SYO crowned club of the year
- Created on 19 November 2009
- Written by Noname
South Yorkshire Orienteers won the category "Club of the Year" at last night's South Yorkshire Sports Awards held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The award recognises not just the perfomance achievements of the club but also the club's hard work behind the scenes to develop their sport and get more people involved.
Congratulations to SYO! Particular praise must go to the committee for guiding the club to such recognition, to Melinda for writing our bid, to all the event officials who have put on events for the club, to all volunteers who have helped in any capacity, to all coaches who have helped to create a club that people want to join, and to all those people who have competed for SYO over the last year. This really is a whole club effort.
SYO members help England to a VHI win
- Created on 18 November 2009
The Veterans Home International was held last weekend, with the relays on Longshaw and the individual on Eyam Moor. Four SYO members were part of the victorious England team that won both the relay and the individual competitions. Scotland were placed second, Wales third and Ireland fourth. SYO also had runners competing for the Scottish and Welsh teams.
SYO Juniors qualify for Yvette Baker Trophy final for first time
- Created on 12 November 2009
- Written by Peter Gorvett
The qualifying round was held at Sandal Beat on 1st November. Although DEE won the round, SYO were second and qualified because DEE were in the top five at the final last year. Congratulations to the team, especially those relatively new to orienteering.
Best wishes for the final on December 6th, at Tilgate Park and Forest near Crawley.
SYO Coaching Team appointed
- Created on 01 November 2009
- Written by Chris Littler
After many applications and a lengthy interview process, SYO are pleased to announce that the new coaching team is now in place:
Lead Coach - Graham Gristwood
Assistant Lead Coach - John Rocke
Community Coach - Jill Gorvett and Colin Best
There will be a webpage devoted to coaching up and running soon!
If you want to get involved with coaching, receiving coaching, or want to ask any questions, please email Graham at oneandonlygg (insert "at" sign) gmail.com.
- Created on 27 October 2009
- Written by Peter Gorvett
Events and training with a map or otherwise seeking to gain a competitive advantage is currently not allowed for those that wish to compete in the following events:
- CompassSport Cup Final, 17th Oct 2010 Avoid area covered by previous Burbage Moor maps
- Regional Event Ecclesall Woods 21st Nov 2010 A one-year embargo starts on 21/11/09 for those that wish to run and remain competitive.
- British Championships 14th May 2011 Wharncliffe and Greno Woods
SYO wins CompassSport Cup Final again
- Created on 26 October 2009
At Fineshade Wood in Northamptonshire last weekend SYO successfully defended its Compass Sport Cup title.
(picture by Jenny Johnson)
World Masters Sprint Final
- Created on 11 October 2009
- Written by Jill Gorvett
SYO’s Nick Barrable (M35) took the Gold at the WMOC Sprint Final around the Olympic Park in Sydney. Success too for the Edwards Family, now living in New Zealand, with Gold for Bill (M40) and Silver for Susan (W35).
Although Peter Gorvett qualified fastest in M60 he didn’t get into the medals in the final, finishing 5th. The competition now moves to the Blue Mountains where the Long Qualification races start on Wednesday, culminating in the Long Final on Saturday 17th October. Track their progress here.
Puglia 2009 - Italian 5-days
- Created on 09 October 2009
Day 1 was actually at night, around an old city (Vico del Gargano), and was almost as challenging as the maize maze race had been. Then days 2 and 3 were in the Forest of Umbra, an ancient beech forest high up in the mountains. Day 4 was back at the coast, on some sand dune terrain (and the thickest thickest I've ever tried orienteering amongst - people were getting ripped to shreds). Finally day 5 was another street race, in Pesichi, an old coastal town.
Despite not winning any of the individual races, I managed to win H40 overall by just over a minute after the 5 days. There are some maps online: Day 1 and Day 2.
A-maizing win for Dave
- Created on 07 October 2009
Several SYO members tried a new form of orienteering last Saturday - a race in a maize maze organised by Walton Chasers, at the maze in the National Forest near Burton. Although the maze only covered an area of about 200m by 100m, and each course was only about 700m to 900m "straight line", the actual distances covered were much greater. There were two qualifying rounds, and then finals, with each race being won in about 22 minutes. The final race was held in the dark, and Dave Peel won the men's category. To see the maize maze map, and the challenges set by the planner, have a look at RouteGadget and the pictures from the event.
More Junior Success
- Created on 28 September 2009
- Written by Paul Bradbury
yesterday. This was the first time SYO had won the Joan George trophy in its 10 year history. The Joan George trophy is awarded to the best team that has a combined age of 90 years or less (SYO had 90 years exactly).
Adam Bradbury started at 5:30 in the morning running the first night leg and came back in 16th to hand over to Simon Bradbury also running at night. He had a brilliant run and pulled the team up to 8th position. Cari Littler was next running the light green leg and handed over to Michael Adams. In an exciting run in, Michael overtook Jake Field (EBOR) who had a two minute lead when they set off. Running the yellow leg together were Katherine Hall and Louise Adams. Louise was first back out of the two and handed over to last leg runner Aidan Smith with the team in 4th place. Aidan had an excellent run and was just seconds off securing 3rd place for the team. Photo © Rob Lines.