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Club Junior Development - South Yorkshire Orienteers

Report by Pauline Tryner (SYO) 

Several years ago, as a result of declining membership, South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) made the decision to focus on junior development and so our Saturday Series of monthly events was born.

The series has been hugely successful in increasing participation and year on year the numbers of participants has steadily grown. 3-4 years ago the focus switched to developing the club offer with the aim of encouraging the juniors and their parents to be active club members. This led to a huge jump in membership in the first couple of years and now membership is slowly increasing. We currently have 132 juniors which makes up approximately 42% of our membership (compared to 24% nationally).

Yvette Baker Trophy 2018

Alongside the monthly newcomer series, we offer a weekly club night and monthly coaching sessions. The newcomer events, club night and coaching sessions all have an offer for adults so that families can take part in orienteering together. We also run a monthly evening event with a social, a summer BBQ event and an annual awards lunch alongside the normal regional and national events. The Peter Palmers and Yvette Baker Trophy (YBT) are essentials on the calendar and we work very closely with the YHOA Junior Squad so as to develop our older juniors as quickly as possible.

We have learnt that getting parents orienteering means the juniors go to more events, are more likely to travel to major championship races and are more likely to volunteer at events. However, families that just want to compete locally and juniors of non-orienteering parents are still very welcome and are encouraged to participate at whatever level/frequency they want to. Orienteering is a complicated sport so we have found regular communication about the different competitions and training opportunities is very important. Also key is to keep inviting juniors and their parents to take part in specific competitions, socials and training – a personal invite often spurs the unsure into taking part.

As a club, the biggest challenge we face is getting enough volunteers to put on all the activities and events we want to provide. We do find each year that a reasonable number of new members don’t renew due to a variety of reasons. Not everything works all of the time so we try to evaluate what we are doing on a regular basis and evolve the club offering. After a long period of focusing primarily on families, we are now looking to develop membership in the 21-35 age group and over 60s.

 

Interested to read more about the new British Orienteering youth strategy "Every Junior Matters"?  Find out more here.  

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Tweet Thursday 16th August 2018

WMTBOC 2018 Sprint - Sunday 12th August

The shortest race of the week was awaiting the riders for the final race, with the fast and furious setting of a military base interspersed with some scrubland areas. The terrain allowed for some very fast riding, with a decent part of the course being ridden on asphalt.

The first part of the course was technically easy with very few mistakes being made and time gaps simply being down to riding speed. As the riders approached the 2nd map there were a few longer route choice legs for the men whilst the women had a lot of short legs where concentration needed to be kept high, especially around an area with a number of staircases on possible route choice. Moving onto the 2nd map a few riders were caught out by an enforced uncrossable fence before the men picked their way through the short control pick section and the women made their quickly back to the last section of the course. This final part was around the buildings of the military base which was relatively simple, but one leg caught a number of riders out where the overprint obscured some map detail although any mistakes made were minimal. The nature of the area meant any mistakes were going to be costly as the riding speed was so high, with each mistake costing riders a number of places.

The women’s race was led by Marika Hara of Finland through the early part, hitting the control pick section with a 10 second advantage over Martina Tichovska and Veronika Kubinova of Czech Republic and compatriot Haga of Finland who held a slender advantage over a number of other riders closely packed together, including Great Britain’s Clare Dallimore in 10th place. By the map exchange Hara had maintained her gap over Tichovska who had pulled away from the chasing pack by a further 10 seconds whilst Clare had moved up a few places to 7th, although a mistake straight after the map exchange lost valuable time for her. Coming through the spectator ride through Hara had been overtaken by Tichovska and Finnish rider Saarinen, with Soegaard of Denmark having moved through into 4th place with just 8 seconds separating the top 4 riders, Clare having slipped a couple of places to 9th. With riders racing flat out there was always a risk of a lapse in concentration, and Tichovska succumbed with a mistake to the last control allowing Saarinen through to take her first win at a World Champs, 9 seconds ahead of Tichovska and Soegaard who finished quickly to take joint 2nd. This gave Tichovska her 5th medal of the championships, gaining 2 golds and 3 silvers!

Ian Nixon in the Sprint (Photo by Nick Dallimore)
Clare Dallimore in the Sprint (Photo by Nick Dallimore)

In the men’s race, it was Danish rider Rasmus Soegaard who took the early lead hitting the start of the route choice section with a 4 second lead over Andreas Waldmann (Austria). Although there was little difference in the route choices, any hesitation meant valuable time loss which allowed Anton Foliforov (Russia) to take the lead after the map turnover as he flew through the map exchange, with Great Britain’s Ian Nixon in 41st after a good first part on his early start. The next part of the course needed quick decision making as the route took the riders through the maze of buildings with connecting steps, and the Czech Republic’s Vojtech Ludvik excelled in this setting taking the lead at number 19, though Foliforov was just 2 seconds back, and Nixon had maintained his position. Moving back to the final part of the course around the military base the riders came flying through the spectator area making good use of the SI Air being used for the week allowing riders to maintain speed through controls. With 4 controls in the last 500 metres riders had to keep their concentration up, and unfortunately, same issues with the map printing affected the podium results as Ludvik lost time going on the impassable straight route and having to divert his course to number 28, whilst Foliforov had taken the wider route and regained the lead. He kept a cool head through the last few controls and gained his 2nd gold medal of the week, taking the win by 12 seconds from his Russian compatriot Grigory Medvedev, with a further 2 Russian’s getting on the podium. Nixon was able to maintain his position through to the finish, although he lost time on number 28 also taking the straight route and having to change course, but still got a top 40, gaining GB’s best men’s sprint result for 5 years.

Men – 9.8km, 85m

  • Anton Foliforov, Russia 20:39
  • Grigory Medvedev, Russia 20:51
  • Krystof Bogar, Czech Republic 20:53
  • Vojtech Ludvik, Czech Republic 20:59
  • Valeriy Gluhov, Russia 21:01
  • Ruslan Gritsan, Russia 21:09
  • 40.  Ian Nixon, Great Britain 23:48

    Women – 8.4km, 50m

    1.            Henna Saarinen, Finland 20:05

    =2.          Martina Tichovska, Czech Republic 20:14

    =2.          Camilla Soegaard, Denmark 20:14

    4.            Antonia Haga, Finland 20:25

    5.            Marika Hara, Finland 20:29

    6.            Veronika Kubinova, Czech Republic 20:39

     

    10.          Clare Dallimore, Great Britain 20:56

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    Tweet Thursday 16th August 2018

    WMTBOC 2018 Long - Saturday 11th August 2018

    The course planner had opted for a mixture of short legs through the dense path network mixed with plenty of long route choice legs, with course distances reflecting the flatter nature of the terrain with the men covering 47km whilst the women tackled a 33km course.

    In the men’s race, the first control proved to be one of the most challenging with a number of riders losing several minutes to the fastest time, including Great Britain’s Ian Nixon who lost time straight out of the start but was able to pull it back to hit the first control in 47th. A long 2nd leg split the riders up with a whole host of different routes being taken although a number of riders complained that one route choice was not made obvious on the map due to the use of a smaller path symbol being used. Former World Champions Anton Folioforov (Russia) and Krystof Bogar (Czech Republic) had got a bit of a lead here and maintained this until the next long leg to number 5 where a better route choice from Bogar propelled him into the lead, whilst GB’s Nixon had moved into the top 40. By the first drinks station, Krystof Bogar from the Czech Republic had a minute advantage over Middle Distance champion Simon Braendli (Switzerland) which he was able to build on over the next few controls to the map exchange and 2nd drinks control whilst Nixon had slipped a few places to 44th. The course then went back into the dense network of paths where riders needed to be very careful they were on the right track. This proved tricky in the dark forest where some paths were hard to make out on the ground, which combined with the tiredness which was starting to set in after 75 minutes of fast riding gave some riders a few problems. Unfortunately, Nixon lost concentration in this section and missed out #18 having been riding well enough for a place in the top 40. Bogar had maintained his minute’s advantage, whilst Grigory Medvedev had got up to 3rd place as the first of 4 Russian’s in the top 8. Soon after the course planner had used another of the very small mapped tracks which a number of leading riders didn’t see, although this didn’t affect the podium results. Bogar was able to extend his lead on the fast route to the finish to regain the title he last won in 2013 winning by more than 2 minutes from Simon Braendli who gained his 2nd medal of the week.

    The women’s race started with a similarly tricky 1st control which caught out a few leading riders and by the end of the long 2nd leg Martina Tichovska (Czech Republic) had a minute lead over Camilla Soegaard (Denmark). However, a mistake by the Czech rider at the next control allowed the Dane to take over the lead and by the end of the next long leg at number 6 she had a 1:40 lead over Svetlana Poverina (Russia), whilst Great Britain’s Clare Dallimore had moved up to 11th after a mistake at the 1st control. By the 1st drinks control Soegaard was still leading but Tichovska had made up some of her lost time and was only 30 seconds back, whilst Gabriele Andrasiuniene (Lithuania) was up into 3rd. After a couple more long legs the 2 leaders advantage was dramatically cut as both made mistakes on number 13. The women then had a leg using the small mapped track which had caused problems on the men’s course but this impacted the top places as Soegaard saw the route whilst Tichovska didn’t which regained the lead which had been changing places between these 2 throughout the race. Unfortunately for the Danish rider, a huge error exiting number 18 on an unmapped track lost her the lead as she dropped out of the top 10. Tichovska regained the lead but lost it with another mistake at the 20th control which Antonia Haga (Finland) was able to capitalise on by taking the lead having been making her way closer to the lead throughout the race. However, there was more drama towards the end as having just made her way into the lead a poor route choice from Haga allowed Tichovska to retake the lead to 22 which she held onto to get back the title she had won in 2015, winning by the narrowest of margins of just 5 seconds from Haga who secured her first individual medal at a World Champs. Long-time leader Soegaard pulled back up to 9th place but will rue the 8 minutes she lost at 18 finishing only 7 minutes behind the leaders. GB’s Dallimore had pulled up to a top 10, but took the same route choice as Haga to number 22 and dropped to 13th, still a great result in tough conditions.

    Men – 46.5km, 765m

    • Krystof Bogar, Czech Republic 1:56:13
    • Simon Braendli, Switzerland 1:58:20
    • Anton Foliforov, Russia 1:59:31
    • Jussi Laurila, Finland 2:01:16
    • Valeriy Gluhov, Russia 2:01:27
    • Vojtech Ludvik, Czech Republic 2:02:04

    DSQ Ian Nixon, Great Britain

    Women – 37.1km, 670m

    • Martina Tichovska, Czech Republic 2:01:14
    • Antonia Haga, Finland 2:01:19
    • Svetlana Poverina, Russia 2:05:11
    • Algirda Mickuviene, Lithuania 2:06:33
    • Gabriele Andrasiuniene, Lithuania 2:06:54
    • Veronika Kubinova, Czech Republic 2:07:00

    13. Clare Dallimore, Great Britain 2:10:27

    The women’s race started with a similarly tricky 1st control which caught out a few leading riders and by the end of the long 2nd leg Martina Tichovska (Czech Republic) had a minute lead over Camilla Soegaard (Denmark). However, a mistake by the Czech rider at the next control allowed the Dane to take over the lead and by the end of the next long leg at number 6 she had a 1:40 lead over Svetlana Poverina (Russia), whilst Great Britain’s Clare Dallimore had moved up to 11th after a mistake at the 1st control. By the 1st drinks control Soegaard was still leading but Tichovska had made up some of her lost time and was only 30 seconds back, whilst Gabriele Andrasiuniene (Lithuania) was up into 3rd. After a couple more long legs the 2 leaders advantage was dramatically cut as both made mistakes on number 13. The women then had a leg using the small mapped track which had caused problems on the men’s course but this impacted the top places as Soegaard saw the route whilst Tichovska didn’t which regained the lead which had been changing places between these 2 throughout the race. Unfortunately for the Danish rider, a huge error exiting number 18 on an unmapped track lost her the lead as she dropped out of the top 10. Tichovska regained the lead but lost it with another mistake at the 20th control which Antonia Haga (Finland) was able to capitalise on by taking the lead having been making her way closer to the lead throughout the race. However, there was more drama towards the end as having just made her way into the lead a poor route choice from Haga allowed Tichovska to retake the lead to 22 which she held onto to get back the title she had won in 2015, winning by the narrowest of margins of just 5 seconds from Haga who secured her first individual medal at a World Champs. Long-time leader Soegaard pulled back up to 9th place but will rue the 8 minutes she lost at 18 finishing only 7 minutes behind the leaders. GB’s Dallimore had pulled up to a top 10, but took the same route choice as Haga to number 22 and dropped to 13th, still a great result in tough conditions.

    Men – 46.5km, 765m

    • Krystof Bogar, Czech Republic 1:56:13
    • Simon Braendli, Switzerland 1:58:20
    • Anton Foliforov, Russia 1:59:31
    • Jussi Laurila, Finland 2:01:16
    • Valeriy Gluhov, Russia 2:01:27
    • Vojtech Ludvik, Czech Republic 2:02:04

    DSQ Ian Nixon, Great Britain

    Women – 37.1km, 670m

    • Martina Tichovska, Czech Republic 2:01:14
    • Antonia Haga, Finland 2:01:19
    • Svetlana Poverina, Russia 2:05:11
    • Algirda Mickuviene, Lithuania 2:06:33
    • Gabriele Andrasiuniene, Lithuania 2:06:54
    • Veronika Kubinova, Czech Republic 2:07:00

    13. Clare Dallimore, Great Britain 2:10:27

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    Tweet Wednesday 8th August 2018

    World Championships Middle Distance - Street takes 13th

    With the urban disciplines completed, the WOC 2018 competitors moved inland to the town of Sigulda. Situated on the Gauja river, the remaining races of the week will all take place around the town, across the valley carved through the local sandstone by the Gauja River.

    Tuesday saw a return to the individual disciplines with the Middle Distance race, and it was the Women who began proceedings yet again. The hot temperatures which they had experienced in Riga seemed to abate, and rain met the Women as they began affairs. The courses weren’t quite as predicted from the model terrain. All reports from the model areas were that they were tough, grotty forests, which were hard to pass through easily. In contrast, though the visibility was low, the runnability was vastly superior to the model terrain. Additionally, the expected steep slopes of the Gauja governed the first half of each course, before a flat, vague section on the rivers reedbeds in the middle of both courses, which required competitors to alter their technique (and which many failed to do), and which many may have been unprepared for.

    Charlotte Watson was the first Brit into the forest and started strongly. The first control would cause havoc across both races, but Charlotte spiked it, already catching and passing her 2-minute woman. Accelerating through the next section, she was solidly positioned at the first TV split. Behind her – starting just 4 minutes later – Megan Carter Davies had also started in a similar fashion, taking the lead through the first TV split at control 6. Through to control 9, and the start of the flatter section, both ladies were keeping the pace high and running well. Here though, Charlotte’s race began to come unstuck, losing contact in the vague contours and falling out of contention. Megan managed to hold her nerve though, and although she made a small error on the 11th control – the second TV split – she was holding her own.

    Photo by IOF/Matias Salonen
    Photo by IOF/Matias Salonen
    Photo by IOF/Matias Salonen

    Around them, many were losing their heads, though home favourite Sandra Grosberga kept in control over the second half to post a leading time which Megan would fail to better, slipping to second as she finished. It was at this point that the main favourites got underway, one by one they began to make errors in the forest. Sara Hagstrom of Sweden performed well and would post a leading time which would stand for a long time until Isia Basset of France stormed down the run-in to post a new lead and a first time under the 34-minute barrier. Catherine Taylor of GBR had an equally solid start to her two compatriots, but suffered on the steep slopes, struggling to hold her lines. She would eventually run with Marianne Andersen of Norway, who after early errors, was running strongly, and behind them, Marika Teini of Finland (the European Champion) was struggling to get onto terms with the group which had formed at the 6th control. Teini though would hold her own out there, and finish well, besting Basset’s time by 24 seconds. It was assured at this point that favourite Tove Alexanderson of Sweden would take yet another gold medal, but disaster struck her run. After a miss on the 2nd control, she failed to find the 3rd, going to the 4th control first, thinking that (we assume) it was the 3rd. This was the start of a near 18-minute error from which she would never recover, and never find the 3rd control. She didn’t quit though and admirably finished the course. This opened the door to a new champion, and it was Natalia Gemperle of Russia who would seize the opportunity. So many times, she had stepped onto the podium, only to have been bettered by Alexanderson, but not today. By the finish, she had taken out 1.30 on Teini and had done enough to seal a maiden individual title at the World Championships.

    Megan had done enough to hang onto 20th place, her first World Championships top-20, with Cat in 26th and Charlotte in 53rd on a very demanding day in the forest for everyone.

    Turning to the Men’s race – which had already started in the final hour of the Women’s action – the and the course would play havoc with everyone; though at least the rain had abated. The early pace-setting was done by Matt Doyle of Australia. Making his World Championships debut, Doyle would hold the lead for an hour, before first being bettered by Krepsta of Lithuania, before the 2012 champion and home favourite Edgars Bertuks came into the lead, the first man to break 37-minutes. And begin to bring the times closer to the predicted inning time of 33-minutes.

    Alasdair McLeod was the first British man into the forest with, but had a tough start to the course, struggling in the first half. He settled after the 6th control, but it was too little too late, and the damaged had been done. He pushed well for the second half, but it was far from what Ali had hoped for. He was not the only one though, with numerous favourites making errors, so many in fact that we cannot list them all here; it seems unlikely that any runner at the Middle could claim they ran a perfect race.

    Photo by IOF/Matias Salonen
    Photo by IOF/Matias Salonen

    Behind Ali, his teammate Ralph Street was on for a fantastic run. Like so many others, he made an early mistake on the first control. After this, however, he was completely clean. Losing nearly 2-minutes on the 1st control, he was running at a similar rate to the medallists for the remainder of his course, and would eventually finish 13th, a mere 1.58 down on the gold. It is a fantastic confirmation for Ralph that he is now amongst the best in the world, and on his day, he is capable of a top-10 and even more.

    In the fight for gold, it was even more thrilling than the Women’s race. For a long time, it looked like last year’s silver medallist, Oleksandr Kratov of Ukraine would take home a gold medal that has proved elusive to him. Arguably the best technical orienteer in the world, he was holding leading splits throughout, but would just fall short in the final loop after the other runners accelerated in the final kilometre. Big favourite Olav Lundanes would throw his gold medal chance in the vague reedbeds which had cost so many others – including last year’s bronze medallist Fabia Hertner of Switzerland. Hertner’s teammates though had no such issues. Mattias Kyburz made early errors but caught Hertner and the two flew around the second half, and after being behind Krativ, beat the Ukrainian by 16 seconds in the finish. It would get even tighter from there, with Kyburz compatriot Florian Howald backing up his European Champs medal, flowing through the terrain and pipping Kyburz by 9 seconds. Behind him though, the final two starters were on his tail. Eskil Kinneberg avoided the mistakes of Lundanes and by the 2nd TV split at control 12, had taken the lead. He would hold it from here to the finish, kicking on and holding his form to take 14 seconds out of Howald, who suffered in the final 400 metres. Despite early mistakes for Sprint Distance champion Daniel Hubmann, he posted solid splits throughout and surged through in the final kilometre to take the silver medal, just beating Howald by 8 seconds but it wasn’t enough to deny Kinneberg his first individual World title at senior level.

    Full Results:

    Women:

    1 Natalia Gemperle Russian Federation 32:02
    2 Marika Teini Finland 33:32 +1:30
    3 Isia Basset France 33:56 +1:54

    20 Megan Carter Davies Great Britain 36:58 +4:56
    26 Catherine Taylor Great Britain 38:15 +6:13
    53 Charlotte Watson Great Britain 44:58 +12:56

    Men:

    1 Eskil Kinneberg Norway 32:59 0:00
    2 Daniel Hubmann Switzerland 33:05 +0:06
    3 Florian Howald Switzerland 33:13 +0:14

    13 Ralph Street Great Britain 34:57 +1:58
    52 Alasdair McLeod Great Britain 42:01 +9:02

     

    The racing will get back underway on Thursday with the Men's and Women's Forest Relays. Well done to all our athletes today!

     

    Report by William Gardner

    Ralph Street on is way into 13th (Credit: Simon Errington)
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