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!
I hope everyone enjoyed the orienteering in Endcliffe Park today. We had a fantastic turnout which stretched our resources a little! I hope no one had to wait for too long to enter and download etc. Future events should be much quicker now that we have most of your details in our system.
(Updated Sunday) - As you may know we had some problems with the results system later on in the event. We have been working on the results and are starting to get near the final version! The current results are available here. Please let us know if your result is mising or if there are any miss-spellings, wrong ages, school etc. - there is a link from the results page. We also have split times available so you can see how you got on for each leg and year group results.
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 - 18th October at Weston Park. We also have an event next weekend over in Wombwell Woods near Barnsley, a lovely place for a run at this time of year.
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.
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.