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Silsden Urban Event

Aire Valley Town and Country Weekend - Yorkshire Urban League Event

Sat 04 September, 2021

Level of event: Regional

Type of event: Race, Urban


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Pre Event Info

Yorkshire Urban League Event

There are new roadworks on the A629 between Keighley and Silsden which are causing considerable hold ups. Pleae check before you depart and allow extra time for travel.

Event details updated 3.9.2021

Directions / Parking

There will be a limited amount of roadside parking near to the start / finish and this is located on Dale View / Banklands Lane (postcode BD20 0JH) which is accessed from the A6034 just to the north of Silsden village centre. However, please note that there are currently extensive traffic-light controlled roadworks on Dale View and this affects vehicle access to the park. It may be necessary to find alternative parking further afield and walk back to the start.

Suggested alternative roadside parking can be found on Hillcrest Avenue / Spencer Avenue (BD20 9NH). From the south, proceed through Silsden on A6034 and just after the right-hand bend (and immediately before the pedestrian crossing) turn left into Bell Square. At the crossroads, carry on straight through into Hillcrest Avenue. Spencer Avenue branches to the right off Hillcrest Avenue. From the north, drive down the hill into Silsden and turn right immediately after the first pedestrian crossing. To reach the start, competitors should then use the pedestrian crossing on A6034 and walk uphill before turning right into Dale View.

Please show consideration to local residents and note that there will be no parking marshals at the event.

Public Transport

The event can be accessed by a 2k walk from Steeton and Silsden Station (4 trains an hour in each direction), or by the 62 Keighley to Ilkley Bus, or 903 Keighley to Silsden bus, both of which can drop you at the Kings Arms (Bridge Street) close to the event.

WARNING: The walk from the station crosses the very busy and fast A629 without the benefit of a proper crossing - just a strip of red tarmac on the west side of the roundabout with no signs to warn drivers. We recommend that you avoid crossing this road on foot. The 62 bus from Keighley passes the station at approximately 20 and 50 minutes past the hour, and the 903 bus at 10.30 and 11.30. Taking the bus is the far safer option.

Start and Finish are on the north side of Silsden Park, adjacent to Banklands Lane

Please only go to the start when it is your allocated start time. Maintain social distancing at all times.

Toilets: Portable toilets will be provided. Please use the hand sanitiser provided before and after use.

Registration & Start Times

Both Start and Finish are on the north side of Silsden Park with the Start being located immediately adjacent to Banklands Lane at the north east edge of the park.

Toilets: Portable toilets will be provided and these can be found near to the Start. Please use the hand sanitiser provided before and after use.

There is no Entry-On-the-Day registration.

Hired SI cards can be picked up from the SI download tent located along the north side of the park (off Banklands Lane) on the flat grassland at the bottom of the bank. To reach the start from here, re-trace your steps up the bank and then proceed east along Banklands Lane. Please remember to leave hired SI cards in the box beside the splits printer once you have downloaded.

Start times will be from 10.30-12.00. Please only go to the start when it is your allocated start time. Maintain social distancing at all times. Please use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the start lane.

There are 3 start lanes:

Lane 1 - Yellow, Light Green and Green Courses.

Lane 2 - Short Green and Blue.

Lane 3 - Brown and Black.

The start procedure will include:

-3 minutes – call up and all test / clear / check boxes (SIAC and standard SI cards)

-2 minutes – pick up control descriptions

-1 minute – blank map display

Remember to dib at the start box and then pick up your map from the course box.

Controls will be SIAC enabled. But you must dib at the Start and at the Finish. Competitors with standard or hired SI cards must also dib at all controls.

It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their SI card has registered at the control.

Entry Details

This event is pre-entry only. Entries are now closed. The start list can be viewed via this link which can be also used for the Penistone Hill and Haworth event on the Sunday.

Covid-19 Considerations: Please keep to the British Orienteering covid code of conduct:

Code Of Conduct 6 July 2020 1

In particular:

1. Maintain social distancing at all times

2. Make use of the hand sanitiser available at the toilets, pre-start and download

2. Be quiet at the start line

3. Only speak with event officials if absolutely necessary.

4. Minimise the amount of time spent in close proximity to others.

5. Respect other people's personal space.

6. Observe any local and national covid guidelines when travelling to and from the event.

7. Stay home if you or anyone in your household is unwell or self-isolating.

Course Information

Note that Junior competitors under the age of 16 on the day should only be running the Yellow or Light Green Courses.

Yellow: MYJ and WYJ (M/W12-) 1.4k 20m climb

Light Green: MJ and WJ (M/W16-) 2.4k 60m climb

Yellow and Light Green courses partially cross and run alongside quiet roads with a 20-mph speed limit. Light Green also has a section where runners have to run on the pavement alongside a busier, 30 mph road, but do not have to cross it.

Short Green: MHV, WUV and WHV (M75+ W65+) 3.7k 65m climb

Green: MUV and WSV (M65+ W55+) 4.2k 105m climb

Blue MSV and WV (M55+ W40+) 5.3k 110m climb

Brown MV and W Open (M40+ W Open) 7.2k 150m climb

Black M Open 8.6k 200m climb

You will run approximately an extra 30% beyond the straight-line lengths shown.

Terrain Description

Urban Terrain

I:4000 map for Yellow and Light Green courses. All other courses have a 1:5000 map. Map surveyed and drawn by Chris Burden in 2021, using ISSprOM 2019.

Dog restrictions

Only under tight control. You must clear up all mess.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Chris Penny 07554 867216 (before 9.p.m. please)

Planner: Lucy Needham

Controller: David Alcock

Important Information

Safety and 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.

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