SYO Newsletter 7th November

Member News, Redmires, Saturday Afternoon Events, Botanical Gardens, Coaching, Club Night, Ecclesall Weekend, T'shirt promotion, Key Officals, First Aid, Controllers Course, Campsall Give it a Go Event, Club Champs, BSSC Event Report, Loxley Event Report, CSC Write Up, UKOL. 
SYO Newsletter - 7th November 2017

Member News

A very warm welcome to new members Robyn Stanyon, Anna Todd and Rebekah Huggins.

Redmires Night Event - Wed 8th Nov

Wednesday 8th November sees SYO's first night event of the year at Redmires. There are courses to suit all abilities: yellow, orange, short green and blue. Juniors are very welcome but inexperienced children must be shadowed. Starts are from 6.30-7pm. A post event social will be held from 7.30pm at The Three Merry Lads. More details here.

SYO Saturday afternoon events

The second event of the series was even more successful than the first held at Endcliffe Park with more than 430 runs, despite being at the new location of Meersbrook Park. Many thanks to everyone who helped particularly the planning team of Seb & Max Mobus and Beverley Inkson.

Our Saturday event series is the envy of many clubs around the country. We provide a great range of courses catering for the youngest juniors through to newcomer adults, whilst also providing a course to challenge the experienced orienteer. It is wonderful to see so many people taking up and enjoying orienteering. To enable the series to continue to flourish we still desperately need people to step forward to plan the February, March, April and May league events. Planning the events themselves is normally a straight forward process as it is generally just a case of making some adjustments to courses from previous years and checking the control sites, before ensuring the controls are put out on the day. Please email Pauline if you can help.

Botanical Gardens - Sat 11th Nov

The third event in the schools' league and newcomer series is this Saturday in the lovely Autumnal Botanical Gardens. In addition to the normal white to long orange courses in the gardens, there is also a sprint with a secret twist and an urban course for over 16s which extends into the intricate Edge Campus. Starts are 1-3pm (12.30-2.30pm for adults). More details here. If you don't normally come along to our Saturday afternoon events, why give this one a try.....

We are expecting it to be incredibly busy. If you are able to help please email Pauline.

The Ecclesall Weekend - 25th / 26th Nov

SYO have a fab weekend of events lined up at Ecclesall Woods over the weekend of the 25th and 26th November. On Saturday 25th there is a night event with courses suitable for all abilities, although inexperienced juniors should be shadowed. Starts are from 5.30-7pm. The night is followed by a regional event on the Sunday with the full range of colour coded courses from white through to brown. Starts are from 10.30am to 12.30pm. 

A number of helpers will be required to deliver this weekend of events. Please email Lucy to volunteer your services and receive a 50% discount on your entry fee.

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.

Sun 14th Jan - Rivelin Regional Event - organiser urgently required
Wed 31st Jan - City Centre Score Local Evening Event - planner
Sun 29th Apr - West Haigh & Howell Woods Regional Event - organiser
Sun 10th June - Sandall Beat Regional Event - controller
Sun 23rd Sept - Gleadless Regional Urban Event - planner, controller & organiser

Club Night

Club night continues to be popular with around 50 people attending each week. A new 7 week block runs from Wednesday 8th November through to Wednesday 20th December.

This week club night takes place at the Redmires Night Event. Subsequent weeks are based at High Storrs School from 7-8.30pm. The cost is £3 per session or £15.75 for payment in advance for the whole 7 week block. Entry to the night event is included in the block payment.

Club night is suitable for both experienced orienteers and newcomers. You can sign up for the whole block or just come along when a session appeals. 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. Please email Pauline if you would like to attend.

Free T'shirt participation scheme

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Our new participation scheme is now up and running. The aim is 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. If you volunteer at an event but don't compete you will still be awarded your point. Several club members have already earned 3 points towards their T'shirts since the scheme began in October.

Club Training & 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 Wheata Woods on 8th October. The older children and adults completed a varirty of exercises which practised compass bearings, attack points, dealing with unmapped / indistinct paths and long legs, 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, Jacky Dakin and Pete Tryner for putting on a great session.

The next coaching session is at 1pm on Sunday 18th November at Graves Park. If you would like to attend please email Pauline. Coaching is free to club members.

Club Champs, AGM & Awards - Sat 2nd Dec

Our annual club champs will be held on Saturday 2nd December at Whirlowbrook Hall. The format is a mass start 45/60 minute score event with a secret twist. Runners are handicapped to allow newcomers to compete against British Champions. There is also a yellow course for younger juniors. The event will be followed by lunch at HSBC, a brief AGM and our annual awards ceremony. Full details of costs, menu etc will be available shortly.

Campsall Free Orienteering Event - Sun 12 Nov

Come along to a free orienteering event on Sunday afternoon at Campsall Country Park near Doncaster. There are 3 courses on offer - white, yellow and orange. For non-orienteers, there are some lovely lakes to wander around with great birdwatching opportunities and a good children's playground. More details here.

Controllers Course

YHOA is planning a controllers course in 2018,  most likely a Saturday in Sept/Oct in Ilkley run by Tony Thornley. If anyone is interested in becoming a controller or upgrading from level C to level B, can they email Peter Gorvett by 26th November. 

First Aid Qualifications

At all of our events and coaching sessions we are required to have qualified first aiders.We will be running an outdoor first aid course in January. If you would like a place on the course or if you have a current first aid qualification and are happy to be named first aider at an event, please email Pauline.

British Schools Score Report

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On Saturday 14th October SYO hosted the British Schools Score Champs in Rother Valley Park. Over 400 pupils took part in the competition from as far a field as Torquay and Scotland. Peter Guillaume organised a wonderful arena with lovely views over the lake and the sun shone thoughout the day. The score course was surprisingly challenging and whilst individual control sites were not technically difficult, planning the best route between the controls demanded considerable skill.

Unsurprisinly given the location, Sheffield schools did incredibly well. Many SYO members also enjoyed individual podium success. Well done to Ella Baxter (2nd Y5G), Sofia Stephenson & Lotte Sykes (3rd Y5G), Robbie Lightfoot (1st Y5B), Freya Tryner (1st Y6G), Lotte Sykes (3rd Y6G), Samuel Taylor (3rd Y6B), Imogen Pieters (2nd Y7G), Conrad Reuber (3rd Y7B), Euan Tryner (1st Y8B) and Phoebe Mead (1st Y9G).

Many parents and teachers commented on what a superb competition it was and it was clear to see that the juniors all enjoyed it. Thank you to organiser Peter Guillaume, planner Charlie Adams and entries secretary Emily Pieters for putting on such a fantastic event.

Loxley Evening Event Report

There was a good turn out at Loxley on the 11th October despite the damp and gloomy conditions. Well over half of the participants were juniors which is great to see at a midweek evening event. Loxley is one of SYO's more technical areas and this combined with the fading light and late summer undergrowth made for some challenging courses. Well done to everyone who completed their course! Thank you to Laura for planning and organising her first event complete with baby Evie in tow!

Compass Sport Cup Report

Forty eight members made the very long journey to Virtuous Lady in Devon for the final of this year’s Compass Sport Cup final and were rewarded with an excellent 3rd place.

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Due to the epic distance involved SYO subsidised the cost of the coach. Most of the team took advantage of this and signed up to “Jacky’s Coach Tours”. The initial plan was to get some training in on the way down on the Saturday at an event in the Quantocks but unfortunately the fast approaching Storm Brian led to its cancellation at the last minute. Every cloud has a silver lining though and this meant a departure time 3 hours later at a very reasonable 10am. Following a leisurely drive down we eventually arrived at the youth hostel in Okehampton in the late afternoon and despite the torrential rain and gale force winds a few hardy souls went for a run / walk on Dartmoor before it got dark.  A delicious 3 course meal (leek & stilton soup, roast beef and sticky toffee pudding) was served at 7pm and everyone agreed that it was far superior to any other youth hostel meal ever sampled. Some of the childfree amongst the team then adjourned to the pub while the rest relaxed at the hostel.

The following morning saw the team up bright and early for an 8.30am departure. By 9.30am we were parked in our fab parking spot adjacent to the arena where we could smugly watch people traipsing across the moor from the main parking area – it’s not often the coaches get the superior parking arrangements! There was a certain reluctance from much of the team to leave the warm, cosy coach so we instructed the juniors to put the SYO tent up whilst the rest of us stayed put! However, it was eventually deemed necessary to move and we joined the juniors in the tent where face painting in team colours was in full swing (even the SYO chair was spotted sporting the SYO logo on his cheek!)

The assembly field offered a lovely vista over the area and the spectator control meant we could cheer on fellow team mates as they entered the final loop of their courses. The weather remained reasonably bright for most of the day and the courses were surprisingly tricky with plenty of headless chickens on view in the areas of gorse and plentiful paths. Like last year, SYO’s main competitors were BOK and FVO. Whilst we fielded a very similar sized team to FVO, BOK had almost double the amount of runners and as a result they swept away with the competition scoring 2363 points to take the cup, which they last won in 2013. SYO scored 2296 finishing in third behind FVO on 2324 but surprisingly this was actually closer than the result last year when we were on home turf. This is very encouraging for the future as we were actually without a lot of our top runners and just shows how well the club is developing in strength and depth.

Congratulations to everyone who competed. It really was a stirling team effort with those who didn’t score contributing by pushing down the scores of others. Well done in particular to those who did score: Nick B, Bill E, Martin, Peter G, Euan, Alex E, Lucy, Isobel R, Sam C, Colin S, Dom, Nic, Pete T, Ian, Freya, Pauline T, Ryan, Clive, Henry, Isabelle H, Amanda, Bill H, Paul B, Tony and Tim W. Fabulous to see the strength of our juniors and also great to see lots of people scoring for the first time at a compass sport cup competition.

The coach journey home was long but far more relaxing than driving and we passed the time by eating our prize winning chocolates. We were also treated to a surprisingly tuneful sing song by the juniors from the back of the bus!

Many thanks to Nick B for sponsoring the competition, Jacky for organising the coach and booking the hostel and Tim T for co-ordinating the entries. Next year we are hosting the heat at Canklow on 11th March and the final is at Beaudesert in the West Midlands on 21st October 2018. Please put the dates in your diaries; with the all our best runners out we really could lift the cup again!

UK Orienteering League

In a repeat of the 2016 results, SYO take 2nd place behind BOK and ahead of OD in the 2017 UK Orienteering League.  In the individual league Peter Gorvett (M70) tops the table in joint first place on maximum points with Nick Barrable finishing in 5th. In the individual class leagues other meritable results are a win for Amanda Crawshaw on W45 ahead of Jenny Peel in 3rd, Pippa Dakin 3rd on W20 and Charlie Adams 2nd in M50 just 3 points ahead of Martin Ward in 3rd. Visit the UKOL website, here


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Upcoming Events

Wed 8th Nov 6.30-7pm

Evening Event & Social
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Sat 11th Nov, 1-3pm

Schools and Local 
Botanical Gardens
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Sun 12 Nov, 1-3pm

Free Give it a Go
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Sat 25 Nov, 5.30-7pm

Regional Night Event
Ecclesall Woods
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Sun 26 Nov, 10.30-12:30

Regional Event
Ecclesall Woods
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