SYO Newsletter 4 June

Member News, Parkwood Springs, coaching, club night, Hesley Woods, Club BBQ, SYO at the Scottish 6 Days, Tour Selections, BOC report, SINs report, Yorkshire Schools Report, Tshirt update, YBT final, volunteers week, WOD report, Wingfield Report, Club Champs.
SYO Newsletter - 4 June 2019

Member News

A very warm welcome to new member Christopher Robinson.


Saturday Series 8 - Parkwood Springs 

The penultimate event in 2018/19 Saturday Series event 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 ancient woodland, intricate urban and open heathland. Full details here.

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 cakes and hot drinks on sale - all proceeds will go to the Dave Hollinger Fund; bake donations very welcome.

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.


Coaching - Sandall Beat - 9th June

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. Please email Pauline by Friday 7th June if you would like to attend.


Hesley Evening Event & BBQ - Wed 12 June

Enjoy orienteering amongst the varied terrain of Hesley Scout Camp at our next evening event on Wednesday 12th June. The woodlands contain a wealth of contour detail as a result of the area's rich industrial heritage and this mixed with sprint style orienteering through the huts and obstacles of the main camp will provide a good challenge for experienced orienteers. There are also plenty of paths and open areas to cater for the less experienced.

There is a choice of 4 different courses - yellow, orange, green and blue - with starts 6-7pm. More details here.

Post event we will be having a BBQ at the scout camp. Choice of:

- Beef or cheeseburger
- hotdog
- portabella mushroom in a bun (vegan option).

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

The scout shop will also be open selling cold soft drinks, sweets and ice-cream from 6.30-7.30pm.

You are also welcome to bring your own food to BBQ plus beverages.

Please email Pauline to order your map (and food if required) by 6pm on Friday 7th June.


Club Night

SYO's Wednesday club nights have now moved outside for the summer. Sessions run from 19.00 to 20.30 and generally comprise of 45 minutes of physical training and 45 minutes of technical training. It's quite social and you can do as much or as little as you want.

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. 

5 June - Ecclesall Woods
12 June - Hesley Wood Evening Event 
19 June - Whirlowbrook Hall
26 June - Weston Park & the University
3 July - Graves Park
10 July - Chelsea Park & Brincliffe Edge
17 July - Redmires


YBT Final - 7th July

The SYO Junior Team were triumphant at the YBT Regional Heat at Mausoleum Woods, so we are through to the National Final, to be held at Sandringham, Norfolk on Sunday 7th July.

The best junior club teams from around the country will be attending; 16 in the Trophy competition, and 6 in the Shield (for smaller clubs). Competition will be fierce, but with a large SYO team we would hope to do very well. SYO were the overall winners in 2017 & 2018, and we'd like to make it a hat-trick & retain the trophy for another year.

All SYO juniors able to run at least a Yellow course are eligible to compete, and it would be great to have as many SYO Juniors as possible taking part. All team members score points, so everyone contributes to the team effort, either by adding to the SYO Score, or by reducing other clubs' scores. Any junior that doesn't feel confident running individually can run as a pair on yellow.

We'll be hiring a coach for the day, leaving Sheffield at 7:30am, returning around 7pm. The journey time is around 2.5 hours each way. SYO will be part subsidising entry fees and coach travel so the YBT entry fee will be £3 and coach travel £10. Secondary age children can attend unaccompanied but primary age children need to have a nominated adult travelling with them.

Please sign up by Sunday 9th June by following this link. Please email Jacky if you have any questions



Summer Tour Selections

Well done to the 8 SYO juniors who have been selected for Summer Orienteering Training Camps:

Gothernburg - Dom & Ryan
Deeside - Alex E & Max
Lagganlia - Alex C, Imogen & Jamie
Badaguish - Euan


SYO Summer Event & BBQ

The annual club BBQ will this year be held on Sunday 14th July. It will take the form of orienteering on the Edge Campus and surrounding streets from 3pm followed by a BBQ at the Pieters' house from 5pm. There will be courses suitable for all. More details later....


Participation 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. We have been playing catch up so there is a huge list of members who have now reached 20 T'shirts as of 2nd June 2019! Well done to:

Sam D, Ciara, Emily, Sam T Evan, Ben A, Claudine, Markus, Henry M, Lotte, Colin D, Ellen, John P, Dylan, Isaac, Colin L, Margaux, Alex F, Mary & Carys.

Meanwhile Anna is on 49 points.......we'd better get designing the 50 T'shirt!

The full updated list will be available on the SYO website, shortly. If you are missing any points, please email Peter G.


SYO at the Scottish 6 Days

So far 90 members of SYO are entered for the Scottish 6 Days orienteering competition, which takes place from Sunday 28th July to Saturday 3rd August in the Strathearn area of Scotland. More details here.

The Scottish 6 days provides lots of opportunity for socialising alongside the orienteering. Any members who enjoy a game of golf and would like to meet up for a game at some point in the week should email Paul Bradbury.

We also plan to organise a club afternoon tea at some point in the week.  It is likely that this will be held near Crieff after the event on day 3 but details will be confirmed once we know our club start blocks. 

If you haven't sorted your accomodation yet, the Wiegands have a double and twin room available in a house in the Loch Tay area. Please contact Lucy if interested.

If you would like to pre-order event merchandise the last order deadline is 16th June.

Finally, it's still not too late to join us. The next entry deadline is 30th June, although you can even enter at the event!


National Volunteers Week

As it's National Volunteers week we'd like to take a moment to appreciate all our wonderful SYO volunteers. Over the past 12 months we have put on 36 events, 9 coaching sessions and 30 club nights. None of us this would be possible without those members that give up countless hours to plan, control, organise, coach, manage SI or help in a thousand other ways. THANK YOU!


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.


British Orienteering Champs Report 

The May Day bank holiday weekend saw the British Orienteering Champs visit Yorkshire for 3 days of top quality racing.

The British Mixed Sprint Relays were a new addition to the weekend and kicked racing off to an exciting start. Bradford University offered challenging urban orienteering on surprisingly hilly terrain. SYO’s mixed sprint teams performed incredibly well, particularly in the junior categories as we were missing many of our older juniors at the World Schools Orienteering Champs in Estonia. There were two fabulous wins – our vets team of Andy, Kim & Oli and our under 12s team of Robbie, Anna & James. There was a well-deserved silver for our under 16s team of Matthew, Freya & Will and there was bronze for our 2nd under 12s team of Oscar, Lawrence & Charlotte, who all still have another couple of years in this category!

Sunday saw proceedings move to the Yorkshire Dales and the limestone pavements of Kilnsey. There were some fabulous performances from our members with a whopping 7 British Champions crowned. Congratulations to Robbie (M12), Tim T (M55), Peter G (M70), Charlotte (W10), Freya (W12), Kim (W40) and Amanda (W45). There were silver medals for James (M12), Ella (W10) and Judy (W65). Well done also to Freddie G who took his first victory on M10B.

The final day of racing was the forest relays at Middleton Park in Leeds. The athletics stadium made a super arena with excellent spectating. Courses were surprisingly challenging with lots of runners getting caught out by the numerous thickets and paths. Relay day also saw the return of our WSOC juniors which bolstered the numbers in the junior classes. With 5 class wins and 4 other podium positions it is safe to say that SYO had a very successful relay day!

Congratulations to:

1st Women’s Open – Kim, Mary & Cat
1st M40 – Andy, Nick B and Oli
1st M50 – Martin, Bill & Tim
1st W18 – Isabelle, Isobel & Alex E
1st M14 – Jamie, Olmo & Conrad
2nd W14 – Imogen, Freya & Alex
2nd Mini – Robbie, Anna & James
3rd Mini – Oscar, Ella & Charlotte
3rd M18 – Dom, Max & Euan
3rd W40 – Jenny J, Lucy & Amanda

Next year’s BOC will be held in the South East over the weekend of 19th & 20th March with both races to be held on a new area names Marley Heights. Get the date in your diary – we need to make sure we retain all those titles we picked up this year! Visit our website to check out the full report with photos. 


Springtime in Spropshire Report

A merry band of SYO members made their way to Shropshire for 3 days of orienteering over Spring Bank Holiday weekend. There were a good variety of races with an urban around the streets of Shrewsberry, a long race on technically challenging Brown Clee and a physical middle race on the steep hillsides of The Wrekin. Medals were awarded to the first 3 overall after 3 days of competition. Well done to:

1st John (M12)
1st Will G (M16)
2nd Lawrence (M10)
3rd Freya (W14)
3rd Pauline (W45)


Yorkshire Schools Champs Report

SYO hosted the 2019 Yorkshire Schools Champs at Canklow Woods on Sunday 12th May. 

Our juniors picked up plenty of silverware - congratulations to the following medal winning club members:

Y4B - 1st Maxwell, 2nd Lawrence, 3rd Will P
Y5G - 1st Penny, 2nd Alice, 3rd Ellen
Y5B - 1st Oscar, 2nd Oli, 3rd Jake
Y6G - 1st Anna, 2nd Margaux
Y6B - 1st Robbie, 2nd Ben A, 3rd Toby
Y7G - 1st Isabelle, 2nd Ciara, 3rd Ruth
Y7B - 1st Isaac, 2nd James, 3rd John
Y8/9G - 1st Imogen, 2nd Millie, 3rd Alexandra
Y8/9B - 1st Euan, 2nd Matthew, 3rd Conrad
Y10/11G - 1st Isobel, 2nd Naomi
Y10/11B - 1st Max, 2nd Will G, 3rd Sam D
Y12/13B - 1st Dom

World Orienteering Day Report

South Yorkshire Orienteers celebrated World Orienteering Day with a lovely sunny evening event on Wednesday 15th May. 176 people enjoyed the stunning views across Sheffield from Bole Hills & The Rivelin valley. There were 6 different courses, all expertly planned by the Lightfeet family,  catering to the wide range of participants on the night including toddlers, brownies, schools children, super vets, students, runners and experienced club members. After the event many club members adjourned to the Old Grindstone to enjoy a special World Orienteering Day Menu!


Wingfield Event Report

Last Sunday saw SYO stage our first event in the Wingfield area of Rotherham. The area comprises of intricate housing estates interspersed with park and woodland. While the attendance of SYO members was lower than normal due to the event falling at the end of half term, plenty of orienteers from other clubs made the journey to try out this new area. Thank you to everyone who helped but particularly controller Peter, organiser Amanda and planner and mapper Henry.



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Upcoming Events

Sat 8th June, 12.30pm

SYO Saturday Series 8
Parkwood Springs, Sheffield
More details


Wed 12th June, 6pm

SYO Evening Event 
Hesley Event, Sheffield
More details


Sun 16 June, 10.30

DVO Regional Urban
More details


22-23 June

HALO Urban Weekend
More details


Sat 29 June

SYO Saturday Series 9
Graves Park, Sheffield


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