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Sowerby Urban Event Flyer

Updated Flyer as at 1 February 2016


Sowerby Bridge Urban Event Sunday 7th February 2016


Part of the YHOA Urban League.


Sowerby Bridge is a market town in the Upper Calder Valley, Calderdale in West Yorkshire. It is a moderately-sized town, prettily situated on the bank of the River Calder with a mooring basin for the Calder and Hebble Navigation in the town centre.


Car Park - Sowerby Bridge High School. Albert Rd, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX6 2NW
‘O’ Signs at Burnley Rd (A646) / Albert Rd Junction and Albert Rd / Beech Rd Junction.
Please follow Car Park marshals’ instructions. Streetmap


Dogs: No dogs in the school grounds.

There is no parking charge but there will be a collection for the Calderdale Flood Relief fund:
Calderdale Flood Relief Fund is for households who have suffered financial hardship as a result of the flooding. The money will also help with wider community relief and rebuilding projects. The Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal is open to anyone whose home or contents have suffered damage/flooding, as well as people who have lost work or income because of the storm or flood. See these links for details: Flood Relief Appeal

Flooding video


Entry: On the day only.


Entry fees: Adults £7. £2 extra for adult non-BOF member.
Students (with card) £2.50
Juniors (course 6 and 7) £2

Enquiries, download, results and toilets will be located within the Sports Facility in Sowerby Bridge High School, a short walk from the car parking. Other facilities include clothes changing and showers.


Starts: 10:30 - 12:30 - the start is close to the Sports Facility.


No allocated start times - open punching start.

Start officials will organise queues behind each course start at -3 minutes and release people at 1 minute intervals. 


Loose control descriptions and example maps will be available in the start lanes.
All Courses will use IOF Standard description format.
Additional text descriptions for course 7 will be available.
It is your responsibility to ensure you pick up the correct map.


Course Closing Time: 14:30

Finish: The Finish adjacent to assembly.


Safety:  While we have carried out full risk assessments of the competition areas and put in place any mitigation of the risks we found, please be aware that you take part at your own risk.


Course 7 - Will be contained entirely within Sowerby Bridge High School.


Juniors aged 15 and under on the day will only be allowed by British Orienteering on courses 6 and 7 for safety reasons.


Newcomers can take part in pairs and parents can accompany their children.


There will be no string course.


Please be aware of all traffic, pedestrians, dog walkers/dogs and other competitors. It is a good principle, to pass other runners to the left. The courses pass through all types of urban environment with a wide range of underfoot conditions with slippery surfaces when wet.


Competitors who are travelling alone are advised to leave named car keys at enquiries. All competitors must download as soon as possible at the end of their run whether they have completed the course or not.

Map: Updated map (2015) by Mike Pownall. All maps are printed on waterproof paper and will not be bagged. Extra map £1.


Most courses will use up to 3 maps at various scales (School campus is 1:1000), the courses are shorter than usual but offer a ‘sprint style’ section with longer traditional legs. Route choice and climb guaranteed.


Control Sites: All control sites will be marked with a conventional kite. The SI unit and kite will be attached with a wire gripple.

Electronic punching: Sportident equipment is being used.


SI Download: After punching the finish control you must download as soon as possible.  Hired SI cards will be collected. Should you lose your SI card, or fail to return it, you will be charged the full price of a replacement.  e-punch hire £1.00 (Juniors 50p).

Shadowing Juniors: Juniors may be shadowed. To remain competitive, any adult who shadows a junior must have completed their run beforehand.

Results:  Results will be on display in the assembly area and via the EPOC web site www.eastpennineoc.org.uk, who will publish all weekend results.

Drinks: Please bring your own.

First Aid: Members of EPOC who have completed First Aid training.

Hospitals: Nearest hospital is Calderdale Royal. HX3 0PW









6.8 km

105 m

Men Open   (M18-35)



5.5 km

65 m

Veteran Men  (M40+)

Women Open   (W18-35)


5.0 km

125 m

Super Veteran Men   (M55+)

Veteran Women   (W40+)


3.0 km

90 m

Ultra Veteran Men   (M65+)

Super Veteran Women   (W55+)


2.4 km

50 m


Ultra Veteran Women   (W65+)


2.4 km

55 m

Junior Men   (M16-)

Junior Women   (W16-)


1.0 km

25 m

Young Junior Men   (M12-)

Young Junior Women  (W12-)


The ISSOM forbidden crossing symbol for fences, walls, buildings and vegetation must be adhered to.

Acknowledgements: Sowerby Bridge Council, Community Police, SB High School, residents and town users.

Organiser: Davey Averill 07930819770 email:

Planner: Andy Thorpe EPOC who says:

All courses will use the intricate campus style terrain of the school grounds at 1:1000 scale. Most courses will use up to 3 maps at different scales to give a really varied navigational experience. Although shorter than usual, all courses offer a fast and furious 'sprint style section' as well as a number of traditional longer legs with route choice and climb guaranteed! Course 7 for young juniors is entirely traffic free - contained within the school grounds. There will be plenty of controls out with courses visiting between 22 and 30! Full value for money! We can offer on site parking and changing rooms, toilets and showers, all within the school.

We will be offering something EPOC hasn't done before in terms of variety of urban style orienteering - the school campus is really like a mini uni campus, quite intricate and I've stuffed it with loads of controls!

Controller: Ian Marshall AIRE


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