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Evening Event at Loxley Common

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Wed 21st Apr 2021

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A beautiful evening on Loxley, a great turnout as ever, anyone would think we've been missing flag hunting...

Big thanks to Kris Groom for planning ably assisted by Maxwell and kept in check (probably) by Lucy!  As ever our thanks to all of you who volunteered and made the event happen, especially Jacky for transporting all the kit.

Results are available on the link above along with splits. Routegadget is also linked above we would encourage you all to add your routes.  Next Monday's online Zoom session at 7:30 will give you a chance to go over the routes and discuss where things went right and wrong, if anyone would be willing to host one of the breakout rooms please let Pauline know.

There were 2 coats left in the tent at the end (12 year old). They can be collected from us on Psalter Lane, again This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kris also took some great photos, which you can view here. I'll also put some up on our private SYO Facebook page


Join us for an evening orienteering rae on Loxley Common and enjoy the stunning views across Sheffield. Loxley Common is an interesting mix of woodland and open common land. There is a wealth of interesting contour detail to challenge experienced orienteers and a good path network to cater for the less experienced. Assembly will at a newly mapped location!


 How to enter

All entries must be made in advance on the SYO Entry System. Entries open Monday 12th April and close on Monday 19th April.  There will be no entry on the day. Any entries queries to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location / Parking

Start/finish at the Archer Gate Recreation Ground, S6 6SR (OS Grid Ref: SK 30823 90229, What3Words: vivid.tricky.label). Plentiful parking available at the Admiral Rodney pub on Loxley Road, S6 6RU. The pub is closed, but they have kindly allowed us to use their car park, and have suggested we donate a small parking fee to charity in return for its use. £1 donation pot at download. 

Parking is a 500m warm up jog to the start following the route pictured. Overflow/alternative parking on Loxley Road, or park up at the Long Lane car park and jog down. No toilets available.

map to start


View the current Start List. Starts 5.30pm to 7pm. You should select your start block when you enter. Please stick to your start block. Courses close 8pm promptly. Please choose an early start time if you think you'll take a long while.

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


Provisional course lengths, all staying within the Common (no urban).

Yellow 2.1km, 14 controls
Orange 3.1km, 16 controls
Green 4.2km, 22 controls
Blue 5.8km, 26 controls


1:5000, 5m contours

A number of unmapped new paths have formed due to increased footfall over the past year.

loxley map extract


£5 British Orienteering / SYO members
£3 juniors & students.
Pairs pay for one entry, extra map £1. If you are shadowing a junior, just pay for the junior entry.
Dibber hire free but must be ordered in advance.


We need some volunteers to enable this race to go ahead. Control collectors are also required. If we get lots of offers it will make the job easier for all. If you can possibly collect a few controls or help in any other way please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Helpers receive a free run. Please enter using code HERE2HELP. 

COVID Guidance for competitors & volunteers

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.  Practise 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.

Additional Important Safety Info

 Full leg cover advised for orange, green, blue courses and studded shoes recommended, especially if it has been wet. The Common is very popular with dog walkers, especially close to the two main car parks, so beware of dogs!

Event Officials

Organiser / Planner - Kris Groom 
Event Co-ordinator - .Pauline Tryner. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if any queries.


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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