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Evening Event at Hesley Wood

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Wed 23rd Jun 2021

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So there has been a fair amount of growth in recent weeks... hopefully you managed to pick your way through the brambles using the smell of the BBQ to navigate by.  Thanks to Dave and the rest of the Howsams for planning, it looked like the courses should have kept you thinking whilst avoiding the worst of the undergrowth.  Thanks also to Mark and Jacky for running the BBQ and of course our start teams, control collectors and download team and anyone else I've forgotten...   finally thank you to all you lovely orienteers for coming along and making orienteeing feel normal again, for those of you heading over to Chinley Churn on Sunday enjoy it, I think you can leave your bramble bashers etc. at home.


Enjoy orienteering amongst the varied terrain of Hesley Scout Camp. The woodlands contain a wealth of contour detail as a result of the area's rich industrial heritage and this mixed with sprint style orienteering through the huts and obstacles of the main camp will provide a good challenge for experienced orienteers. There are also plenty of paths and open areas to cater for the less experienced. Newcomers are welcome. This event must be entered in advance.

Hesley Map Extract 3

How to enter

All entries must be made in advance on the SYO Entry System. Entries are now open and close on Monday 21st June. There will be no entry on the day. Queries via email to 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.


Please park in the main scout camp car park off White Lane. Nearest postcode S35 2YH. What3Words: chiefs.racks.narrating


Current Start List. Starts 5.30pm to 7pm. Courses close 8pm promptly. If you think you might take a long time, please come early. Start 1 (Yellow, Orange, Green) 150m from parking. Start 2 (Blue) 400m from parking across the road in Tankersley Wood. 


Yellow - technically easy - 2.0km. Ideal for younger juniors.
Orange - technically medium difficulty - 2.7km. A good place for adult beginners to start.
Green - technically hard - 4.2km
Blue (over 16s only due to road crossing) - technically hard - 5.2km. Course starts in Tankersley and has a timed out road crossing. Please take care crossing the road.

SI controls and timing will be used. Controls will be SIAC enabled.

Map & Terrain

1:5000, 5m contours. Terrain is a mix of woodland, containing a wealth of contour detail as a result of the area's rich industrial heritage, and scout camp with its huts and obstacles. There are also plenty of paths and open areas to cater for the less experienced.

Full leg cover essential on orange and above as the summer vegetation is high in places.




£6 adults (£5 members), £3 juniors & students. Pairs / family groups pay for one entry, extra map £1. Dibber hire free.


Although we can't have the big social we hopde for we are still offering our traditional Hesley BBQ. Groups of up to 30 are permitted outside so we will need to ensure we stick to that but we are envisaging a fairly steady flow of BBQ purchases throughout the evening.

Please pre-order your food by Sunday 20th June on the SYO entry system. Choice of:
- Beef or cheeseburger
- hotdog
- portabella mushroom in a bun (vegan option).

The burgers and pork sausages will be freshly handmade by the Jacky's local butcher. Both are 4oz. Sauces and onion will also be provided. Cost = £2


We need volunteers to enable this event to go ahead. Control collectors also required.

If you can help in any 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 and 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.

Event Officials

Planner - Dave Howsam
Organiser - Pauline Tryner
BBQers - Mark & Jacky Dakin


Venue Details

Hesley and Tankersley Woods have a rich industrial heritage and once contained factories and railways during the war when it was heavily bombed. They now contains a wealth of detail with many bell pits, bomb craters and myriad of paths created by local people spread across mixed vegetation comprising natural oak woodland with bluebells through reclaimed spoil heaps with maturing shrubs and young trees.

The area has been worked for coal and iron, which has left complex slopes covered by the scars of hand-hewn "bell-pits" and other earth-works from the 19th century and before. These days the area is used by dog-walkers, cyclists and trail-bikers, leaving a large number of paths. In the most active biking areas the path network is very complex. The mapping of these paths is good, but small new paths can be created quickly.

There are brambles in parts of the area, but most are at ankle-length, are pretty runnable and have no bramble screen. There are some areas of thicker brambles in the far south of the map.

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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