New website goes live

SYO has a new website.  It was agreed at committee that we would upgrade the website to make it even more useful for members, and easier for members to contribute to.  So, we have set up this website that uses a Content Management System (CMS) called Joomla, and are in the process of transferring the old articles, results, etc onto the new site. The old site will remain available for a limited period here.

Please be patient while the new site gets "up and running".  We would certainly appreciate your feedback, and any suggestions you may have, if you have anything to say,  leave a comment on this article or contact Martin Ward or Adam Bradbury from the "Contact" menu.

Martin Ward / Adam Bradbury - new website developers.

SYO juniors win Peter Palmer Relay

SYO Team A winning the Peter Palmer Relays 2010SYO had two teams in last night's Peter Palmer Relay.  Congratulations to SYO 1 (Aidan Smith, Simon Bradbury, Adam Bradbury, Katherine Hall, Louise Adams, Rachel Crehan, Zac Field), who took 181:01, winning by nearly 6 minutes.

This is the first time SYO have won the Peter Palmer Trophy. The competition was organised by BAOC at Chetwynd Army Barracks near Nottingham. 

The courses were largely urban - unusual for this event - which made for some fast racing, with quick decision making required from all the runners despite the 4.45 am start. The accommodation, assembly area, start and finish were all inside a massive hangar, with the spectator control just outside which added to the overall atmosphere.

In the Joan George class there were some good runs from SYO2 (Michael Adams, Jake Field, Ryan Wilson, Alex Hall, Yasmin Field, Megan Crehan, Cari Littler). Quite a few juniors taking part had not attended this type of event before and it was quite an experience! Well done to everyone involved, including parents and helpers but especially to the junior teams!

Full results are at

Successful Sheffield City Race

Competitors enjoyed Rob and Clare's exciting courses in the sunshine at The Ponderosa in Sheffield yesterday.  The senior courses in the prologue had a control every 50m on average, making for extreme difficulty in keeping one's brain ahead of one's legs.  Both courses featured twisty gennels (alleys in south-speak), unexpected dead-ends and complex route choices.

In the open classes, Richard Robinson overcame a 10 second (but four-place) deficit after the first race to win the Men's, while there was a close finish in the Women's when Mairead Rocke's 12 second lead on the second race was enough to overtake Jenny Johnson's 7-second advantage after the first.

Results links are higher up this page.

Mairead running at the Sheffield city race Jenny running at the Sheffield city race


Thanks to Wendy Carlyle for photos of Mairead and Jenny: more here.

Tim gets Bronze in the Long distance

Tim followed up his win earlier in the week with a 3rd place and Bronze medal in the Long distance finals today.  Other SYO members in A-Finals were Nick Barrable 15th in M35, Monika Cooper 35th in W65, Peter Gorvett 47th in M60, and Brian Shaw 24th in M65.

World Masters Golds for Nick Barrable and Tim Tett!

SYO has two world champions, after Nick Barrable won H35 and Tim Tett won H50 at the Sprint race final in Switzerland today.  For Nick this is the second masters title in succession, as he also won H35 in Sydney last year.  The Classic distance qualification and final races are later this week.


Tim, Nick, and other Brits at the Sprint prizegiving
Tim, Nick, and other Brits at the Sprint prizegiving. Photo credit: CompassSport


7 SYO members made the trip over to Örebro, Sweden for the 46th O-Ringen last week. The weather wasn't brilliant, but the complex area's proved a great challange. There were over 11,000 competitors at this years event, less than previous years. Overall results were: Charlie Adams 22nd, Louise Adams 52nd, Michael Adams 69th, Marcia Bradbury 72nd, Janet Adams 107th, Adam Bradbury 128th and Paul Bradbury 137th.

Parkrun at Endcliffe Park

For those SYO Members living in/near Sheffield who want a bit of speed training, from 10th July, parkrun started in Sheffield at Endcliffe Park. As at many other venues through the UK, who already host their own parkruns, it is a free 5km timed run starting at 9:00am every Saturday. It's good for newcomers to running, or as a time trial for the elite. Details are on, look under 'events'. People who want to run should register (a one off task for all parkruns) by Friday night before their first Saturday run. 

Update 20 July: It is now possible to register with club South Yorkshire Orienteers.

JIRC's and European Youth Champs

The YHOA junior sqaudCongratulations to the SYO juniors representing YHOA who came 3rd at the Junior Interregionals, especially Aidan Smith for the individual performance of the weekend trophy "for his 2nd place on M18 when he is still a first year 16" and to Simon Bradbury and Michael Adams for their runs in the winning boys relay team YHOA2.

Good luck to Aidan, who is now heading for Spain to take part in the European Youth Champs this weekend.

Jukola Relay

Five teams from SYO and ShUOC (and friends) took part in the largest orienteering relay in the world this weekend, in Kytaja near Helsinki, Finland.  The women's Venla race took part on Saturday afternoon, with 1105 teams of four starting.  SYO's teams finished an excellent 125th (Grace Elson, Heather Gardener, Laura Daniel, Jenny Johnson) and 297th (Lizzie Ingham, Lesley Ward, Hilary Bloor, Clare Baker).

The men's race, which starts at 11pm as it gets dark and runs through the night, had about 1500 teams of seven starting.  SYO's teams finished a very creditable 46th (Jamie Stevenson, Matthew Crane, Oliver Johnson, Neil Northrop, Ralph Street, Robert Baker, Graham Gristwood) and 168th (John Rocke, Kris Jones, Chris Smithard, Tim Tett, Charlie Adams, Dave Abrams, Richard Guillaume).  Unfortunately the third SYO team (Alex Rothman, Martin Ward, Todd Oates, Dave Harrison, Ben Carter, Tom Beasant, Forrest Mann) was disqualified after one of Dave's punches didn't register.  The best ever result by a GBR team is 41st, so the team came very close to bettering this.

This year's event was one of the hardest ever races, according to the locals, with both the terrain and technical challenge being very tough.

Most of the weekend's events were filmed by Oli, so expect a new film release of this exciting event soon...!

Cliffhanger Ultrasprint weekend

The UK's premier Ultrasprint orienteering event will return to Cliffhanger on Saturday 3 July. A high intensity, high speed form of orienteering, the Ultrasprint starts and finishes into a specially constructed labyrinth. Competitors face a technical and physical challenge that includes complex map reading, multi-terrain racing, and a number of river crossings. A number of the UK's top elite orienteers will battle it out over a qualifying stage and final to become the Ultrasprint champion 2010. Qualifiers are open from 11am-1pm and the chasing start final begins at 2pm. EOD only, entries are FREE to all visitors to Cliffhanger.

Why not make a weekend of it and combine with the EPOC regional event at Holmfirth on Sunday 4 July, part of the YHOA urban league. 

Visitors to Cliffhanger can experience the labyrinth for themselves Sunday 4 July after watching the experts racing around the park on Saturday. It is free of charge to take part and test yourself over a series of short courses of increasing difficulty. South Yorkshire Orienteers will have a number of experienced athletes on hand to offer tips and coaching, and you will be provided with a specially produced map that is yours to keep. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Cliffhanger is one of the UK’s largest outdoor outdoor-pursuits festivals, based in one of Sheffield’s biggest green spaces. The aim of the event is to Inspire & Involve. Featuring competitions or demonstrations in rock climbing, orienteering, kayaking, mountain biking, running, skiing & snowboarding, skateboarding, free running, adventure racing and more, visitors will be able to watch elite sports-people of all ages competing or demonstrating, and then take part in the sports they have just been inspired by. Pay to enter the festival and orienteer for free.

Watch this space for more info and see Cliffhanger.

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