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Evening Event at Ponderosa

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Tue 17th Aug 2021

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It was a good evening. The weather was kinder than expected, at download everybody seemed to have enjoyed Imogen’s courses and the organisation went smoothly thanks to Emily. As always thanks to all the volunteers without whom this event wouldn't have been possible.


Join us for an exciting urban race around the intricate housing estates surrounding the Ponderosa. This event is suitable for experienced orienteers and newcomers. Younger juniors will enjoy the yellow course within the confines of the park.

How to enter

All entries must be made in advance on the SYO Entry System. Entries close Monday 16th August. There will be no entry on the day.  Juniors under 16 can not enter the medium or long course unless they are accompanied by an adult.


Start / finish / download on the open space at the bottom of the Ponderosa Park, nr Upperthorpe Road and St Philip’s Road (S3 7EU), accessed from suggested parking in Tesco Superstore via Montgormery Terrace Road, Start/finish what3words: pigs.begun.nodded


Nearby Tesco Superstore has plenty of parking which is free for 3 hrs. Access from Montgomery Terrace Road or Albert Terrace Road. Postcode: S6 3BU Residential roads subject to restrictions.


Starts 5.30pm to 6.30pm. You should select your start block when you enter. Please stick to your start block.  Courses close 7.30pm promptly.

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


Long - 4.5k - 16+  only      

Medium - 3.6k - 16+ only

Short – including minor road crossings. Not suitable for children under 12. - 2.7k

Yellow - 1.5k. Remains within Ponderosa Park.

(Lengths are straight line distances and are subject to final controlling).


map extract Ponderosa

Original map by Tim Tett and other members of SYO.  Latest updates by Steve Dempsey 2021.

Long – A3, 1:5000 scale.

Medium, U16 and Yellow – A3/A4, 1:4000 / 1:5000 scale (tbc on final planning)

No loose control descriptions.  Control descriptions will be printed on the map


The terrain is predominantly urban (no brambles!) with a few areas of park, open ground and small patches of woodland.  Full leg cover is not required, though be aware there may be some summer undergrowth around some of the controls in the open areas.


£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.


If possible, please arrive at the event ready to run and without needing to use the toilet (no toilets provided) Toilets are available however within Tesco Superstore nearby.


We need some volunteers to enable this race to go ahead.  Control collectors are also appreciated.  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 email Emily (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

Please take extreme care crossing roads.  

Event Officials

Organiser – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Planner – Imogen Pieters

Venue Details

Ponderosa is a smallish area of parkland across the road from Crookes Valley Park.  The shortest courses will normally stay within the parkland, but the surrounding area includes interesting estates with intricate alleys and inner city parkland, which provides an excellent urban orienteering challenge.

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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