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Sheffield Twenty20 Sprint Champs at Sheffield City

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Sun 11th Jul 2021

SYO warmly invites you to our Prologue and Chasing-start Final Sprint Championships, part of the 2021 YHOA Urban League. Originally billed as the 2020 YHOA Sprint Champs, we’ve revived the event from the year that never was, to bring you a day of quality sprinting action!

Were the event not to have been postponed, Melinda Riley would have been the Organiser. Sadly, later that year she became unwell and died in September 2020 after a short illness. In memory of Melinda, and in recognition of the roles she played in SYO over many years, a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield.


What’s occurring?

The day will kick off in Sheffield Botanical Gardens, with all but the shortest Junior course venturing beyond the walls to explore the varied and interesting urban terrain in the vicinity.

We turn everything on its head in the afternoon – all courses start off amongst the eclectic buildings of the University of Sheffield, before breaking out into Crookes Valley and Weston Park; the final opportunity to chase down your rivals!

Results will be calculated cumulatively – incorporating your time from both the Prologue and Final, so every second counts! In the afternoon, a real-time chasing start will create an exciting atmosphere for the Finals, with the first across the finish line being crowned champion!

If the current Covid restrictions are still in place by the time of the event, we will be limited to 6 starters per minute... but don't worry, we've got a plan that will still allow for an exciting chasing start, that complies with the letter of the law (...the letter!) 


Enter via Fabian4

Entries will open by the middle of June - check back later. No Entry on day. Entries close midnight 4th July 2021


Outline of the Day


10:00 Botanical Gardens Gates Open
10:30 – 11:30
Start Times (choose when entering)
12:15 prompt
Courses close (if likely to take longer than 45mins, please choose an earlier start time


Approx. 13:00
Prologue results finalised, Arena in Weston Park opens for Bib collection
Zero time for Courses B and D
Approx. 14:15
First starter on Courses B and D
Zero time for Courses A and C
Approx. 14:30
First starter on Courses A and C

Please note that these are provisional timings


Courses Details


Provisional Lengths (P & F)

Male Classes

Female Classes

Open (M21+)
Vet (M40+)
Open (W21+)
Supervet (M55+)
Vet (W40+) 
Junior B
Ultravet (M65+)
Hypervet (M75+)
Supervet (W55+)
Ultravet (W65+)
Hypervet (W75+)
Young Junior (M12 and below)
Young Junior (W12 and below)

All competitors are encouraged to enter the correct course for their age class, so that they count in the YHOA Urban League, and are eligible for our coveted prizes!

In particular, Juniors must not run up due to road crossings. Juniors on Course B have a slightly different course for the prologue to force the use of safe road crossing points.

W14s will need to run the Junior B course to be competitive in the YHOA league and for our prizes, though this is slightly further than they are usually expected to run in a sprint. Therefore, any Junior M/W14 and above may choose to enter Course C non competitively if they prefer -  road crossings are safe. All Juniors M/W12 and below must run Course D.

Prizes will be awarded for each of the classes listed above. Note that the Open and Junior classes will be merged for YHOA Urban League Results.


Kicking your heels?

In between the Prologue and Final, you'll be free to go an explore Sheffield. Cliffhanger (Sheffield's Outdoor City Festival) is due to take place that weekend, so there should be lots to go and have a look (and go?!) at Devonshire Green where the British Bouldering Champs stage will be located (10mins walk from Weston Park).


Entry Fees

Seniors - £12 / £15 (Non-BOF)

Juniors/Students - £6 / £6 (Non-BOF)

Family (2 adults, up to 4 children) - £30

Chasing start and marshalled road crossings = lots of helpers needed! Helpers get half price entry if helping with Prologue or Final, and get a free run if helping with both. We welcome non-orienteering helpers, and those from any club. Please enter using 50% discount code: XXXXXXX



Organiser – Dom Dakin – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

…assisted by – Jacky Dakin

Planner – Paul Taylor

Controller – Clive Wilson


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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