & Seb Mobus
Controller: Lucy Wiegand




Venue Details

Loxley Common comprises of large areas of open common land, runnable underfoot with a complex network of paths on grass, heather and bracken common. To the south there is an area of woodland, with a small section very bouldery.  There is some intricate contour detail created by old mine/quarry workings..

The area was used for the Senior Home International relays in 2006 with a resurvey by Oli Johnson; minor updates have been undertaken in 2010 and 2012.

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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