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Saturday Series 3 at Whirlow Brook Hall & Limb Valley

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Sat 15th May 2021

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Well you would think mid May would be a beautiful day like the picture below but instead we got torrential rain! Well done to everyone who went out today I hope you have all managed to dry out. Kudos to those doing 2 or more courses! 

Massive thank you to James Bryant (M14) and family for planning todays courses, it is brilliant to see the juniors getting involved in planning and organising. I thought he did a great job and the courses all looked pretty interesting.  The rain didn't help on the steep slopes, especially on the longer courses - lots of muddy people at the finish.

Apologies to those that ended up with plain rather than waterproof paper maps, there were 2 at the back of each course from the test print which I stuck in incase we ran out, not expecting to as we had quite a few spares but some of them were used - well done for those that got round with them as there didn't seem to be much map left at the end!

A huge thank you as well to all our helpers (Ian, Monika, Paul, Conrad, Bill, Ciara, Freya, Ruth, Alexa, the Guys, Hannah, Mark C, Dave H,  Bronwen, Karl, Alex F, the Reynolds's, the Bryants  & Janita) most of whom ended up very soggy by the end, a stirling effort by everyone.  Thank you also to Whirlow Hall for the use of the room and toilets, I hope you all had lots of tea and cakes!

Results and split times are available on the links above.  Lots of sorting out around clubs, schools and age classes, it seems like we had problems getting some of the online entry data into the system.

Good luck to all our SYO juniors running in the inter-club junior competition tomorrow up near Leeds.  We have an evening event on Wednesday at Wheata Woods, entries close on Monday for that.  The next Saturday Series event is 12 June at Graves Park.


We are delighted to be holding our first Saturday Series event of 2021 at Whirlowbrook Hall. These events are aimed at introducing adult and junior newcomers to orienteering. There is also a green and blue course which will provide a good technical challenge to experienced orienteers. Non-members are welcome.

Limb Valley and Whirlow Brook Hall provide a stunning location for orienteering. The terrain is highly varied, ranging from the steep wooded valley and plantation to the formal gardens around the hall and intricate quarry area.

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Limb Valley

Travel and parking

Postcode: S11 9QD.  What3Words: king.hardly.drives (main entrance). There are two car parks within the grounds please drive slowly within the park, there is also parking available on the crescent outside the park gates.  If these fill up then there is good parking on Whirlowdale Road (about 100m back from the crescent towards the city centre on the right along Ecclesall Road South).

NB Please do not park on the private road (Whinfell Court) that has a junction onto the crescent outside the park gates.

Buses seem to be pretty regular with a variety of routes (20 minutes from the city centre with a 5 minute walk through the park to the hall) Plan your journey

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. As soon as the SFSS allow competitions to restart we will reinstate the schools' league.


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 are open on Saturday 1st May and close on Thursday 13th May. 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. Second runs are encouraged but please enter in advance, making a "best guess" the start block.

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.


Adults £5, SYO / 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 just pay for one entry, plus £1 for each extra map.


We need volunteers for this event to go ahead. PleaseThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able to spare an hour or so. Helpers receive a free entry. Enter using code HERE2HELP

Map & Terrain

1:5000, 5m contours

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The area is very varied terrain wise combining the formal gardens surrounding the hall, with the former quarry gardens and the woodland, which is a steep sided valley with some interesting contour detail and a variety of vegetation. 


Whirlow Brook Hall will be selling drinks and snacks on their terrace.  Toilets are available at the hall.


See below for details on the courses on offer. Course lengths are indicative and may well change subject to final planning and controlling.

Course School Years Distance Technical Level Who is it for?




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.




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 every time you need to decide where you are going. For example you may need to make a couple of turns on paths between controls.

Because of the park setting there will be some controls that do not follow line feature.  Instead they will be on a point feature (e.g. a tree) but close by.  By turning the map so that it matches the ground you will be able to see the next control to go to.





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
  • Basic use of a compass
Light green




Ideal for improvers  The navigation difficulty increases and you start to use simple contours and point features.





As techincally difficult as the area allows but avoids the most physically difficult terrain.






As for the Green but longer and hillier...

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.  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.



Organiser Pauline Tryner. pauline'at'
Planner James Bryant
Controller Pete Tryner

Venue Details

Limb Valley includes Whirlowbrook Park, Whinfell Quarry Garden and the woods either side of Whirlow Brook.

The woodland is mixed conifer and deciduous.  Much of it is very runnable though partly steep valley sides, but there are patches of bramble and holly. 

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.


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.


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