Farewell to GG

Last Night's club night was Graham Gristwood's last event as SYO coach before he moves to Sweden. He had planned a special mystery handicap orienteering race which took in the Hallam campus, the Botanical Gardens, Lynwood Gardens and some never used before urban map of Sheffield. There was a mass start at 7:00. All participants went from control to control as directed by paper instructions at each control site. Participants went their own way depending on age, sex, whether they had represented their county and other such criteria. There was an Easter egg for the winner, Kathryn Hall and afterwards we met at Champs for a celebration of his work for SYO over the last 18 months. This was an opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to Graham from the coaching sub-committee, from the SYO committee and from everyone in SYO and probably SHUOC, who has benefited from his coaching leadership over the past 18 months. He has made a big impact and many people have benefited not only from the sessions he has organised and delivered but also from his enthusiasm for the sport which will have rubbed off on many. There aren't many world class orienteers who are prepared to put as much back into the sport as GG has.

We hope GG has enjoyed his time in Sheffield as much as those around him have benefited from his work here and wish him well in Sweden and if the move improves his orienteering as much as it did Steve Hale's we expect he will soon be standing on even more podiums collecting even more medals. Good luck GG from all in SYO and ShUOC!

SYO members help England to victory at Interland

The annual Interland match was held in Germany yesterday, and three SYO members were part of the England team that retained the trophy.  Zac Field placed 6th in the H17 category, Nick Barrable was 3rd in H21, and Martin Ward was 4th in H40.  All three were points scoreres for the England team.

The Interland competition is a 6 nations match, involving England, northern France, Holland, Belgium (Flemish), Belgium (Walloons), and northern Germany.  The match rotates around each of the countries, and normally is on relatively flat terrain.  However, yesterday's competition near Lubbecke in Germany was on very steeply sloping forest, quite similar to the Forest of Dean.  Despite the steepness the forest was very open and runnable, so the leading Mens Open runners were completing 10.6km in 63 minutes (6 mins/km).

Full results are on the organising club's website.  Next year the competition will be in Belgium.


Yvette Baker Final

19 juniors travelled down to Hawkbatch Woods to compete in the rescheduled Yvette Baker Trophy Final, and finished 7th out of 14. OD won again by 19 points, this time from LOC. It was very close from 3rd down to 8th, only 20 points seperating 6 teams. To show how close it was, if each of the top 9 scorers for SYO had managed to run 1 minute quicker, then they would have moved into 3rd place.

2011 will see us loosing Adam Bradbury and Ryan Wilson from the junior team, and I would like to thank them for the effort they have put into SYO juniors, helping to establish the juniors as one of the strongest in the country. At the same time we have quite a few young juniors coming through, and I believe the club will become even stronger. The junior team were recently runners up in the South Yorkshire Sports awards for junior team of the year.

A special mention goes to 9 year old Dom Dakin who has just joined SYO and ran in only his 3rd event, the first time for the juniors, and gave a good account of himself in running against juniors of up to 5 years older than himself.

The main area of weakness for the juniors is in the W18 age class. With Cari being unable to run due to illness we had no girls running on the Green course. If anyone knows of any girls in this age group (or others) ask them if they would be interested in joining SYO.

British Night Champs

It was heavy rain all day in Sheffield, but at Bentley Woods near Atherstone the weather and forest were thankfully dry. It wascertainly not cold while running. The clean open forest and good path network led to fast winning times despite the seemingly

M16 BNC Winners

 long course lengths. 

SYO winners were:-

M16 Aidan Smith (7.0k) 48:53

M18 Simon Bradbury (8.4k) 63:59

M45 Charlie Adams (8.4k) 57:35

W16 Katherine Hall (4.6k) 51:25

W40 Jenny Peel (7.0k) 58:59

2nd places to Zac Field (M16), Nick Barrable (M21L), Rachel Elder (W21L).

SYO through to CompassSport Cup Final

At Silton today, SYO won the CompassSport Cup heat ahead of AIRE to secure our place in the final. As SYO are the current CompassSport Cup champions, AIRE also go through to the final which is to be held on Sunday 16th October by DVO at Longshaw (just over the road from last year's final at Burbage). There are quite a few teams in this year's final, see here.

Well done to all those that counted to SYO's victory and even those who didn't - they will have lowered other peoples' points. Make sure you have marked the final in your diaries, let's try and make it a fourth win in-a-row!

The results from today's CSC heat are available on the CLOK website.

British Championships entries open

South Yorkshire Orienteers is organising the individual day race of the British Orienteering Championships 2011.  The organising team will need as much help as possible from SYO members in order that we can put on a great event!  We also want members to be able to take part in the competition, and entries are now open.  To recognise the efforts of helpers there is a special entry discount rate for members, which requires a discount code that can be obtained from the Individual Day Organisers, Lesley and Martin Ward.

SYO Hall of Fame

Adam Bradbury and I have added new sections to the About SYO/Hall of Fame drop-down which give details of all our winners in various categories since SYO was formed in 1972. They were originally part of a booklet given to members in 1997 to celebrate our silver jubilee and for which many had assisted by looking through old results, and other research was done from old newsletters and CompassSports. Fortunately, since 1997 it became much easier to keep the spreadsheet up to date as results became available online.

In the next few weeks we will add further sections giving details of all SYO events, maps, how the club was formed and other things, all of which we hope you will find 'interesting'!

We are aware of one or two formatting issues but if you find any errors or omissions, please add a comment here or email me. 

Yorkshire Superleague 2011

There are several competitons combining scores for events across the Yorkshire and Humberbside area.  There are leagues for night events and urban events, but the main league is the Yorkshire Superleague.  Fixtures for this are scheduled as follows:

Jan 23   EPOC   Marsden Moor
Mar 06   HALO   Sledmere
Mar 20   SYO    Hugset (Middle distance)
Apr 03   Claro  Timble and Askwith (also Yorkshire Champs)
May 08   Ebor   Barnscliffe
Jun 05   Aire   Langstrothdale
Sep 17   Aire   Attermire
Oct 09   Ebor   Pickering North
Nov 27   SYO    Burbage Moor

Competitors will count a maximum of 5 races.  Rules remain the same as in 2010 and can be seen here :

UK Masters Cup - a new competition series for 2011

Following on from the UK Cup for elite runners, and the Future Champions Cup for juniors, a new national competition for over-35s is being launched this year: the UK Masters Cup. Details have been posted to the BOF website Events > Competitions > National Senior Competitions.  I am circulating to as wide an audience as possible, as details weren't ready for publication in Focus  or elsewhere in British Orienteering until the last couple of weeks.  Please do pass information on to fellow club members!

The aim of the UKMC is to organise a high quality national level competition for over-35s using a range of the alternative formats and disciplines that have been developed over recent years.  The competition is based on the five-year age bands for Men and Women.  At each race, in each age class, scoring will be 60-55-51-48-46-45-44....1.  19 races have been designated as UK Masters Cup races in 2011, with individuals able to count a maximum of 8.  Highest score at the end of the year wins!

Some races, eg the urban races, are not set up in 5-year bands.  At these races, the organisers will designate courses to age classes, and the results will be separated out by the co-ordinator for scoring.

The co-ordinator for this competition is Eddie Harwood of Moravian, on behalf of Senior Competitions Group, but if you have any queries, I'll do my best to answer them!

The races for 2011 are:

Jan 22    SOA   EUOC Edinburgh City Race
Feb 05    WMOA  British Night Championships, Tamworth
Feb 20    EAOA  Midland Champs, Sheringham
Feb 26    NWOA  MDOC Twin Peak Day 1, Middle Distance, Bleathwaite
Mar 06    WOA   Welsh Championships
Mar 13    SCOA  Southern Championships, Henley
Mar 27    NEOA  Northern Championships, Northumberland
Apr 09    SEOA  British Sprint Championships, Brighton
Apr 10    SEOA  British Middle Championships, Crawley
Apr 22    NIOA  JK Sprint
Apr 23-24 NIOA  JK Days 2 & 3 combined
May 14    YHOA  British Long Championships,  Wharncliffe
May 21    NWOA  LOC Middle Distance, Bigland
May 29    SOA   Scottish Championships
Jul 31    SOA   Scottish 6-Days Day 1, Oban
Aug 05    SOA   Scottish 6-Days Day 5, Oban
Sep 10    SEOA  SLOW City of London Race
Sep 17-18 SWOA  Caddihoe Chase (both days combined)
Oct 22    EAOA  CUOC Cambridge City Race

Andy Kelly, for British Orienteering Senior Competitions Group.

World Schools Selections

Zac on the podium at the BSOCCongratulations to Katherine Hall who has been selected to represent Britain in the ISSF World Schools Championships at the Dolomites in north Italy next May. Katherine came 3rd in the selection race on 20 November.

Well done also to Zac Field who came 3rd the British Schools Orienteering Championships at Wormley Woods, Broxbourne on 21 November.

Photo © Robert Lines.

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