SYO Newsletter 13th June 2018

Member News, Graves Park Event, Hesley Wood Event, Cliffhanger, prize giving & city race, Club Night, Coaching, Superleague, Selection news, WOD Event, Sandall Beat Event Report, T'shirt participation Update, Upcoming Dates, WOD Report, YBT report.
SYO Newsletter - 14th June 2018

Member News

Has anyone picked up a black plastic covered clipboard (probably from the club night in Endcliffe Park)? Please let me (Pauline) know if you have it? There will be some paperwork inside it.


Graves Park Event - Sat 16th June

This event is the last event in the 2017 / 18 schools' and newcomers' series.  Alongside the normal white to long orange courses, there will also be a short green, green & blue course, so plenty to keep experienced orienteers busy. 

We will be based outside the cafe as usual but due to a Pretty Muddy race we are slightly later than usual. Registration will open at 1.45pm with starts from 2-4pm. Please use the Pretty Muddy event parking (by the pavillions) on Hemsworth Road. Full details here.

As usual volunteers are required. Please email Pauline if you can spare an hour or so. Remember all helpers get a free run at our Saturday events.


Hesley Wood Event & BBQ - Wed 27th June

SYO will be holding a summer's evening event at Hesley Scout Camp on Wed 27th June. Starts are 6-7pm with a choice of 4 courses - yellow, orange, short green & green. More details here.

From 6.45pm please feel free to join us for a BBQ at the scout camp. 

Please pre-order your food by 9pm on Friday 22nd June. Choice of:
- Beef or cheeseburger
- hotdog
- portabella mushroom in a bun (vegan option).

The burgers and pork sausages will be freshly handmade by Jacky's local butcher. Both are 4oz. Sauces and onion will also be provided. Cost = £1.50 each.

You are welcome to bring your own food to BBQ plus beverages. The scout shop will also be open selling cold soft drinks, sweets and ice-cream from 6.30-7.30pm.

Email Pauline with your map & food orders by Friday 22nd June.


Cliffhanger, Prize giving & City Race - 7/8 July

The Cliffhanger outdoor festival returns to Sheffield city centre over the weekend of 7th / 8th July. SYO will be running a free orienteering maze in Devonshire Green on the Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Please email Jacky if you can help for a short stint on the maze.

The prize giving for the 2017/18 schools' league will be held at Cliffhanger on Saturday afternoon at 2pm. Attendees will be able to have a go at the free maze. There will be prizes for the first 3 boys & girls in each age class, the first 3 year group teams in each class and the first 3 schools in the primary and secondary categories. There are also prizes for children that have attended all 9 events and certificates for those that have completed 5 events.

On Sunday 8th July SYO are holding an urban race from Devonshire Green. The event is part of the UK urban league and will have the full range of courses from white to black catering for experienced orienteers and newcomers alike. More info here. Volunteers receive a 50% discount on their entry fee, please email Aislinn if you can help.


Selection news

A number of SYO juniors have been selected to join the JROS summer training tours. Well done to Max, Sam & Euan for selection to Lagganlia which is for 2nd year M/W14s. Congratulations also to Dom, who has been selected for the Stockholm tour (for 2nd year 16s and 1st year 18s) and Ryan who has been selected for the Gothenberg tour for 2nd year 18s and 1st year 20s).

Congratulations also to William and Isabelle H who have been made full members of the YHJS squad and to James, Ben T and Sam D who have been invited to the squad as associate members.


Club night

SYO's club night is now 1 year old. 150 different people have attended the sessions over the past 12 months with an average of around 50 participants per week. Funding was received from Sport England for the first year but SYO has decided to continue the sessions for the forthcoming year.

Club night takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6.45-8.15pm at various locations during the summer. Once per month it incorporates the SYO evening event. The session is split roughly into 45 minutes of technical training and 45 minutes of physical training. Forthcoming sessions are:

Wed 20th June - Ecclesall Woods
Wed 27th June - Hesley Wood Evening Event
Wed 4th July - Bole Hills
Wed 11th July - Millhouses
Wed 18th July - Whirlowbrook Hall

The session on the 4th July will be run by GB orienteer Cat Taylor

Sessions are suitable for beginners, improvers and experienced orienteers and cost £3. Two groups operate - adult group (including juniors 12+) and the junior group (8-11). Please email Pauline if you would like more information or would like to come along. Why not give it a try?



SYO's final coaching session before the summer break will be held at West Haigh & New Mills near Grimethorpe on Sunday 15th July from 11am to 12.30pm - note different times / day to normal. A number of different groups operate catering for all abilities. Please email Pauline if you would like to attend. 


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.

Anna is the first club member to gain her 20 t'shirt and it was presented to her at the Millhouses event. She is now busy amassing points towards her 50 t'shirt! 

The current t'shirt leader board (as of the 31st May) is:

Anna - 21
Pauline T - 19
Joseph G - 19
Conrad - 19
Alex E - 18
Freddie - 18
Ryan E - 18
Jacky D - 18
Colin B - 17
Alexandra - 17
Robbie - 17
Pete T - 17
Imogen - 17

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


Dates for the diary

YBT Final , Redditch - 1st July - Final of the annual junior inter-club competition.

SYO BBQ & urban event - Sat 21st July - Fun race in the vicinity of the Ponderosa followed by a BBQ at Tim Tett's house. All members very welcome. 

Lakes 5 day - 29th July to 3rd August. Entry closing date 30/6/18 - multi-day orienteering competition on good quality terrain.

White Rose, N Yorkshire - 24th to 27th August. Next entry closing date 22/7/18. Fun social weekend with camping on-site and a wide range of different O races. 

British Sprint Champs, Bath University - Sat 1st September - Next closing date 15/7/18

British Middle Champs, Stockhill near Wells - Sun 2nd Sept - Next closing date 15/7/18

Peter Palmer Relays, Sheffield - Sun 9th Sept. Fun, sociable overnight relay for juniors M/W12 & above. Entries and info via Pauline

Compass Sport Cup Final, Stafford - 21st October. Final of the national inter-club competition. Can we beat our 3rd position from last year? Entry info to follow.

SYO Club Champs, Awards & Lunch, Ecclesall Woods - Sat 8th Dec. Fun event followed by social with presentations. 


YHOA Superleague

The Yorkshire superleague is the primary orienteering league for our region. There are 9 superleague events - your best 5 scores count. Prizes are awarded to the 1st 3 competitors in each age class. After 4 events SYO members in podium positions are:

M10 1st Robbie, 2nd Joseph, 3rd Maxwell
M12 1st Conrad, 2nd John Joe
M14 1st Euan, 2nd Sam C, 3rd Jamie
M16 2nd Sam D
M18 1st Ryan, 2nd Dom
M40 2nd Simon H, 3rd Kris
M45 2nd Charlie E
M50 2nd Martin
M60 1st Paul B
M70 3rd Ian C
W10 1st Anna
W12 1st Freya, 2nd Isabelle G
W14 1st Imogen, 3rd Alex C
W16 1st Alex E, 3rd Isobel R
W40 1st Susan
W45 3rd Jenny L
W60 1st Marcia

The next superleague event is an EBOR event at White Horse on 17th June.


SYO sail through to YBT final

Sunday 13th May saw 58 SYO juniors and their families travel to the Yorkshire and Humberside heat of the Yvette Baker Trophy. The heat was hosted by EPOC who chose a fabulous venue in Oakwood Country Park. Aside from their courses, all the juniors enjoyed the free maze O, glorious sunshine, the chance to socialise and of course the very popular ice-cream van.

SYO had juniors competing across all the courses and on yellow we had an amazing 30 runners! Well done to all the juniors that took part - you all play an important part in pushing down the scores of other runners. Congratulations to the scorers: 

Yellow Boys - John Joe (100) & Caspar (99)
Yellow Girls - Anna (100) & Charlotte (99)
Orange Girls - Freya (100) 
Orange Boys - Conrad (100) & James (99)
Light Green Girls - Imogen (100)
Light Green Boys - Max (100), Sam C (99)
Green Girls - Alex E (99)
Green Boys - Dom (100), Euan (99)

Thank you to the parents for getting all the juniors there and Jacky for doing a super job as team captain.

The final is on Sunday 1st July in Redditch where SYO are hoping to retain their title. There are 59 juniors currently signed up to take part and we will be travelling in convoy by coach and car. If you haven't signed up yet and would like to run on behalf of the club, please email Jacky asap. There is also a white course for younger siblings and a green course for accompanying adults.


Yorkshire Schools Champs Report

SYO hosted the Yorkshire Schools Champs on Sunday 10th June at Sandall Beat. A regional event was also held alongside the schools champs. The sunshine, grassy assembly area, adjacent parking, nearby start & finish and SYO refreshment stall all made for a really lovely event for competitors and spectators alike. Participants particularly enjoyed the fast sprint style courses through the runnable woodland.

Well done to all the SYO juniors who were awarded medals, particularly those that had their first taste of podium success.

Y4 Girls: 1st Ella, 2nd Alice, 3rd Molly
Y4 Boys: 2nd Rory, 3rd Will P
Y5 Girls: 1st Anna, 2nd Sofia, 3rd Margaux
Y5 Boys: 1st Robbie, 3rd Toby
Y6 Girls: 1st Freya, 2nd Ciara, 3rd Ruth
Y6 Boys: 1st James, 2nd Evan, 3rd John Joe
Y7 Boys: 1st Ben T
Y7 Girls: 1st Imogen
Y8 Girls: 2nd Alex C, 3rd Carys
Y8 Boys: 1st Euan, 2nd Matthew, 3rd Dylan
Y9 Boys: 1st Max, 2nd Sam C
Y10 Girls: 1st Isobel
Y10 Boys: 1st Sam D
Y11 Boys: 1st Dom

Hunters Bar Junior School won the primary prize, whilst the secondary competition was won by High Storrs. Many thanks to everyone who helped on the day particularly Amanda for organising, Paul for planning, Ian for controlling, Jacky for refresments and Petes G & T for doing the SI. 


WOD Event Report

SYO celebrated World Orienteering day on Loxley Common in gorgeous sunshine. There were a choice of 5 courses (yellow, orange, short green, green and a 6.7km blue) which attracted a wide range of participants from complete newcomers to British Orienteering squad members and even Peter Hart, Chief Executive of British Orienteering, who successfully completed the short green course.

Colin Drury planned some great courses which people really enjoyed, although many found the vegetation (which had gone ballistic in the last couple of weeks prior to the event) a challenge! In Colin's absence on the day, we had a team of control hangers & collectors - thank you Emily, Alice, Euan, Imogen, Pete T, Simon H, Ricky & Colin L. Many hands make light work and it meant I made it to the Admiral Nelson in time for last food orders.



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Upcoming Events

Sat 16th June, 2pm

SYO Saturday Series
More details


Sun 17th May, 10.30am

EBOR Superleague
White Horse
More details


DVO Regional
Stanton Moor
more details


23 / 24 June

HALO / LOG  - 3 races
Sea, Sand & Spires weekend
More details


Wed 27 June, 6pm

SYO Evening Event
Hesley Wood
More details


Sun 1 July, 10.30am

EPOC Urban Event
More details

or YBT final, Redditch.

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