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Jenny Peel is British Night Champion

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:22

Jenny Peel on the podium at the British Night Championships 2014This year the British Night Championships were held in Ashdown Forest on the 22nd February. The Forest provides a number of venues for south east clubs, and many people consider Pippingford Park to be the jewel in the crown. It is more contoured than most areas in the region, has expanses of runnable heathland and woodland, both with plenty of ‘brown’ features, and in particular, has few paths. This Army Training Site has no public access.

265 competitors entered the 10 courses. Graham Gristwood (FVO) proved to be the Mens Champion (11.0km, 420m in 63.41), with Jegor Kostylev (INT) 5 minutes down and Richard Robinson (NOC) third. In the Ladies classes, an on-form W45 Jenny Peel (SYO) was the Ladies Champion (7.6km, 235m in 68.05), 3 minutes ahead of W21 Helen Gardner (SLOW).

Other SYO champions were Pippa Dakin who won the W16 class for the second year running,  Zac Field in M20 and former British Night Champion Dave Peel who won M45.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to Mole Valley for organising the event.

Photo (c) Robert Lines.

We're through to the Final!

Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:02

Well done to all SYO members who came along and enabled SYO to triumph in the Compass Sport Cup First round – we are back in the Final again.  It was close (2400 pts) but we just edged out LOC (2371 pts) and AIRE (2352 pts) (winners 2 years ago).  Well done to all of the scorers and particularly the 6 of you who won your courses (out of 11).  It wasn’t easy and we really did need everyone there - those who counted and those who didn’t. More details are in Pete's article below.

As some of you will be aware we got knocked out last year at this stage because we had a small team and with no runners outside the scorers to lower our competitors score, we got beaten.  This year, everyone made a contribution – so don’t just assume that if you had a bad run this time we don’t need you – we do and WE WILL NEED EVERYONE FOR THE FINAL on Saturday Nov 8th.

Tim Tett, Club Captain.

SYO Win Regional Round of CompassSport Cup

Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:44

SYO won their regional round of the Compass Sport Cup, the annual inter-club competition, knocking out 2 of last years finalists in the process.

Congratulations to everyone who ran, even if you didn't count for our score you may have beaten scorers from the other clubs.

Pos. Club Score
1st South Yorkshire 2400
2nd Lakeland 2371
3rd Aire (Airedale & Wharfedale) 2352
4th Cleveland 2295
5th EBOR (North Yorkshire) 1836

ShUOC Training

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 16:05

Sheffield University Orienteering Club have started their weekly "sprintervals" training sessions. These very informal sprint training sessions take place on a Thursday at 4pm, meeting at the gates of the university gym, Goodwin. The sessions start within a short jog of the gym. The map is posted at in the days before the session, and is there for anyone to print off and run. It can be printed off and run at another time if running with a group of students is not your cup of tea.


YHOA Junior Squad Training

Monday, 10 February 2014 07:18

YHOAJSSaturday 8th saw another training day for the YHOA junior squad. Organised by Nev Myers of EBOR, it took place in the SYO area of Wombwell Woods. There was a very good turn out of about 30 juniors who had come from all over Yorkshire, and the weather was not at all as bad as it could have been!

There were 4 exercises planned. The 2 in the morning were a control pick and a light green standard course which was designed to run around as fast as you could! In the afternoon, there was a pairs course, and this was to get you to think about which route choice was better by running opposite ways to each control. To finish, a head-to-head gaffled race with your partner.

Everyone had a very thorough day of quality training and hopefully an enjoyable one too.

Event Report: Wharncliffe North YHOA Super League event 09.02.2014. Colin Best M65

Sunday, 09 February 2014 17:31

The YHOA Super League is made up of a number of events offering the best quality cross country terrain in Yorkshire and Humberside.
Well today's event at Wharncliffe certainly offered that. My course, Green, stayed in the woods and didn't venture on to the Chase. It was rough and tough underfoot but the map, updated by Oli Johnson, was excellent and the quality of Colin Drury's planning matched the calibre of the map. It was a real challenge with few handrails to help you. Had you been running the British Champs you couldn't have wanted a greater challenge.
I know Colin had spent hours and hours planning so thank you Colin for a great course.

Junior Training Sessions a Hit

Thursday, 06 February 2014 18:49

We had a great turn out for level 2/3 (Yellow/Orange) training in Bingham Park on Sunday.  The session was aimed at juniors who have been running white / yellow / orange at our Saturday and Schools events and would like to learn new techniques to help them as they progress to harder courses.juniorTrainingBingham20140201

The coaching was led by Colin Best and focused on one of the key skills used in Orange courses: using Handrails (fences, walls, vegetation changes, streams etc) rather than just paths.  Once everyone got to grips with those they moved on to controls that are just off the handrails.

With the exception of Euan & Joe everyone was new to the club, with some hoping to run in the Compass Sport Cup and Yvette Baker Trophy later in the year.

Colin will be running another session at Ecclesall on 8th Feb.  If you are interested please contact him to book a place as spaces are limited.  Similar sessions are planned in March to teach other techniques.


SYO members selected for Interland

Saturday, 04 January 2014 09:30

Congratulations to the members of SYO who have been selected for the English team in the annual event against two Belgian teams (Flemish and French speaking), the Netherlands, the German region Nordrhein-Westfalische and the French Region Nord-Pas de Calais.  This year the event is being held in the Pas de Calais area on 30th March.  Selections are Aidan Smith (M20), Nick Barrable (M40), Charlie Adams (M45) and Lucy Wiegand (M45), with Michael (M18) and Louise Adams (W16) both selected as travelling reserves. 

Club Championships

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:49

Last Saturday, 30th November, the South Yorkshire Orienteers club championships were held at Loxley Common, Sheffield. There was a good turnout and the weather was fantastic. Congratulations to our new club champions:

  • Euan Tryner - first junior
  • Dave Peel - first male senior
  • Jenny Peel - first femal senior

Full results can be found on the event page and photos, taken by Clive Wilson, can be found here.

2013 SYO Club Championships Group Photo

Training 7th December

Sunday, 01 December 2013 18:04

It was great to see such a large turn out at our last training at Redmires Resevoir. Hopefully everyone found something useful to take out of the training. Next on the menu is Burbage mines on Saturday 7th of November (1-3pm). For those that haven't been, Burbage Mines is a small area of very intricate mining works and is perfect for practising using contours, which is the focus for this weeks session.

As usual there will be a number of courses on offer so there will be something for everyone and the compact nature of the area means that it is a great area to practice on. 

Parking is in the layby, about 500m west of Ringinglow on Ringinglow road. Controls will be out from 1pm until 3pm and maps will cost £1.

Look forward to seeing you all.