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!
Another fantastic turnout at Weston Park today - 242 individual runs! Provisional Results are available here
I have to say a massive thank you to all our volunteers on the day for their hard work, without which the event could not have taken place.
We look forward to seeing you at the next Saturday event - 29th November at Norfolk Park. But before that is the Tankersley event on 2nd Novemeber, including a Junior match against EBOR. It would be great to see everyone who has been running in the Saturday events running for SYO there!
The Junior Inter-regional Championships (JIRCS) is an annual competition between the regional junior squads in the UK (From M/W14 – M/W18). The competition is an individual race on Saturday followed by a relay on Sunday. This year it was held in the Lake District on the last weekend in September. SYO had several juniors competing in the Yorkshire and Humberside (YHOA) squad and Dominic Dakin gives us an account of the competition below.
Congratulations to Michael Adams, who was selected to one of the six M18s in the Great Britain team at the Junior European Championships in Belgium from 2nd to 4th October. He did well; he was 27th (2nd Brit) in the sprint and 39th (3rd Brit) in the Long Distance.
Michael also had a good weekend at Race the Castles, coming 4th in the Open Men at both Edinburgh and Stirling (2nd and 1st in M18), while sister Louise was 11th in Open Women both days. She was running up a class to W18 (she is W16) and in that class came 2nd in Edinburgh and 3rd in Stirling.
54 members of SYO travelled to the West Midlands to enjoy two days of orienteering in pleasant warm weather.
The Sprint race consisted of two races, heats and Finals, around Keele University campus. These type of races are not about technically challenging orienteering but about fast decision making, not about route choice but about not getting it wrong. Having got into the A final by the skin of my teeth my race in the Final was all about poor decisions and getting it all wrong!
Other SYO members got it right. Euan Tryner became M10 Sprint Champion and Jenny Peel W45 Champion. Lucy Wiegand came 2nd behind Jenny and Dave Peel was 2nd in M40 and Peter Gorvett 2nd in M65. Alex Rothman was third in M35 and Pippa Dakin 3rd in W16.
The Middle race took place at Brereton Spurs on Cannock Chase in glorious sunshine. I started early and found the bracken in the south of the area a bit of a handicap but other SYO members rose to the challenge. Euan Tryner and Jenny Peel repeated their successes and became Middle Distance champions as did Andrew Preston (M35) and Bll Edwards (M45). Lucy Wiegand repeated her result from the Sprint race and came 2nd in W45 and Brian Shaw had a good run to come 2nd in M70. Michael Adams came 3rd in M18 and Aidan Smith also came 3rd in M20 and Jenny Johnson 3rd in W35.
Perhaps the best non-podium run of the day was that of Ian Cooper who managed to beat Peter Gorvett and come 4th in M65.
Martin Ward has stepped down as Equipment Officer and John Franklin has taken over the position. Thank you to Martin for all his work as Equipment Officer over the last few years and best wishes to John.