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!
SYO's Pippa Dakin was one of the stars of the Great Britain team at the European Youth Championships in Macedonia last week. Her 15th place in the W16 Sprint event was the best performance of the British team at the Sprint, and in the technical and tough Long event she very nearly went even better as she was in the top 10 until a mistake with just two controls to go dropped her back to 37th. Pippa ran a very solid 1st leg in the relay - leading for the first 3 controls and inspired the rest of her W16 team to get on the podium in 6th place.
Pippa had the 4th fastest time on leg 3 - which way would you go?
Pippa started orienteering just a few years ago and has benefited from the excellent support of SYO members who have put on the local events and training sessions which have been key to her success.
This weekend the older juniors including our own Aidan Smith will be training in Sheffield ahead of the Junior World Championships in Bulgaria later this months, and local Student and SYO coach Kris Jones will be competing in the World Championships Sprint in Venice. Check out the British Orienteering web site if you want to follow their progress.
The woods in the Burbage Valley are being felled this autumn, just as they have become mature enough to run through.
Given late notice this had to be a low key event – I didn’t have long to plan it. Nonetheless, despite being a little more effort, it seemed as if some form of loops race was likely to suit the layout of the area best, and I also feel it would be nice to get the chance to do more head to head racing.
The courses were drafted on Sunday but during a trip round the woods on Monday I realised I had to move a lot of controls and change quite a number of legs – there is a lot more windblown now than three years ago and the vegetation shown on the map is now redundant. Although tough it is still a good area, particularly if you know there is always a route through the fallen trees somewhere.
Great to have 12 or so people in the mass start, one or two of a decent pedigree. Indeed old man Adams, strictly against the advice of his physio, came through in the lead on the first loop trailed by Jo Taunton of NOC. On the parallel loop Alex Rothman was leading chased by Mikey Adams and Rachael Rothman but Alex and Mikey had lost a little time early on. Next to appear from the woods was a slightly confuddled Nick Lightfoot who had been mixing legs from each of the two courses, and a rather more composed Jenny Peel. Colin Smith went through at some point but I forgot to record it, then Kim Baxter who had lost time and Louise Adams, Neil Sprot and Peter Guillame.
As the “gaffle unwound” the order changed a little – Mikey Adams stormed through passing his Dad on the opposite loop to take the win Joe Taunton was second, putting on a late burst to retain his credibility against the terminally injured M50, with Alex Rothman also pipping Charlie for 3rd. After a gap Rachel Elder appeared to win the Women’s race comfortably and then Colin Smith and Kim Baxter who had caught up some time.”
Shame no-one attempted the 9km variant but it did mean that, thanks to some swift control collecting by Joe, Colin and Kim, we were able to escape the midges before they had entirely eaten through my ankles.
Many thanks to everyone for coming and apologies for the logistical SNAFUS - thanks to Wendy for the pen and Peter Guillame for the midge repellent. A certain air of confusion really is Situation Normal whenever I organise something.
Times now they are finally downloaded...
1 Loop 1 Peter Tryner SYO M40 27:35 2 Nicholas Lightfoot SYO M50 31:28 3 Peter Gorvett SYO M65 43:06 4 Peter Guillaume SYO M65 43:22 5 Neil Sprot SYO M60 44:18 6 Brian Shaw SYO M70 45:47 7 Pauline Tryner SYO W40 52:42 8 Henry Marston SYO M65 60:55 2 Loops 1 Michael Adams SYO M18 51:14 2 Joe Taunton NOC M21 52:00 3 Alex Rothman SYO M35 52:39 4 Rachael Rothman SYO W21 57:59 5 Mark Chapman SYO M45 63:09 6 Colin Smith SYO M45 63:22 7 Sheila Sprot SYO W60 63:29 8 Kim Baxter SYO W35 63:55 9 Louise Adams SYO W16 63:56 10 Dominic Dakin SYO M14 69:24 11 Tim Wiegand SYO M45 81:05 ?? Wendy Billing SYO W50 ???:??
The 8 events in the 2013-2014 league are over. Thank you to all the SYO helpers, pupils, parents and teachers who have supported the league this year through some wild weather. Without you there would be no schools league. It has been rewarding seeing many competitors grow in confidence & independence since the first race last September. We look forward to welcoming you back next school year.
Presentations will be made at the Graves Park YHOA Schools Championships Event, Saturday 28th June to the schools and competitors named below.
School Team League
Congratulations to the following schools on winning the team competition after all 8 events in this year’s league. The best 3 scores per school at each event were calculated then totalled across all 8 events.
|Year 4 Girls||Hunters Bar||Year 4 Boys||Hunters Bar|
|Year 5 Girls||Dore Primary||Year 5 Girls||Totley All Saints|
|Year 6 Girls||Dore Primary||Year 6 Boys||Totley All Saints|
The 5 best scores from the 8 events were totalled for the individual league from those who scored in 3 or more events. Congratulations go to you all. Well done!
The British Championships were run in Northumberland last weekend, with two very contrasting days' orienteering; physical moor and forest for the individual and runnable open mining spoil-heap terrain for the relays. SYO had a successful weekend.
Congratulations to our new British Champions, Euan Tryner in M10, Aidan Smith in M20E, Kim Baxter in W35 and Jenny Peel in W45.
Silver medals went to Jenny Johnson (W35), Lucy Wiegand (W45) and Dave Peel (M45); bronze medals to Pippa Dakin (W16) and Peter Gorvett (M65).
In the relays, SYO was first in M40 (Colin Smith, David Peel, Nick Barrable), second in the Woman’s Premier (Kim Baxter, Laura Daniel, Rachael Rothman) W18 (Louise Adams, Yasmin Field, Pippa Dakin), M18 (Michael Adams, Jake Field, Dane Blomquist) and 3rd in W40 (Lucy Wiegand, Pauline Tryner, Jenny Peel).
Photo © Wendy Carlyle.
Well done to the zimmermen(and ladies!) for winning the A handicap at the Harvester last weekend, finishing in 5th overall.
Special congratulations on the other SYO team, the Field family, who ran the B course to finish 12th. The team was Dean, Zac, Joe, Roseanne and Yasmin. Jake was not available due to exams.