SYO Newsletter 3 May

Member News, Canklow & the Yorkshire Schools Champs, WOD, JK Report , Club Night, T'shirt Update, Coaching. YBT report, Planner Required, Club BBQ, Saturday Series 8, SYO kit, Club of the Year, SYO club Champs, Wheata Woods Report, WSOC update.
SYO Newsletter - 3 May 2019

Member News

A very warm welcome to new members Becky Ball and Linda Cairns.

Good luck to all our members competing in the British Champs this weekend.


Canklow inc. Yorkshire Schools Champs

Our next regional event is at Canklow, Rotherham on Sunday 12th May. The area is an interesting mix of deciduous woodland and rough open with intricate contours to challenge the experienced orienteer and a good path network to cater for newcomers and younger juniors. There are a full range of courses available from white to brown. Full details here.

The event will also incorporate this year's Yorkshire Schools Champs. Prizes will be presented to the 1st 3 boys and girls in the following categories: Y3/4, Y5, Y6, Y7, Y8/9, Y10/11 & Y12/13. There will also be prizes for the 1st 3 primary schools and the 1st 3 secondary schools. Any child who attends a Yorkshire school is eligible to take part. Home schooled children resident in Yorkshire can also compete. Pairs are allowed on the white & yellow courses.

As usual we require volunteers to make the event happen. Please email organiser Paul Bradbury if you can help for a couple of hours.


WOD - Bolehills - Wed 15 May

SYO are holding an evening & social event in celebration of World Orienteering Day at the Bolehill Recreation Ground in Crookes. More details here.

A great range of colour coded courses have been planned - white, yellow, orange, light green, green and blue. Longer courses venture along the Rivelin Valley.

This event is ideal for newcomers and as it is World Orienteering Day we would like to encourage club members to bring along a friend to give it a go. If any juniors are members of cubs, brownies, scouts etc and they meet on a Wednesday night, why not encourage the pack to come along? 

Some control hangers and collectors are required. Please let email Pauline if you can help.

The event will be followed by a social at The Old Grindstone in Crookes (venue TBC!)

Please email Pauline to pre-order your map by Monday 13th May and let me know if you're planning to eat at the pub.



A new kit order will be placed on Wednesday 8th May. Sizes range from age 6/7 to 12/13 in the children's tops and XS to 3XL in the adults' sizes. Please email Pauline by Tuesday 7th May if you would like to order anything.

Child hoody - £19
Adult hoody - £22
Child standard top - £23
Adult standard top - £28
Adult mesh top - £25
Adult vest - £18
Child jacket - £29
Adult jacket - £36
Buff - £6


Planner urgently required - Sat Series 9

We are in urgent need of a planner for the last Saturday Series event of the year at Graves Park on 29th June as unfortunately the current planner has had to pull out. Please email Lynden if you could come to the rescue.


Wingfield Urban - Sun 2nd June

Join us for a fantastic urban race on a brand new SYO area with the full range of colour coded courses. The event centre is based at Rockingham Junior School in Rotherham and there will be a easy kids' course within the school grounds alongside the normal urban courses. 

Offers of help to Amanda please.


Club of the Year 2018

South Yorkshire Orienteers have been awarded Club of the Year 2018 by British Orienteering for our outstanding work in the development of the sport and the provision of orienteering activities, coaching, club nights and events. Chairman, Martin Ward, was delighted to receive the award on behalf of the club at the British Orienteering AGM and thanked all those involved in supporting the club's development activities.


Club Night

SYO's Wednesday club nights have now moved outside for the summer. Sessions run from 19.00 to 20.30 and comprise of 45 minutes of physical training and 45 minutes of technical training. It is suitable for all ages and abilities from age 8. Once per month club night takes place at the SYO evening event. The primary age group is currently full although priority is given to club members so please email Pauline if you are interested in joining. Sessions cost £3 or you can pay for a block and receive a 25% discount. 

8 May - Little Matlock Wood
15 May - World Orienteering Day event - Bole Hills
22 May - Chelsea Park & Brincliffe Edge
No cub night - half term
5 June - Ecclesall Woods
12 June - Whirlowbrook Hall
19 June - Hesley Wood Event
26 June - Weston Park & the University
3 July - Graves Park
10 July - Ponderosa
17 July - Redmires



Our next coaching and training session is at Sandall Beat, Doncaster on Sunday 9th June 1-2.30pm. More details here.

Experienced orienteers will enjoy the runability of the woodland and the navigational challenge of the intricately mapped vegetation while newcomers and younger juniors are well catered for with the extensive path and ditch network. Sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Parents who wish to accompany their children on the activities are encouraged or alternatively are very welcome to join the adults' group and have a go themselves. Children under 8 and those who can’t complete a white course on their own must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Cost is £3 per session to non-members, free to club members.


T'shirt Update

Members are awarded points for participating or volunteering at SYO events and a free t-shirt is presented to those amassing 20 points. Well done to the latest members to be awarded their 20 T'shirt as of the 2nd March:

Jake Ashpole
Kim Baxter
Nathan Peel
Robyn Stanyon

We are currently a couple of months behind with the Ponderosa, Northern Champs, Fat Cat, Wheata Woods and Shirebrook events all still to be added. As soon as the British Champs is over and done with our T'shirt guru Peter will update the lists and we'll get the t'shirts out to those that are due them.


Club BBQ & fun race - Sun 14 July

The annual club BBQ will this year be held before the start of the school holidays on Sunday 14th July. It will take the form of orienteering on the Edge Campus and surrounding streets followed by a BBQ at the Pieters' house. Timings and full details to be confirmed.


SYO Club Champs & Awards - save the date

The SYO Club Champs will held on Saturday 7th December on Blacka Moor. It will be followed by the annual Indian Christmas buffet lunch, AGM and award presentations. Please put the date in your diary.


Saturday Series 8 - Parkwood Springs 

Our next Saturday Series event, incorporating the SFSS schools' league, is at Parkwood Springs on 8th June. There are 6 different courses (white to blue) to choose from catering for young juniors, runners, newcomers and experienced orienteers. The green and blue courses will be a mix of woodland, urban and heath.

Registration will be from 12.30 until 3pm. Courses close 3.30pm promptly so please start allowing yourself enough time to complete the course. There will be a refeshment stand offering hot drinks and cakes.

As usual we really need volunteers. Please email Pauline asap if you can spare an hour or so - helpers get a free run at this event. If you have any job preferences /dislikes let us know.


JK Report

Well what a weekend the JK 2019 was. No-one will forget the gorgeous sunshine, good areas, great maps, interesting courses, super organisation, lovely socialising and fabulous assembly areas. Sadly though, for many, the overriding memory will be the great results fiasco! On a positive note though, the (more or less) finalised results have now been published so at last we can celebrate the successes of the 100 plus SYO members who competed over the Easter weekend.

The weekend began at Aldershot Barracks on Good Friday with the JK sprint. Eight SYO members achieved a well-earned podium finish. Well done to JK sprint champions Ella (W10) and Peter G (M70). Congratulations also to silver medallists Rachael (W35), Kim (W40), Anna (W12) and Lawrence (M10) and bronze medallists Judy (W65) and Alice (W10).

The main JK results are determined by combining times for day 2 and 3 so our podium finishers had to race superbly over both days. Congratulations to our four overall JK Champions Charlie (M55L), Kim (W40L), Peter G (M70L) and Charlotte (W10A). Well done also to our silver medallists Lawrence (M10A), Bill E (M50L), Tim T (M55L), Rachael (W35L), James B (M12A) and Freya (W12A) and our bronze medallist Lucy (W50L). Mo also had a good weekend, winning W45S, as did Stanley who won M10B age only 7!

Easter Monday saw the turn of the relays at Minley. Well done to all our relay teams that achieved a podium place:

1st Mini Relay – SYO Mini Bees – Oscar, Ella & Charlotte
1st Junior Relay – SYO Beestrong – Will G, Alice & Sam T
1st Senior Women – SYO Beewitched – Rachael, Amanda & Kim
1st Senior Men – SYO Bee Stings – Andy, Nick & Oli
2nd Women’s Trophy – SYO Honey Bees – Mary, Pippa & Cat
2nd Mini Relay - SYO Busy Bees – Robbie, Anna & James
3rd Intermediate Men – SYO Bee Awesome – Max, Sam C & Euan

Check out the full report and photos on the SYO website.


WSOC Update

Twelve SYO juniors have been representing their country this week at the World Schools Orienteering Championships. Dom, Isabelle, Alex E, Sam C, Alex C, Imogen, Max, Euan, Alfie, Jamie, Dylan & Olmo have all performed incredibly over the 2 main days of competition.

Result highlights are Imogen's 10th & 11th places in the middle and the long, Sam C's 16th place in the middle, Max's 15th place in the long and Jamie's 19th place in the long. However particular congratulations must go to Max for his 6th place podium finish in the M2 select class in the middle distance race and to Euan for his two gold medal wins in the M2 Schools Category.

In the team competition High Storrs (Euan, Jamie, Dylan, Olmo and Alfie) cam 7th in the younger boys Schools class, the England Select younger boys team (Max & Sam plus 3 others) came 5th, the England Select younger girls team (Imogen & Alex C plus 3 others) came 6th and the older girls select team came 10th (Isabelle & Alex E plus 3 others.  However the best result went to the Older boys select team (Dom plus 4 others) who won!

The juniors still have the friendship relay to go where they team up with competitors from other nations before returning to the UK on Sunday in time for the British Relays!

SYO Juniors Sail through to YBT Final

Well done to the 50 SYO juniors who took part in the heat of the Yvette Baker Trophy last Sunday. The competition was hosted by HALO at Mausoleum Woods near Grimsby. The runnable terrain and good path network suited our runners well and we scored the maximum points possible - 899! Congratulations to our scorers:

Euan - Green Boys - 100
Isabelle - Green Girls - 100
Matthew - Light Green Boys - 100
Alex C - Light Green Girls - 100
Ben T - Orange Boys - 100
Anna - Orange Girls - 100
Caspar - Yellow Boys - 100
Charlotte - Yellow Girls - 100

The 9th counter scored 99 points and was one of Will G, Freya, Conrad, Ciara, Oscar, Ella & Rafferty who all came 2nd in their classes.

Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to Jacky for her fabulous captaincy of the team. The final is on 7th July at Sandringham in Norfolk - please put the date in your diary.


Wheata Woods Event Report

Our first daylight evening event of the year was at Grenoside Woods in north Sheffield. It was a lovely evening and Ian and Monika's courses were highly enjoyable. Over 100 people took part including lots of adult newcomers. The event was followed by a dinner and drinks at the Old Red Lion in Grenoside. Thank you to team Cooper for planning and team Dakin for the results.


GDPR Compliant

SYO have now completed all the work to ensure we are GDPR compliant.



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

Sun 12th May, 10.30am

SYO Regional
Canklow, Rotherham
More details


Wed 15th May, 6pm

SYO Evening Event - WOD
Bole Hills, Sheffield
More details


Sun 19 May, 10.30

DVO Regional 
Calke Abbey
More details


25-27 May

Springtime in Shropshire
inc. Midland Champs
CD 19/5/19
More details


Sun 2nd June, 10.30am

SYO Urban
Wingfield, Rotherham

2  Facebook Twitter Google+ Print