SYO update - Lockdown week 5 (or is it 6?)
SYO circuits continue each Thursday at 7pm. Click here for the link and use passcode 1968. The sessions are suitable for all. We did look at moving this earlier but as some of our key workers needed it to stay at 7pm, we are leaving the session where it is.
There is also a junior circuit session lasting approx. 40 mins every Monday. Click here for the link and enter passcode 572194. It's now at a later time of 6pm to avoid on-line lessons.
Lockdown Orienteering - Sprint Weekend
The 2nd lockdown competition was held this weekend with 537 competitors taking part from all over the world. SYO had more entries than any other club with 26 entries in total. There were 10 sprint race stages, comprising of 3 Catching Features stages and 7 on-line game stages including a maze, jigsaw puzzle, route choice, street O and course choice. The best 8 results counted, although you could take part in the 7 stage competition without Catching Features.
The best SYO performance overall came from Ryan who was 45th, with Aidan close behind in 46th! In the M/W12 competition Robbie gained an excellent 2nd place with Anna close behind in 3rd. In the M/W16 competition Sam T was 8th with Euan close behind in 11th. Matthew M took part only in the 7 stage competition but took an excellent 7th place in the M/W16 category. Martin performed superbly in the Catching Features Knock Out Sprint getting through to the semi-finals but the standout performance of the competition goes to Sam who in stage 1, Course Choice gained 1000 points beating everyone!
Personally I found it really difficult - I'm just not very good at computer games - but still enjoyable and good armchair technique training. I actually liked the Catching Features games best as these seem more related to orienteering. I think it is worth buying the Catching Features licence - there's a 40% discount of the $40 fee if you enter one of the Lockdown Competitions and you get 2 users per licence. The next Lockdown competition is rumoured to be in 2 weeks time over the weekend 8th-10th May. This time the focus will be classic orienteering - keep an eye on the Lockdown Orienteering website for entry details.
Following the success of the last planning competition, we have another challenge for you. This time you are asked to plan the Women’s Long Distance course at the World Championships (WOC) and the M2 Schools Long Distance (Junior Boys) at the World Schools Championships. For our fictional example the events are combined and use Dinnet forest in Scotland (map courtesy of MAROC).
The ‘Arena’ where the finish is located is shown on the map but you can choose the location of the start which can be anywhere on the map (athletes travel by bus to a separate quarantine area and then run or walk to the start). You can have different senior and junior starts. The main road is out of bounds but the minor road running north/south is to be closed for the duration of the event.
Target winning time for the women’s course is 70 to 80 minutes, in this terrain course lengths of at least 11km. World championship long distance courses are a physical and technical challenge typically include some very long legs (2 or 3km), they sometimes also include butterfly or phi loops to reduce following, and a ‘run-through’ at the arena for spectators, but these are optional. You can use a map exchange if necessary. You’ll find examples of old WOC courses, loops and run-throughs via Google.
The winning time for boy’s course is between 32 and 35minutes with course distance of 4 to 4.5km. For the purposes of the competition the technical difficulty is TD4 (Light Green), so testing the full range of technical skills except for use of complex contour detail, but considering ease of relocation.
Entries to be submitted as separate bitmap files. WOC uses 1:15,000 and World Schools use 1:10,000 but don’t worry for the competition, just use the settings in the CONDES file provided. Email entries to me by 1st May. There are different judges this time and all courses are judged anonymously (even I only know the results of the winners)
The files (pdf instructions, map jpeg and condes file) should be downloaded from Dropbox, here but let me know if you’re struggling and I’ll email them out.
We hope to see lots of our really experienced planners enter this ‘ultimate’ planning challenge but remember it’s great technical orienteering training for all levels of experience so please have a go. There are 3 categories – experienced planner, novice planner and junior (under 14) planner. Interestingly in real life we often don’t get that many female planners but in the last competition there were a high number of female winners, so it would be good to see lots of entries from women. Remember class winners receive a free run voucher for use at any SYO event.
Congratulations to last time's winners - Chris W, Robyn and Anna! Let me know if you haven't received your vouchers!
Postbox O Challenge
Richard B has designed a postbox challenge around the Manor using Open O map. The aim is to visit all the postboxes using the shortest possible route - you can walk or run as time doesn't matter! Visit the SYO Keep Orienteering Resource page to download a copy of the map. There will be a prize for the shortest GPS route. Email Richard with your distance by 7th May.
SYO Facebook group
We are using the SYO group to keep members informed of club activities duing Lockdown. Please join to keep informed of goings-on.
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