SYO Newsletter 9th February 2018

Member News, Tankersley Event, Norfolk Park Event, CSC Heat, JK & British Relays, Interland, Club Night, Coaching, Whirlowbrook Hall event report, Ecclesall Night Event, YHOA Superleague, Planners Workshop, City Centre Score Report, Key Dates, Northern Champs Weekend 2019, YHOA Middle Champs report, T'shirt participation Update, 
SYO Newsletter - 9th February 2018

Member News

Happy New Year. A very warm welcome to new members Annabelle Maltby and Steve and John Dempsey


Tankersley Event - Sun 18th Feb

This is a national level event and part of the YHOA Superleague. Tankersley is one of SYO's best areas offering significant technical challenge to the experienced orienteer due to the  numerous bell pits and bomb craters and the myriad of paths. The full range of courses are available from white to black. Full details here.

If you are intending to come you are strongly advised to pre-enter as entry on the day will be limited. There is a £2 discount per person for entering in advance on fabian4 by 11th February.

We are still very short of helpers. If you are able to help please use the code sdas79 to receive a 50% discount when you enter. If you have entered already without using the code but you are able to help, please email Mark Chapman who will arrange a refund. Also contact Mark if you are able to help and aren't intending to run. 


Norfolk Park Event - Sat 10th Feb

This event will be the 5th event in the 2017 / 18 schools' and newcomers' series. Alongside the normal white to long orange courses, there will also be an urban course for over 16s. Full details here.

Registration is based inside the Centre in the Park. There are toilets and a fab cafe. Registration and starts are open 12:30 to 3:00 with courses closing 3:30pm. 

More volunteers would be very useful so that all our helpers can get out for a run. Please email Pauline if you can spare and hour or so. Remember all helpers get a free run at our Saturday events.


CSC Heat Canklow - Sun 11th March 

The Compass Sport Cup is the main orienteering inter-club competition encompassing all clubs throughout the UK. It takes the form of a heat and a final. SYO are hosting the heat for our region on Sunday 11th March at Canklow. More details here.

If you are able to run for the club, please email Tim by 11th February with your age class and dibber number (if you have one).

Helpers receive a 50% discount. Please email Paul Bradbury if you are able to help.

The easiest junior course included in the competition is an orange. Alongside the competition there are also yellow, white and light green courses available which you can enter on the day.


Relay entries - JK & British Champs

The JK is not too far away this year, on Cannock Chase near Stafford in the West Midlands. The Relays are on Easter Monday, 2nd April.  The adult fee is £16.66 and junior £5. There are different relay classes available from the highly competitive to the relaxed ad-hoc so everyone is welcome to run. The easiest children's relay course is a yellow and we will enter plenty of teams so those that are fairly new to orienteering are strongly encouraged to have a go.

The British Relays are up in Scotland, near Balmoral, on Sunday 20th May.  The adult fee is £15 and junior fee is £5. 

You must email Tim by 11th Feb if you would like to enter either of the relay events.


Northern Champs Weekend 2019

SYO are holding a super weekend of competition over the weekend of 9th / 10th March in 2019. Saturday 9th March is an urban race in Sheffield City Centre while Sunday 10th March is the Northern Championships in Wharncliffe. Both races will be part of the UK Orienteering League. 

Although the races are a long way off, we need to appoint our major officials, particularly the organiser and planner for the Northern Champsionships. Please email Pauline if you would like to volunteer your services.


Ecclesall Woods Night Event - Wed 28th Feb

Our next weekday evening event is at Ecclesall Woods on 28th Feb. Registration will be based at the Rising Sun pub on Abbey Lane with the start & finish just across the road. Starts are from 18:30 to 19:00 with courses closing at 20:00. There are 4 courses on offer - yellow, orange, short green & blue. Full details available here.

There will be a social afterwards in the pub. Please email Pauline by 12 noon on 27th Feb to reserve your map.



Well done to all the SYO members who have been selected to run for England at the Interland Competition in the Netherlands.

M14 - Euan Tryner, Sam Crawshaw & Max Mobus (travelling reserve)
M18 - Ryan Elliot (travelling reserve)
M40 - Nick Barrable, Oli Johnson
M50 - Charlie Adams, Martin Ward (reserve)
W21 - Cat Taylor
W50 - Lucy Wiegand


YHOA Middle Champs Report

The Yorkshire Middle Distance Champs were held by EPOC on Sunday 28th January at Storthes Hall. The event also served as a memorial for Alastair Tinto who sadly passed away last August. Alastair made a huge contribution to orienteering throughout the region so this was a fitting way to remember him. EPOC had arranged a wonderful indoor assembly area incorporting a bar and restaurant. Alastair's wife presented the prizes and there were a wonderful selection of photos of Alastair on display.

SYO scooped over 30 podium positions, doing particularly well in the junior classes. Visit the SYO website for the full list of winners and photos from the prize giving.


YHOA Superleague

The YHOA Superleague incorporates the best Yorkshire orienteering events over the calendar year. Prizes are awarded to the top 3 in each age class. Your best 5 scores count. The flyer detailing the races now appears on the SYO website, here.


Coaching & Training - Blacka Moor

More than 50 brave souls braved the wintery conditions last Saturday to attend the coaching session up on Blacka Moor. Whilst it was raining down in Sheffield, up on Blacka it was full on snow. Hopefully most people enjoyed the physical and technical challenge! Many thanks to Amanda, Colin, Ian, Pete, Steve, Clive, Pauline, Nigel and Jacky for your coaching and control hanging expertise.

The next coaching session is on 17th March at Tankersley.


Club night

Our weekly club night continues on Wednesdays 7-8.30pm from High Storrs School. Once per month it incorporates the SYO evening event. The session is split into 45 minutes of technical training and 45 minutes of physical training. Last week we practised long route choice legs in Whiteley Woods and then did strength circuits inside. Next week the physcial part will be intervals outside and the technical side will continue the route choice theme using a variety of gym based map activities. Please email Pauline if you would like more information or would like to come along.



Many thanks to all the people who have agreed to fulfil the major official roles. There are a couple of large events that still need volunteers and the normal array of Saturday and weekday evening events up for grabs! The Saturday or evening events are ideal for first timers. Please email Pauline if you can help. 

Sun 8th July - City Centre Urban Event - planner, controller & organiser
Thurs 23rd Aug - Sprint Evening Event, The Edge - planner
Sat 8th Sept - Newcomers Series, Endcliffe & Bingham - planner
Sun 23rd Sept - Olympic Legacy Park Urban Event - planner or controller & organiser
Sun 11th Nov - Treeton Regional Event - planner & organiser


T'shirt participation update

Members are awarded points for participating or volunteering at SYO events and a free t'shirt will be presented to those amassing 20 points. The current leaders are:

Anna T - 11
Pauline T - 11
Mark D - 10
Imogen P - 10
Conrad R - 10
Alex E - 9
Ryan E - 9
Isabelle Ho - 9
Susan G - 9
Joseph G - 9

If you would like to see how many you points you have, click here.


Rivelin Event Report

SYO's first event of 2018 was held up at Rivelin on the second Sunday in January. The biting wind did little to put peope off and there was a good turn out from club members and orienteers from further afield. Rivelin is a physically challenging area and, despite shorter than normal courses, times were long. Courses were interesting and avoided the worst of the brambles. A huge thank you to everyone who helped in very cold conditions especially planner Charles Hird, organiser Melinda Riley, SI manager Tim Tett and controller Lucy Wiegand.


Whirlow Event Report

Despite the very cold, snowy day we still amassed 263 runs. Whirlowbrook Hall provided a wonderful registration venue again and the fabulous refreshments provided by the catering team were enjoyed by many.

Overall league positions after 4 events are now on the schools league page. In a results shock, High Storrs were knocked off the top spot in the secondary league for the first time ever by Notre Dame. 

Many thanks to the army of volunteers and particularly Colin Best for planning and Pete & Pauline Tryner for organising.


City Centre Score & Maprun debut

More than 65 people braved the wet, cold conditions to take part in the Sheffield City Centre score event. The Old Queen's Head (oldest building in Sheffield!) provided an excellent registration venue. The controls were postboxes - who knew there were still so many? - and participants had 45 minutes to visit as many as they could.

Many people tried the Maprun app on their mobile phones, which uses GPS to record the controls you visit. This was generally successful though some of the GPS tracks were thrown off by the tall city centre buildings. Whilst it won't replace traditional SI controls, it is certainly a good alternative for low key events as there is no need to put out controls. We are intending to use it again at the Outdoor City Weekender on the 10th March.

Many thanks to Colin Best for planning and Pete Tryner for getting the technology up and running!


Planners Workshop

13 members, including 5 of our older juniors, attended the planners workshop last week to find out more about being a good planner. We looked at how to plan for the technical difficulties of different courses, what constitutes a good leg and the pitfalls to avoid. Many thanks to Pete Tryner and Charlie Adams for running the workshop.



SYO have a group set up on Strava so members can compare their training activities. Join here. 


Upcoming Orienteering Fixtures Weekly Email

It is possible to get a weekly or monthly email detailing future local fixtures from Oevents.

Using this link you can select frequency and choose whether to register as being in YHOA (getting nearby Regionals and Nationals plus Major events).  If you register as a member of SYO you get the local events for “neighbouring clubs”.  Neighbouring clubs are currently defined as EPOC, HALO, DVO and MDOC.  Peter Gorvett requested this set to try to provide the best option for all SYO members.  It has already been suggested to add NOC, but he will wait for more feedback before changing it.  (Obviously more clubs mean it might be less easy to spot the events relevant to you).  Please feel free to try it and email Peter with your thoughts. 



Facebook is increasingly being used as a marketing and advertising tool and SYO are keen to use it for publicising events. We also regularly report on events and celebrate members' achievements. Please like our page and join the SYO group. The more likes we get on our posts, the more people see our page, so please try to engage regularly.

Upcoming Events

Sat 10th Feb, 12.30pm

SYO Newcomer Series
Norfolk Park
More details


Sun 11th Feb, 10.30am

NOC Regional Event
Bestwood, Mansfield
More details


Sun 18 Feb, 10.30am

SYO National Event
More details


Sun 25 Feb, 10.30am

EBOR Regional Event
Bishopwood North, Selby
More details


Wed 28 Feb, 6.30pm

SYO Night Event
Ecclesall Woods
More details

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