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!
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 Creamtorium, Doncaster on Friday 28th August at 12:20.
The final individual race in the Junior World Championships today (Thursday 9th July) in Rauland, Southern Norway, was the Long Distance. Aidan Smith (SYO) had a great run to finish on the podium with a fantastic 4th place. This follows his 7th place in the Sprint and 19th in the Middle (Aidan was the only Brit selected for all four disciplines -Sprint, Middle, Long and Relay). Dane Blomquist who also runs for SYO (as well as the closed British Army club) was the second brit at the Sprint in 23rd place.
It is especially good to get such a good result in Norway. In such challenging Scandinavian terrain it is very hard for British-based orienteers to excel.
If you want the follow the final event, the relay tomorrow, the website is here. You can follow live tracking without a java plugin by selecting “new HTML tracking (beta)” when you get "plugin needed".
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 LOC (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
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.