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Orienteering and South Yorkshire Orienteers

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What is Orienteering? - from the British Orienteering Federation (BOF)

Get a flavour if the sport by watching an extract from the British Orienteering Federation DVD

 Also the US orienteering federation video, in four sections.  
'Play' is the right pointing triangle below and on the left of the video
screen (bottom toolbar of the video)
Better seen on YouTube with a larger picture, and also offers a number of 'related' orienteering videos

Local events (in or near South Yorkshire) 2008

 Come and try orienteering or improve your basic skills at South Yorkshire Orienteer's informal Saturday morning events this winter (2008).

 Jan 19th                 Ecclesall Woods                                                Parking on Whirlowdale Road (east)

Feb 2nd                  Glen Howe Wharncliffe Side                       Signed from A6102  2k N of Oughtibridge

Feb 16th                Loxley Common                                               Parking at top of Long Lane, Loxley

March 1st             Rivelin                                                                   Parking at Wyming Brook, Redmires Road

March 29th           Endcliffe Park                                                     Parking at the west end of the park, Rustlings Road

 Start times 10:30 – 12:00. £2 adults children £1.

Courses                White, Yellow, Orange plus one technical course.

These events are designed specifically for newcomers to the sport, families and those who have done some orienteering but who would like to improve in an unpressurised environment.

For further details contact Brian Shaw on 01433 630467 or by e-mail to  brian@NOTdrgbshaw.mail1.co.uk (or contact me at henry@NOThmarston.co.uk for the low down).

Or look on the SYO website www.southyorkshireorienteers.org.uk.

Complete up-to-date listings of Orienteering events are listed on the British Orienteering website.  You can locate nearby events using a Postcode search

Other SYO events early in 2008 see website for further details:

Jan 27th;   Tankersley Woods   Badge (Regional) event

March 8th  Night event

March 9th Colour Coded (District) Event

April 6th   Sandal Beat Doncaster (near race course)      Colour Coded (District) Event  

DVO (Derwent Valley Orienteers), the Derbyshire club, also have some informal events close to Rotherham

A series of low key orienteering events ideal for beginners, novices, families and school teams
with courses for more experienced orienteers. 
Help and tuition available. 
More events may be added to this list.  Keep an eye on the DVO web site www.dvo.org.uk

Usually white, yellow, orange and light green or red courses). 
Check on the web site or by phone before travelling a long way as sometimes venues change. 

Start times 10:30 to 11:30

Entry fees £3.00 adults, £1.00 juniors (up to age 20)

26th January 2008 – Poolsbrook Country Park, Staveley.
Brown tourist signs to turn south off A619 in Staveley at SK438749.

23rd February – Farley Moor, Matlock. Map reference SK300630. 
From centre of Matlock turn right off old A6 Matlock to Buxton road just beyond old bus station towards Farley,
from Derby go past Sainsbury’s, right at r’bt, then left.

15th March – Bottom Moor, Matlock. Map reference SK324633. 
Turn left off A632 Matlock to Chesterfield road 3 miles from Matlock

Further afield:

19th April – Shipley Country Park Heanor.
Brown tourist signs to right off A608 Derby to Heanor road approaching Heanor SK430450.

21st June – Elvaston Country Park, Borrowash.
including Derbyshire Schools Championships

For more information contact the organisers,
Mike Godfree on 01335 346004, Rex Bleakman 01283 733363 or Val Johnson on 01773 824754


Don’t forget anyone can come to any of our events you don’t have to be a member – but we hope you might want to join after a few goes at it. ”

Congratulations to
Daniel Marston

Britain: Bronze Medal Winners in the Men's Relay, WOC 2003

Daniel finished, somewhat tired

Jamie Stevenson finishes, joined by Dan, now recovered, and Jon Duncan

Finishing 14th in the World Championships, 6 August 2003 in Switzerland

(Photograph: Dominik Banny & Walter Rahm
Reuse only permitted with caption
"Photo provided by www.olwm2003.ch".

British Champion 2002

On the run in (picture from CompassSport)


(Age Group Champion in the past, running for SYO)

He lost most of the 2001 season because of a broken arm.  In 2002, his training was rewarded by winning the British Championships. Calm nerves were needed; as he went through the Spectator Control he heard the commentator announce "Dan Marston is in the lead". Somewhat distracting, but he kept his nerve to win by 2 minutes!



On Saturday 18th August 2001 I was listening to an interview with a couple involved in Enigma Code-Breaking during the Second World War and was surprised when I realised that the couple were SYO retired stalwarts Shiela and Oliver Lawn.

Copy of BBC Woman's Hour web page on which they feature

Unfortunately, the following link
BBC Woman's Hour web page on which they feature
seems to have been archived (sound link not sorted out yet)

(from BBC web page)

(copy in case BBC page is not available) - removed from website but available on request - quota problem


The British Orienteering Federation page.

Compass Sport On-line (New CompassSport).

link to the SYO (South Yorkshire Orienteers) page

there's a list of events in the area and other information about Orienteering in general and SYO in particular

(Rotherham is at the centre of South Yorkshire, which also includes Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield)

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