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!
Over the weekend of the 19th & 20th of September AIRE hosted the Northern Championships, the Yorkshire Championships and the Senior Home Internationals up in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
The scenic start on Saturday (Photo credit: Vince Grearly)
On Saturday it was the turn of the Northern Champs and the SHI individual day. Competitors were rewarded with glorious weather and stunning views across Malham Tarn. Courses were technically challenging amongst the limestone pavements, particularly for the younger juniors. Particular congratulations go to SYO’s 3 Northern Champions: Euan Tryner in M12, Peter Gorvett in M65 and Pippa Dakin in W18. Other results of note were M10A 3rd Jamie Lightfoot, M14A 2nd Dom Dakin, M16B 1st Ryan Elliot, M40L 2nd Pete Tryner, M45S 1st Tony Udris, M50L 3rd Charlie Adams, M60S 1st Neil Sprot, W10A 2nd Freya Tryner & W65S 1st Pauline Rosser.
The high start on Sunday (Photo credit: Wendy Carlyle)
Representing SYO in the SHIs, Kim Baxter was 8th on W21E and Aidan Smith 2nd on M20E. Despite England’s best efforts, Scotland led at the end of the individuals by 8 points.
Sunday saw competitors venture across the Dales to Hawkswick Clowder; not a new area but part of Kilnsey under a new name. Courses were both physically and technically challenging, with some great route choice legs on the longer courses. Congratulations to SYO’s new Yorkshire Champions: W10 Freya Tryner, M14 Dominic Dakin, W18 Louise Adams, W21 Lucy Wiegand, M21 Nic Barber and M65 Peter Gorvett.
Fast and furious racing in the SHI relays led to a closely fought contest between England and Scotland, particularly in the Men’s race; but Scotland eventually emerged victorious. This meant an overall win for Scotland, with England in 2nd, Ireland in 3rd and Wales in 4th.
The Peter Palmer Relays is the annual overnight relay competition for juniors (M/W12 and above). The race starts in the early hours with the first 2 - 3 legs in the dark. This year it was hosted by Southdowns Orienteers (SO) close to Brighton and they did a fantastic job.
Mugs galore at the White Rose
As the August Bank Holiday weekend arrived, a merry band of SYO members made their way to the White Rose in North Yorkshire. As normal the events were mostly based around the campsite so the vast majority of attendees camped, which made for a lovely social, relaxed atmosphere. This year's campsite was located on a hillside with stunning views over Pickering Forest and the weather for the 1st 3 days was glorious (through it's best not to mention torrential rain on Monday!!).
Over the weekend, EBOR organised a vast array of different events: classic distance, middle distance, urban sprint, night score, maze, trial O team event and mountain bike score - so there really was something for everyone. Many SYO members scooped prizes and were presented with the traditional White Rose mug (or 4 in the case of Dom Dakin)! Congratulations to the following:
| Night Score
Super Vet Women - 1st Marcia Bradbury
Classic / Middle Combined
All women - 1st Jenny Lightfoot (with S Brown AIRE & A Crawshaw EPOC)
All pictures courtesy of EBOR
It was with much sadness that we heard that Pat O'Grady had passed away.
Most recently Pat and his wife Ann were HALO members (Humberside & Lincolnshire Orienteers) but Pat was one of the founder members of SYO. As such orienteering in South Yorkshire Orienteers have a lot to thank him for.
Whenever we met him at events he was always very friendly and upbeat - a great inspiration to us all. He will be much missed.
For anybody who would like to attend, Pat's funeral will take place at the Rose Hill Crematorium, Doncaster on Friday 28th August at 12:20.