Orienteering is an adventure sport for all ages. Races and training sessions take place every week in forests and parks around South Yorkshire and are open to anyone.
For more information on orienteering visit the British Orienteering Federation. Please feel free to come and try our events!
Sunday 5th July was the final of the Yvette Baker Trophy - an inter-club competition specifically for juniors. Clubs from all over the country converged on Nottingham University for an afternoon of exciting racing in gorgeous sunshine. Unusually for the YBT final, it was an urban race so there were some very fast winning times.
Twenty nine juniors competed on behalf of SYO, including many of our new members. The winners were Devon, with LOK (Lakeland Orienteering Club) in 2nd and BOK (Bristol Orienteering Club) in 3rd one point behind. Our team was noticeably younger than many of the others but we finished in a creditable 11th place. Everyone acquitted themselves well against older, more experienced runners and really enjoyed the experience. Full results are available on the NOC website.
Well done in particular to the juniors whose scores counted for our 1st team:
Dominic Dakin - green men
Louise Adams - green women
Yasmin Field - light green women
Euan Tryner - orange men
Alex Elliot - orange women
Conrad Reuber - yellow men
Rachel Turner - yellow women
Imogen Pieters - yellow women
Naomi Thornton - yellow women
The Junior World Championships started today (Sunday 5th July) in Rauland, Southern Norway, with the Sprint.
For Aidan Smith (SYO), this was his fourth and final JWOC before he becomes a senior next year. Today he just missed the podium with a fantastic 7th place. Dane Blomquist, who also runs for SYO (as well as the closed British Army club), was the second Brit in 23rd place.
Aidan is the only Brit selected for all four disciplines (Sprint, Middle, Long and Relay). If you want the follow the action, the website is here. You can follow GPS live tracking (with labelled markers going round a copy of the map). It used to need a java plugin, but this can be avoided (with a test version from GPSseuranta) by using the link, getting "plugin needed", then trying again adding ?v=m3 at the end.
Update Monday. At the middle distance qualifiers today, Aidan qualified comfortably in 10th place in his heat. Only two other brits qualified (Alexander Chepelin and Sarah Jones) though 16-year-old Fiona Bunn was very unlucky; she just failed to qualify in what seems to have been a tough heat.
Secondary School Winners - High Storrs
Primary Schools Winners - Hunters Bar
There was a great turnout at Millhouses Park on Saturday with 250 runs, 67 of whom were new to orienteering. It was the penultimate event in this years Schools League so everyone was out to gain a few more points!
As ever a huge thanks to all the helpers, especially the parents of many of the kids who have started recently.
Jenny Peel and Bill Edwards, W45 & M45 middle race champions.
Last weekend saw more great results for SYO at the British Middle and Sprint Championships.
British Sprint Chamionships
Saturday's Sprint Event was held around Aldershot Garrison. Courses were well planned and led to fast and furious racing. It was also a chance to try Emit's new touch free punching. Well done to Rachael Rothman (W35) and Jenny Peel (W45) who triumphed in the A finals to become British Sprint Champions. There were also podium places for Bill Edwards (3rd M45) and Peter Gorvett (2nd M65).
British Middle Championships
Sunday's British Middle Championships were held at Park Wood, Bradenham & Naphill. The technical but runnable woodland was clearly suited to our members resulting in several podium positions. Congratulations to new British Champions Bill Edwards (M45), Tim Tett (M55), Rachael Rothman (W35) and Jenny Peel (W45). Aidan Smith (M20), Pete Tryner (M40), Charlie Adams (M50), Pete Gorvett (M65) & Pippa Dakin (W18) won silver; while Alex Rothman (M35) was awarded bronze.
Check out the photos on our facebook page.