New SYO member is Open British MTBO Champion

Last weekend Ben Plowman, who joined SYO in February and has been a regular at recent club nights, won the long distance MTBO (Mountain Bike Orienteering) British Championships at Mabie, near Dumfries.  Ben won by a comfortable margin, taking 69 minutes for the 15.8km course, with second-place Andrew Windrum taking 74 minutes.

Emily Benham, Killian Lomas and Ben Plowman - 2010 British Champions!
Ben has now been selected for the GB MTBO team and will be riding in the World Champs in Portugal in July.

Harvester Relays win for SYO juniors

SYO Kids running anokSYO's junior team, SYO Kids running amok, won the Junior class and came second on the B course at the Harvester Relays last weekend. Team in running order: Simon Bradbury, Zachary Field, Jake Field, Adam Bradbury and Aidan Smith.

SYO International finished 5th out of 19 on the A course. Team in running order: Martin Ward, Nicholas Lightfoot, Mattias Movmoller, Johan Markstedt, Nick Barrable, Jesper Hansson and Richard Guillaume.

SYO Leftovers finished 13th out of 24 on the B course. Team in running order: Lesley Ward, Wendy Billing, Michael Adams, Paul Bradbury and Dean Field.

For those that don't know, the Harvester Relay starts in the early hours of the morning (this year the A course started at 00:30 and the B course at 02:00) and so the early runners run in the dark and the last runners end up running in the light/dawn.

British Orienteering Training Camp Selections

Congratulations to Simon Bradbury, Zac Field and Aidan Smith for being selected for the British Orienteering Talent Coaching Camp this summer at Badaguish.

Also to Mairead Rocke for being selected for the British Orienteering International Racing Camp this summer in Poland.

Well done also to Katherine Hall, Michael Adams and Jake Field who have been selected for the Regional Squads Coaching Camp.

It is the 2nd year in a row that Zac and Aidan have been selected for a BO training camp and it is the 3rd year in a row that Simon has been selected.

British Orienteering Championships 2010

Tim Tett brings the M40 team home in 1st place, his second gold medal of the weekend.

Many SYO members travelled to the British Orienteering Championships and British Relay Championships 2010 last weekend at Abraham's Valley & Wolseley Park, part of Cannock Chase. The weekend was very successful for many SYO members. Congratulations to all the SYO members who competed at the BOC and BRC, especially those who managed a podium position.

Those who achieved a place in the top 3 are detailed below.

M10B 2nd Joe Field W12A 3rd Louise Adams
M16A 2nd Aidan Smith W14A 2nd Katherine Hall
M16B 3rd Jack Fletcher
W20L 2nd Alex Kilcoyne
M18S 3rd Ryan Wilson
W21L 1st Jamie Buckley
M21E 2nd Oli Johnson W21S 1st Kathy Sprot
M21L 3rd Jeff Colbert
W21V 1st Louise Preston
M21S 1st David Sprot
W35S 3rd Pauline Tryner
M21S 2nd Gareth Candy
W40S 1st Jenny Peel
M35L 3rd Alastair Buckley

M40L 1st Bill Edwards
M40S 2nd Tim Wiegand
M50L 1st Tim Tett
M55S 1st Arun Sahni


Men's Premier 2nd (Neil Northrop, Alastair Buckley, Oli Johnson)
Women's Premier 2nd (Kim Baxter, Jamie Buckley, Jenny Johnson)
M40 1st (Dave Peel, Bill Edwards, Tim Tett)
W40 3rd (Wendy Billing, Lucy Weigand, Jenny Lightfoot)
M18 2nd (Simon Bradbury, Zac Field, Adian Smith)
M14 3rd (Michael Adams, Alex Hall, Jake Field)
Mixed Ad Hoc 2nd (Arun Sahni, Dean Field, Jeff Colbert)
Mixed Ad Hoc 3rd (Kathy Sprot, Pete Tryner, Pauline Tryner)
Junior Ad Hoc 2nd (Adam Bradbury, Lova Chechik (EBOR), Cari Littler)

Barnsley Club Night

Barnsley Orienteers (a satellite of SYO) is starting up next week, coordinated by Tim Mullett.  Website is http:/

A weekly club night is starting on Tuesdays from 11th May.  Details in the fixtures section above.

SYO comfortably through first round of CompassSport Cup

The first round was put on by HALO at Scardale and Knapton in North Yorkshire.  SYO won with 2377 points out of a maximum possible of 2462.  AIRE were 2nd with 2274 and also go through to the final at Burbage in October.

The event was enjoyable, the northern woodland has some good orienteering, though the event was slightly marred by the course lengths being wrongly calculated, so 50% longer than expected.  Congratulations to all scorers, particularly those counting for the first time for SYO, who I suspect are Jaimie Buckley, Tony Hall, Dean Field,  Zachary Field, Jake Field and Katherine Hall (let me know if I'm wrong).  The new rules splitting boys and girls on the two junior courses seem much fairer, giving the girls a better chance to score.

Aidan selected to represent GBR at EYOC

Congratulations to Aidan Smith who has been selected to be a member of the Great Britain team at the European Youth Orienteering Champs to be held in Spain from 1st to 4th July.

Rach and Oli win elite titles at British Middle Distance champs

Rach and Oli on the podium

Oli running in

On a sunny spring day in the South Lake District, Rachael Elder and Oli Johnson made it an SYO double in the 21 elite classes.  The courses in Haverthwaite Heights were both technically and physically challenging, but Oli reckoned he had lost no more than 10 seconds on his course, putting him about a minute ahead of SYO Club Coach Graham Gristwood in 2nd place.

Lots of other SYO members achieved podium places in other age classes - more results to follow.

JK International Orienteering Weekend

The UK's largest orienteering event of 2010, the Jan Kjellstrom (JK), was held in Devon over the Easter weekend.  Lots of SYO members headed down for the four days of competition, and it was very successful for many (perhaps our best set of results ever?).

Here's a quick summary of SYO members who achieved top-3 placings:

Sprint (Day 1):
M40 1st Martin Ward W12 2nd Lousie Adams
M45 2nd Charlie Adams W14 2nd Katherine Hall
M60 3rd Peter Gorvett W21E 3rd Rachel Elder
W40 1st Jenny Peel


Individual (Days 2 & 3):
M10B 2nd Joe Field W12A 3rd Louise Adams
M16A 1st Aidan Smith W14A 2nd Katherine Hall
M21E 2nd Oli Johnson W21S 1st Jaimie Buckley
M35L 1st Al Buckley W21V 2nd Louise Preston
M40L 3rd Martin Ward W21V 2nd Louise Preston
M45L 1st Charlie Adams
M50L 1st Tim Tett
M60S 3rd Colin Best


Relay (Day 4):
JK Trophy 2nd Nick Barrable Neil Northrop Oli Johnson
Womens Trophy 1st Laura Daniel Mairead Rocke Rachael Elder
Womens Trophy 3rd Jo Stevenson Kim Baxter Jenny Johnson
M120 1st Al Buckley Dave Peel Charlie Adams
M120 2nd Martin Ward Mark Chapman Tim Tett
W120 3rd Wendy Billing Mo Chapman Jenny Peel
M48- 1st Simon Bradbury Zac Field Aidan Smith 

Scottish Weekend

BNC 2010 Simon BNC 2010 Martin

Last weekend a few devoted SYO members travelled up to Scotland for a series of orienteering events. First up on Saturday was a sprint around the Kings' Buildings at Edinburgh Univeristy. The British Night Championships was also on Saturday at Dreghorn Barracks. This was tough area at night, made even more so by several inches of ground snow, but nonetheless Simon Bradbury and Martin Ward won their classes to become British Night Champions in M16 and M40L respectively. This event was filmed by BBC Scotland. On Sunday there was an event at Gullane Dunes, a lovely Scottish area with detailed contours, the sea on one side and a golf course on the other.

Well done to SYO's new British Night Champions, Simon and Martin, and to all the other SYO members who competed at these events.

British Night Champs results, splits and RouteGadget.

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