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Saturday Series 4 at Graves Park

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Sat 12th Jun 2021

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A sweltering day for tackling Graves Park's steep slopes!  Hope everyone enjoyed Alex's courses, I heard a number of comments that they enjoyed the courses which were a bit different in shape to recent courses at Graves.  Results are on the link above and I'll sort out the year group results tomorrow.  Thanks to all our volunteers who rather than being soaked to the skin this time had the slight more pleasant job of avoiding sunstroke!

Check the what's on page on the website for upcoming events - we have an urban race from close to Devonshire Green next Sunday, an evening event hopefullu followed by a BBQ at Hesley Woods on Wednesday 23rd June with the next Saturday afternoon event at Concord Park on 17th July.


This is one of our Saturday Series of events aimed at introducing adult and junior newcomers to orienteering. There are also green and blue courses which take in the intricate contoured area in Cobnar Woods for more experienced orienteers. Non-members are welcome. You must enter in advance.


Location and parking

We will be based by the Cafe - what3words cling.blame.exit. The nearest car park is at the Rare Breeds Centre off Hemsworth Road - this is Pay & Display.  There are free car parks at Charles Ashmore Road and Cobnar Road   There is plenty of parking on the roads around the park but please park considerately.

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

Link to the Entry List

You must pre-enter on the SYO entries system. Entries are open on Saturday 29th May and close on Friday 11th June at 5pm. 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

map extract Graves
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. 


Cafe, toilets, adventure playground and animal farmyard.


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.
  • 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.


Venue Details

Graves park is Sheffield’s largest park and arguably provides the widest variety of orienteering terrain.  As well as a good path network and open spaces, there are wooded valleys, steepening at the west, with old mineral workings providing a small area of interesting contour detail.

Non-orienteering attractions include a café and a rare-breeds animal farm.

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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