SYO Newsletter 5th October 2017


Member News, Compass Sport Cup Final, Club Night, Edge Event Report, Coaching, Loxley evening event, Peter Palmers Report, British Schools Champs, Schools League, BOC Report, UKOL, BOF Club Conference, Key Officials. Meersbrook Park event, Chelsea Park Report, T'shirt promotion, Key diary dates.
SYO Newsletter - 5th October 2017

Member News

A very warm welcome to new members Vanessa, Isla and Rhys Caudwell,  Justine Head, Sylvia Fagg, Harrison and Claire Britt and Erin Yeardley-Monach



2017/18 Schools' League & Newcomer Series

The series got off to a great start at Endcliffe Park on 9th September. Despite the heavy rain showers there were 431 runs including a significant number of adults. Many thanks to everyone who helped (it was very busy and very wet at times!!), particularly Euan for planning his first event and Pete for mentoring.

Our Saturday event series is the envy of many clubs around the country. It is fabulous to see so many people taking up and enjoying orienteering and it has led to a huge boost in the membership of the club. To ensure its sustainability we desperately need people to step forward to plan the schools' league events. Even more importantly we also need someone to co-ordinate overall the planning side. Planning the events themselves is normally a straight forward process as it is generally just a case of making some adjustments to the exisiting courses and checking the control sites, before ensuring the controls are put out on the day. Please email Pauline if you can help.


Meersbrook Park & Gleadless - Sat 7th Oct

The second event in the schools' league and newcomer series is this Saturday in Meersbrook Park. This is a brand new orienteering area on a new map by Dom Dakin. In addition to the normal white to long orange courses in the park, there is also a long course for over 16s which extends to the urban and woodland areas of Gleadless. Starts are 1-3pm (12.30-2.30pm for adults). More details here.

If you are able to help please email Pauline. Volunteers receive a free run at schools' league events.


Loxley dusk event & social - Wed 11th Oct

SYO will be holding a dusk event on Wednesday 11th October on Loxley Common. This event is suitable for beginners and experienced orienteers. There are 4 courses on offer: yellow, orange, medium and long. Starts are from 5.30pm to 6.30pm with courses closing at 7.30pm. More details here

Sunset is 6.19pm and it will be dark approximately 30 minutes later. If you don't want to run in the dark try to get there early. Please take headlights with you just in case you get lost even if you intend to be back before it gets dark. Inexperienced juniors starting after 6pm should be shadowed. 

The post event social will be held in the Wadsley Jack on Rural Lane from 6.30pm. Order from the menu on the night at your convenience or order in advance to guarantee prompt serving.  Please feel free to just join us for a drink if you don't want to eat.


Please email Pauline to order your map and indicate whether you are attending the social by 6pm on Tuesday 10th October.


Club Coaching

SYO run monthly coaching and training sessions suitable for all levels of experience. Participants are divided into different groups based on their age and experience - there is a separate adults' group. Sessions are free to club members. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Our last session was at Wombwell on 23rd September. The older children and adults practised compass bearings, aiming off and re-location whilst the younger ones were orientating their maps, making decisions on route to a control and identifying terrain features. Many thanks to coaches Colin Best, Nick Lightfoot, Pauline & Clive Wilson and Ian Cooper for putting on a great session.

The next coaching session is at 1pm on Sunday 8th October at Wheata Woods, Grenoside where we will be looking at attack points, coping with vague / indisinct paths, relocation, aiming off and compass bearings.  More details here. If you would like to attend please email Pauline. by Friday 6th October.

A further session is planned for Sat 18th November in Graves Park. More dates will be scheduled for after Christmas in due course.


British Schools Score & Public Score - 14th Oct

The British Schools Score Championships are fast approaching. This year SYO are hosting. They will be held on Saturday 14th October at Rother Valley Country Park. 

The event is open to children from Y5 to Y13. Children from Y5-8 can compete in pairs. Competitors will have 45 minutes to find as many controls as they can, which vary in difficulty. Children younger than Y5 can take part as long as they have completed at least 3 white courses on their own.

So far we have 376 entries so it is shaping up to be a fantastic competition. The entry deadline has been extended to Sunday 8th October and the form can now be signed by a parent. More information here.

We still require more volunteers so if you are able to help please email Jacky.

There will be a public race after the Championships so club members and accompanying parents can also get a run. Entry will be on the day.


Free T'shirts - Participation Scheme

We are launching a new participation scheme to encourage members to orienteer regularly and attend more SYO events. You will receive a point for each event you participate in. The free T'Shirt will be awarded when you reach 20 points (not 50 as the design shows). If you volunteer at an event but don't compete you will still be awarded your point. The scheme commences on 1st October 2017.

tshirt design


Club Night

Club night continues to be popular with around 50-60 people attending each week. 

We have now moved to our new winter location at High Storrs on Wednesdays from 7-8.30pm during term time. However once per month club night will continue to take place at SYO's monthly evening event - the next one is Loxley on 11th October. A new block will commence after October half term.

Club night is suitable for both experienced orienteers and newcomers. You can sign up for the whole block or just attend when a session appeals but please email Pauline in advance so we have a map for you. A separate group runs for juniors 8-11. There are a few places available in this group but these places must be booked so we can ensure adequate safety ratios.


Key Officials

As a club SYO put on a fantastic array of events catering to club members, newcomers and school children in the South Yorkshire area. However, these events can't happen without planners, organisers and controllers. The following positions urgently need filling. Offers from first timers are very welcome as plenty of help and advice will be supplied. Please email Pauline if you are able to volunteer.

Sat 11th Nov - Botanical Gardens Schools Event - planner urgently required.
Sun 14th Jan - Rivelin Regional Event - organiser
Sat 20th Jan - Whirlowbrook Hall & Limb Valley Schools Event - planner
Wed 31st Jan - City Centre Score Evening Event
Sun 29th Apr - West Haigh & Howell Woods Regional Event - planner, controller & organiser
Sun 10th June - Sandall Beat Regional Event - planner, controller & organiser


Key dates for your diary

British Schools Champs, Forest of Dean - Sun 19th Nov. 
SYO Club Champs, AGM and Awards, Limb Valley - Sat 2nd Dec.
Compass Sport Cup Heat, Canklow, Rotherham - Sun 11th March. 
Midlands Champs, Belvoir Castle - Sun 18th March
JK 2018, West Midlands - 30th March to 2nd April. Cheapest entry deadline - Sun 17th Dec
Northern Champs, Thirsk - Sun 22nd April
British Long & Relay Champs, Balmoral, Scotland - 19th & 20th May
YBT Final, Redditch - Sun 1st July
Lakes 5 day Competition - 29th July to 3rd August


Compass Sport Cup Final Weekend - 21/22 Oct

The Compass Sport Cup Final Weekend is almost upon us. We have a good team but are still short in some key areas. Sun 8th October is the closing date for entries so please email Tim if you are suddenly available to run on behalf of the club.

Members are welcome to travel independently or join the club coach! The coach will depart early Saturday morning, returning Sunday evening. We have reserved YHA accommodation at Okehampton and will be attending a Quantock event on the way down. The club is heavily subsidising the travel and entry costs. The cost of the coach is £5 per person. Entry to the CSC Final is free for juniors and subsidised by £10 for adults. Accomodation is in the region of £20-25 per person.

Secondary aged children are welcome to attend the weekend unaccompanied. If you are born in 2003 or later you compete on the orange course, while those juniors born between 1997 and 2002 compete on the green course. Adults run green, blue or brown depending on age. If you have any questions please email Pauline.


Ten British Champions at the Sprints & Middles

Oscar Jenny starting

 More than 60 members travelled south at the weekend to compete in the British Sprint and British Middle Championships.

The weekend began with a lovely sunny day for the British Sprint Champs in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. The Sprint Champs comprises of 2 races - a qualifier in the morning, followed by the finals in the afternoon. For the over 16s the qualifying heats were held in the relatively easy Springfield housing estate, while the younger juniors remained in the park. Racing was fast, furious and uncontentious with no disqualifications for out of bounds transgressions unlike last year!

The afternoon finals were all held in Campbell Park. Starting was quite exciting with around 20 people racing off at once to a number of controls in close proximity. Infact the finals were surprisingly tricky due to the high number of controls and the maze of paths and thickets in the wooded area. 

Sprinting certainly seems to be a strength for SYO with 6 wins and another 5 podium positions. Congratulations to the British Champions Nick B (M40), Dave P (M50), Peter G (M70), Freya (W10), Imogen (W12) and Jenny P (W45); silver medallist Amanda (W45) and bronze medallists Robbie (M10), Dom (M16), Andy (M40) and Charlie A (M50).

Sunday saw the action move to Wendover Woods near Aylesbury for the British Middle Championships. Fortunately the forecasted rain held off though the car parking field was rather on the windy side. The terrain was fairly technical and courses had been planned to avoid the worst of the brambles. Lots of controls meant quick decision making whilst maintaining a fast running speed. With 4 wins, 6 other podium positions and 5 fourth places, SYO managed this with aplomb! Congratulations to British Champions Nick B (M40), Dave P (M50), Peter G (M70) and Jenny P (W45), silver medallists Amanda (W45), Andy (M40) and Robbie (M10) and bronze medallists Dom (M16), Charlie A (M50) and Freya (W10). Special mention must also go to those who came so close in 4th place - Ella (W10), Imogen (W12), Kim (W21), Lucy (W45) and particularly Conrad (M12) who was 1 second off bronze!


The Edge Event Report

There was a fantastic turnout (105 runs) at the Edge Evening event that exceeded all expectations for what was just a local sprint race. 

The courses provided good navigational challenge; testing quick decision making whilst running at speed. Some of the later starters had the additional challenge of fading light to contend with. Courses were planned to be similar to the British Champs courses, with winning times of around 15 - 20mins. This event was clearly effective as pre-race preparation, as illustrated by the excellent results achieved by SYO members at the British Sprints.

Post event more than 20 of us retired to the nearby Sir Isaac Newton for some excellent value food and drinks! Many thanks to the Dakin family for planning and organising this event.


Peter Palmers Report

Team Sat Fun

On Saturday 9th September 23 SYO juniors travelled to Sutton Coalfield to take part in the annual Peter Palmer relay challenge. 

The weekend began with the traditional team pizza before we continued the journey to Sutton Coalfield. On arrival at the sports centre the team quickly grabbed a luxurious spot on the gym floor and laid out mats and sleeping bags. We then rushed out to recce the start and changeover before it got dark. The juniors then had a bit of free time, so most of them headed off to play 5 a-side footy until it got too dark to see the ball, while the adults relaxed in costa coffee! 

The footy was followed by a team meeting where we embarrassed Dom by singing happy birthday. Jacky gave a rousing team talk while the juniors scoffed birthday cake. Then it was time to lay out all the kit so there were no last minute panics before the evening ended with the obligatory nail varnishing and team photo.

4.15am arrived with a cacophony of alarms as first leg runners and supporters emerged from their sleeping bags. The SYO team were very calm and organised and there was even time for face painting as we waited for call up.

Finally 4.50am arrived and Dom (SYO killer bees), Yasmin (SYO worker bees) & Joe (SYO bumble bees) made their way to the start line ready for the mass start. Eventually 5am arrived and the 24 runners rushed off into the night with their head torches bazing. Then we settled down to a nervous wait for the first arrivals at the spectator control.

mass start


WCOC 1 were the first through the spectator control and then just 2 minutes later Dom arrived in the chasing pack with 6 other runners. Positions remained unchanged for the final loop and Dom handed over to Ryan in 7th place - a great start for SYO Killer Bees. Yasmin and Joe also had good runs bringing SYO's two other teams home safely. 

Ryan had an excellent run on leg 2 against some very experienced orienteers to gain one place for SYO. He handed safely over to Sam Crawshaw on 3rd leg. By now it was starting to get light and the spectators enjoyed a gorgeous sunrise whilst sipping hot tea from O Nosh. A good, solid run by Sam kept SYO's 6th position in the overall competition and 3rd place in the Joan George Competition for teams with a combined age of 90 or under. We were still in contention!

Next out was Alex E (each team must have at least 2 girls) on the orange leg. Her speedy time of just 21 minutes barely gave time for a trip to the loo and within no time at all Alex C, Josie and Naomi were out on the yellow leg. At the Peter Palmers you are allowed up to 3 runners on leg 5 and it is the first one back that makes the handover. A fab run by Alex (closely persued by Josie and Naomi) meant she was first back to send Euan out in 5th place overall and 3rd place on the Joan George Trophy.

The spectators then settled down for an anxious wait. Could Euan catch up the other 2 teams in the Joan George on the long green leg? WCOC 1 arrived at the spectator control, followed by MAROC 1 and then no-one else. Suddenly a shout from Dom - "There's Euan!" He was being closely followed by the OD runner but seemed to be clear of LEI and WCOC 2 - our rivals in the Joan George. An anxious 8 minutes followed until Euan appeared on the run in to take 3rd place overall and win the Joan George trophy to the great delight of the SYO team. A superb team effort.

There were also excellent runs by the juniors in SYO's other teams. Special mention must go to Conrad, Olmo and Carys for very fast times on the yellow and to Seb and Max for great performances on the red night leg and long green leg respectively. Well done also to Isobel Reuber for bravely stepping up to run one of the night legs with no night orienteering experience whatsoever! Throughout the weekend the behaviour and attitude of all the juniors was superb.

Thank you to Anita, Pete M, Sylvia, Paul T and Amanda for chauffeuring and supporting and particular thanks to team captain Jacky for master minding another SYO victory. In 2018 the Peter Palmer relay is over the same weekend - venue to be confirmed. Any SYO junior from M/W12 upwards can take part so put the date in the diary!


British Orienteering Club Conference

This year’s Association and Club Conference will be held on Saturday 14th October 2017 in Leeds.  The theme is Competition and Events. The Conference will be preceeded by the Extraordinary General Meeting at 11am.

As this clashes with the British Schools Score, which SYO are hosting, we don't currently have a represenative attending. If you would be willing to attend on behalf of the club, please email Pauline by Sun 8th October. Travel expenses will be paid.


Lakes Coaching Day - Sat 10th Feb

The O Foundation are supporting a coaching day in the Southern Lakes. Coaching will be provided by Derek Allison and other experienced coaches and is open to both individuals and groups. The cost is £12 and exercises will be available from 10am to 3pm. There is the option of attending the LOC event at Black Beck on the Sunday so you can make a weekend of it. More details on the coaching day here.


Chelsea Park Festival Write up

Each year the Nether Edge Festival culminates at the Party in the Park. SYO put on free orienteering activities at this event to promote the sport and club. This year Oli and Jenny planned a short course through the park and constructed a tricky matrix. The orienteering was very popular with over 100 children having a go during the afternoon. Many thanks to the whole Johnson family, including Oli's mum and dad for organising and running this event.


UK Orienteering League

SYO remain 2nd in the table behind BOK after a good performance at the British Sprint and Middle Champs. OD are 3rd, less than 200 points behind. There are just 2 races remaining - the Southampton City Race and the Southern Champs and with few of our members travelling to these 2 events, will we manage to hold this position? In the individual league Peter Gorvett (M70)  now tops the table in joint first place on maximum points!. Three other SYO members feature in the top 50: Nick Barrable in 5th, Charlie Adams in 21st and Martin Ward in 32nd. Visit the UKOL website, here 



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Upcoming Events

Sat 7 Oct 1-3pm

Schools league & Newcomers
Meersbrook Park
More details

Wed 11 Oct 5:30 - 6.30pm

Evening Event & Social
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Sat 14 Oct 1.45pm

Public Score Event
Rother Valley
More details

Sun 22 Oct 1 1-1pm

Compass Sport Cup Final
Virtuous Lady, Devon
More details

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