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SYO 50th Anniversary Double weekend at Wharncliffe Woods

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Sun 27th Feb 2022

Join us for a fabulous weekend of racing on two of SYO's premier areas and help us celebrate our 50th anniversary. Sunday's event takes us Wharncliffe, which was previously used for the British Championships in 2011 and the Northern Championships in 2019. The varied terrain, comprising of intricate former mine workings on the wooded slopes, the intricate rock detail of the Edge and the runable open moorland of The Chase, will provide a significant physical and technical challenge to the country's best orienteers. It is part of the YHOA Superleague and the British Universities Relays are also being held alongside the event.


Terrain & Map

 Map Extract Wharncliffe

Wharncliffe North comprises a rocky and quarried forested scarp slope rising to a mostly open plateau. You will never be far from a path on this area, but due to the tough and detailed nature of the terrain, it presents a physical and technical challenge throughout.

Entries & Costs

Entries open on Fabian4 with discounts for those competing on both days. There will be prizes for first adult in each class and the 1st 3 juniors in each course. Prizes will be awarded on combined times from both days.
£13 Adults (£11 BOF members), £5 for adults running Long Orange, Orange, Yellow or White
£4 Students / Juniors
£30 Family (£26 BOF members) Family - 2 adults + any number of juniors( of the same family) at 2 adults + 1 junior fee
£2 discount (£1 juniors) if entering both days.

Standard entries close on 14th February.  After that adult fees increase by £1 and entries will be subject to map availability.  


1 Black, 9.7 km & 300m climb (26 controls) - M21

2 Brown, 8.4 km & 210m climb - M35, M40

3 Short Brown, 6.6 km & 175m climb - M18, M20, M45, M50, W21

4 Blue, 5.7 km & 175m climb - M16, M55, M60, W35, W40

5 Short Blue, 4.8 km & 140m climb - M65, W18, W20, W45, W50

6 Green, 4.3 km & 130m climb - M70, W16, W55, W60

7 Short Green, 3.5 km & 95m climb - M75, M80, W65, W70

8 Very Short Green, 2.7 km & 55m climb - W75, W80

9 Light Green, 3.6 km & 110m climb - M14, W14

10 Long Orange 5 km & 115m climb - Newcomer and improver adults if fancy a longer distance.

11 Orange, 2.9 km & 70m climb - M12, W12, Newcomer adults.

12 Yellow 2.1 km & 55m climb - M10, W10

13 White, 1.8 km & 25m climb - Beginner juniors.

Suggested courses above but competitors are free to enter which ever course they prefer to run.


Refractory factory, Platts Lane, Oughtibridge, Sheffield S35 0HP


There will be some parking at the factory. Overflow parking will be at Oughtibridge Primary School, about 1km away. Both parking areas are on hard standing. There will also be parking on the streets of Oughtibridge but please respect the residents and park sensibly.


Start times from 10:30 – 12:30. Please choose your start time block on entry and if you expect to take a long time choose and earlier start time. There are two starts, the longer courses (Black, Brown, Short Brown, Blue, Short Blue, Green) start is 450m/45m lcimb from the assembly and the shorter courses start is 550m/35m climb from the assembly area.


In the wood adjacent to Assembly

COVID Guidance for competitors & volunteers

You must not take part in any form of orienteering if you have tested positive for covid, have Covid symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate. Please be super courteous to any members of the public that you come across before, during or after the event and try to maintain social distancing.


Organiser: Louise Reynolds
Planner: Colin Drury
Assistant Planner: Kris Groom
Controller: Paul Addison (DVO)

Venue Details

Wharncliffe Woods and Wharncliffe Chase is one of SYOs best orienteering areas, having been used several times previously for the British Championships and other major events.  The terrain is a mixture of runnable woodland, thicker plantation, and open moorland on the Chase.  Several areas of intricately contoured former mining works exist on the slope, and there is a good variety of rock detail.

Wharncliffe is a tough area, both physically and technically and with good course planning provides an excellent 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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