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Saturday Series 3 at Botanical Gardens

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Sat 7th Nov 2020


Botanical Gardens in Spring

Information

Organised Sport is permitted under tier 3 restrictions so Saturday Series 3 goes ahead as planned on 7th November.

Alongside the white to light green courses, there are green and blue urban courses for adults using both the park and surrounding urban areas.

Due to Covid regualtions, everyone must pre-enter on the SYO entries system by Thursday 5th November . There is absolutely no entry on the day. Second runs are still permitted but you must still pre-enter.

Schools Event

Unfortunately the SFSS and National PE Association have decided that no inter-school competitions can currently take place. As a result pupils will run individually in their school years. Results will be published but no schools' names will be listed. The league will still run for children in their school years across the 9 events with best 5 to count. As soon as the SFSS allow competitions to restart we will reinstate the schools' league.

Timings

Starts for white and yellow will be open from 12.30 to 3pm.
Starts for orange and light green will be open from 12.30pm to 2.45pm
Starts for green and blue will be open from 12.30 to 2.30pm.

All courses close at 3.30pm.

When you enter you will be asked to select a 15 minute start block. Please make sure you only turn up at the start during the start block you have chosen. Parents/carers are welcome to accompany their children on the course.

How to enter

You must pre-enter on the SYO entries system. Entries will open on Saturday 31st October and close on Thursday 5th November. If you have any problems with regards to entries, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enter early to guarantee your entry and ensure you get the best choice of start times.

If you are a school pupil, you will need your 4 digit school's ID to enter. There is a 'lookup' function on the entries site. If you don't have an ID number, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To complete your entry you will need to agree to "abide by the Participant Code of Conduct".  This can be found here.

COVID Guidance for competitors & volunteers

Sheffield is in Tier 3. Please refer to the British Orienteering's guidance as to whether you should attend this event if you do not live within South Yorkshire.

Some key points from the code of conduct:

  • You must not take part in any form of orienteering if you or any member of your household have had recent Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Minimise contact with people from outside your household before, during and after your run.  Practice social distancing at all times, including before and after your run as well as when you are out on your course.  Take particular care to keep the required distance from other people in the vicinity of the Start, at download and when passing other competitors or members of the public on narrow paths, going through gates, etc.
  • Do not congregate in groups greater than 6 at the event.
  • Sanitise your hands before and after your run.
  • Do not touch the controls. If using a SIAC dibber hover your hand above the SI unit. If dibbing, just place the dibber in the hole, without touching the box.
  • Please be super courteous to any members of the public that you come across before, during or after the event.

Costs

Adults £5, British Orienteering / SYO members £4
Children / Students £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  £2 

Free run for helpers. Please use code HERE2HELP. Offers of help to Pauline please.

Parents accompanying children on courses do not need to pay.

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!

Facilities

Toilets near registration and a café near the Broomhill entrance.

Sample Map Extract

Botanical Gardens 1:2000

Botanical Gardens map extract

Courses

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?
White

Y3/4,5

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 to 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.


Officials

Organiser Pauline Tryner. pauline'at'southyorkshireorienteers.org.uk
Planner Conrad Reuber
Controller Pete Tryner

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.

Photography

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.

Privacy

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